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[Asia-pacific, Kentucky] EDITORIAL: Blocking other countries' anti-smoking efforts is wrong

McConnell and others in Congress are defending the continued use of trade agreements to block anti-smoking measures — and brandishing one of their all-time favorite political props: the American tobacco farmer. It's safe to assume, however, that their lar
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader
added Aug 30, 2015 11:36

[Kentucky] Agriculture commissioner candidate accuses opponent's father of texting answers during debates

The Democratic candidate, a farm show radio host from Union, called Quarles' allegations "smear tactics I do not appreciate." She said her father has never been sued by farmers, an apparent reference to Quarles' father, Roger Quarles, being sued as a bo
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader
added Aug 27, 2015 21:39

[Kentucky] Women's Equality Day and Smoking

As we celebrate the anniversary of women's right to vote on August 26... It is not by accident that tobacco use has increased to the point of creating an epidemic... Smokefree Women (, a web site tailored for women, provides in
Maysville (KY) Ledger Independent
added Aug 27, 2015 14:21

[Asia, Kentucky] McConnell: Tobacco should not be excluded from trade pact

While touting trade, he defended two historic Kentucky commodities that are in decline. Export markets have become increasingly important for the tobacco industry as U.S. consumption has dropped sharply amid health concerns. Kentucky is the nation's top
AP - Associated Press
added Aug 20, 2015 14:52

[Asia-pacific, Kentucky] McConnell says White House will need GOP to pass Trans-Pacific Partnership, wary of potential carve-outs

McConnell told reporters that he “made it clear to the ambassador they’re going to need a lot of Republicans, even with a simple majority, to pass this TPP... “What I would point out — not many Democrats are going to vote for it, so they really need the R
KSTV cn|2 (Louisville, KY)
added Aug 20, 2015 10:34

[Kentucky] How a Scott County tobacco farm allegedly mistreated workers from Mexico

According to a lawsuit the workers filed in May, McKenzie Farms illegally charged them thousands of dollars for their H-2A visas, housing and transportation; underpaid them by thousands more; provided shabby living quarters; and falsified wage-and-hour p
Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader
added Aug 9, 2015 10:18

[Asia-pacific, Kentucky] EPA and TPP is a fundraising "scare tactic" Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate says

Pure Politics reported on Quarles’ campaign emailing supporters in an effort to protect tobacco...Democratic candidate Jean Marie Lawson Spann is warning of the move as a campaign fear tactic and fundraising tool. Last week McConnell sent a third letter t
KSTV cn|2 (Louisville, KY)
added Aug 5, 2015 14:39

[Asia-pacific, Hawaii, Kentucky] McConnell keeps pressure on Obama in effort to protect tobacco in multi-national trade deal

Obama was granted fast-track trade in large part with McConnell’s help in June. The Hill writes that McConnell won’t be able to block a vote, but either chamber could sink the deal based on a majority vote. In Kentucky, the TPP issue is already on the r
KSTV cn|2 (Louisville, KY)
added Aug 1, 2015 09:35

[Asia-pacific, Hawaii, Kentucky] McConnell warns Obama against tobacco carve-out in trade deal

McConnell said singling out the tobacco industry would set a dangerous precedent for future trade deals, in a letter to Obama’s top trade representative. The missive from McConnell suggests that congressional approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Hill
added Jul 31, 2015 15:41

[Asia-pacific, Hawaii, Kentucky] LETTER from the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina to Sen. Mitch McConnell (PDF)

economists at NC State University have generated trade models that estimate our increased export opportunity to the Pacific Rim nations could be as much as 40 million pounds (farm weight). This is the equivalent of doubling the production in the state of (Southern Farm Network)
added Jul 31, 2015 09:07
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