1:06pm: The first primary in the south is January 21 in South Carolina, where Newt Gingrich is 20 points ahead of Mitt Romney. But Politico reports this week that southern conservatives are divided—some voters have a problem with Gingrich’s three marriages and past infidelity. Others are concerned about Mitt Romney’s faith. We’ll talk about the… Continue reading South Divided on GOP Primary, NTSB Urges Complete Cell Phone Ban for Drivers, Cleveland Finds Success in Health Care Industry: Today on Here and Now
In a new documentary film about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, filmmaker Steven K Bannon takes swipes at Republican congressional leaders for not supporting the former vice presidential candidate against liberal attacks. Entitled ‘The Undefeated’, a segment criticizes the GOP establishment including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while defending Palin as a Joan of… Continue reading McConnell Criticized in Upcoming Palin Film
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Daniels announced his decision Sunday in a midnight message to supporters. “I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” he wrote. “The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed… Continue reading Daniels Will Not Run for President
The Republican nominee for the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office has already begun his general election campaign. Bill Johnson narrowly defeated Hilda Legg to win the nomination, and he says his Tea Party endorsement and appeal to mainstream Republicans will make him a formidable opponent against Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes. In his victory speech,… Continue reading Johnson Declares Victory
While media outlets are focused on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s latest gaffe, few noticed he was passed over for a coveted committee slot by fellow Kentucky Republican and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who selected a junior colleague instead. The decision by McConnell marks a widening rift between the commonwealth’s two Senators and another diss to… Continue reading Committee Selection Highlights Ongoing Rift Between Paul, McConnell
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is expected to announce soon whether he’ll run for president. Daniels has been on the short list of potential 2012 GOP candidates for months. University of Louisville Professor Dewey Clayton says there’s likely to be a renewed focus on a potential Daniels run now that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has decided… Continue reading 2012 Decision Looms for Daniels
Democrats in the Indiana House say they want action on a Republican-led redistricting plan delayed so they can continue studying the proposal. GOP lawmakers, who control the legislature, released their proposal for new districts for the state’s congressional and legislative districts this week and scheduled a committee hearing on the plan for Wednesday. The districts… Continue reading Indiana Democrats Hope to Delay Redistricting Plan
Joining top members of the Budget Committee, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., ripped the Republican plan to cut trillions of dollars from the federal budget over the next decade, calling it “payback for the prosperous”.
Florida Governor Rick Scott’s name has been thrown around Kentucky for several weeks. Scott’s attempt to stop a prescription drug tracking system has prompted state, federal and city officials to reach out to the Floridian leader and encourage him to reconsider the cut.
Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler is among a dozen Democrats being targeted in a series of radio ads from the conservative-aligned Crossroads GPS organization. The ads criticize the representatives for voting against a Republican-backed bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, largely through major spending cuts.