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 37th in nation for overall child well-being

06/27/2018 11:37 AM

LOUISVILLE- Kentucky ranks just 37th in the nation for overall child-well being according to newly released data from the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s ranking is due to a combined score in family economic well-being, child health coverage, teen births and parental education. However, experts are warning an accurate 2020 census count of children and families in the commonwealth is vital to continue to improve child well-being in Kentucky. “The Data Book tells us... Read more 

Common Ground: Sports Betting

06/25/2018 04:56 PM

After the Supreme Court of the United States ruled it was unconstitutional to prevent states from betting on sports—state legislatures have been rushing trying to pass legislation to begin cashing on the potential money maker. In Kentucky, it’s no different. While the bluegrass state isn’t exactly new to wagering on sports—after all the most watched horse race of the year takes place at Churchhill Downs each May—a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are betting the state can make some big bucks... Read more 

Judge rules in favor of AG Beshear on pension lawsuit

06/20/2018 02:02 PM

FRANKFORT- The controversial pension reform has been ruled unconstitutional by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd. Judge Shepherd released his opinion on Senate Bill 151 Thursday afternoon. The opinion rules the bill is 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 opinion went on to say the Bevin administration is “permanently enjoined” from enforcing the measure. Judge Shepherd did, however, agree with... Read more 

Common Ground: National Opioid Crisis

06/18/2018 05:16 PM

Everyday more than 115 people in the United States die from an opioid overdose. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the scourge of addiction in the country is costing $78.5 billion a year. This includes costs incurred for healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment and criminal justice involvement. Here in Kentucky—we know the devastation that this epidemic has caused. On a previous Common Ground we spoke about the efforts of Kentucky officials to try and combat the addiction... Read more 

Bevin Administration files amended complaint on pension bill

06/14/2018 01:54 PM

FRANKFORT- In an effort to toss out one of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s, D-Kentucky, complaints against Senate Bill 151, the Bevin Administration has filed an amended complaint against the three readings argument. The amended complaint seeks further deceleration on Beshear’s argument that SB 151, the pension reform bill, is invalid because it was not fully read aloud three separate times. The administration argues that if this claim is upheld, then thousands of bills would be invalidated because they have not... Read more 

Poor People's Campaign denied entry into Capitol for third time

06/13/2018 02:31 PM

FRANKFORT- For the third time, the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign was denied entry into the state Capitol building. The Kentucky State Police blocked entry of the protesters, only allowing two in—two out. In response to the lock out, the group led by Rev. William Barber held a rally on the steps of the Capitol. The group says Kentucky is the only state in which they have been denied entry into the statehouse. After the rally, the group of a... Read more 

Common Ground: Hemp

06/11/2018 05:16 PM

It’s being called a“cash crop”—under utilized due to federal regulations—and often confused with it’s psychoactive cousin. Kentucky farmers hope it can become what tobacco used to be—with a new bipartisan push—it could become legal this year. Of course we are talking about Hemp. The charge to legalize hemp is being led by the most powerful man in the Senate—Kentucky’s Senior Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. McConnell introduced the Hemp Farming Act in March—and the measure quickly gained 27 co-sponsors including... Read more 

Fate of pension case now in Judge Shepherd's hands

06/07/2018 02:25 PM

FRANKFORT- After a little more than two hours of oral arguments, the fate of the pension bill lawsuit will now be decided by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd, at least until it’s appealed. The Franklin County Circuit Courtroom was filled with teachers dressed in red, attentively listening as Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, made his case against the Bevin Administration and the General Assembly about the legality of Senate Bill 151. Beshear laid out his argument against the bill in... Read more 

USDA Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs talks tariffs, NAFTA

06/06/2018 02:03 PM

LEXINGTON- Amidst a burgeoning trade war between Canada and Mexico, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney held a round table with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, to address concerns of those in the agricultural community. McKinney answered questions about a variety of topics, but many were interested in the new tariffs opposed on our North American neighbors, and the financial consequences the agricultural community will have to bear. The United States imposed Mexico and Canada... Read more 

Common Ground: Easing Alcohol Restrictions

06/04/2018 04:41 PM

The alcohol industry in Kentucky is experiencing a boom right now. From distillers to microbreweries, more and more local businesses are popping up throughout the state. Kentucky’s signature spirit, bourbon has generated millions for the commonwealth and as craft beer is becoming more popular that industry is beginning to bring in big bucks as well. Throughout the past couple of years, Kentucky lawmakers have been passing legislation to help the distillers and brewers thrive in the state by allowing more... Read more