About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work.

Name recognition not a problem for candidates in one of the most competitive open seat races

10/19/2014 09:40 AM

NICHOLASVILLE — When 39th district state Rep. Bob Damron decided to run for judge-executive of Jessamine County, two familiar faces in the district decided to seek the open seat. Political operatives are circiling this race as the most competitive open seat race. The central Kentucky district of Jessamine County is among the most conservative districts in that part of the state, which should favor the GOP nominee Jonah Mitchell, a real estate agent. However, the Democratic candidate, Russ Meyer,... Read more 

State Republican Senate leaders to try again with heroin legislation in 2015

10/16/2014 01:51 PM

NEWPORT — Despite having failed the last two sessions, Senate Republican leaders announced in Northern Kentucky on Thursday that heroin legislation will again be one of their top priorities for the upcoming session and that legislation will target drug traffickers. Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, will be the main sponsor of the legislation and is currently working with other legislators and professionals to craft a bill which he will file ahead of the upcoming session. “We will deal with three major components.... Read more 

Grimes makes pitch to Northern Ky. Dems for bridge and drug treatment funding

10/09/2014 09:12 AM

NEWPORT – Northern Kentucky may be a Republican stronghold, but you wouldn’t have guessed that if you were in Newport on Wednesday night. Several hundred Democrats turned out at the Newport Peace Bell to welcome Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to the area. Democrats are recharged after the latest Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll had Grimes up two points in her race against six-term incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell. Grimes told the supporters that she has a plan to address the two top priorities... Read more 

Northern Kentucky lawmakers balk at Ohioans on CVG board

10/08/2014 09:48 AM

Northern Kentucky lawmakers disagree with state auditor Adam Edelen’s recommendations that the new makeup of the Kenton County Airport Board, the governing body of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport, should include three voting members from Ohio. Edelen testified on Tuesday before the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation outlining his special investigation report that he released last month calling for changes to the makeup of the board to address multiple concerns over governance, internal control and management oversight. Currently, all board members are... Read more 

Katie Stine contemplates next career move after 20 years in General Assembly

10/07/2014 12:10 PM

State Senate Pro Tem Katie Stine will be finishing up a 20-year career in the General Assembly, the last 16 in the Senate, at the end of this year. Stine leaves the Senate with bitter disappointment that her signature bill, Senate Bill 5, known as the heroin bill, failed to pass the House the last day of the session. “We bent over backwards, we even used language that they (the House) recommended in the bill,” Stine said. “I can’t understand how anyone... Read more 

Owensboro schools hope New Tech School help more students become college and career ready

10/04/2014 10:32 AM

OWENSBORO – What does a school district do when they realize that a number of their graduates aren’t ready for college or careers after they graduate? Some in Owensboro decided to begin looking outside the box at alternative ways to teach and ultimately prepare students for post-graduation success. Owensboro Public Schools were recognized earlier this year as one of three Districts of Innovation by the Kentucky Department of Education. The District of Innovation status relieves districts of certain administrative regulations and... Read more 

Two females vie for recrafted 55th House district seat

10/01/2014 09:21 AM

Only 16 percent of the General Assembly is female, but two women will compete for the 55th district House seat. Two-time Republican incumbent Kim King, R-Harrodsburg, who has served in the House since 2010 is facing off against Democratic Emerge Kentucky graduate Jacqueline Coleman of Wilmore in a different district than she has represented in the past. After the latest round of redistricting, the 55th House district consists of Mercer County, Washington County and the northwest part of Jessamine County. King’s... Read more 

Northern Kentucky judge-executives open to local sales tax option

09/30/2014 03:03 PM

The Northern Kentucky judge-executives of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties say that they would be open to the possibility of a local sales tax option to fund certain capital projects. Proponents of the local sales tax option say the initiative would give voters a chance to vote on raising taxes over a specified amount of time to help fund needed local projects. The idea was floated in the January 60-day legislative session, but never made it to the House floor... Read more 

Boyle County schools uses 'blueprint' to success as the only 'district of distinction' in Ky.

09/28/2014 09:21 AM

DANVILLE – The Boyle County School district is one of eight statewide and the only county school district in the commonwealth to receive the Kentucky Department of Education’s “District of Distinction” award. Boyle is not your stereotypical high performing school district in the fact that 50 percent of its students are on free and reduced lunch. Boyle County High School has gone from having 50 percent of its graduates college and career ready seven years ago to over 90 percent today. The... Read more 

Miles and Warren say partisan politics not part of their character in 7th District House race

09/23/2014 06:55 PM

OWENSBORO – For the second time in less than a year, the same state house seat is up for grabs. And Democrats are looking to gain the western Kentucky seat back from Republican control. State Rep. Suzanne Miles, R-Owensboro, won a special election for 7th House district seat in December to replace John Arnold who resigned in September 2013 after allegations of sexual harassment, allegations which he has denied. Miles is a Transylvania graduate, a former clothing store owner in... Read more 

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