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

Committee studies cost of Medicaid prescriptions in relation to pharmacy benefit managers

01/11/2018 05:12 PM

FRANKFORT – The role of pharmacy benefit managers and their role in determining the cost of drugs for Medicaid patients was the subject of today’s joint meeting of the Senate and House committee on Banking and Insurance. A pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) is a health care company that contracts with insurers, employers, and government programs to administer the prescription drug portion of the health care benefit. PBMs work with insurers and employers to perform a variety of services to ensure high-quality, cost... Read more 

Bill which would create voter referendum concerning victims' rights passes Senate

01/10/2018 04:46 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would which would create a crime Victims’ Bill of Rights in the Kentucky Constitution has passed the Senate by a 34-1 vote. Senate Bill 3, also known as Marsy’s Law, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, would be designed to ensure that crime victims are treated fairly and afforded rights equal to the accused during the judicial process. If passed by the House, SB 3 would allow the issue to put on the ballot this November. Westerfield told... Read more 

Hoover proposes rule that would make lawmakers liable for cost of investigating fellow lawmakers

01/09/2018 08:05 PM

FRANKFORT – More surprises on Tuesday in the House as Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who formally resigned as Speaker Monday, introduced an amendment to a House rule which allowed eight members of the GOP to seek his expulsion last week. Hoover filed an amendment to House Rule 23A, which would force all members who file complaints to pay all of the costs associated with the investigation committee if no wrongdoing is found. Hoover called out the eight GOP members as he... Read more 

Northern Kentucky sees a significant increase in HIV cases in 2017

01/09/2018 12:47 PM

EDGEWOOD – The Northern Kentucky region has seen a spike in HIV infection among individuals who inject drugs, and officials in the health department are trying to do more to combat the problem. Representatives of the Northern Kentucky Health Department and the Kentucky Department for Public Health announced on Tuesday that they have initiated a cluster investigation of HIV infections among people who inject drugs in northern Kentucky. HIV case monitoring showed that the total number of cases has increased with... Read more 

Bill which would move statewide office elections to even numbered years passes House committee

01/08/2018 04:30 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would change the election year of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and state Constitutional officers from the current odd numbered year to even numbers years passed the House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs on Monday. House Bill 23, sponsored by Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Murray, would amend Section 95 of the Constitution of Kentucky to hold the election of statewide officers in even numbered years, every four years, beginning in 2024. If HB 23 is passed by... Read more 

House committee investigating Jeff Hoover will initially meet behind closed doors

01/05/2018 02:34 PM

FRANKFORT – The special House committee which will decide whether charges against Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover are valid and warrant further investigation will likely take place out of view of the public. The committee held their first meeting on Friday with committee chair Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, setting up some the organizational tasks for the members to work through. Miller emphasized the importance of getting things done in a time efficient manner. “We know as a body we are facing a... Read more 

Central Kentucky ministers call for Jeff Hoover to resign as Speaker

01/05/2018 12:32 PM

FRANKFORT – Two central Kentucky church pastors have gone on record requesting that embattled Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, resign his position as Speaker in light of him admitting to settling a claim against him brought by a female staffer in Nov. of 2017. Rev. Hershael York, Pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, who gave the invocation before the start of Friday’s House session, and Rev. Jeff Fugate, of Clays Mill Baptist Church in Lexington, stated... Read more 

Members of committee to investigate actions of Jeff Hoover named

01/04/2018 05:08 PM

FRANKFORT – With the newly formed committee which will investigate and possibly expel Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who admitted to settling a claim against him brought by a female staffer in November of 2017, the question has been which six representatives of the House would be members of the committee. That question was answered on Thursday as four women and two men were named to the committee by their respective parties. The Republican members include Rep. Donna Mayfield, R-Winchester, Rep. Jason Petrie,... Read more 

House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins still considering a gubernatorial run

01/04/2018 02:41 PM

FRANKFORT – With the November 2019 election less than two years a way, one well known Democrat is still exploring the idea of throwing his hat in the ring for a run for governor. Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, who is the House Minority Floor Leader, admits that he is carefully mulling over the possibility of a gubernatorial run. “There’s no question that I’m getting a lot of encouragement to look into the race and we are, and the reason that we... Read more 

Congressman Andy Barr files to run for fourth term

01/04/2018 01:48 PM

FRANKFORT – U.S. Congressman Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has filed for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives for the Sixth District of Kentucky. Barr, who has served in Congress since 2013, previously was a member of former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s executive staff. In 2016, Barr won a third term by defeating Democrat Nancy Jo Kemper capturing 61.1 percent of all of the votes cast. To date several big Democratic entrants have come forward to challenge the incumbent, including Lexington Mayor Jim gray, Former... Read more 

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