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

Rand Paul attacker charged with assaulting a member of congress

01/19/2018 05:41 PM

INDIANAPOLIS- Rene A. Boucher, the man who attacked Rand Paul while mowing his lawn has been charged with assaulting a member of congress resulting in a personal injury, a felony under federal law. Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, charged Boucher Friday. “Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” said Minkler. “Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.” U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was allegedly... Read more 

Bill increasing consent age passes House

01/19/2018 10:42 AM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House passed a bill increasing the age of consent for teenagers when having sex with adults. House Bill 101, dubbed “Jenna’s Law”, says that a 16 or 17 year old is unable to give consent to have sexual intercourse with anyone 28 years or older. Adults found in violation of this could be charged with third-degree rape which carries a one to five year prison sentence. The Kentucky Association for Sexual Assault Programs is pleased to... Read more 

Kentucky out of running for Amazon HQ2

01/18/2018 12:34 PM

SEATTLE- Despite efforts from city and state leaders, Kentucky will not be home to the new Amazon second headquarters. Amazon announced the 20 metropolitan areas chosen as finalists for HQ2. The company plans to invest over $5 billion in construction costs and estimates the new headquarters will bring in 50,000 jobs. The metropolitan areas chosen are: - Atlanta, GA - Austin, TX - Boston, MA - Chicago, IL - Columbus, OH - Dallas, TX - Denver, CO - Indianapolis, IN -... Read more 

Beshear introduces Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit

01/16/2018 01:54 PM

FRANKFORT- Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, announced Tuesday the creation of a Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit to investigate cold sexual assault cases and implement a statewide plan of action to improve justice for victims of sexual assault. The unit is funded through a $3 million U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant that was awarded to the Attorney General’s office. “These funds are allowing us to create a dedicated cold case... Read more 

Bevin announces approval of 1115 waiver, threatens termination of Medicaid expansion

01/12/2018 02:02 PM

FRANKFORT- Highlighting the health challenges facing Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, announced the approval of the new 1115 Medicaid waiver program, Kentucky HEALTH. The approval of the Medicaid work requirement makes Kentucky the first in the nation to apply work requirements to Medicaid recipients. Nine other states have applied for similar waivers. “Kentucky will lead the way and show other states how Medicaid can be changed, other states will follow our example.” Bevin said. Bevin administration officials highlighted the changes to... Read more 

Medical Marijuana legislation introduced in the House

01/11/2018 04:03 PM

FRANKFORT- Representative John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, has filed legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Kentucky. House Bill 166 was unveiled Thursday by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, and members of the medical marijuana task force. The bill includes proposals from the task force. “What started as a whisper years ago is now a loud chorus. Kentuckians have declared 2018 as the year they expect action on medical marijuana from their legislators,” Grimes said. “Now, with 29 states and... Read more 

Bill protecting animals left in hot cars passes Senate committee

01/11/2018 12:58 PM

FRANKFORT- A measure providing protections for people who break into cars to save animals unanimously cleared a Senate committee Thursday. Senate Bill 8 sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, provides civil immunity for damaging a vehicle if done so in ‘good-faith’ to save a dog or cat believed to be in immediate danger of death if not removed. To be eligible for civil immunity under the law, the individual would have to believe the animal is in danger, contact emergency... Read more 

House votes to eliminate committee investigating Hoover

01/10/2018 04:30 PM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House of Representatives spent most of day seven focused on whether lawmakers should investigate claims against former Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown. Ultimately, the House unanimously voted to eliminate the eight person committee investigating whether charges against Representative Jeff Hoover are valid and warrant a further investigation. Lawmakers expressed concerns with ‘policing themselves’ by having this special committee and spoke of establishing decorum back to the House. Hoover did not vote for the resolution. The investigation... Read more 

Congressman Yarmuth says country moving away from 'demonizing' marijuana

01/09/2018 11:46 AM

Following Attorney General Jeff Session’s announcement that he would be rescinding the Cole memo, which created a passive policy on marijuana laws in states, U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says he believes marijuana policy could soon change in the country. Congressman Yarmuth says some in Congress are seeking to reschedule the class of marijuana. Currently, marijuana is identified under DEA as a Schedule I drug, the same classification as heroin, LSD and ecstasy. “Its judged to be the same potency as... Read more 

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