Federal Issues

The Indiana Attorney General’s office will continue to defend a controversial immigration law that was partially struck down by a federal judge last month.

The judge temporarily blocked provisions in the law that restricted immigrants’ use of identification provided by foreign consulates and allowed police to arrest anyone whose immigration status was in question.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law, which Attorney General Greg Zoeller says is necessary because the federal government isn’t doing enough to fight illegal immigration.

But Zoeller is not appealing the judge’s ruling at this time. Instead, he’s staying in district court to fight against the ACLU’s proposed permanent injunction against the law.

Zoeller’s office is appealing another loss to the ACLU, however. Also in late June, a judge issued a temporary injunction against a state law that stripped Planned Parenthood of its public funding. Zoeller quickly announced his intention to appeal that ruling.

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Osama bin Laden Killed in Pakistan

by Gabe Bullard May 2, 2011

Nearly a decade after the September 11 attacks, the founder and leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, is dead. Calling it it “the most significant development” in the fight against al-Qaeda, President Barack Obama said tonight that bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan, which was the result of a “targeted assault” ordered […]

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Yarmuth Says White House Should Be More Open on Libya

by Gabe Bullard March 25, 2011

Yarmuth says despite the backing of many European and Middle Eastern countries, it looks like the U.S. is leading the military action, and that’s a cause for concern. Further, he’s wary that the impending NATO-led humanitarian mission won’t go as planned.

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Drug Czar Uses Kentucky Experience to Fight Prescription Abuse

by Gabe Bullard March 10, 2011

Gil Kerlikowske visited the commonwealth last month and toured communities hit by prescription abuse. He spoke Thursday with the newly-formed congressional caucus on prescription pill abuse, which is co-chaired by Representative Hal Rogers of Kentucky.

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Call For Balanced Budget Amendment Won’t Pass Kentucky House

by Tony McVeigh March 1, 2011

A resolution calling for a constitutional convention to force Congress to approve a balanced budget amendment got a hearing in a Kentucky House committee, but that’s all.

No vote will be taken this session. The measure, similar to one approved by the Senate last month, is sponsored by Representative Jim DeCesare of Rockfield.

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Drug Czar Weighs In On Meth, Prescription Drug Abuse In Kentucky

by Gabe Bullard February 22, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott has proposed cutting a program that would track prescription drugs in his state. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have asked Scott to reconsider.

Office of National Drug Control Policy director—or Drug Czar—Gil Kerlikowske says Florida needs to fight the prescription drug trade, since pills from that state are sold and abused in Kentucky and elsewhere.

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Detractors Say Balanced Budget Amendment Is Misguided

by Gabe Bullard February 22, 2011

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is in Frankfort to gather support for a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. Paul found support from some conservative state lawmakers, but others were on hand in opposition to the Senator remarks.

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Senate Committee Approves Resolution Asking for Convention on Balanced Budget Amendment

by Tony McVeigh February 22, 2011

A resolution urging Congress to call a constitutional convention to consider a balanced budget amendment has cleared a Kentucky Senate committee.

The Senate State and Local Government committee, at the urging of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, voted 7-3 for the resolution.

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Yarmuth May Clash With Issa On Oversight Committee

by Gabe Bullard January 21, 2011

The high-profile post places Yarmuth across the table from California Republican Darrell Issa, who chairs the committee. Issa has said he intends to use the committee’s power to conduct hundreds of interviews and investigate the Obama administration, which he calls corrupt.

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Fairness Campaign Director Hopes For “Domino Effect” After DADT Repeal

by Gabe Bullard December 22, 2010

Members of the Kentucky General Assembly are preparing for the 2011 session. And the head of Louisville’s Fairness Campaign hopes the legislature will take a cue from the U.S. Congress on one issue.

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