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July 31, 2015

Do Burr and Hagan Agree That Kentucky Is ‘Basketball Capital of the World’?

Sen. Mitch McConnell

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kentucky scored a little-noticed Senate victory over North Carolina earlier this month.

When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pushed through a non-binding resolution congratulating his beloved Louisville Cardinals for winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the Senate also agreed that Kentucky is “rightly known as the college basketball capital of the world.”

The Senate adopted the resolution by unanimous consent in a nearly empty chamber in the wee hours of April 17, in the same manner as most non-binding commemorative resolutions. However, the Senate’s “hotline” procedure, which notifies senators and key staff of such measures, would allow any senator to object.

Neither North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan nor Republican Richard M. Burr did so, even though that state might have grounds to quibble with the language offered by McConnell and his junior colleague, fellow Republican Rand Paul.

This isn’t the first time McConnell and his staff have pulled off this legislative maneuver. Our colleagues at Heard on the Hill reported on the same thing last year, when the University of Kentucky Wildcats prevailed in the NCAA tournament.

While it’s way too early for this sort of thing, some pre-season surveys have Kentucky and Louisville heading into the 2013-14 season ranked one and two in the country.

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