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.

Former state director of Americans for Prosperity's Kentucky branch partnering with lobbying firm in 2018

10/05/2017 02:46 PM

The former state director of Americans for Prosperity’s Kentucky chapter has left her post to start her own advocacy firm, which is partnering with Commonwealth Alliances beginning Jan. 1. The strategic partnership between Commonwealth Alliances and Bright Strategies, launched by Julia Crigler last month, was announced in a Thursday news release. Crigler had been Kentucky state director for AFP since 2014. Prior to that, she worked as the Kentucky House Republican Caucus Campaign Committee’s political director and finance director for the Kentucky... Read more 

Co-chair of House transportation working group prefiles bill that would create annual fees for hybrid, electric vehicles

10/04/2017 06:19 PM

FRANKFORT — As state representatives consider ways to shore up Kentucky’s Road Fund, the co-chair of a House working group exploring that issue has prefiled a bill that would establish annual fees for hybrid and electric vehicles. Rep. Sal Santoro, a Florence Republican who co-chairs the House Working Group on Kentucky’s Transportation Infrastructure, has proposed a three-tier system that would set a $50 fee for hybrid vehicles model year 2019 or newer, $100 for hybrid-electric plug-ins and $150 for cars that... Read more 

Mum's the word from top lawmakers as pension reform talks near resolution

10/04/2017 04:36 PM

FRANKFORT — House Speaker Jeff Hoover said many Kentuckians will breathe “a big sigh of relief” when lawmakers unveil their pension reform proposal, but details were scarce after top lawmakers met Wednesday in Frankfort. Hoover said those working on the proposal agreed not to disclose specifics before it’s unveiled, and he declined to elaborate on comments by Governor Matt Bevin in a radio interview Tuesday, during which the governor said new public workers and those who aren’t promised defined-benefit pensions would... Read more 

Gov. Bevin: Future public hires and those not "given a promise of a defined-benefit" pension will have 401(k)-style plans in reform

10/03/2017 06:33 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin says future government employees, and possibly recent state hires, will be placed in defined-contribution plans as part of efforts to reform the state’s public retirement systems. Bevin, who called in to the Leland Conway Show on WHAS-AM radio Tuesday morning, told Conway that he had been meeting with legislative leaders for months and “two, three, five, six, seven hours in a row” in recent weeks as they craft a proposal to reform Kentucky’s pension systems in a special... Read more 

16,000 Kentuckians could have vehicle registration placed on hold due to unpaid bridge tolls, Transportation Cabinet says

10/03/2017 04:12 PM

FRANKFORT — Thousands of Kentuckians with unpaid bridge tolls in Louisville could have their vehicle registrations placed on hold if they don’t pay up, an official with the Transportation Cabinet told lawmakers Tuesday. Megan McLain, innovative finance manager for the cabinet, offered an update on the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Projects during an Interim Joint Committee on Transportation meeting in the Capitol Annex. She said the tolling on the newly built spans in Louisville’s downtown and East End have met or... Read more 

Barr targets foreign banks doing business with North Korea in newly filed legislation

10/03/2017 10:44 AM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is hoping to impose heavy financial sanctions against North Korea, filing legislation that would target foreign banks that transact with any businesses in the communist country. The Impeding North Korea’s Access to Finance Act of 2017 would also punish financial institutions that do business with North Korean laborers, zeroing in on an estimated $300 million in wages confiscated by the North Korean government, according to a news release from Barr’s office. Barr’s legislation, if passed, would dovetail... Read more 

The Chatter: Education chief proposes lighter budget cuts, pre-abortion ultrasound law struck down

10/01/2017 09:00 AM

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says students across the state will suffer if the Department of Education is forced to enact a third of the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The newspaper obtained a copy of Pruitt’s letter to Bevin’s administration, which lays out his plan to cut the agency’s spending by $22.8 million, about a third of than the $69.5 million Bevin’s budget chief called for earlier this month. The administration had requested... Read more 

Bevin on latest U of L basketball scandal: Officials' handling of situation "appropriate"

09/30/2017 12:38 PM

With the University of Louisville still reeling after news that some of its coaches were involved in a bribery scheme to land a coveted high school basketball recruit, Gov. Matt Bevin is taking a wait-and-see approach while also praising moves by the school’s leaders in the immediate aftermath of the latest scandal involving U of L. Bevin — who made waves last year after restructuring the U of L board of trustees and securing the resignation of former U of L... Read more 

Taking a closer look at the relationship between big-time college athletics and apparel providers

09/29/2017 04:40 PM

On the heels of a federal indictment implicating, but not charging, University of Louisville basketball coaches and an Adidas official in a pay-to-play scheme to land a coveted high school recruit, what will change in the relationship between big-time college athletics and apparel providers? T.J. Beisner, host of Kentucky Sports Television, says don’t expect much to change unless the NCAA demands it, particularly with some deals running in the nine figures. U of L, for instance, recently inked an extension with... Read more 

Congressman Barr hopes to launch military sexual trauma pilot project in Lexington, other areas with Military SAVE Act

09/22/2017 04:09 PM

FRANKFORT – U.S. Rep. Andy Barr unveiled legislation Friday that aims to better serve military veterans who have endured sexual assaults, saying he hopes a pilot project in the Lexington area will launch if it passes Congress. Barr, R-Lexington, said the Military Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Act would allow veterans to circumvent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for treatment and instead choose a doctor to handle problems stemming from military sexual trauma. The Military SAVE Act would establish five pilot projects... Read more