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

Kentucky Medicaid program facing budget shortfall

08/30/2018 11:30 PM

FRANKFORT-The state’s Medicaid system is facing a $300 million dollar shortfall in the next biennium. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says they are considering eliminating Medicaid expansion as a way to cut costs. Currently, the expansion covers more than 400,000 people. Former Gov. Steve Beshear expanded the Medicaid program in 2014. But current Gov. Matt Bevin is against the expansion because he says its costs too much money. Members from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services testified... Read more 

Democrats wary to comment on Grimes' allegations

08/29/2018 03:11 PM

LOUISVILLE- Republicans have called for a federal investigation into allegations that Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes misused voter data—but so far unsurprisingly— top Democrats in Kentucky are staying mum. When asked about the allegations Tuesday, Attorney General Andy Beshear said his office was looking into the claims. “Given that the allegations are very new and very fresh, I think it would be premature to comment any further but we are in possession of that letter.” he said. Mac Brown,... Read more 

GOP leaders not renewing LRC Director's contract

08/28/2018 02:33 PM

FRANKFORT- GOP leaders have decided not to renew David Byerman’s contract to serve as Director of the Legislative Research Commission. Byerman revealed the decision of Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, in a statement Tuesday. “This is of course their prerogative, but their decision surprised me and will no doubt surprise many among the staff and in the community.” his statement read. Byerman has said the leaders told him they wanted to take... Read more 

Bevin, General Assembly Leaders send opening brief to KY Supreme Court

08/27/2018 07:42 PM

FRANKFORT- The Bevin Administration and the legislative leaders have filed their briefs for the upcoming pension hearing in the Kentucky Supreme Court. General Counsel Steve Pitt began his brief—using a quote from J. Wellington Wimpy, a character from Popeye. The quote “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” was used as a way to highlight the pension debt the state is currently facing. Pitt argues argues that without Senate Bill 151—the state’s pension system will become insolvent and... Read more 

Bevin Announces run for re-election

08/25/2018 11:16 PM

LEXINGTON-After months of speculation, Gov. Matt Bevin used the 2018 Republican Party of Kentucky Lincoln Dinner to announce he will be running for re-election in 2019. The first term governor ended his speech to the crowd of 500 with the announcement, drawing cheers. “You bet I’m running again. You bet I’m running again,” he told the crowd. “The work that is being done right now in our House and in our work that is being in our Senate is just getting... Read more 

Medical Marijuana gets new fire

08/24/2018 07:38 PM

FRANKFORT- The debate over medical marijuana is firing up once again in Frankfort. The Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations held a hearing Friday to discuss soon to be proposed legislation and hear from advocates. The possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in the bluegrass state is seeing new life through two new sponsors, Republican Reps. Diane St. Ogne, R-Fort Wright and Jason Nemes, R-Louisville. After HB 166 stalled in committee last session, Nemes vowed to try and pass... Read more 

Abortion debate renewed this week in Congress, could impact upcoming election

08/24/2018 07:28 PM

WASHINGTON-The abortion debate renewed in Congress this week and playing a role in some congressional races across the country. Washington reporter Eva McKend spoke with a legal expert about how the contentious issue could impact the election come November. High drama in the Senate this week as Republican Senator Rand Paul made a failed last ditch effort to defund Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthood ends the lives of about 320,000 babies each year,” said Paul. And in the close race between Republican... Read more 

Adkins calls on Beshear to stop fundraising, focus on 2018

08/23/2018 12:45 PM

LOUISVILLE- House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, is calling on Attorney General Andy Beshear, former Gov. Steve Beshear and anyone else fundraising for 2019 to focus on 2018. The potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate told reporters before the Annual Country Ham Breakfast that while he is still considering a run for the Governor’s Mansion, Democrats in the state need to put all of their focus on winning back the Kentucky House in November. “We need all hands on deck going... Read more 

Bevin defends Trump Administration's roll back of Obama's Clean Power Plan

08/23/2018 05:26 AM

OWENSBORO- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, held a community forum in Owensboro on Wednesday, where much of the attention was focused on the Trump Administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy” plan announced the day before. Members of the community grilled the Republican governor, who shares a similar opinion with the Trump Administration on his in regards to the rolling back of caps on power plant emissions. The move allows states to set carbon emission standards instead of the federal government. Bevin stressed... Read more 

Kentucky's foster care numbers"unacceptable"

08/20/2018 07:10 PM

FRANKFORT- Just over a month after a new law went into effect lawmakers heard from officials involved with the implementation of House Bill 1. The Child Welfare Oversight Committee heard from members of the Department for Community Based Services and the Judicial Branch on the implementation of the measure. The wide ranging bill focused on overhauling the adoption and foster care system—it seeks to strengthen support to help keep families together by tightening the timeline for termination of parental rights.... Read more