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Truth In Media with Ben Swann, Episode 13: Massive Police Response To Child’s Birthday Party During Lockdown

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Kentucky Elects Matt Bevin as Governor and First African-American as Lt. Governor

KENTUCKY, November 4, 2105– History was made in Kentucky on Tuesday night when two political outsiders, Matt Bevin and Jenean Hampton, were elected in the state’s Gubernatorial race in what was almost a landslide vote.

Hampton, Kentucky’s first African-American Lieutenant Governor, is a Tea Party-aligned firebrand.

Born on Detroit’s west side in 1958, Hampton grew up in a less than ideal financial situation. One of four daughters born to Donald and Marie Hampton, she learned to get by with very little as she watched her parents struggle to support the family.

Hampton has a diverse career. She joined the U.S. Air Force, where she spent seven years writing code and managing software such as the radar used to find enemy planes in Operation Desert Storm, where she was deployed. She then spent 19 years in the corrugated packing industry.

In 2014, Hampton ran for her first political office when she challenged the longest serving state representative in Kentucky history. Her opponent was a Democrat and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) endorsed her in that race, but she lost. That’s all the political experience Hampton had under her belt until she ran for Lt. Governor with Bevin heading the ticket.

Despite being an outsider, Bevin’s name is familiar to many in Republican politics. The wealthy businessman, backed by the Tea Party, took on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary, but was defeated.

Shortly after his defeat to McConnell, Bevin hit the campaign trail again and announced his intent to run for Governor. Eventually, McConnell was on board to support Bevin in the race.

Taking a note from Donald Trump, Bevin mostly self-funded his campaign.

“I have no favors to pay back. There’s not one person in this state who believes they are going to have a job in my administration… There’s not one person who I’ve promised anything to,” he said last week at a diner, according to The Washington Post’s James Hohmann. “Donald Trump is an interesting fellow… Part of what people appreciate about him is the very same thing. He doesn’t owe anybody anything.”

Still, the Republican Governors Association dumped millions into the race.

For weeks, Kentucky pollsters had been calling the race for Democrat Jack Conway by at least 5-10 percent. Bevin won by 9 points.

With 100 percent of the vote counted, Bevin led Conway with 53 percent of the vote compared to the Democrat’s 44 percent, which means pollsters were off by double digits. Independent, libertarian leaning Drew Curtis received nearly 4 percent.

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Huckabee Campaign Blocks Cruz From Media At Kim Davis Rally

KENTUCKY, September 9, 2015– Rowan County Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis won the attention and admiration of at least two GOP presidential candidates in the wake of her arrest and incarceration for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples. United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee both attempted to use Davis’ incident as a soap-box for their campaigns. However, Huckabee came out on top.

On Tuesday, both candidates were slated to appear at Davis’ release where supporters held a rally. Appearing with Davis on stage and speaking on her behalf to the media, Huckabee stole the show as Cruz was seemingly nowhere to be found.

“If you have to put someone in jail, let me go,” Huckabee said to a roaring crowd. “The founders never gave one branch of government the power to make the law. Every one of us will have to decide whether we want to keep this great country or whether we want to surrender and sacrifice it to tyranny.”

It wasn’t Cruz’s choice to remain off stage and out of the spotlight. Much to his displeasure, a Huckabee campaign staffer physically blocked Cruz from even speaking to the media in order to ensure Huckabee remained in the spotlight and the Davis soapbox was his own.

As noted by the New York Times, Cruz kept a uncharacteristically low profile and remained off to the side.

Cruz and Huckabee both saw a minor jump in the polls after the first official Republican nominee debate on Fox News. The next debate, where both candidates have earned a slot on the main stage, will be broadcast by CNN on September 16.

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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis To Be Released From Jail

LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 8, 2015– On Tuesday, a judge announced that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis will be released from jail after being incarcerated for five days for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

The judge who had ordered Davis jailed, David Bunning, stated that he would release her because her office was “fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.” In his order, Bunning instructed Davis to not interfere “with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.”

On Sunday, Davis’ lawyers appealed the contempt of court motion that sent her to jail. Her lawyers said they’d file arguments to back up their appeal on Monday or Tuesday.

[RELATED: Kentucky Clerk Appeals Contempt Of Court Ruling Over Refusing Marriage Licenses]

The three-page federal appeal, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, claimed that Judge Bunning violated Davis’s right to due process because she had no previous knowledge that she could be sent to jail, as the plaintiffs in the case were seeking only a fine.

Davis, a Democrat, pleaded with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, also a Democrat, to step in and free her, but he refused. On Monday, Beshear’s office said he won’t respond, and noted that the conflict was a “matter between her and the courts.”

The judge said he agreed to release Davis because her deputy clerks were issuing licenses. He has instructed her that she is not to interfere with the issuing of marriage licenses.

Presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee have planned to visit Davis at the jail today.

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Kentucky Clerk Appeals Contempt Of Court Ruling Over Refusing Marriage Licenses

A Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses has filed a federal appeal against the contempt of court order, stating that her right to due process has been violated.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states in June. She was then sued by two gay couples and two straight couples.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses and she continued to refuse, even after the Supreme Court ruled against her emergency order on Aug. 31, when she cited that the order violated her religious beliefs.

[RELATED: SCOTUS: Kentucky Clerk Must Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses Despite Religious Beliefs]

Bunning ruled that Davis was in contempt of court for defying his order, and he sent her to jail on Thursday, noting that she could be released if she chose to begin issuing marriage licenses.

“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order,” Bunning said. “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”

[RELATED: Federal Judge Throws Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis In Jail]

The three-page federal appeal, which was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, stated that due to the fact that Davis had no previous knowledge that she would be jailed, as the plaintiffs in the case were only seeking a fine, Judge Bunning violated her right to due process.

Mathew Staver, the founder of the Liberty Counsel and one of Davis’ attorneys, called the case “a charade,” and said Bunning appeared to have a “previous intention to incarcerate” Davis, even before the contempt of court motion was heard.

“Ms. Davis had no notice of it. The plaintiffs had no notice of it,” Staver said. “Without proper notice or proper due process, he decided to incarcerate her.”

Federal Judge Throws Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis In Jail

ASHLAND, Ky.– On Thursday, a federal judge ordered Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to be jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples after a recent Supreme Court decision overturned all bans on gay marriage across the country.  On Monday, the Court ordered that Davis issue the marriage licenses despite her religious beliefs.

“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order,” Judge Bunning said. “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”

Bunning said that Davis would be released once she decided to comply with his order and issue marriage licences to homosexual couples.

As marshals led Davis from the courtroom to jail, Ms. Davis said, “Thank you, Judge.”

Hundreds of protesters supporting both parties were present.

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VIDEO: Watch this Democratic Senate nominee refuse to associate with Obama

LOUISVILLE, October 9, 2014 – In Kentucky this morning, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergran Grimes met before the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board to seek their endorsement. Grimes will be facing off against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

During her interview, Grimes was asked multiple times rather she voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, and she continuously refused to answer the question.

Obama’s most recent national approval rating is at 38% according to Gallup in September of this year. In fact, Obama is even less popular in Kentucky than he is in the rest of the country.

Grimes has sought to distance herself from the Obama camp and has instead relied on the Clintons, longtime family friends of Grimes, to aid in her campaigns.

You can watch the full exchange here:


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Exclusive: Fake “Honest” Candidate Raises Over $70K Running Against Mitch McConnell and Allison Grimes

KENTUCKY, July 23, 2014– Gil Fulbright may soon change America. Due to a viral campaign featuring his “honest political ads”, the entire country will soon know who Gil Fulbright is. “People of Kentucky, you deserve complete honesty, so here it is. I don’t care about you,” says Fulbright in an ad. Fulbright declares that unless you’re a lobbyists- don’t expect him to work for your best interest.

In only 10 short days, Gil Fulbright has raised almost $70k from more than a thousand donors to run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. In less than two weeks, Fulbright’s campaign ads have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube. However, Fulbright isn’t on the ballot. In fact, he’s not even real.

Fulbright is a satirical politician created by Represent.Us, an independent, not-for-profit organization. The organization’s advisory board consists of Tea Party leaders, Occupy Wall Street activists, Democratic and Republican strategists, former lobbyists, investment bankers, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, a Harvard Law professor and more.

Their mission is simple. Run a pseudo candidate against Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Allison Grimes in the Kentucky 2014 U.S. Senate race to expose how crony corporatism has overthrown the American political system through the process of lobbying. Democrat, Republican— It doesn’t matter.

Represent.Us cites that about 87 percent of the donations funding McConnell come from out of state, and Grimes’ out of state supporters have contributed 75 percent of her funds.

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race between Grimes and McConnell, the Senate’s minority leader, is expected to reach a $100 million price tag and become the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history.

Fulbright was kind enough to provide BenSwann.com an interview:

What are your thoughts on the Constitution? 
Constitution… That sounds familiar. Whatever it is, it’s got some weak name recognition. They should invest in better lobbyists! 
Grimes and McConnell both accept millions in special interest dollars. Do you find this unethical? 
Heck no. Special interest dollars are the lifeblood of American politics. If selling your constituents up the river in order to stay in office and eventually retire to a lucrative lobbying career is wrong, I don’t want to be right. 

What inspired you to run for office?
When I heard the Kentucky Senate race was on track to cost 100 million dollars — 100 million! — making it the most expensive race in US history, only one thought came to mind: “Old Gil needs to get a piece of that action.” Running for office means a chance to become even richer and more powerful. I’d like to be both of those things. 

