Posts Tagged ‘Andy Barr’

Rep. Andy Barr Rails Against Gov’t Regs, Spending, and ‘War on Coal’

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

In the final installment of our special One to One series with Kentucky’s federal delegation, Bill Goodman’s interview with Rep. Andy Barr airs on KET tonight at 6:30 ET.

A proponent for spending restraints and national debt reduction, Kentucky’s 6th District Rep. Andy Barr pledged support in January for a “No Budget No Pay” proposal that would require the House and Senate members to pass a budget as a condition of receiving their salaries.

During a spring hearing of the Financial Services Committee, he relayed complaints from community banks that Washington regulations are too burdensome, complex, and counterproductive.

Also in mid-April, the Lexington Republican reserved an hour of time on the floor of the U.S. House to lead what is known as a Special Order on the “Importance of America’s Coal Industry.” He and 10 others of the same and different political stripes bragged on coal’s ability to produce affordable energy and create jobs. Barr co-sponsors the “Coal Jobs Protection Act” introduced earlier this month. He says at least 36 mining permits in Kentucky are being held up by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The measure would ensure timely action on permit applications, and a companion version is being championed in the Senate by Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

And, just last week, Barr introduced the “Live by the Laws You Write Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to a press release from May 16th, the two-page legislation aims to close Obamacare’s congressional loophole and ensure that Congress and its staff are not exempt from the laws that it writes. Barr was quoted in the release as saying, “It is wrong for the people who wrote Obamacare to have exempted themselves, so today we are fixing that to ensure that there is no special treatment for the people who wrote this legislation.”

In the last installment of congressional interviews from Washington D.C. with host Bill Goodman, Barr discusses his perception that “Washington policies are creating economic uncertainty.”

The 39-year-old attorney talks with Goodman tonight at 6:30 ET about transitioning to Beltway politics. In 2004, Barr worked in the Republican gubernatorial administration of Governor Ernie Fletcher and at one time served as Fletcher’s deputy general counsel.

At the interview start, Barr tells Goodman why constituent accessibility is a top priority and discusses the ways he’s trying to engage citizens in the process of lawmaking.

Watch the full interview for more of Barr’s thoughts on coal, health care reform, and immigration tonight at 6:30 ET on KET.

Striding ‘Right’ for Black GOP Strategist is a No-brainer

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Charles Badger is not your typical 23 year-old. His tersely stylized, self-description on Twitter provides little insight into what he thinks. In the maximum allowed character length below a picture of a jubilant dude in line dance formation, Charles fonts the following:  “NY-baked-Southern glazed inquisitive Cosmopolitan. Foodie. Bourbonist. Art-Jazz-Hip-Hop lover w/ a change-the-world complex.”

Okay. None of that seems peculiar. And, most of us are down with those having a can-do spirit to make a difference. But, what he doesn’t text out near his cyber avatar that you quickly gather from his Twitter feed is that he’s ‘say it loud, he’s black and he’s proud’ … to be a Republican.

What? Come again? That last part?

It’s a question he’s asked often: ‘why are you, a black man, a Republican?’ Given African Americans’ historic patronage to candidates with the parenthetical ‘D’ flanking her/his name – he understands folks’ curiosity.

Reporters seldom like to look like they’re asking obvious questions, but when I pose it to him in our upcoming interview, his answer provides real insight into his political paradigm. Charles’ urban upbringing in conditions that he says government failed to make better, has a lot to do with his view. He says he lived in a breeding ground for generational poverty that never improved no matter how much public assistance, programs, and services were piped in to help. That’s why he’s a Republican. He’s witnessed – in his words: “the failure of big government.”

Not content to watch from the sidelines and driven by his “change-the-world” complex, the Berea College graduate became a political operative, even before he’d graduated. Charles has already worked for half-a-dozen political campaigns, including the recent 6th congressional district contest that unseated Democrat challenger Ben Chandler. Did I mention Charles is 23?

If you looked carefully at our election night coverage on KET last month, you saw a glimpse of Charles’ brown dome making a cameo behind the night’s new political star, Congressman-elect Andy Barr, who won that 6th congressional district race.  Barr lost to Chandler by less than 700 votes in a match-up two years ago. This time around, Barr scuttled Chandler’s return to the Beltway by more than 11,000 votes. It was a victory he cinched with an arsenal of pro-coal ads, Chandler’s burden of sharing the ticket with a president unpopular in Kentucky, and a tight ground game.  Charles Badger had a heavy hand in Barr’s victory. It wasn’t the first rodeo for either and it showed.

Judging by the way things look now, Charles has a long time ahead in the saddle of politics. When you tune into our interview you’ll learn why. He has a strong command of the issues, a sharp articulation of message, and is trying to change the face we typically associate with the Grand Old Party in Kentucky and beyond.

Check out Charles Badger on Connections — Sunday at 1:30pm on KET. You can watch a preview.


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