October 26, 2004
Dr. Daniel Mongiardo, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, can make a lot of promises about what he would do about the economy, healthcare and national security, but Sen. Jim Bunning doesn't have to make promises: He's already done his job. On the healthcare issue, Bunning played in instrumental role in the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act, which provides a voluntary prescription drug benefit for...
June 24, 2004
Dear Editor: Nancy Goode's letter about Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell's votes should really come as no surprise. Jim Bunning has been nothing but a pawn for special interest groups and a stooge for Mitch McConnell since his arrival in Washington. We all know how Mitch votes. He votes in favor of anything that can help the Bush administration deceive the American public, while claiming he is looking out for Kentuckians' interests. Halliburton is making a fortune off the citizens of the United States and clearly the Bush administration isn't concerned.
September 19, 2004
Dear Editor: Many of the people on Medicare will be severely hurt by the 17.5 percent hike in Medicare premiums. It used to be, "Shall I eat or buy medicines?" Now it will be, "Shall I drop out of Medicare altogether?" Call Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning. Tell them to roll back this horrendous increase and ask them about the billions that the Bush government has borrowed from Social Security. Tom Ellis Liberty
September 16, 2003
U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R-Ky.) has secured $1.75 million in the federal transportation budget for Danville to build a parking garage behind the Hub-Gilcher building. The budget has passed the U.S. Senate and now must go into conference committee negotiations. Julie Wagner, executive director of the Heart of Danville, said that she was optimistic that Danville would receive the money. "Congressman Fletcher and (U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning) should be commended for their vision and leadership," she said.
December 20, 2006
Dear Editor, I think Mr. Brock's assessment of the Jonathan Miller/Irv Maze ticket bodes well for them. While Steve Breshear may have been an advocate for consumers some years ago, his lobbying on behalf of the check cashing/loan industry in the late '90s certainly castes a pall over his candidacy. Dr. Dan's (Mongiardo) showing against Jim Bunning in the 2004 U.S. Senate race had more to do with Bunning than Dr. Dan. Campaign Finance law has become complicated, and I believe Dr. Dan when he says he wasn't aware of violating any laws.
November 14, 2008
Nov. 14, 1983 The American Legion and Auxilliary of Daniel Boone Post No. 19 held their annual Veterans Day dinner Friday evening at Bud's Beef n' More. LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Jim Bunning, the defeated GOP gubernatorial nominee, got another party position Saturday - national committeeman. Bunning will succeed Larry Forgy, who announced his resignation during a meeting of the Republican State Central Committee. The Associated Press has predicted that Kentucky and West Virginia will be the two teams invited to the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. this year.
April 20, 2006
Before receiving gifts from local officials, U.S. Senator and baseball hall of famer Jim Bunning had a gift to present himself in the form of a $500,000 check to help kick-start the Jessamine County By-pass study. Bunning, a Republican, was the keynote speaker at Tuesday evening's Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner held at the R.J. Corman Hangar. Bunning entertained the crowd of about 375 with a short story of how in 1961 as a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers, a member of the famed New York Yankees would give away his pitch by whistling when a fastball was on the way. "We have the same problem in Congress a lot of times," he said.
October 17, 2004
Dear Editor: Recent polls show Jim Bunning's lead over Dan Mongiardo quickly shrinking. Bunning's behavior has become an embarrassment for the state of Kentucky and has even raised questions about his mental health. His recent TV ad labeling Mongiardo as a "Medicaid millionaire" is dishonest and assumes that Kentuckians aren't smart enough to notice. The ad claims that Mongiardo is "growing rich on our tax dollars," having billed Medicaid for $3,000,000 and purchased a "sleek private airplane" and "a plush, luxurious home.
February 3, 2004
Barry Metcalf is back for Round 2 against Jim Bunning. Five years after losing to Bunning in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, the Lancaster native will try again in the May 18 primary. Bunning is an ensconced incumbent who has the backing of the powerful GOP establishment; Metcalf, a former state senator, is out of office and living in Richmond. Why make another run? "Persistence and determination are my secrets to my success," said Metcalf, 55, who manages property and does construction contracting.
April 20, 2009
The story has become something of a baseball legend. Could a similar story become something of a political legend? The story goes back more than half a century, when Jim Bunning was a 21-year-old major league pitcher. In a game in 1957 between his Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox, Bunning performed an almost unbelievable feat. He struck out Ted Williams, one of the greatest hitters in the history of the sport, not once, but three times. This story often has been cited by Bunning and his supporters as an indication of how tough Kentucky's septuagenarian junior U.S. senator is, how no odds are too great for him, how no opponent is too intimidating for him. Bunning will find himself on a political mound next year as he is up for re-election.