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.

Crime in Louisville down overall as homicides increase 20 percent during first six months of 2017, officials say

08/01/2017 02:07 PM

Despite an uptick that puts the city on pace to break last year’s record-setting homicide rate, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad say the city’s overall crime rate is trending downward in the first six months of 2017. Data released by the Louisville Metro Police Department Tuesday show that crime decreased by about 4 percent compared to the first six months of 2016, with violent crime down more than 5 percent and property crime down nearly... Read more 

Democrats in D.C. and Frankfort could earn "second look" in upcoming cycles, Edelen says

07/29/2017 06:10 PM

New Kentucky Project co-founder Adam Edelen expects voters will give Democrats at both the federal and state levels “a second look” in the 2018 and 2019 elections, calling both cycles referendums on President Donald Trump and Gov. Matt Bevin. But the former Democratic state auditor who hopes to attract new faces to politics through his group also had a warning for his party brethren. “If that second look reveals the same old folks saying the same old stuff, the look won’t last... Read more 

Chairman of Senate budget committee says he hopes pension and tax reforms are dealt with separately

07/28/2017 01:49 PM

FRANKFORT – State Sen. Chris McDaniel describes himself as a person who likes challenges, and he says he wouldn’t trade his seat facing daunting challenges like reforming the state’s public pension systems and reforming its tax code “for anything.” “Do I wish that we didn’t have decisions that would ultimately be so impactful at a personal level in front of us? Yes,” the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee chairman said during an interview this week in his Capitol Annex office. “I... Read more 

Edelen talks New Kentucky Project's statewide tour and ideas for Kentucky's future

07/27/2017 04:35 PM

The New Kentucky Project is set to embark on a tour across the state next week, and co-founder Adam Edelen says the group hopes to reach a new crop of civic leaders “who are willing to step up” and offer innovative ideas for Kentucky’s future. The nonprofit’s first stop is scheduled for Darkness Brewing in Bellevue at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with others planned in Somerset, Morehead, Pikeville, Paducah, Bowling Green, Louisville, Owensboro and Lexington throughout August. The tour will feature... Read more 

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