Guthrie will be in Owensboro Aug. 30

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, will host an “America Speaking Out” town hall meeting at Western Kentucky University’s Owensboro campus on Aug.30.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 4821 New Hartford Road.
America Speaking Out is an initiative of House Republicans.

“After collecting ideas and solutions, I will be talking about what I have heard from across the district and nation and invite individuals to discuss these top issues with me,” Guthrie said in a news release.

Guthrie will be in Owensboro on Thursday

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, is scheduled to make five stops in Owensboro on Thursday.

His stops include:

7:30 a.m., Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Rooster Booster  Breakfast, Owensboro Christian Church, 2818 New Hartford Road.

9 a.m., Seniors Information Fair, Bellevue Baptist Church, 4950 Kentucky 56.

11 a.m., dedication of new Western Kentucky University-Owensboro building, 4821 New Hartford Road.

2 p.m., Career Day, Sutton Elementary School, 2060 Lewis Lane.

 5:30 p.m., Town Hall meeting on underage drinking, Home Builders Association of Owensboro, 3315 Wathens Crossing.

Guthrie to host Seniors Information Fair

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, will host a free Seniors Information Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on April 1 at Bellevue Baptist Church, 4950 Kentucky 56.  

More than 30 organizations and businesses are expected to participate.

The event will include information on health and aging issues, benefits counseling, disaster preparedness, fraud and crime prevention and community activities.

Seminars include:

 • Daviess County Sheriff’s Office: “Identity Theft and Scams,” 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

• Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office: “Elder Abuse Prevention,” 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

• Owensboro Police Department: “Senior Citizens Safety,” 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

• UK Cooperative Extension Agent: “Quick and Easy Meals for 1 or 2,” 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

• Social Security Administration and Medicare: “Information on benefits available to seniors,” 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

For more information, check www.guthrie.house.gov or call 842-9896.

Guthrie says health care needs ‘better solutions’

U.S. Rep.  Brett Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, said Tuesday in remarks on the House floor that everyone wants to make health care both more accessible and more affordable.

“But for the past year, the majority has been working on the pieces of a puzzle they call health care reform; and now that their puzzle is complete, the picture doesn’t make any sense,” he said.

 “Their final image includes billions of dollars in new taxes, over a trillion dollars in new government spending, increases the premiums of the 85 percent of those who have health insurance now and cuts Medicare by half-a-trillion-dollars,” Guthrie said.

 “And I continue to hear from Kentuckians from home who remain concerned over the possible passage of this bill and who are frustrated with this process,” he said of health care legislation.

 “We need to start over,” Guthrie said. “We need to piece together better solutions in an open and honest system. Now is the time to work on incremental reforms that will lower the cost of health care, without spending trillions and bankrupting future generations.”

Marksberry says Guthrie on ‘wrong side of economic recovery’

There is no primary race for Kentucky’s 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Voters won’t make a decision until November.

But the race has already started.

Daviess County’s Ed Marksberry, the Democratic candidate for the seat,  fired off a news release Tuesday, saying that inbumbent Congressman Brett Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican. is “on the wrong side of economic recovery.”

Marksberry said: “It has always been important for our elected leadership to tackle the decades-long neglected issue of our nation’s skyrocketing health care costs and lack of access to health care.  Now, while our country is slowly climbing out of a recession, the issue cannot wait any longer.

“After hearing …Guthrie in person and later reviewing the quotes of his position on health care legislation, I must take issue with him saying, “Americans don’t want this legislation.” I believe he is incorrect about what Kentuckians want. I believe he gets his information from the same sources that influenced Republican leadership (while in control of both the legislative and executive branches) to do nothing for years while double-digit cost increases have had devastating effects on a Kentucky family’s ability to afford health care coverage.

“A USA TODAY survey shows 56% of those surveyed endorse enacting major health care changes this year, as compared to 33% opposed.

“Americans have been ‘taxed’ for decades in the form of low wages and no annual raises due to companies struggling to provide health care coverage as a benefit. This hurts American companies competing globally and contributes greatly to lower spending by the middle class, the ‘economic engine’ of our nation.

“I believe Rep. Guthrie succumbs to special interest groups’ financial influence and not to the will of the people who need help. Following the Mitch McConnell obstructionist playbook is worsening and delaying our country’s full economic recovery.

” I believe it’s time to change our representation in Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District.”

 www.edmarksberry.com

Owensboro Democrat files to run against Brett Guthrie in 2nd Congressional District

Ed Marksberry, an official with the Daviess County Democratic Party in filed papers Thursday to run for the 2nd District congressional seat now held by Republican Rep. Brett Guthrie.
Marksberry filed his paperwork Thursday.

The 2nd District is a large area, sprawling from Owensboro to the outskirts of Louisville. The district also includes Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Campbellsville.

Democrats haven’t had much luck in the 2nd District for the past eight elections. The last Democrat to hold the seat was Bill Natcher, who died in office in 1994. Republican Ron Lewis was elected to the seat that November and held it until his retirement in 2008. Guthrie beat Democrat David Boswell to win the seat that November.

Marksberry is an Owensboro home builder and real estate agent and is a member of the executive committee of the Daviess County Democratic Party.

Marksberry said he considers himself “a conservative Democrat, along the lines” of Natcher.

 Marksberry said he is concerned that “the middle class has lost wages and that makes us weaker as a nation.”
“I am working class. I know what it’s like to struggle to make (ends) meet,” Marksberry said.
“The Democratic Party was originally set up for the working class,” he said. “That’s my issue right now — what we can do to strengthen Kentucky families financially.”

If elected, Marksberry said he would take on “spin” generated by Republicans in Washington to voters “are hearing the truth.” Marksberry said Republicans had used “fear mongering” to sway the public debate over the federal health care bill.

Marksberry said, if elected, he would work on issues such as health care, energy and providing services to children and the elderly.

Marksberry said Thursday he did not want to talk specifically about has ideas until his campaign launches its Web site.

“The issues will all come out in due time,” Marksberry said.

Guthrie explains vote on AIG bonus bill in weekly update

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie was one of 85 Republican members of the House that voted Thursday in favor of a bill to levy a 90-percent tax on the recent bonuses doled out to AIG executives.

In his weekly update to constituents, Guthrie calls the $165 million package of bonuses to the insurance industry giant that has received billions of bailout dollars from the federal government “unacceptable.”

Here’s what Guthrie had to say –

I share your outrage toward American International Group (AIG) for using our hard-earned, taxpayer dollars to award excessive bonuses to their executives.  We are facing a severe economic crisis, and this abuse of taxpayer dollars is unacceptable. You deserve to have this money back, and that is why I voted today to take steps to get it back. While I preferred an alternative plan to recover these bonuses, I could not let this egregious waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars go without action.  Inaction was simply not a solution.

House Republicans were split on the issue, with 85 voting for the taxing measure and 87 voting against it, including House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio. The bill, which will head to the Senate, was adopted by a 328-93 vote.