Charter school bill passes, goes to governor

For Immediate Release March 15, 2017 Charter school bill passes, goes to governor FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Senate and House each voted today in favor of legislation to allow publicly funded charter schools to operate in Kentucky. The bill now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin, a supporter of charter schools, to be signed into law. House Bill …

(3/10/17) Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens Week in Review

Senate President Pro Tempore David GivensWeek in Review A flurry of activity stemming from committee meetings and the passage of bills marked a short but intense Week 6 of the Kentucky General Assembly. Although the Senate was only in session from Monday to Wednesday of this week, committee meetings still met during the later part …

Kentucky Senate approves repeal of Common Core standards in schools

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Jack Brammer vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com The Kentucky Senate on Friday unanimously approved a wide-ranging public education bill that would establish a new process for intervening in low-performing schools and establish a new process for reviewing classroom academic standards. Under Senate Bill 1, revisions would be made to the Kentucky academic standards in …

Presidential Executive Orders and the Constitution: What Can Trump Really Do?

David Schultz What is an executive order and what can presidents such as Trump do with them?Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution describes the process for how a bill becomes a law. The process requires both houses of Congress to pass legislation with identical language and for it to be signed by the president. …

Presidential Executive Orders and the Constitution: What Can Trump Really Do?

David Schultz What is an executive order and what can presidents such as Trump do with them?Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution describes the process for how a bill becomes a law. The process requires both houses of Congress to pass legislation with identical language and for it to be signed by the president. …

Presidential Executive Orders and the Constitution: What Can Trump Really Do?

David Schultz What is an executive order and what can presidents such as Trump do with them?Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution describes the process for how a bill becomes a law. The process requires both houses of Congress to pass legislation with identical language and for it to be signed by the president. …

Letter from Sen. McConnell: (RE:) WRDA of 2016 (S. 2848) This legislation supports several projects in Kentucky

    Dear Ms. Krider; Thank you for contacting me regarding America’s waterway infrastructure. I appreciate your taking the time to make me aware of your concerns, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.  I have long been a tireless advocate for more than 15,000 inland waterways jobs in Kentucky and have used my position …

Kentucky Senate approves its version of state budget plan

For Immediate Release March 23, 2016 Senate approves its version of state budget plan FRANKFORT—The Senate passed a state budget proposal on Wednesday that restores many of the governor’s priorities for the next two years, including a “permanent fund” for future pension spending, cuts to secondary education funding and performance-based appropriations for college and universities. …

KY: Resolution urges Virginia to recognize concealed carry law

News Release January 27, 2016 Resolution urges Virginia to recognize concealed carry law FRANKFORT – Leaders from both parties came together on the Senate floor today to condemn Virginia’s recent decision to stop recognizing Kentucky concealed carry permits by passing a joint resolution condemning the move. Senate Joint Resolution 36 urges Virginia, which borders Eastern …

Floor votes, committee hearings, and spirited debate highlighted an action-packed second week of session in the Kentucky Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens Week in Review Floor votes, committee hearings, and spirited debate highlighted an action-packed second week of session in the Kentucky Senate. Guests from all corners of the Commonwealth were welcomed to Frankfort to speak on behalf of various bills. The Senate began passing bills on Thursday, headlined by Senate …

McConnell on State of the Union

By WBKO Newsroom | Posted: Tue 1:12 PM, Jan 12, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President’s State of the Union tonight: “Tonight, we will welcome President Obama to the Capitol for his State of the Union address. “It’s his …

Industrial hemp producers may be able to transport their crops across state lines thanks to an amendment to the Senate’s $148.3 billion agriculture spending bill offered by McConnell.

Hemp finds place in appropriations bill Industrial hemp producers may be able to transport their crops across state lines thanks to an amendment to the Senate’s $148.3 billion agriculture spending bill offered by McConnell. The bill cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 28-2 vote on Thursday. “Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper …

“Little by little, we’ve allowed our freedom to slip away,” Mr. Paul said

WASHINGTON — The government’s authority to sweep up vast quantities of phone records in the hunt for terrorists was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, blocked an extension of the program during an extraordinary and at times caustic Sunday session of the Senate. Still, the Senate signaled …

Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages. Is it the Bible? No, it’s the senator’s ‘Government Bullies’—now part of the ‘Classics of Liberty Library.’ I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather. The edges of its pages are painted gold. It features on its front …

Rural Vote Could Be Key in Kentucky Senate Race

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Oct 30, 2014, 5:57 PM ET By ADAM BEAM and BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press When Mitch McConnell knocked off an incumbent Democrat in a close race in 1984 to win his Senate seat, he did so because of voters in the cities of Louisville and Lexington. If he is re-elected for a …

Town hall meeting in Bowling Green with Rep. Brett Guthrie

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:13 am By KATIE BRANDENBURG The Daily News kbrandenburg@bgdailynews.com 783-3242 | 0 comments Conflict in the Middle East loomed large in a town hall meeting in Bowling Green with Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green. The fight against Islamic State militants is one that America and other nations and Muslims need …

Mitch McConnell’s coal-fired claptrap: Dirty fuels and stupid politics in Kentucky

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 10:22 AM CST Mitch McConnell and Allison Lundergan Grimes both love coal -- and it's making them say very silly things Simon Maloy The Kentucky Senate race is basically an argument over coal. A big, stupid argument over coal. Late last week, Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody reported that Elaine Chao, wife …

Tennessee House version of bill up for health subcommittee vote next week

CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Her mother, Felicia Harris, calls her, “a new face of the medical marijuana debate,” referring to Lexy Harris, 6, who suffers from intractable epileptic seizures as a result of Dravet Syndrome, currently being treated with other drugs. The other anti-convulsant drugs the Harris family has tried – including experimental and non-FDA approved …

Kentucky Secretary of State Will Challenge McConnell in Senate Race

    By TRIP GABRIEL Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, announced on Monday that she would take on Senator Mitch McConnell in what is likely to be one of the most costly, high-profile and sharp-elbowed races of 2014. Ms. Grimes, who has only held public office since January 2012, stepped forward after …

Senate to hold hearing on marijuana policy

  By Steve Goldstein WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing early next year on federal marijuana policy, the head of the committee said Thursday. Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy said he intends to hold a hearing in light of recently passed state laws legalizing personal marijuana use. Given the fiscal constraints …

Ashley Judd running for Senate in Kentucky?

    Actress Ashley Judd isn't ruling out a run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. The former Kentuckian is an active supporter of Tennessee Democrats. She said in a statement Friday that she's honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate, but she sidestepped the question of whether she would get into the race. "I …

Action Alert: Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

    SENATE BILL 129 The Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky · Changes Marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II · Allows qualified patients to possess 5 ounces and to grow 5 plants · Requires State Pharmacy board to set up rules for distribution · Allows Physicians to prescribe …

Mitch McConnell’s Marijuana Comments Prove He’s A Reefer Madness Fool

Mitch McConnell Thinks Marijuana Causes Death I just read a media report that exemplifies the stupidity that permeates the halls of Washington D.C .  The Huffington Post has a story out today talking about how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) told a constituent via letter that he doesn’t support the idea of marijuana legalization …