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.

Gray on Congress to institute a national infrastructure improvement program

10/19/2016 05:47 PM

COVINGTON – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray has called for Congress to commit to a national infrastructure program to repair or build bridges, like the Brent Spence Bridge in northern Kentucky, improve rural highways and bring broadband access to the entire state. Gray, who is running against Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, made the comments on Wednesday at an overlook in Covington’s Devou Park which offers a panoramic view of the Brent Spence Bridge below. “To get the economy in the... Read more 

Winner of open seat 50th Dist. House race will play role in deciding majority control

10/19/2016 03:26 PM

BARDSTOWN – When Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, decided that he would not seek re-election for personal reasons, both Democrats and Republicans eyed the 50th District seat as one that might be obtainable, and go a long way towards who will control the Kentucky House of Representatives. Floyd, who has served in the House since 2005, has endorsed Republican nominee Chad McCoy, a Bardstown lawyer who is opposed by Democratic candidate James DeWeese, a business agent with Teamsters Local 89. McCoy feels that... Read more 

Challenger looks for different result in 78th District House rematch

10/18/2016 10:11 AM

Mark Hart, who lost in the 2014 78th district state representative race is looking to knock off 20-year Democrat incumbent Rep. Tom McKee once again. McKee, D-Cynthiana, defeated Hart a Lexington EMT and the former Falmouth mayor by 969 votes two years ago. Now, Hart is back to challenge McKee with a call for new blood, as well as a new party to control the Kentucky House of Representatives. “The House of Representatives in Kentucky has been controlled by the Democrats since 1921,”... Read more 

Trump tells supporters at Cincinnati rally that it's time to "take back the country"

10/14/2016 08:59 AM

CINCINNATI – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a crowd, estimated by the campaign to number 21,000 people in Cincinnati on Thursday night that it’s time to “take back our country”. Trump’s speech featured a number of familiar themes including having Mexico pay for a wall on the southern border, repealing Obamacare, offering tax cuts for the middle class and having businesses pay a 35 percent tax penalty for moving factory jobs to foreign countries. He also took shots at the growing... Read more 

Campaigns prepare for special election rematch in the 62nd House District

10/10/2016 02:59 PM

GEORGETOWN – Across Kentucky there will be a lot of eyes on the 62nd district House race Election night as Democratic Rep. Chuck Tackett of Georgetown, who narrowly won a special election, defends the seat against Republican Phillip Pratt, whom Tackett defeated by 250 votes back in March. Tackett, a Georgetown farmer and businessman, feels that he has the ability to work with Democrats and Republicans to get meaningful legislation passed for his district. Meanwhile, Pratt, who is the owner/operator of... Read more 

Pressure on for rematch between candidates in Eastern Ky. district decided by 14 votes in 2014

10/07/2016 02:54 PM

BEATTYVILLE – In 2014, 91st district Republican State Rep.Toby Herald lost to Democratic challenger and current Rep. Cluster Howard by just 14 votes. Two years later, Herald, who’s involved in the construction business, is seeking a return trip to Frankfort. The race has created a lot more interest this election year outside of the district, as both state Democrats and Republicans wrestle over majority control of the state House. Howard, who is a dean and student ombudsman at Hazard Community and... Read more 

Democrats and Republicans covet 70th district House seat

10/06/2016 04:01 PM

The 70th district House race features two candidates who have definite priorities that they want to deal with if they get to Frankfort. Republican John VanMeter, a Maysville attorney, opposes Democrat John Sims, a Fleming County magistrate and business owner in the open seat election. When Democratic 70th district State Rep. Mike Denham announced that he would not seek re-election, both state Democrats and Republicans eyed the seat, which comprises Bracken, Fleming, Mason, and Robertson counties, as a potential opportunity for pick-up.... Read more 

Hack-a-thon looks to curtail health issues affecting the Appalachian region of the state

09/30/2016 05:58 PM

An event focusing on creating effective solutions to the health challenges faced by Kentuckians living in Appalachia is coming to southeast Kentucky. The first ever Appalachia Health Hack-a-thon, sponsored by Shaping Our Appalachian Region will take place Oct. 6-8 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. The three-day event, modeled after MIT’s Hacking Medicine program that has helped develop solutions to some of the toughest problems in medicine, will bring together people with different backgrounds and expertise to form teams, collaborate... Read more 

Audit reveals questionable practices related to KLEFPF funds

09/29/2016 06:11 PM

FRANKFORT — State Auditor Mike Harmon says that his audit of the Department of Criminal Justice Training and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund released Thursday shows excessive and unnecessary spending of funds as well as questionable contracts with Eastern Kentucky University that circumvented state law. KLEFPF was established by law in 1972 to strengthen law enforcement across Kentucky by attracting and retaining competent, highly qualified people to the field for the purpose of providing maximum protection and safety... Read more 

School safety data report shows student assaults against school personnel up significantly

09/28/2016 07:22 PM

RICHMOND — Third-degree assaults by students against school teachers, administrators and staff in Kentucky’s K-12 public schools have risen 51.3 percent, according to the recently released Kentucky Center for School Safety 2014-15 School Safety Data Report on Law Violations. Third-degree assaults rose from a total of 150 during the 2013-14 school year to 227 for 2014-15. KCSS Executive Director Jon Akers said his updated research shows that the problem has grown significantly and is showing no signs of slowing down. Akers talked... Read more