Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

McConnell likens Russia to old Soviet Union

08/14/2018 04:09 PM

FORT KNOX- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t buying the new “friendly” relationship with Russia. While touting President Trump signing the National Defense Authorization Act at Fort Knox, McConnell says he doesn’t see a difference in the new Russia and the old Soviet Union. “The new Russia looks a lot like the old Soviet Union, only it has less territory, “ he told reporters. “I don’t think there is any question, Putin has said in the past he thought the... Read more 

Gov. Bevin: pension reform opponents are like "drowning victims"

08/14/2018 12:38 PM

CINCINNATI- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, says pension reform opponents are like “drowning victims.” Bevin made the comparison while appearing on 55KRC’s Brian Thomas show, a conservative talk radio station, when asked about the opposition from public employees to the pension reform bill. “And yet I’m being fought, in some instances, by the very people we’re trying to save. It’s like saving a drowning victim,” Bevin told host Brian Thomas. “It’s like somebody, they’re fighting, they’re fighting and they are pulling... Read more 

McConnell touts tax reform; discusses tariffs in Louisville

08/10/2018 04:31 PM

LOUISVILLE- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is back home for a brief recess, used a local fabrication headquarters to tout the GOP tax reform bill. McConnell appeared alongside workers of Caldwell Tank in Louisville where he highlighted the benefits the company was receiving since the Republican-controlled Congress passed the sweeping tax reform legislation. Before taking questions from the media, McConnell took time to highlight some economic growth numbers. “Kentucky’s unemployment hit a 42-year low in March when it hit... Read more 

Bevin Administration files appeal on pension reform ruling

08/10/2018 01:20 PM

FRANKFORT- The Bevin Administration has officially filed an appeal on Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling against the pension reform bill. “It is essential that Kentucky’s public servants receive a speedy and final resolution regarding the legality of pension reform legislation (SB 151). That is why, today, we filed an appeal in the case and a motion to bypass the intermediate Court of Appeals and go straight to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Our pension system is already... Read more 

UofL President Neeli Bendapudi has big hopes for university

08/10/2018 11:46 AM

LOUISVILLE- After years of scandals, the University of Louisville hopes new President Neeli Bendapudi can begin to restore the troubled reputation. Bendapudi was named president in April and assumed the role in May 2018. In taking this role, Bendapudi became the first woman and ethically diverse to lead the university. While this feat is an inspiration for women and minorities alike, Dr. Bendapudi hopes that in the future, this is not something that is so unique. “My hope is that... Read more 

McGrath Campaign: Calling Combat Veteran soft on borders "beyond insulting"

08/08/2018 05:04 PM

Conservative Washington Political Action Committees are pumping money into Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District and attacking Democratic Candidate Amy McGrath. The Congressional Leadership Fund released three ads on Wednesday in the district attacking Amy McGrath for being too liberal, soft on borders, and against the tax reform plan. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the radio ad paints Amy McGrath “as liberal as Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders”. The first ad features local mother, Hannah Thornton, who benefited from the GOP... Read more 

McGrath releases new TV ad

08/07/2018 11:19 AM

One day after U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, released an attack ad painting opponent Amy McGrath as “too liberal” for Kentucky, McGrath has released her first ad of the general election. In the ad, McGrath once again plays up her military experience as a fighter pilot, while vowing not to take orders from the political bosses in her party. The race for the sixth congressional district is getting tight with Inside Elections, The Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato moving... Read more 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to speak at Republican Lincoln Dinner

08/06/2018 02:35 PM

FRANKFORT- White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will headline the Republican Party of Kentucky’s 2018 Lincoln Dinner. Sanders will be joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Matt Bevin and Congressman Andy Barr. Scott Jennings will emcee the event. “We are thrilled to have Ms. Sanders as our speaker for this year’s Lincoln Dinner,” said RPK Chairman Mac Brown in a statement. “Ms. Sanders is one of the most recognizable messengers for Republicans and we look forward to... Read more 

Barr releases first attack ad against McGrath

08/06/2018 10:45 AM

LEXINGTON- U.S. Representative Andy Barr, R-Lexington, has released his first attack ad against opponent Amy McGrath. The ad paints the former fighter pilot as “too liberal” for the sixth congressional district and uses clips of McGrath from various interviews and speeches. It is the second ad released by Barr. The race between Andy Barr and McGrath is tight, with Sabato’s Crystal Ball and Cook Political Report listing the race as a toss-up.  Read more 

Common Ground: Trade Wars

07/30/2018 05:58 PM

It’s a topic that has been on everyone’s mind recently. The possibility of a trade war—caused from the implementation of tariffs to foreign countries. When the Trump administration announced a tariff on steel and aluminum to several countries—-those countries like Canada, the European Union and China hit back with their own tariffs on American products—including a distinctly Kentucky product—bourbon. While the viewpoints of the implementations of tariffs varies—Kentucky’s congressional delegation all agree on one thing—No one wins in a trade war.... Read more