It wasn’t long ago that fiscal responsibility was a mainstream Republican rallying cry. This was not lost on Senator Rand Paul who briefly shut the government down Friday morning over spending increases.
The stock market is soaring, smashing record after record. The unemployment rate has ticked downward. Some categories of violent crime are down, too. But more U.S. troops are stationed in war zones. More people are dying of drug overdoses. More people think race relations have gotten worse under Trump. A statistical deep dive into the state of the union before President Trump offers his own assessment on Tuesday night.
Asked about a New York Times story that said President Donald Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller, Rep. Andy Barr said the White House denied the claims and that he thinks the investigation into the possibility of collusion with Russia should also look into Hillary Clinton.
State Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, called for the Kentucky legislature to allow local jurisdictions to decide their own gun control laws, saying the legislature is teaching children how to react to an active shooter, but doing little to prevent shootings.
Alyssa Elswick credits the Robinson Scholars Program with giving her a chance to go to college at the University of Kentucky and return to Eastern Kentucky for medical school. Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget would eliminate funding for the scholarship.