The wealth gap between average Americans and their elected representatives in Congress has widened tremendously, according to recent analysis of financial disclosures. Political observers blame stagnant employee wages and the growing cost of running for public office as one culprit behind the growing disparity. But as the the New York Times reports, nearly half of… Continue reading Wealth Gap Between Congress and Constituents Grows
From Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says he believes Republicans and Democrats in Congress can come together on a plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Republican Mitch McConnell says the general idea has bipartisan support. “Everybody knows we have a crumbling infrastructure. Infrastructure spending is popular on both sides. The question… Continue reading McConnell Predicts Agreement On Infrastructure Improvements
Congress will continue discussions this week to work out a deal to continue funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA ran out of money on last Friday and some 4,000 employees were put on furlough. Airport modernization projects were also put on hold this week. None of that should affect the Louisville Airport, though. Federal… Continue reading Impasse on FAA Funding Not Affecting Louisville Airport
The Slow Food International organization will not hold its quadrennial meeting in Louisville, though the city was considered a potential host. Slow Food has decided to fold its International Congress into the similar Terra Madre event next year. Slow Food had been considering Louisville as a host city, but because of financial reasons they have… Continue reading Slow Food Congress Won’t Come to Louisville
by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler was given the opportunity to view death photos of Osama Bin Laden this morning. The Versailles Democrat who sits on the House Intelligence Committee says they are images he won’t soon forget. “There’s an enormous wound or gash from his left eye all the way… Continue reading Chandler Was Shown bin Laden Photos, Favors Releasing Them
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s brother Robert Paul is reportedly mulling a bid for the Senate in Texas. Robert and Rand Paul are Texas Congressman and former Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s sons. Robert Paul has not yet started raising money, and while his chances may appear slim, his brother’s campaign was similarly inauspicious.
The negotiated budget agreement brokered by congressional leaders to avoid a government shutdown includes money for National Public Radio despite efforts to cut funding of public broadcasting. In March, the Republican-controlled House easily passed a bill that stripped tax dollars from NPR, citing the $14 trillion debt and controversy surrounding the news outlet. The measure… Continue reading Budget Deal Funds NPR
Now that data from the 2010 Census has been released, we can see how the population of individual counties in Kentucky has changed. That’s necessary information as redistricting begins in earnest.
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske will stop in the city as part of a trip through Kentucky.
Kerlikowske and Congressman John Yarmuth will meet with patients and doctors at the VA Substance Abuse treatment center in the veteran’s hospital. The two will then talk with local law enforcement officials in downtown Louisville.
In a news conference Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he’s hopeful he and Congress can have an “adult conversation” about his latest federal budget proposal, and Third District Congressman John Yarmuth says he thinks civil cooperation is possible.