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

Bill addressing sexual harassment complaints filed

09/26/2018 02:24 PM

FRANKFORT- After sexual harassment complaints consumed the start of the 2018 session—lawmakers are hoping to tackle the issue head on. An ethics bill that addresses inappropriate behavior and creates a legislative tip line has been prefiled. The bill sponsored by Reps. Ken Fleming, R-Louisville, and Kim Moser, R- Taylor Mill, creates a well-defined process and sets up boundaries to address inappropriate behavior of employees of the legislative branch. This new bill would cover legislators, legislative agents or the director of... Read more 

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson talks campaign, healthcare

09/22/2018 02:33 PM

LOUISVILLE- Former Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson is laying out her platform in the race for the Third Congressional District. Glisson is challenging Congressman John Yarmuth, who has held the seat since 2006. She says she was compelled to run after seeing Louisville fall behind cities around it. “We always felt that Indianapolis and Nashville were our peer cities, and what grieved me is Indianapolis and Nashville have passed us by,” said Glisson. “I... Read more 

Opponents try to kill buzz surrounding medical marijuana

09/21/2018 01:08 PM

FRANKFORT- Medical Marijuana opponents were hoping they could Friday, Lawmakers heard from those who oppose legalizing marijuana for medicinal use—including Kevin Sabet, Director of the Drug Policy Institute who expressed concerns about potential risks he says could arise from making the drugs medically available. To begin with he says there is no difference between medical and recreational marijuana. “Often times the products are sold very similarly. In Colorado, basically what most stores did was install a curtain in the middle... Read more 

Kentucky's High Court hears pension lawsuit arguments

09/20/2018 01:56 PM

FRANKFORT- The fate of retirement benefits for thousands of workers now lay in the hands of the high court. The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments from the Bevin Administration and Attorney General Andy Beshear on the constitutionality of Senate Bill 151. A lower court in June ruled the pension bill unconstitutional and void because the General Assembly violated the Kentucky Constitution, specifically when it came to the three reading requirement and the majority vote requirement. The arguments heard Thursday were similar... Read more 

Midterms 2018: A look at 60-day campaign finances

09/17/2018 04:32 PM

This list will be updated as more reports are published There is less than two months to go until the November elections—and some candidates are raising big money to ensure they have a seat in Frankfort come January. We’ve broken down some of the more costly—or close races to watch for based on the campaign finance reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. SENATE RACES 4th Senate District In what is a tight and expensive race—Incumbent Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, has... Read more 

Congressman Yarmuth talks campaign, Trump

09/14/2018 10:19 AM

LOUISVILLE- Before heading to the nation’s capitol, Congressman John Yarmuth stopped by the Spectrum News studio to discuss several things. With the elections less than two months away, he says he feels confident in his campaign against Vickie Yates Glisson. “After 12 years in office, and having done what we call more than 5,000 different encounters in the district, in Louisville, the people know me,” he said. “They know that I’m accessible, the know what makes me tick, they know... Read more 

Misunderstanding keeps state in Kentucky Wired Deal

09/14/2018 10:17 AM

FRANKFORT- The embattled Kentucky Wired program was once again the topic of a committee meeting Thursday. Members from the Program Review and Investigations Committee heard from the state’s chief procurement officer. He says the state could have opted out of the program in 2015 for around 9 million dollars—but a misunderstanding of a federal education grant caused officials to green light the project “The e-rate funding equated to around $11 million, which was 39 percent of the project with regard to... Read more 

McConnell: "I hope when the smoke clears we still have a majority"

09/11/2018 04:30 PM

LOUISVILLE- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it’s going to be a “knife fight in an alley” to keep control of the Senate. “We know the wind is going to be in our face, we don’t know whether it’s going to be category three, four or five,” McConnell said. “You can’t repeal history. Almost every election, two years into any new administration, the party of the presidency almost always loses seats.” Political analysts have been predicting a blue wave... Read more 

Congressman Guthrie talks student loans; blue wave

09/11/2018 04:15 PM

LOUISVILLE- U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie,R-District 2, stopped by the Spectrum News studio on Monday to discuss several issues, including his measure to require financial literacy courses for student loans and the potential of a “blue wave”. The House of Representatives passed Guthrie’s bill last week which will require students who take out federal loans to take yearly financial literacy courses. Guthrie says students at Indiana University who took these classes graduated with 11 percent less debt. “It help young people... Read more 

Bevin talks minimum wage, pensions at community forum

09/07/2018 05:48 PM

LAWRENCEBURG- Things turned slightly contentious during a community forum in Larwrenceburg Friday. Gov. Bevin answered questions about rural cell phone service, and Medicaid expansion before the crowd began expressing their objection to his viewpoints on part-time work. While Republicans have been touting low unemployment—one woman in the crowd wanted to know how to fix the problem of people working low wage, no benefit part-time jobs. Bevin attributed companies only hiring part time workers to the Affordable Care Act, causing... Read more