Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at

Democratic floor leader thinks Linda Belcher will win in 49th District special election

02/16/2018 01:34 PM

FRANKFORT – Democratic House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, feels that former Democratic Rep. Linda Belcher is poised and ready to win her old seat back in the 49th district special election on Tuesday. Belcher is competing against Rebecca Johnson, the wife of former State Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, who committed suicide on December 13 after he was accused of molesting a teenager in 2013. Dan Johnson had defeated Belcher for the seat in 2016 by just 156... Read more 

Bill which regulates constitutional officers' contracts with outside counsel passed by House

02/15/2018 05:55 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would regulate contracts the attorney general or other constitutional officers could enter into for outside counsel on a contingency fee basis was passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives by a 52-40 vote. House Bill 198, sponsored by Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, requires the Attorney General, as well as other constitutional officers, to make written finding of the need for contingency fee contracts and setting limits on the amounts of contingency fees. In addition, the Finance... Read more 

Bill would establish a new minimum age for marriage in Kentucky

02/15/2018 01:55 PM

FRANKFORT – A Senate bill, which would establish a new minimum age for marriage in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, was introduced on Thursday during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary. Senate Bill 48, sponsored by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, would set the floor for marriage at the age of 17, currently there is no floor for marriage. The bill would require judicial approval with established criteria that must be accessed by the judge in order to ensure... Read more 

Senate President Stivers now says don't expect pension bill until next week

02/14/2018 04:17 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, who yesterday thought a pension bill could be filed as early as Thursday, now says that he doesn’t expect one to surface until at least Tuesday of next week when the General Assembly returns from a 3-day holiday weekend. Stivers said the delay is due to the process of putting together such a complex, 200-page bill. “When you reference and you put in bills, references to statutes and how they interplay with each other, especially... Read more 

Bill designed to protect independent pharmacies passes Senate committee

02/14/2018 01:50 PM

FRANKFORT — A bill which would move Medicaid reimbursement for pharmacies from Managed Care Organizations to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was passed on Wednesday by the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare. Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, would make the Department for Medicaid Services the administrator of all benefits payouts to pharmacies. Wise feels that one of the biggest reasons for the legislation is to protect the retail and independent pharmacies in... Read more 

Senate President Stivers expects a pension bill as early as Thursday of this week

02/13/2018 05:21 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester says there’s a good chance a pension reform bill will be introduced in either the House or Senate as early as Thursday of this week. Wednesday will mark day 30 of the 60-day session with many wondering if and when a pension bill would be crafted. Stivers says while it was impossible for him to explain all of the nuances bill, there is one big piece of the puzzle where there will be no change. “The... Read more 

Kentucky State Police commissioner says that he needs 262 additional troopers

02/13/2018 02:18 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders says that he needs to increase the number of troopers that he has from its current number of 838 to 1,100 to effectively protect the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Sanders told members of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice, Public Safety, and Judiciary that in addition to adding 262 troopers to the payroll, he also needs to increase compensation for support personnel, including low paid forensic examiners. “We’re looking for stipends for our dispatchers... Read more 

Budget director acknowledges some school districts will suffer huge financial hardships in budget

02/13/2018 01:56 PM

FRANKFORT – State Budget Director John Chilton answered a flurry of questions on Tuesday from members of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue as that committee continues to work on crafting a biennium budget. One area of discussion turned to how this years proposal will affect many of the states school districts. Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, expressed concern over increased transportation and pension funding costs within the proposed budget, some districts, including four in his district, will suffer dire financial... Read more 

Workable gas tax solution a key to transportation budget

02/12/2018 04:46 PM

FRANKFORT – House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation chair Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Union, says the biggest priority in crafting a road plan this session is finding a workable gas tax plan which can effectively fund many of the road projects. The money collected from the gas tax has dropped in recent years with the fall in gas prices and better mileage in newer cars which has led to a shortfall which was helped recently with only the increased number of vehicles... Read more 

Medical review panel bill passed by House

02/09/2018 10:48 PM

FRANKFORT – Legislation to bring peer review practices to the medical profession was passed by the Kentucky House on Friday by a 58-27 vote. House Bill 4, sponsor Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, says the bill doesn’t take away any rights of patients and simply allows professionals in the medical profession the same style of review system that all other professionals have. “It is about advancing knowledge and best practices in health care for everyone’s benefit,” Wuchner said. “Kentucky is an outlier... Read more 

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