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

Beshear announces latest win in pension case; launches new website

05/08/2018 10:12 AM

FRANKFORT- Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, says he has won another victory in the ongoing pension lawsuit. Beshear took to Twitter to announce a ruling against a deposition request from the Bevin Administration. The administration had petitioned the court to depose the Office of the Attorney General, the Kentucky Education Association, and the Kentucky State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police on the unconstitutionality of Senate Bill 151. A Franklin County Circuit Judge ruled in favor of Beshear’s motion for a... Read more 

Common Ground: House Bill 1

05/07/2018 03:59 PM

FRANKFORT- There are currently more than 9,000 children in foster care in Kentucky. A new law in Kentucky—hopes to reduce that number by overhauling the adoption and foster care system. House Bill One was introduced this past session by Republican Rep. David Meade, R-Stanford, and Democrat Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Louisville, a bipartisan group of more than a dozen lawmakers also added their names as co-sponsors of the bill. The groundwork for this overhaul began last year—as a working group used several... Read more 

Most Kentuckians favor court-mandated treatment programs for drug offenders

05/02/2018 10:14 AM

LOUISVILLE- A new Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) reveals that eight out of 10 Kentucky adults favor court-mandated treatment programs for individuals with first or second drug offenses. Those with higher levels of education were more likely to support treatment programs, as opposed to incarceration. KHIP is an annual poll of Kentucky adults that is funded jointly through the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health. “We can’t arrest our way out of Kentucky’s substance use epidemic,” said... Read more 

Common Ground: Bills Passed Unanimously

04/30/2018 05:54 PM

Recently Pure Politics’ Common Ground segment has focused on drawing attention to bills that passed the General Assembly with vast bipartisan support. This week, we continue to shine a light at the legislation which found broad support across the partisan divide. House Bill 84 , otherwise known as “Courtney’s Law” passed with resounding support this year. This law stems from tragedy—after the death of 19 year-old Princeton, Kentucky resident, Courtney Flear. Courtney was an organ and tissue donor, but her... Read more 

Presidential Disaster declared for counties impacted by flooding

04/27/2018 12:28 PM

FRANKFORT- President Donald Trump has authorized assistance for the Kentucky counties hit by the severe weather and flooding from February 21, 2018 through March 21, 2018. “We are grateful to the President for issuing an official disaster declaration to aid more Kentucky counties impacted by severe weather and flooding earlier this year,” said Gov. Bevin. “This federal assistance will provide more than one-quarter of our counties with important resources as they continue recovery efforts, and I am appreciative to... Read more 

Judge denies Bevin's request to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/25/2018 03:51 PM

FRANKFORT- A Franklin County Circuit Court judge has dismissed the Bevin administration’s motion to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the pension lawsuit. Judge Phillip Shepard, said Beshear did not have a conflict of interest as the state’s chief legal officer. Bevin had filed a motion against Beshear seeking to disqualify him from trying the case on April 17 due to a conflict of interest. The motion claimed Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill... Read more 

UofL files lawsuit against former president James Ramsey

04/25/2018 11:02 AM

LOUISVILLE- The University of Louisville and the University of Louisville Foundation have filed suit in Jefferson County Circuit Court against former president James Ramsey and other former Foundation officials alleging a breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent appropriations and improper diversion of funds for personal gain. The suit claims that from 2008 to 2016, Ramsey and others conspired to divert millions of dollars from the Foundation’s endowment into unauthorized and speculative ventures, which put the Foundation at risk. The suit also... Read more 

New poll finds majority of Kentuckians believe addiction is a disease

04/25/2018 10:45 AM

LOUISVILLE- A new Kentucky Health Issues Poll finds that seven out of 10 adults in Kentucky believe addiction is a disease. The poll found that those in urban areas were more likely to have this belief, as opposed to those in rural areas. Residents in the Lexington area were the most likely to view it as a disease. Kentucky Health Issues Poll is an annual opinion poll of adults in Kentucky, funded jointly by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky... Read more 

K-PAC calls for state takeover of JCPS; Board Responds

04/24/2018 02:43 PM

LOUISVILLE- Inner city pastors and public education advocates braved the cold and rain Tuesday to get their individual messages across. At issue — A state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools, and the renegotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement with Jefferson County Teachers Association. The Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition, which backed Gov. Bevin in the 2015 election, is calling on the JCPS board to take public input when negotiating a contract with the JCTA and to allow a... Read more 

Common Ground: Bipartisan Bills Passed

04/23/2018 05:24 PM

The past couple of weeks, Pure Politics has been highlighting several bills that vast bipartisan support—and unanimous passage out of the General Assembly. This week, measures that were passed with residents of the commonwealth in mind are being highlighted. House Bill 176 is a bill meant to keep ambulance service fees transparent. The measure was sponsored by Republican Rep. Rob Rothenburger, R-Shelbyville, but Democrat Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, joined as a co-sponsor. The bill requires that ambulance service providers post... Read more