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

Common Ground: Bipartisan Bills for Children

04/17/2018 05:29 PM

With the 2018 General Assembly Session wrapped up for the year Pure Politics wanted to focus on the bills that made it through with wide bipartisan support. We’ve already focused on bills meant to help victims of crimes. This time, Pure Politics is focusing on two measures passed with children in minds. To begin with, House Bill 30, sponsored by Rep. Regina Huff, R-Williamsburg, requires suicide prevention training for school teachers. The law requires one hour of suicide prevention training... Read more 

Bevin administration seeking to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/17/2018 04:45 PM

FRANKFORT- Just days before an injunction hearing on the pension reform bill, Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, is seeking to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the lawsuit. Bevin filed a motion in Franklin County Circuit Court to disqualify Beshear from the pension reform lawsuit due to a conflict of interest. The lawsuit alleges that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. “Conflicts of interest do not disappear simply because... Read more 

Budget, tax bill tweaks pass General Assembly

04/14/2018 02:34 PM

FRANKFORT- As the clock is ticking before sine die, the Senate Appropriation and Revenue committee approved two committee substitutes cleaning up language in the budget and revenue bills. House Bill 265 SCS1, cleans up the language from House Bill 200. It does various things, including shifting $7 million to school districts who have been adversely affected by the loss in unmined minerals tax. It also creates language for tourism grants through the Kentucky Office of Tourism. House Bill 487,... Read more 

Teachers, parents disgusted with Bevin's sexual assault comments, House Condemns

04/14/2018 10:12 AM

FRANKFORT- Hours after Governor Bevin insinuated children were being sexually assaulted due to the thousands of teachers protesting at the Capitol, parents and teachers say they are disgusted by his comments. “I thought they were quite disgusting, quite loaded and quite insensitive.” said Nicole Finley, a parent from Louisville. Terry Long, a retired teacher from Greenville, was almost left speechless by the comments. “What he said yesterday, terrible..it just befuddles me. It can’t help anything, it especially can’t help him,” he... Read more 

Pension injunction hearing likely next week, Beshear says

04/13/2018 01:28 PM

FRANKFORT- The hearing to prevent the pension reform bill from becoming law will likely happening next week, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky. While meeting with teachers at a rally Friday, Beshear told Pure Politics the injunction hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, but could be moved up to earlier in the week. “Right now it is scheduled for Wednesday, but it may end up being sooner depending if the judge wants more time, but we’re ready, we’re confident and... Read more 

Beshear files lawsuit against pension reform bill

04/11/2018 11:12 AM

FRANKFORT- As promised, Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the pension reform bill signed into law Tuesday. Beshear along with the Kentucky Education Association and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police named Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne, R-Prospect, as the defendants on the lawsuit filed in Franklin County Circuit Court. The lawsuit says it is seeking a declaration of rights, a temporary injunction... Read more 

Bevin Signs Pension Reform Bill

04/10/2018 07:28 PM

FRANKFORT- Gov. Matt Bevin,R-Kentucky, has signed the controversial pension reform bill. Gov. Bevin denied to comment whether he would sign Senate Bill 151 during a press conference Monday announcing his veto of the budget and tax bills. The Secretary of State’s office confirmed the governor signed the bill Tuesday a little before 6 pm. Thousands of teachers stormed the Capitol in protest of the measure that was tacked on last minute as an amendment to a sewage bill. Kentucky Democratic... Read more 

Legislative Ethics Commission Reaches Agreement on Hoover Sexual Harassment Case

04/10/2018 01:31 PM

FRANKFORT- Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has reached a settlement with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission over a sexual harassment case. The agreement with the ethics commission prosecutor was reached behind closed doors. Under the agreement, Rep. Hoover was required to acknowledge that he violated state ethics laws while text messaging with a female legislative employee, pay a $1,000 fine, and admit his wrongdoing to the commission. During his statement to the commission, Hoover reiterated his banter with the... Read more 

Common Ground: Bipartisan Victims' Rights Bills

04/09/2018 05:40 PM

The 2018 Session seems to have been filled with partisan bickering—fueled by protests and attacks on the opposite party. For outsiders looking in it seems as if Republicans and Democrats in Kentucky don’t agree on anything. However, there were several bills signed into law this session that received bipartisan sponsorship, and passed unanimously through both chambers. As Pure Politics has reported, this was a big year for victims’ rights as several bills aimed at protecting victims sailed through both the... Read more 

Bevin vetoes bill to phase in pension payments for local governments

04/05/2018 02:49 PM

FRANKFORT- Governor Bevin has vetoed a bill meant to help local governments with increasing pension payments. House Bill 362 would have phased-in pension contributions for city and county governments, as well as school districts while also creating a way for entities to withdraw from the pension system through “buy-outs”. Bevin said he supports the phase-in provision, but vetoed the bill because the buy-out provision was “very problematic.” In his veto message, Bevin encouraged the General Assembly to restore the phase-in... Read more