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.

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 

Environmentalists protest scheduled speech by EPA head as President Trump considers withdrawing from climate deal

05/31/2017 05:57 PM

LEXINGTON – More than 100 gathered at Lexington’s Triangle Park to protest a cancelled appearance by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt Wednesday. Pruitt had been scheduled to speak to the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers’ conference and trade show at the Lexington Center but stayed in Washington, D.C., as President Donald Trump mulls withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, which former President Barack Obama entered in September and includes more than 200 countries. The EPA administrator has called the Paris accord “a... Read more 

Jim Bunning, former senator and baseball Hall of Famer, dies at age 85

05/27/2017 12:58 PM

Former U.S. Senator and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning has died at age 85. The River City News reported Saturday that Bunning passed late Friday, and his son, U.S. District Judge David Bunning, tweeted that “Heaven got its No 1 starter today.” “Our lives are better off because of your love & dedication to family,” he wrote. Heaven got its No 1 starter today. Our lives & the nation are better off because of your love & dedication... Read more 

Gov. Bevin chaps media coverage of home sale after ethics complaint filed

05/27/2017 12:34 PM

FRANKFORT – The chairman of Common Cause Kentucky has filed a complaint with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission questioning the sale of a home where Gov. Matt Bevin and his family now live. The Courier Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday that Richard Beliles, chairman of the government watchdog group, submitted the complaint as a private citizen rather than a representative of Common Cause Kentucky, and accused Bevin of using his public office for personal benefit after a donor,... Read more 

Business investments in Kentucky hit new record with $5.8B pledged so far this year

05/26/2017 06:04 PM

FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin and state officials said Friday that Kentucky had set a new high-water mark in economic development with more than $5.8 billion in business investments pledged thus far this year. That amount surpasses the previous record, $5.1 billion, set in 2015, and Bevin says this year’s total will likely grow with seven months left in the calendar year. The governor said he’s continuing to talk to businesses interested in future developments in Kentucky. “We are just getting warmed... Read more 

Two union groups sue to block new right-to-work law, rankling governor and top lawmakers

05/25/2017 03:49 PM

A pair of labor groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the state’s newly enacted right-to-work law, hoping to block the law that prohibits unions from collecting fees from non-members. The AFL-CIO and Teamsters Local 89 named Gov. Matt Bevin and Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey in the suit filed in Franklin Circuit Court, arguing that the right-to-work law violates the Kentucky Constitution. Unions packed the Capitol to protest House Bill 1, which passed the House on a 58-39 vote and the Senate... Read more 

County Connections: Menu hasn't changed much at Flemingsburg Dairy Queen operated by state representative's family since 1953

05/24/2017 08:30 PM

FLEMINGSBURG — State Rep. John Sims says he knows the first and last names of about 80 percent of the customers who dine at his Dairy Queen restaurant in Flemingsburg, and it’s pretty easy for him to spot first-timers who peruse the menu for the first time. “You can usually tell the out-of-towners because they’re like, ‘Wow,’” Sims said. “You know, it takes them a few minutes to order.” Unlike most Dairy Queen restaurants, the Flemingsburg location’s menu hasn’t changed much since... Read more 

Help Wanted Kentucky aims to steer attention to high-demand jobs and scholarship opportunities

05/24/2017 04:58 PM

LOUISVILLE – State officials are hoping to get the word out about the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program, announcing a new website and text-messaging line Wednesday that will provide insight into high-demand fields. Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner unveiled the Help Wanted Kentucky initiative alongside Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Jay Box and UPS Air District Vice President Joe Boyle at the UPS WorldPort Global Operations Center. The website,, covers five employment sectors – health care,... Read more 

Sen. Thomas talks his interest in possibly challenging Congressman Barr in next year's midterms

05/23/2017 09:13 PM

LEXINGTON — As national Democrats look to wrest control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republicans in next year’s midterm elections, state Sen. Reginald Thomas believes the road to a majority must pass through Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. Thomas, in an interview with Pure Politics at his church Tuesday, said his interest in the race rose after his potential opponent, Congressman Andy Barr, voted for the American Health Care Act earlier this month. “When you vote to repeal the Affordable... Read more