Rand Paul's third largest campaign contributor has paid tens of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits arising from hundreds of pipeline related oil spills and the burning deaths of two children in a butane explosion from a pipeline the company knew was faulty.
Congress gets set to pass a 1,209 page, $1 trillion spending bill. At a dense $827 million of spending per page, few members of Congress will have much idea what is in the bill, seeing as they will have had less than 48 hours to consider it. Kentucky Congressman and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Hal Rogers (R-Ky) says "it is good to see that responsible leadership and good governance can triumph.”
Rand Paul's bait right now is a "penny plan" that would cut government spending by 1% each year for six years. His switch is the 25% mauling of government he doesn't want his supporters thinking about.
David Williams' colossal failure as a candidate cut across every demographic segment in Kentucky. Over a fifth of tea party voters say they will reject him today and vote for Democrat Steve Beshear. Republicans can't blame their mess on Gatewood Galbraith splitting the vote, either. If anything, Galbraith may pull more votes from Beshear than Williams.
Monday morning, on my way to protest John Boehner, Hell suddenly broke loose all around me. I was momentarily surrounded by blaring sirens, arrays of red and blue strobe lights the like of which could have sent every epileptic in the Ohio River Valley into seizures, and a line of long, black, bullet proof SUV's. The guest of honor of our protest, Speaker of the House John Boehner, had arrived.
This article is a collection of largely uncut, unedited videos of interviews with people participating in Occupy Louisville. No one person speaks for the people occupying the public square at 6th and Jefferson, but each individual has their reasons for being there. Listen to what they have to say "in their own words".
Mitch McConnell talks about the 1.5 million jobs lost since President Obama's inauguration and he shamelessly says the stimulus didn't work. What he doesn't tell you are that more Americans are working than when Obama took office or that without the stimulus, unemployment would be over 11% instead of stubbornly hovering about 9.1%.
Mitch McConnell's cynical and callous attitude toward the unemployed stems from more than his single-minded focus on bringing down the duly elected president of the United States of America. Those segments of society hardest hit by high unemployment didn't vote for Republicans even before they were unemployed.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has stated that he will "not support any settlement of the robo signing mortgage foreclosure case that would give expanded civil or criminal immunity to banks or their executives." Details of the settlement that may be announced as soon as next week are starting to leak. If the leaks are accurate, Mr. Conway and a tiny handful of like minded attorneys general may soon be heroes to the cause of fighting the Wall Street influence.
Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans agrily charge that government does not create jobs. Only the private sector creates jobs. This is ridiculous. Governments provide real and valuable services to people who pay for them with real and valuable dollars. And real and valuable people do the work... until those governments get starved, the workers all get laid off, and the services stop being provided.
Day three of Occupy Louisville began with some 30 citizens waking up on The Belvedere after having spent the night outside to keep the "occupation" continuous. There are no actual demands yet, but the leaderless group has managed to develop a process for self-governance, gotten donations of food, water, and other necessities, and set up a website. In other words... they are well on their way to their goal of creating a protest that, like others in New York, Boston, and nearly every large city in the country, will continue on "until their one demand is met"... whatever that one demand ultimately turns out to be.
If the "occupation" persists on Wall Street, and if it takes hold in Louisville, and Denver, and Houston, and Columbus, and Boston, and Seattle, and Tampa, and Minneapolis... the establishment will eventually be forced to compromise.
Rand Paul has apparently found his inner liberal. He is blocking a new pipeline safety law, which may open the door for the Obama administration to require safety improvements that Congress would have allowed industry to forego.
Is Kentucky's state sponsoring of the Creation Museum and Ark Park a prelude to a push to force businesses to spend billions of dollars retrofitting buildings to better withstand earthquakes? The answer may be an unavoidable "yes."
Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have been eerily silent on the Sherman Minton bridge problem. John Yarmuth, on the other hand, is doing the work of government like only a person who believes in government can.
If liberals are successful in using muscles they haven't flexed in 40 years, the Democratic Party will find itself as divided as the Republican Party is today. Whether that is good or bad is a matter of perspective.
You know that moment when Wile E. Coyote is over the cliff but he hasn't started falling yet? That's where Mitch McConnell is now with the debt ceiling issue -- and only the President of the United States can save him.