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The Political happenings of Madison County, KY

Beshear Opposes Rollback of Student Loan Protections

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today joined with other state attorneys general to send a letter to federal officials expressing concern over the withdrawal of critical student loan servicing reforms.

The multistate letter – co-sponsored by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and joined by 19 attorneys general and the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii – was sent today to the U.S. Continue reading Beshear Opposes Rollback of Student Loan Protections

Senator McConnell Comments on Confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented today regarding Senate confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“Governor Perdue — who grew up on a farm, worked as a veterinarian, and eventually led a state with a $74 billion agricultural sector — has been around agriculture his entire life. He is well-qualified to oversee and implement this nation’s agriculture, forestry, and food policies. Because of his more than 20 years of Continue reading Senator McConnell Comments on Confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary

McConnell writes about his recent visits in Kentucky and what he’s hearing from his constituents.

Mitch McConnell

As a Senator, my job requires that I spend many hours in Washington, but Kentucky is my home and I make it a priority to be in the state when the Senate is not in session. Over the last two weeks, the Senate was not in session so I decided to again travel throughout the Commonwealth as I often do. Not only is this a great way to engage with Kentuckians from every corner of the state, but it’s also a great way to ensure I can continue my work most effectively as Kentucky’s voice in the Senate.

I had many productive discussions with economic development leaders across the Commonwealth. From a business roundtable in Leitchfield to meetings with Northern Kentucky realtors and homebuilders, I answered questions leaving no topic off limits. In Daviess County, I met with farmers and agriculture leaders and heard about their concerns for the future. I also had the opportunity to speak with students in Western Kentucky about my work in Washington. In Louisville, I had meetings with community members and policy experts. At many of my events throughout the state, I spoke with the local media about matters important to their area. I appreciate these opportunities to hear directly from Kentuckians about the issues that affect their lives.

One of the greatest privileges of being Kentucky’s senior Senator is to be able to help when asked. Last fall, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center asked for my assistance when it applied for a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I wrote a letter to the NIH Director about the groundbreaking research being done at UK. And we were all pleased to see the Markey Center was awarded an $11.2 million federal grant to study the connection between cancer and obesity. I believe that UK will continue its extraordinary research to lead in the fight against cancer and make a real impact on the health outcomes of patients right here in Kentucky. I am proud to have advocated on UK’s behalf and to have participated in the grant announcement on campus while working back home.

In Richmond, I participated in a roundtable discussion about the devastating effects of substance abuse in Kentucky communities. Dozens of leaders from Madison, Garrard, and Estill counties described their efforts to reduce drug abuse in the region and offered their perspectives on the best ways to promote recovery. Through this and similar community conversations across the state, it has become clear that we can’t incarcerate our way out of this problem. To save lives in Kentucky, we should also emphasize treatment and rehabilitation in our communities.

Last year, I shepherded two pieces of legislation through the Senate that can help us win this fight. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) expands education and prevention initiatives, improves treatment programs, and bolsters law enforcement efforts. The 21st Century Cures Act authorizes $1 billion over two years to states to help combat the prescription opioid epidemic. This week, the Administration announced that the first of these resources are now on their way to Kentucky.

There is still much more to be done to end the opioid crisis and many communities are looking at innovative ways to do so. For example, Madison County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor told me about his plans for a new rehabilitation facility in the region. I am hopeful that our communities will be able to secure the resources necessary for this type of project, and I look forward to supporting them.

This has been a productive state work period, and the insights I’ve gained will be helpful as I continue my work on behalf of Kentuckians in Washington, D.C. We have an ambitious legislative agenda ahead of us – including funding the government and negotiating comprehensive tax reform. I will keep the thoughts and concerns of the people of Kentucky foremost in mind as these and other issues come before the Senate, and I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me as I work on Kentucky’s behalf in Washington. By writing a letter, emailing through my website, or calling my office, you can always voice your thoughts and concerns about the federal government and my work in the United States Senate.

Beshear: Former Campbell County District Judge Charged with Human Trafficking

Timothy Nolan

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Friday April 21, 2017 that a former Campbell County District Judge has been charged with human trafficking, a Class B felony; first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class C felony; and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class A misdemeanor.

Timothy Nolan, 70, of California, Ky., was arraigned today in Boone District Court by Elizabeth Chandler, Special Campbell District Judge. An arrest warrant was sought for Nolan April 20 by Campbell County Police Department for the crimes that occurred in August 2016. Continue reading Beshear: Former Campbell County District Judge Charged with Human Trafficking

Beshear: ACA Replacement Must Adequately Fund Drug Treatment

Andy Beshear

A group of state attorneys general is imploring members of Congress and the President to adequately fund drug treatment in any plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Attorney General Andy Beshear said today.

The initial ACA replacement plan would have cut federal funding for drug treatment by an estimated $5.5 billion, Beshear said.

The ACA currently allows significant and critical assistance for drug treatment, providing coverage to an additional 2.8 million Continue reading Beshear: ACA Replacement Must Adequately Fund Drug Treatment

Senator McConnell Comments on HHS Grants to Combat Opioid Addiction

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments today regarding the announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to provide $485 million in grants to help states fight opioid addiction:

“I applaud the Trump Administration for its work to help fight the opioid addiction that is plaguing the Commonwealth and our nation. The implementation of the 21st Century Cures bill, bipartisan legislation that I helped shepherd through the Senate, will bolster medical innovation by Continue reading Senator McConnell Comments on HHS Grants to Combat Opioid Addiction

Beshear: KY Receives more than $93 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentucky received $93,415,537 million in tobacco settlement money this week.

“For nearly 20 years the landmark Master Settlement Agreement has made a positive impact on the Commonwealth, supporting early childhood education, health programs, cancer research, and helping to aid our farmers and create sustainable farm-based businesses,” Beshear said. “Since the first payment in 1999, Kentucky has collected over $2 billion under the agreement, and is on pace to collect nearly $3 billion over the first Continue reading Beshear: KY Receives more than $93 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money

Berea City Council Reaffirms Opposition to Discrimination, Violence

The Berea City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday denouncing acts of discrimination, violence and harassment in city limits and greater Madison County. Council member Billy Wooten stated the measure was partly in response to a recent incident in which a county resident’s property was vandalized with homophobic graffiti.

The resolution states the City of Berea “supports the protection of all Bereans, condemns physical and psychological violence toward Continue reading Berea City Council Reaffirms Opposition to Discrimination, Violence

Beshear Urges Kentuckians to File Claims on Settlement over Pharmaceutical Company’s Sleep Disorder Drug Provigil

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians who purchased Provigil to file their claims as part of the more than $1 million settlement his office secured with pharmaceutical company Cephalon last year over its anticompetitive conduct to protect profits from its sleep disorder drug.

As part of the settlement, Kentuckians who used the drug will receive a portion of roughly $760,000. Kentucky’s Medicaid program will receive nearly $500,000 as part of the Continue reading Beshear Urges Kentuckians to File Claims on Settlement over Pharmaceutical Company’s Sleep Disorder Drug Provigil