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.

Judge-Executive candidates who showed up at debate call for Boone Co. to take larger role in Cincy airport

04/23/2014 06:31 PM

FLORENCE – It’s tough to have a meaningful debate of the issues when one of the two major primary candidates is absent, as was the case in Florence Wednesday at the Boone County Judge-Executive debate sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Business PAC. Judge-Executive Gary Moore showed up to defend his record and ask voters for a fifth term. But Boone County Commissioner Matt Dedden, who is challenging Moore in the May 20 primary, skipped the debate because of a scheduling conflict.... Read more 

Campbell County judge-executive candidates disagree on tolls for new bridge

04/22/2014 07:14 PM

WILDER — In some primaries, it’s hard to find differences between candidates on major issues. The May 20 race for Campbell County judge-executive is not one of those. Incumbent Steve Pendery and challenger Kevin Sell offered voters Tuesday different approaches to making progress on a new bridge to carry interstate traffic across the Ohio River, as well as different philosophies toward economic development competition. The two candidates debated Monday in Wilder in the first of three Northern Kentucky Judge-Executive debates... Read more 

Northern Kentucky leaders now want jail expansion to include treating heroin addicts

04/21/2014 06:28 PM

The judge-executives of Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties are looking to take advantage of their captive audiences in their jails by offering a heroin recovery program for inmates. Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery is studying ways to incorporate drug treatment as part of a planned 108-bed addition to the Campbell County Detention Center that’s due to be completed in early 2015. In addition, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus are working with Pendery to see how... Read more 

After keeping order in the state Senate, Sen. Stine adjourns her 20-year legislative career

04/20/2014 11:36 PM

Former Senate President David Williams might have had the reputation for ruling the Senate with a tight grip, but he had nothing on Sen. Katie Stine when it came to keeping order in the chamber. Stine, who served as Senate president pro tem for the last nine years, often held the president’s gavel during Williams’ tenure as president while Williams was strategizing or making floor speeches. She has done the same for Senate President Robert Stivers. And in doing so,... Read more 

Heroin recovery advocates livid over legislature's inability to pass Senate Bill 5

04/18/2014 01:17 PM

ALEXANDRIA – The failure of the passing of Senate Bill 5 by the General Assembly before the clock ran out is being described by heroin rehabilitation advocates in Northern Kentucky as an epic failure. During a meeting in Campbell County Thursday night, many who are involved in heroin treatments predicted that a delay in passing the bill will result in more deaths and heartache throughout the commonwealth — and specifically in Northern Kentucky, which has been the most affected area... Read more 

Former NKU athletic director pleads guilty to stealing $311,215

04/17/2014 05:49 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director, Scott Eaton, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Campbell Circuit Court to stealing more than $300,000 from the university over six years. The 50-year-old Eaton has agreed to serve the maximum term of 10 years in prison, and repay $311,215 in restitution. NKU fired Eaton in March 2013 for inappropriate relationships with four female employees and an NKU student. After the dismissal, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns commissioned an audit of NKU athletic department finances and... Read more 

After 32 years, Walter Blevins looks to end one political career while starting another

04/11/2014 11:15 AM

Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins isn’t retiring from the legislature … yet. But he’s running for another job — Rowan County judge-executive — in a six-candidate Democratic primary. And if he wins his party’s nomination and, later, the job in the November election, he would have to resign from the legislature two years before his term expires. It would be quite a change for Blevins and the General Assembly. Blevins, 64, has spent half his life in the legislature and the last... Read more 

Northern Kentucky state Senate candidates disagree over absentee ballot lawsuit

04/09/2014 06:55 PM

Deb Sheldon, a Republican candidate for Kentucky State Senate, is challenging the constitutionality of a new law that keeps secret the list of people who request absentee ballots, but her two GOP primary opponents say that’s a mistake. Wil Schroder and Brandon Voelker told Pure Politics they think the 2013 law is necessary to protect privacy of voters. The three are vying for the Republican nomination for the 24th state Senate seat currently held by Senate President Pro Tem... Read more 

Hopkins County conservative voice leaving House for potential judge-executive office

04/08/2014 06:02 PM

After just four years in the House of Representatives, 10th District Representative Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, has decided to forgo a third term in the House and run for judge-executive of Hopkins County. During his years in the House, Waide reflected conservative values and was a champion for less government involvement in the everyday lives of his constituents as well as local school districts. Waide is currently involved in a legal dispute with his partners at Liberty Rehabilitation after a complaint was filed... Read more 

Legislator known for his quiet confidence and steadiness wrapping up 12 year career in the Senate

04/07/2014 05:50 PM

State Senator Jerry Rhoads, D-Madisonville, was first elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2002 and has served three terms representing Western Kentucky’s 6th district which is comprised of Butler, Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Ohio counties. Rhoads, who has been a practicing attorney since 1966, currently serves as the Democratic Minority Whip of the Senate. The General Assembly was not something new for the Rhoads family as his father served two terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Now, 12... Read more