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The Political happenings of Madison County, KY

Owsley Fork Dam expansion best option for maintaining water quality

The City of Berea enjoys what is arguably some of the cleanest and best tasting water in central Kentucky, and if a plan to raise the Owsley Fork Dam by six feet is approved by federal authorities, that high level of water quality should continue for at least another 50 years.

“Our water is some of the cleanest, most aesthetically pleasing, safe water to drink. I would put our water up against any water,” said Berea Utilities Director Ed Fortner. Continue reading Owsley Fork Dam expansion best option for maintaining water quality

Andy Beshear’s Lawsuit Threatens Future of Kentucky Teachers’ Pensions

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is getting plenty of practice for his next campaign as he travels across the Commonwealth to spread fear and misinformation about the new pension reform bill (SB 151), designed to save Kentucky’s public pension system.

His most dangerous lies are those of omission. AG Beshear doesn’t want Kentuckians to know about the positive things SB 151 does to help ensure public pensions remain viable. For example: Continue reading Andy Beshear’s Lawsuit Threatens Future of Kentucky Teachers’ Pensions

Beshear Supporting Legislation to Train Commercial Drivers to Recognize, Report Human Trafficking

Andy Beshear

While in California making a delivery in January at 3:30 in the morning, Nicholasville truck driver Arian Taylor rescued a 19-year-old woman who knocked on his cab door for help instead of allowing herself to be forced into prostitution by her friend’s boyfriend.

Taylor, who voluntarily took human trafficking awareness training, was able to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline displayed on a window sticker of his truck cab to get the young woman help.

Continue reading Beshear Supporting Legislation to Train Commercial Drivers to Recognize, Report Human Trafficking

McConnell Secures Hemp Farming Act in Senate Farm Bill

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was successful in securing the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 in the Senate Farm Bill, which was released today. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, worked with Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), to ensure that his legislation to legalize industrial hemp was included in the farm policy bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee will officially consider the legislation on Wednesday, June 13.

Continue reading McConnell Secures Hemp Farming Act in Senate Farm Bill

McConnell Welcomes KY Vets w/Honor Flight to WWII Memorial

Earlier today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), welcomed more than 60 WWII Veterans and their guardians to Washington D.C. at the WWII Memorial with the Honor Flight Bluegrass. Honor Flight Bluegrass said that this is the largest contingent of WWII Veterans on an Honor Flight this year and that it is the 10th Anniversary of Honor Flight Bluegrass. Continue reading McConnell Welcomes KY Vets w/Honor Flight to WWII Memorial

Beshear Selects Counties for Post-Primary Election Audits

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced the six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the May 22 primary election.

The counties, randomly drawn by Beshear in a publicly held drawing, include Bullitt, Jessamine, Owen, Powell, Rowan and Scott counties.

“These audits ensure a fair and equitable election process in Kentucky and supplement the work our investigators did leading up to and during the primary election,” Beshear said. “Kentuckians have the right to cast their ballot free of interference and intimidation, and my office is here to protect that right.” Continue reading Beshear Selects Counties for Post-Primary Election Audits

McConnell Joins Bipartisan Group in Designating Hemp History Week

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), cheered the passage of their bipartisan Senate resolution designating June 4-10, “Hemp History Week.”

Federal law currently prohibits American farmers from growing hemp on U.S. soil, except in certain limited circumstances. That means American farmers cannot capitalize on a retail industry for which sales in the United States totaled $820 million last year. The United States is the world’s largest consumer of hemp, with a wide variety of popular retail products like soap, lotion, lip balm, food, clothing, and paper products available on American supermarket shelves. Continue reading McConnell Joins Bipartisan Group in Designating Hemp History Week