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 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 

WKU "Big Red Poll" shows low approval ratings for Bevin, Legislature

04/19/2018 03:36 PM

BOWLING GREEN- Western Kentucky University Social Science Research conducted “The Big Red Poll”, a student run survey about politics in Kentucky. The survey asked 531 participants about their approval of various candidates and issues from April 11-15. The responses showed low disapproval ratings for most of Kentucky politicians, with the Kentucky General Assembly receiving the lowest approval rating of all. The survey found only 32 percent of Kentuckians approve of Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, 56 percent disapprove his job and... Read more 

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