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 donald.weber@charter.com.

Covington schools offer study of chess as part of their summer learning opportunities for students

06/21/2018 09:38 AM

COVINGTON – One of the things kids battle during the summer months is what to do with all of their spare time. Students in Covington are getting the opportunity to take part in a summer enrichment program where they have the opportunity to learn more about the game of chess. Camp Checkmate: Chess Symposium is one of four summer learning opportunity programs offered by the Covington Independent School District. The camp offers students the opportunity to create individual chess sets, learn defensive... Read more 

Who got the upper hand during the U.S - North Korea summit?

06/19/2018 01:49 PM

FLORENCE – While the debate continues as to who the real winner was as a result of last week’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, many believe that the North Korean dictator got exactly what he wanted — a seat on the international stage. Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is also the former director of the Harvard Institute of Politics, says that the summit fell right in line with the unpredictable... Read more 

Fmr. Secretary of State Trey Grayson weighs on McGrath chances, House elections and Democratic candidates for governor

06/18/2018 05:10 PM

FLORENCE – Former Secretary of State and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Trey Grayson believes that Amy McGrath’s win over Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in the 6th Congressional District Democratic primary was the result of effective campaign ads as well as having the voters embrace her political outsider role. McGrath will take on Republican incumbent Congressman Andy Barr in November and Grayson believes the race will be one looked at by many around the country for possible early... Read more 

Reasons for rising costs of higher education discussed by state legislators

06/15/2018 11:57 AM

FRANKFORT – A discussion on how to improve student retention rates at Kentucky’s community and technical colleges turned into a debate on factors contributing to the high cost of education at Kentucky’s 4-year universities during Thursday’s meeting of the Program Review and Investigations Committee. While exploring ideas for future discussion, Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, suggested a look at how to improve the low student retention rates at Kentucky’s 16 community and technical colleges. That suggestion led to a response by Sen. Dan... Read more 

Cabinet officials look at ways to better serve the state's foster care needs

06/14/2018 02:28 PM

FRANKFORT – How to better serve the state’s foster care community was the main topic of discussion in Frankfort as the Program Review and Investigations Committee heard from the new Department of Community Based Services, or DCBS, acting commissioner Elizabeth Caywood. Caywood has 19 years of DCBS experience, with twelve of those years having been spent in the Commissioner’s Office as an Internal Policy Analyst IV and Executive Advisor. Most recently, Caywood served as Chief of Staff for Commissioner Adria Johnson,... Read more 

Democrats say unintended consequences of pension and tax reform legislation will result in Democrat gains in November

06/01/2018 02:50 PM

NEWPORT – House Democrats believe that the unrest during the 2018 legislative session will result in more voter participation in the general election which will lead to positive vote counts for numerous Democratic candidates across the state of Kentucky. House Minority Caucus Chair Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, believes that the process by which pension and tax reform was done has left a bad taste in the mouths of numerous middle class Kentuckians and that will result in consequences for many of... Read more 

House Republicans say they are poised to hold their ground in November election

05/31/2018 01:42 PM

FLORENCE – Despite House Republican Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, losing to Rockcastle County High School math teacher R. Travis Brenda in the Republican primary, some Republican House members believe that in the end, they will still maintain around the same number of seats that they won in 2016 and in the 2018 general election. Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, who attended the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Legislative Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday in Florence, and was unopposed in the primary,... Read more 

Campbell County High School seniors visit where it all began with annual Senior Walk

05/29/2018 02:31 PM

ALEXANDRIA – As many high school students around Kentucky graduate or prepare to graduate, their thoughts look ahead to their futures. For seniors at Campbell County High School, Tuesday was a day to reflect back on the road that brought them to where they are now. The students took part in the third annual Senior Walk when graduating seniors receive their caps and gowns and then get bused to the elementary school they attended to thank their teachers from the past... Read more 

Rep. C. Wesley Morgan battling primary opponent as well as the GOP in trying to retain House seat

05/18/2018 02:46 PM

RICHMOND – 81st District incumbent Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, could be in for a fight as he faces audiologist Deanna Frazier in the GOP primary. Morgan, who was one of the most vocal voices in calling for the ouster of former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, amid sexual harassment allegations, has found it hard to gain friends in the Republican caucus, which includes getting action of any of his bills. “By me calling him out in November and all the... Read more 

Three Democrats battle to gain seat held by longtime state rep. Jim Wayne

05/16/2018 03:43 PM

LOUISVILLE – When longtime Democratic state Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, decided not to seek re-election after serving in the House chamber since 1991, three Democrat candidates from distinct backgrounds decided run for the seat. The candidates include Lisa Willner, executive director of the Kentucky Psychological Association and vice chair of the Jefferson County Board of Education, Richard Becker, a union organizer with Service employees International and Jack Walker, a woodworker and political advisor. Willner says that her work experience will give her... Read more 


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