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.

University of Louisville Foundation fires former aide to ex-President Jim Ramsey

06/22/2017 05:36 PM

The University of Louisville Foundation has ended the employment of a former aide to ex-President Jim Ramsey, prompting her attorney to call her client a “fall girl” in the aftermath of a scathing forensic audit. Kathleen Smith, Ramsey’s former chief of staff and assistant secretary at the U of L Foundation, had been on paid administrative leave since September, but the nonprofit charged with handling the university’s endowment notified her late Wednesday that her employment would end Thursday, according to Smith’s... Read more 

Kentucky Super Stars Leadership Academy working to develop skills of early childhood educators across the state

06/21/2017 09:57 PM

A new program helping early childhood educators and administrators learn the skills they need to improve daycares, preschools and kindergartens across the state is halfway through its first year, and an official with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative says she hopes the state will find the necessary funding to keep it going. About 250 mentees from throughout the state are enrolled in the Kentucky Super Stars Leadership Academy, a partnership between OVEC and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood funded through... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear suing Gov. Bevin over executive order reorganizing education boards

06/20/2017 04:22 PM

Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking Gov. Matt Bevin to court for the fourth time, suing the governor on Tuesday over his executive order reorganizing seven education-oriented boards. Beshear warned of a possible lawsuit June 7, giving Bevin a week to rescind or amend his June 2 executive order that created the Charter Schools Advisory Council and altered a number of other boards, including the Kentucky Board of Education. The Republican governor issued a revised version of the executive order... Read more 

State Republicans re-elect Mac Brown as party chairman

06/10/2017 12:49 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky’s State Central Committee re-elected RPK Chairman Mac Brown to the party’s top post Saturday, the state GOP announced in a news release. Brown, a retired executive at Brown-Forman, has chaired RPK since November 2015 and oversaw the party as the GOP wrested control of the state House of Representatives from Democrats for the first time in nearly a century. The 2016 electoral wins in the House gave Republicans supermajorities in both chambers in the General Assembly. Brown... Read more 

Report: U of L Foundation financial head placed on paid administrative leave

06/09/2017 04:50 PM

A day after the University of Louisville’s board of trustees reviewed the findings of a forensic audit into the nonprofit group that handles its endowment, news broke that U of L Foundation Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson had been placed on paid administrative leave. Insider Louisville first reported the change in Tomlinson’s status at the foundation. The audit, conducted by the Chicago-based firm Alvarez & Marsal, explored the foundation’s finances from 2010 through 2016 and detailed several millions in overspending... Read more 

Forensic audit details several million in excessive spending, lax oversight at U of L Foundation

06/08/2017 06:52 PM

A six-month forensic audit of the University of Louisville Foundation details several millions of dollars in excessive spending on things like compensation, real estate and investments, often with the endowment’s board left in the dark. The 135-page report by Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations was released Thursday following a closed-door U of L board of trustees meeting that lasted more than three-and-a-half hours. University officials stressed that the questionable spending practices happened under previous leadership, although they did not mention former... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear threatens legal challenge to Gov. Bevin's education-related reorganization order

06/07/2017 06:16 PM

FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear will likely take Gov. Matt Bevin back to court after the governor reorganized several education-focused boards on Friday. Beshear announced during a Capitol news conference Wednesday that he sent Bevin’s office a letter asking the governor to reconsider his executive order that created the Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council and reshuffled others, including the Kentucky Board of Education. If the order stands after seven days, Beshear says he will take Bevin to court over the... Read more 

Gov. Bevin establishes charter schools council via executive order

06/03/2017 03:30 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin created the Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council and shuffled other education-oriented boards via executive order Friday as legislation on charter schools and education reform take effect. The nine-member charter schools council will be advise the Kentucky Board of Education on charter-school regulations, review charter applications and recommend approval or disapproval, and recommend actions on appeals, along with any other duties handed down by the state education board, according to the executive order. Bevin’s order calls for three members of... Read more 

Administrative Office of the Courts requests state audit as employee-only surplus sales investigated

06/02/2017 04:36 PM

The Administrative Office of the Courts, subject of an inquiry by Attorney General Andy Beshear into its employee-only surplus sales, has asked state Auditor Mike Harmon to take a closer look at its financial operations. Harmon has agreed to take on the special examination, which AOC officials hope will improve internal controls at the judicial branch agency. “I’ve long been a proponent of transparency within the administration of the Judicial Branch,” Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said in... Read more 

Gov. Bevin calls for groups to walk, pray in neighborhoods hit hard by gun violence in Louisville

06/01/2017 07:16 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin received a mixed reaction Thursday to his call for prayer groups in response to rising gun violence in Louisville, with some at Western Middle School standing and applauding the idea while others left the packed auditorium in disbelief. Bevin urged the hundreds of faith and community leaders who assembled at the West End school to form groups of up to 10 people and pick a block in areas of the city impacted most by gun violence to walk... Read more