This week I was pleased to be back in Kentucky for meetings with constituents and to celebrate July 4th with my family.
While I was home for this holiday week, I was also lucky enough to get to spend some quality time with my family, celebrating our nation’s birthday and the freedom we share as Americans. I hope all of you had a wonderful Independence Day and were able to reflect on the many gifts we Americans share – and the pride in country we will continue to fight for. I encourage you to read this brilliant document - and to resolve to find even more time and ways to fight for it.
Visit to Shelby County
On Monday, I traveled to Shelbyville to tour and to learn more about the operations of the Pegasus Industries and Packaging Plant. Once there, I had a roundtable meeting with Pegasus’ executive staff and spoke on a number of important issues including the importance of the plant’s work of providing premium quality packaging and procurement in Kentucky and throughout the country.
(Sen. Paul meets with Pegasus Industries and Packaging’s President and CEO, Stephen Meador, in Shelbyville, 07/02/12)
Later that day, I met with 25 business leaders and elected officials from both political parties at a reception in Shelbyville. I had the opportunity to cover a wide variety of topics including an update on the current events and news taking place in Washington. The President of the Chamber of Commerce in Shelbyville, Gary Walls, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, State Senator, Hon. Paul Hornback, and State Representative, Hon. Brad Montell, were among those in attendance.
(Sen. Paul speaks with Roll Forming Corporation’s President, Ray Leathers, Roll Forming Corporation’s Engineer Manager, Kevin Dierkin, and Pegasus Industries and Packaging’s President, Stephen Meador, 07/02/12)
For the last stop of the day in Shelbyville, I was pleased to have been invited to speak at the Farm Bureau Picnic, held at the Red Orchard Park. During the speech, I focused primarily on the government’s continued abuse of overregulation on small businesses and how the consequences will continue to be a slower economy. Both before and after the speech, I had the pleasure of speaking with the picnics attendees; which included local elected officials and state representatives.
(Sen. Paul speaks at Farm Bureau Picnic in Shelbyville, 07/02/12)
Meeting with Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants
On Tuesday, July 3, I met with several constituent groups including the Kentucky Association of Physician Assistants. I spoke with the groups on number of important issues and listened to their concerns regarding the impact of federal legislation, particularly in underserved, rural areas of Kentucky. I always appreciate the opportunity to meet with constituents while I am at home in Kentucky and I know that I always learn a great deal about a variety of subjects from the experts in their various fields.
(Sen. Paul meets with members of the Kentucky Association of Physician Assistants in Bowling Green, 07/03/12)
Speech at the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club
This week, in front of a crowd of more than 100 people at the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club, I spoke about several important issues. These issues included the importance of meaningful healthcare reform, the severe drought hurting Kentucky’s crops and my desire that the U.S. Senate work to pass tax reform that will help rebuild the economy by bringing jobs back to the United States. I answered many questions from the well informed Kiwanis Club audience on issues ranging from the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare to how Congress can balance the federal budget.
(Sen. Paul speaks to the Kiwanis Club in Hopkinsville, 07/05/12)
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Isn’t Final
Think of how our country would look now had the Supreme Court not changed its view of what is constitutional. Think of 1857, when the court handed down the outrageous Dred Scott decision, which said African Americans were not citizens. Think of the “separate but equal” doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson, which the court later repudiated in Brown v. Board of Education. The Constitutional debate surrounding Obamacare is not over. Click HERE to read my op-ed in USA Today.
This week, I also spoke with several Kentucky radio including WKDZ’s Alan Watts and WKCT’s Darrell Duvall and Al Arbogast, as well as those across the country.
You can find updates on what I’m doing by visiting my Senate website, www.paul.senate.gov and you can follow my official Twitter account HERE. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE. Don’t forget to become a fan of my official Facebook page for other timely updates.
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