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.

House GOP caucus chair withdraws adoption task force resolution after Senate changes

03/30/2017 02:39 PM

FRANKFORT — The sponsor of a concurrent resolution establishing a task force to recommend changes to the state’s adoption system withdrew the item Thursday after the Senate removed the task force requirement and instead lumped adoption among more than a dozen issues to study during the legislative interim. House Majority Caucus Chair David Meade, R-Stanford, grew emotional on the House floor as he listed changes made to House Concurrent Resolution 105, saying he has firsthand knowledge of the “emotional rollercoaster” that... Read more 

UPDATED: General Assembly overrides all of Gov. Bevin's vetoes

03/29/2017 10:00 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to reverse Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes Wednesday, drawing cheers from mental health advocates in the galleries of the Senate and House of Representatives. They had urged lawmakers earlier in the day to override Bevin’s veto of Senate Bill 91, known as “Tim’s Law.” That legislation establishes a procedure for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those suffering from serious mental illnesses who have also been involuntarily committed at least twice within a year. The Senate voted... Read more 

County Connections: Gallatin County News among a shrinking number of locally owned newspapers

03/28/2017 07:15 PM

WARSAW — For Charles and Denny Warnick, Gallatin County provided a prime spot at the right price to get their start in the publishing world. The Gallatin County News has been in the Warnick family since the couple bought the weekly newspaper for $48,000 in 1978. “It’s written in blood on my heart,” Denny said during a recent interview at the newspaper’s office, which is attached to her home in Warsaw. Since then, and despite a pitch from Shelbyville-based Landmark Community Newspapers,... Read more 

County Connections: Sixth-generation farmer's family has a Confederate veteran to thank for its start in agriculture

03/28/2017 06:46 PM

WARSAW — Skip Smith has seen a lot in his 69 years, most of which have been spent on the grounds he and his family still farm to this day. Smith partners with his brother, Joe Smith, and works alongside his sons and grandsons, farming roughly 1,500 acres — mostly soy and corn — plus nearly 100 heads of cattle. “I like to tell people in my own career when I was a kid, we were still using horses out here on... Read more 

The Chatter: Judge hears arguments on motion to temporarily halt pre-abortion ultrasound law, Medicaid waiver approval expected soon

03/24/2017 03:00 PM

A federal judge will soon rule on the ACLU of Kentucky’s motion to temporarily suspend the state’s new pre-abortion ultrasound law after hearing arguments from both sides on Thursday. The ACLU of Kentucky and EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville sued after House Bill 2 became law in the opening week of this year’s 30-day legislative session. They say the new law violates the First Amendment by compelling physicians to perform and report the results of ultrasounds on women seeking abortions. But... Read more 

Insure Kentucky celebrates 7th anniversary of Obamacare with U.S. House poised to vote on replacement

03/22/2017 05:39 PM

LOUISVILLE – With a crucial health-care vote looming in the U.S. House of Representatives, a coalition of Kentucky nonprofits held a celebration Wednesday of the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage. Members of Insure Kentucky also expressed their desire to see health coverage for all Americans, mirroring President Donald Trump’s stated goal in January of “insurance for everybody” in reform efforts. Rev. Mark Baridon, pastor of Louisville’s Central Presbyterian Church, said he hopes Trump and Congress make that goal... Read more 

Federal judge in Eastern District of Kentucky confirmed to U.S. Sentencing Commission

03/21/2017 04:29 PM

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed federal Judge Danny Reeves to the U.S. Sentencing Commission with a 98-0 vote on Tuesday. Reeves, a graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, has been on the bench in Eastern District of Kentucky since 2001, serving the federal court “with distinction,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a speech on the Senate floor. “Judge Reeves has been lauded for his steady devotion to the rule of law, for his commitment to... Read more 

Trump stumps in Louisville for health care reform ahead of crucial vote in U.S. House

03/20/2017 10:54 PM

LOUISVILLE — With a key vote on health care reform in the U.S. House of Representatives looming this week, President Donald Trump dismissed the federal health law known as Obamacare as a “complete and total catastrophe” during a rally at Freedom Hall Monday. More than 15,000 filled the arena to cheer the president, who spent part of his 40-minute speech on Republican plans for health care. Trump’s rally came less than two weeks after Vice President Mike Pence held a listening... Read more 

No protests, but Congressman Andy Barr defends GOP plans on health care, budget in Richmond

03/18/2017 08:21 PM

RICHMOND — With the U.S. House of Representatives expected to vote soon on Republican efforts to repeal and replace the federal health law known as Obamacare, Congressman Andy Barr faced several skeptics on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus Saturday. More than 150 gathered for Barr’s “Coffee with your Congressman” stop in Richmond, where he went to bat for Republican plans on health care as well as President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, although he expressed some concerns for Trump’s cuts to programs like... Read more 

Trump's first budget proposal will "have a hard time getting much traction" in Congress, Yarmuth says

03/17/2017 03:26 PM

Congressman John Yarmuth, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, says he sees a difficult path ahead for President Donald Trump’s “ignorant” budget proposal unveiled Thursday. Yarmuth, D-Louisville, spoke at a news conference Friday morning with other House Democrats to share their misgivings about cuts in Trump’s proposed spending plan. He said the draft budget shows “an incredible lack of knowledge about the way people live and about the value and success of many of the investments and programs that... Read more