What do you plan to change if elected to the United States Senate?
Whatever my financial backers want! Need a tax loophole? Done. Competing business nipping at your heels? I’ll regulate them back to the stone age. Need to bump up your bottom line? I’ll send as many federal dollars as you want your way. If you’ve got money to give, I’ll return the favor.  
My campaign advisors would like me to include a few more patriotic buzzwords in this interview. Jobs! Working class! Freedom! Eagles! 
Yup, that should cover it. 
Are you a Republican or Democrat? 
Depends on who’s buying. 

Mansur Gidfar, Represent.us Communications Director, answered the following questions concerning the campaign:

What’s your plan of attack?
Now that we’ve smashed our crowd-funding goal (we’re nearly 330% funded with 19 days left), we’ll definitely be sending Gil to Kentucky. He’ll be running ads, working the press, and making high-profile campaign stop appearances at major political events to make the unprecedented amount of money corrupting our political system a top story. The campaign is already a runaway success on that front — Gil has already generated more than 100 national and local news stories (highlights here), and he hasn’t even been to Kentucky yet. His campaign will officially launch on August 2 at Fancy Farm, a major event in Kentucky politics.
Do you plan to continue the campaign after the November election? 
Gil’s staying tight-lipped about his future for now. Who knows? If things go well in Kentucky, we might just have to run him for president.

Visit Gil Fulbright’s crowd-funding page to follow his progress.
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Thomas Massie Eats Hemp On “The Independents”

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) appeared on “The Independents”, a libertarian-leaning talk show airing on Fox Business, to discuss the Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to impede agricultural research of hemp in Kentucky.

“I’m asking the President, maybe somebody didn’t get the memo at the DEA, because he’s not enforcing the marijuana laws in other states. Why is he enforcing a hemp law that no longer applies after the Farm Bill was passed and he signed it?” Massie told host Kennedy after taking a bite out of an energy bar filled with hemp seeds on the air.

Kentucky made the beginning steps to legalize industrial hemp with the passing of SB 50 in 2013, although the bill had been passed on the condition that the federal government needed to lift its national ban. In February of this year, President Obama signed a Farm Bill that partially lifted the federal ban, allowing hemp cultivation for research purposes.

Last week, after 250 pounds of hemp seeds were ordered from Italy and headed to the University of Kentucky, the DEA intercepted the shipment and seized the batch of seeds, triggering a lawsuit from the state of Kentucky.

Massie explained that the DEA has no authority to attempt to dictate what hemp bill’s language means to the cosponsors of the bill – “we wrote it,” he said- then told the hosts of the show what the hemp bill really means:

“Get out of Kentucky, let us grow our hemp.”

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It’s official: Kentucky legislators move to clarify law so Rand Paul can run for President and Senate in 2016

FRANKFORT, March 13, 2014– Kentucky lawmakers are moving to change state law, which could prohibit a federal candidate from appearing on the same ballot twice in a general election. Primary elections appear to be excluded from the current state law, so much ambiguity has surrounded US Senator Rand Paul’s (R) options.

“What this simply does is clarifies that when you have a candidate in the federal delegation who is either seeking the presidency or is chosen to run for the vice presidential seat, that person can also run at the same time for their seat in the United States Senate or the United States Congress,” Sen. Damon Thayer said of his revised bill in an interview with Kentucky.com.

One Democrat, State Sen. Morgan McGarvey (Louisville), joined Republicans on the Senate State and Local Government Committee in voting to send the proposal to the full Senate for a vote. “One thing about this bill that I think is important to point out is it only allows federal officeholders in Kentucky to run for president or vice president,” said McGarvey.

Holding a majority, House Democrats have promised to block the bill.

Paul and his allies continue to cite that Kentucky’s existing law wouldn’t stop him from running for both offices because U.S. Supreme Court precedent dictates that federal law supersedes state law with regards to federal elections.

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Poll: If Republicans Want To Keep KY They’ll Have To Vote McConnell Out, Bevin In


A recent Ramussen poll shows that Kentucky US Senator Mitch McConnell (R) is in serious trouble.

According to the poll, McConnell (42%) runs dead even with his democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes (42%).

However, Matt Bevin, McConnell’s tea party challenger, leads Grimes by 4% in the same poll.

McConnell is running scared. His campaign has recently released a series of attack ads calling Bevin a big government, bailout proponent. McConnel also tried to pass off claims that Bevin didn’t pay his taxes. Multiple fact checking organizations have proved McConnell’s claims about Bevin to be false.

If Republicans want to keep the Kentucky federal Senate delegation red their only choice may be to vote tea party.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Kentucky was conducted on January 29-30, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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