Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.

Sen. Carroll won't resign seat in wake of sex allegations

07/26/2017 04:32 PM

FRANKFORT – Sen. Julian Carroll said Wednesday that he will not resign his seat in the wake of a Spectrum News report that he propositioned and groped a 30-year-old man in 2005. Carroll, D-Frankfort, told reporters outside the Capitol Annex cafeteria that there will be “absolutely no resignation,” according to a report by the Lexington Herald-Leader. When approached by a Spectrum News videographer at the Capitol Annex parking lot as he prepared to leave the campus, Carroll waved and drove... Read more 

UPDATED: Head of Democratic super PAC charged with theft by deception, forgery, possession of stolen birth certificate and Social Security card

07/25/2017 06:25 PM

The director of a Democratic super PAC has been jailed on charges of theft by deception, forgery and possessing stolen vital statistic records after Lexington police discovered her depositing fraudulent checks and found another person’s birth certificate and Social Security card at her residence. Grace Wise, 25, of Lexington, is charged with one count of theft by deception over $10,000, four counts of theft by deception under $10,000 and one count of second-degree forgery, according to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division... Read more 

The Chatter: Ark Encounter could lose $18M state tax incentives, judge orders state to pay $224K in same-sex marriage legal battle

07/22/2017 10:30 AM

The Ark Encounter may lose its $18 million tax-incentive package from the state after the for-profit company transferred the Noah’s Ark-inspired attraction to a related nonprofit entity, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday. The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet informed Ark Encounter attorney James Parsons in a letter Tuesday that the Grant County attraction was suspended from receiving tax incentives after it transferred the $48 million property to Crosswater Canyon, a nonprofit connected to Answers in Genesis, which operates both the... Read more 

Complaints against Gov. Bevin unanimously dismissed by Executive Branch Ethics Commission

07/21/2017 11:47 AM

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has thrown out a pair of complaints accusing Gov. Matt Bevin of accepting an improper gift by spending $1.6 million to buy a home in March from a state contractor and member of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board that had been valued at around $2.5 million by the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator. In letters dated Wednesday and first reported by Kentucky Today, the commission’s executive director, Kathryn Gabhart, informed Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, and... Read more 

Unemployment shows slight uptick in June at 5.1 percent

07/20/2017 11:49 AM

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed slightly to 5.1 percent in June, a 0.1 increase from the previous month. The state’s jobless rate lags the national rate of 4.4 percent as employment dropped by 10,721 jobs and unemployment grew by 2,191 from May, according to a news release Thursday from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. However, the nearly 1.8 million jobs in the state as of June are 76,792 more than the amount in June 2016, when unemployment was 5... Read more 

Republican Party of Kentucky spends Wednesday tweeting about possible conflicts of interest for Attorney General Beshear

07/19/2017 07:49 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky again accused Attorney General Andy Beshear of conflicts of interest, this time unloading on the subject in a flurry of tweets on Wednesday. The RPK didn’t just focus on Beshear’s potential conflicts of interest in his office’s investigation of the University of Louisville Foundation or his office’s potential inquiry of Gov. Matt Bevin’s home purchase or its settlement with drugmaker Purdue Pharma or its investigation of former Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer. They’re also raising possible conflicts... Read more 

Former local GOP chairman charged with indecent exposure, resisting arrest after allegedly exposing self at department store

07/19/2017 01:04 PM

The former chairman of the Letcher County Republican Party was arrested at a department store in Kingsport, Tenn., after allegedly exposing himself to an employee in the bathroom on Tuesday. David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg, was charged with indecent exposure and resisting arrest after the incident, according to WJHL-TV. According to the news station, police were called to Belk after a loss prevention employee reported that Narramore exposed himself after rubbing the employee’s foot with his foot from an adjacent bathroom... Read more 

Health-care reform on life support in U.S. Senate

07/19/2017 09:30 AM

After the Senate health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed late Monday night, Republican leaders quickly declared that their fight wasn’t over, vowing there would be a vote to repeal the law without a replacement. But that approach also quickly crashed and burned before even getting to the Senate floor. Three Republican senators — Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — said they could not support the repeal-only proposal, which would include a two-year... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear reviewing ethics panel's advisory opinion on investigating Gov. Bevin, mum on 2019 plans

07/18/2017 02:59 PM

LA GRANGE – Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office is reviewing an opinion by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission that will hinder his ability to investigate a home sale involving Gov. Matt Bevin if he decides to challenge Bevin in 2019. Beshear, after speaking to a group of senior citizens on his office’s Scam Alerts program at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in La Grange Tuesday, told reporters he hoped to make an announcement on his next move regarding Bevin’s purchase... Read more 

State Republican Party wants Attorney General Beshear to recuse himself in U of L Foundation inquiry

07/15/2017 02:51 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Attorney General Andy Beshear to recuse himself from any investigations into the University of Louisville Foundation due to conflicts of interest, which Beshear’s office dismissed as the latest political attack against the first-term Democrat. The GOP’s request Friday came a day after media reported that the attorney general’s office requested additional information from U of L, including former university President James Ramsey’s hard drive; emails among foundation officials from June 1, 2016, through... Read more