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.

President-elect Trump names James Mattis as secretary of defense at first celebration rally

12/02/2016 12:30 PM

CINCINNATI — President-elect Donald Trump used his first “USA Thank You Tour” on Thursday night in Cincinnati to announce that retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis was his choice to be the next secretary of defense. Mattis, who retired as chief of U.S. Central Command in 2013, has indicated that Washington lacks an overall strategy in the Middle East. Trump plans to officially announce the appointment on Monday and joked with the crowd about not saying anything to anybody until next... Read more 

Gov. Matt Bevin plays prominent speaking role at first Trump "USA Thank You Tour" event in Cincinnati

12/02/2016 07:00 AM

CINCINNATI — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin praised President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a speech on Thursday night in Cincinnati on the first stop of the Trump victory tour. Bevin, who introduced Pence, praised Trump for winning an election that many media experts claimed he could not. “We’ve heard a lot of things about the candidate, who is about to be now our next president, was unconventional, he was unorthodox, he was unprepared, he was unscripted. I’ll tell you... Read more 

Senate Republicans look to finally be able to pass legislation which was stymied by House Democrats in past years

12/01/2016 10:32 AM

COVINGTON – As Senate Republicans meet at their annual retreat in Paducah, one reality is that for the first time in 95 years, legislation which is passed out of their chamber in 2017 has a better chance than ever to pass both chambers, and be signed into law. Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, senses a lot of optimism among his colleagues who are looking forward to the 2017 session with more enthusiasm than ever. “A lot of the priority items that we’ve... Read more 

Rep. Brian Linder admits pressure is now on GOP, but is looking forward to help move the state forward

11/30/2016 06:26 PM

DRY RIDGE — When the Kentucky House of Representatives convenes on Jan. 3, it will mark the first time in 95 years that the GOP has controlled the House, and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, is one of many GOP House members who is looking forward to the day when his party will control the House, Senate and Governor’s Office. Linder, who was first elected in 2013, admits that there could be some pressure on state Republicans, but he feels that... Read more 

Legislation has allowed state's craft beer industry to thrive

11/28/2016 04:33 PM

FLORENCE – Officials with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers say that 2016 legislation, which allowed craft brewers to double the maximum production cap for a calendar year, has paid dividends for the growing number of micro brewers across the state. Adam Watson, owner of Against the Grain brewery and president of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations on Monday that Senate Bill 11, which increased the production cap for a microbrewery... Read more 

Proposed legislation would allow licensed physical therapists to practice in other states without having to obtain an additional license

11/28/2016 03:54 PM

FLORENCE – Licensed physical therapists would have the ability to practice in other states without having to obtain another license from that state if physical therapy licensure Compact legislation is passed during the upcoming 2017 session. The Physical Therapy Compact would dictate that participating member states would recognize licenses from other member states as long as the physical therapist’s license is in good standing and is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the state in which he/she is practicing. Kentucky... Read more 

Sen. John Schickel says General Assembly has done 'horrible' when it comes to addressing the heroin crisis

11/28/2016 03:18 PM

FLORENCE – Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, says that the General Assembly has done a “horrible job” when it comes to addressing the heroin crisis and challenged members of the legislature to do more during the upcoming session. Schickel made the comments on Monday during the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations meeting which was held at Turfway Park. The GOP lawmakers comments came in response to Kentucky Association of Realtors CEO Steve Stevens, who was emphasizing how the heroin crisis... Read more 

Livingston County teacher hopes that after school coding program will open doors for students

11/24/2016 10:30 AM

SMITHLAND – A Livingston County elementary school teacher is hoping that an after-school computer coding program will allow students, at an early age, to learn the basics of computer programming in an effort to bolster rewarding careers for students. Cindy Kennedy is a special education teacher at South Livingston Elementary, who got the idea a year ago to begin an after-school coding program one day a week for students in grades 3 thru 5, since there was little time to teach... Read more 

Lawmakers propose banning alcohol on college campuses to deal with sexual assaults

11/14/2016 06:27 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky officials exchanged ideas about how to best protect young women at the state’s colleges and univiersities from sexual assaults. The issue of student safety was raised on Monday during the Interim Joint Committee on Education Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education on Monday, as lawmakers heard one in five women will report sexual assault on college campuses nationwide. Andrea Anderson, Assistant General Counsel and Title IX Coordinator at Western Kentucky University, told committee members that Western Kentucky University is in... Read more 

Former lawmaker Joe Meyer elected mayor of Covington; reflects back on issues in General Assembly which led to eventual GOP takeover

11/11/2016 12:59 PM

COVINGTON – Former Democratic 65th district representative and 23rd district state senator Joe Meyer defeated incumbent Sherry Carran in the Covington mayoral race on Tuesday, earning his first elected office since he left the state Senate in 1996. Meyer served in the House from 1982-88 before being elected to two terms in the Senate where he served as chair of the Senate State and Local Government Committee and as chair of the Senate Education Committee. After leaving the Senate, Meyer served in... Read more 

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