Posts Tagged ‘John Yarmuth’

The Fiscal Cliff and the Kentucky Delegation

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year!
You probably had a better New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day than the delegation representing Kentucky in the United States Congress. They celebrated the holiday negotiating, voting, and arguing over legislation to keep the nation from falling off the fiscal cliff.

And our two U.S. Senators were front and center before a national audience of cliff watchers and media the past few days.

Most analysts are giving Sen. Mitch McConnell kudos for asking Vice President Joe Biden, an old Senate colleague, to join the negotiations for the deal that keeps taxes from going up on most Americans. McConnell voted for the legislation.

Sen. Paul, who was on the Senate floor and national television before the Senate voted to pass the legislation, was one of only 8 Senators to vote against the bill.

On the House side, the measure passed 257 to 167. Among the Kentucky congressmen, Hal Rogers (R), Ben Chandler (D), and John Yarmuth (D), voted for the deal. Ed Whitfield (R), Brett Guthrie (R), and Thomas Massie (R), voted against the deal.

Guthrie, from Bowling Green, had this to say, “I have said it from the very beginning that ensuring we do not go over the fiscal cliff should be a combination of tax reforms that are vital to the health of our nation. For too long, House Republicans were told they would see a good-faith discussion on spending cuts. Yet again, we have been told no, that spending cuts will come next time.”

There was no “big deal.” It appears there will be more fireworks down the road when Congress and the president try to cap government spending and attack the deficit facing the nation.

Update on PBS/KET Funding

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Here’s a follow-up to last week’s post on congressional funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and KET. A number of you have been kind enough to call and email your questions and concerns; I was even stopped on my way into the post office this morning by a loyal KET viewer who wanted to know the latest news from Washington.

The House of Representatives continues to work on the resolution to fund the federal government when the current resolution expires on March 4th. As a part of that discussion, the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, chaired by Kentucky 5th District Representative Hal Rogers, is recommending the elimination of federal funding for public broadcasting in the budget cycle which would begin in 2013.

Kentucky Congressmen Rep. John Yarmuth of the 3rd district and 6th district Rep. Ben Chandler have signed a letter in support of federal funding for public broadcasting.

President Obama included funding for the CPB in his proposed 2012 budget which was sent to Congress Monday.

We’ve heard from hundreds of you who support PBS and KET and we appreciate it.

In other news, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was interviewed Tuesday night on the PBS Newshour by Gwen Ifill.

Candidate Programs Heat Up on KET

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

It’s a gross understatement on my part, but these next few weeks are going to be very interesting. The Rand Paul/Jack Conway U.S. Senate race is getting national attention from major papers and networks, Kentucky republicans and democrats are energized about the outcome of key seats in the state house and senate, and voters in congressional districts are being bombarded with ads and counter-ads touting one candidate over another.

Candidates on our 3rd congressional district program went at each other pretty hard on Kentucky Tonight last night. The two main contenders, incumbent John Yarmuth (D) and challenger Todd Lally (R), had strong words for each other on health care, the stimulus, and job creation. Libertarian Ed Martin and independent Michael Hansen also weighed in with their opinions. If you missed the live airing, click here to watch the program.

Next Monday, October 18th, incumbent Ben Chandler (D) and Andy Barr (R) will be at KET to do battle. The program starts at 8/7 CT on KET.

One of the best reports I’ve seen on the Conway/Paul race, Kentucky Senate Race Tests Tea Party Clout, was aired on October 7th on PBS NewsHour on PBS/KET. Gwinn Ifill was the reporter and it included an interview with Kathy Gornik of Lexington’s Thiel Audio company along with a number of other Kentuckians.

Stay tuned to KET for all of our Election 2010 coverage, What Matters to You?

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