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.

Former congressional candidate says Democrats need to understand days of the coal industry being a true force in the state are over

01/15/2017 03:32 PM

WILLIAMSTOWN – According to Williamstown attorney and former 4th district Democratic Congressional candidate Bill Adkins, it’s time for Democrats to tell the truth when it comes to the future of coal in the state. Adkins, a Letcher County native, says for too long Democrats in the state have cried about the loss of coal jobs because of tough federal regulations, but the reality is that the coal industry, as many Kentuckians remember it, is pretty well gone. “Every boon was shorter, and... Read more 

Constitutional amendment would move gubernatorial elections to even numbered years

01/12/2017 05:15 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky voters could decide at the polls in 2018 if they want to move the gubernatorial and constitutional officers election year from the current odd year to a even year cycle if a constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, gains the approval of the General Assembly this session. McDaniel says that his bill, SB52, will save the state money and increase voter turnout. “It saves the commonwealth and the counties about $18 million every four years... Read more 

Kentucky receives $2 million grant to improve career education

01/11/2017 11:49 PM

FRANKFORT – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced on Wednesday that Kentucky is one of 10 states that will receive a $2 million grant to strengthen and expand career education pathways for students. The state grants, which will be distributed over the next three years, are part of the $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth (NSFY) Initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase, in collaboration with CCSSO and Advance CTE. NSFY aims... Read more 

Education, pro-business, public pension and tax reform legislation await lawmakers when they return to Frankfort in February

01/10/2017 02:49 PM

ERLANGER – While the General Assembly passed seven priority bills during the first five days of the 2017 session, look for action to take place concerning a number of key pieces of legislation when the House and Senate reconvene on February 7, according to three panelists who attended a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce forum in Erlanger on Tuesday. Leading lobbyist and former state auditor and secretary of state Bob Babbage, Jeff Busick of McCarthy Strategic Solutions, and Greater Louisville, Inc.... Read more 

Leading lobbyist Bob Babbage says that Democrats have work cut out in trying to recapture governor's office in 2019

01/10/2017 01:01 PM

ERLANGER – If Kentucky Democrats want to have a shot in the 2019 gubernatorial election to unseat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, they better start getting a consensus on candidates as early as this year. That’s the advice from former state auditor, secretary of state, and current leading lobbyist Bob Babbage, who admits that, in all likelihood, it will be a tall order for whoever challenges Bevin, if the governor seeks reelection as expected. Babbage, who was attending a Northern Kentucky Chamber of... Read more 

Stivers says bill concerning board of trustees of all state universities could see action when session resumes in February

01/09/2017 03:08 PM

FRANKFORT – After a fast paced first week in the General Assembly, Senate President Robert Stivers feels pleased with the passing of a number of bills which have been a priority for the GOP and admits that there’s still plenty of work to be done when lawmakers come back to Frankfort for part two of the 30-day session on February 7. Some have questioned the swift passage of bills, but Stivers says that has been a practice that the Senate has... Read more 

Priority House bills concerning right-to-life, repealing prevailing wage, and abortion are passed by the Senate

01/07/2017 03:28 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Senate has passed three House priority bills concerning right-to-work, repeal of prevailing wage for public works projects, and requiring an ultrasound before an abortion during a rare Saturday session of the General Assembly. House Bill 1, known as the “right-to-work” bill, which would prohibit unions from collecting fees from workers who choose to be non-members, was passed by a 25-12 vote along party lines with the exception of Sen. C.B. Embry,R-Morgantown, who cast the lone GOP no... Read more 

GOP leaders happy with quick pace in General Assembly

01/06/2017 04:02 PM

FRANKFORT – House Speaker Jeff Hoover and Senate President Robert Stivers are pleased with the fast pace from the GOP during the first week of the General Assembly in which several priority bills have been put on the fast track to passage. House legislation concerning right-to-work, repealing prevailing wage for public works construction projects, and a bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion takes place, and Senate legislation concerning a 20-week abortion ban, a new procedure and makeup of the University... Read more 

Bill to establish a new 10 member U of L Board of Trustees passes Senate

01/05/2017 09:18 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would establish a new board and change the number of University of Louisville Trustees from 17 to 10 has been passed by the Kentucky State Senate on Thursday. Senate Bill 12 which was gutted and replaced with legislation sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, passed by a 25-11 vote along party lines with the exception of Sen. Wil Schroder, R-Wilder, who cast the lone Republican no vote. SB12 designates that the UofL board would consist of 10... Read more 

Bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy clears Senate committee

01/04/2017 09:28 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate Bill 5, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy, was passed by the Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection committee on Wednesday with a 11-3 vote with Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, being the lone Democrat to vote yes on the legislation. Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, the sponsor of Senate Bill 5 says that the main reason for the bill was evidence that fetuses which have been in the womb for 20 weeks,... Read more 

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