Thayer worried over possible move to presidential primary caucus system; wants Grimes to challenge Andy Beshear for Attny. General in 2015

Senate Republican Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown is offering up his suggestions for Democrat Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her future...

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Kentucky prepared in case of Ebola, but disease unlikely here, health official says

FRANKFORT — Kentucky faces a low risk of exposure to the Ebola virus, but officials are prepared in case someone here contracts the disease,...

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Obama wrong on use of executive order; Congress will pass immigration bill

LEXINGTON — More than one year after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill which ultimately stalled in the Republican-led House, President Barack...

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Kentucky businesses avoid costly tax increase with unemployment trust holding steady

The state has qualified for a waiver under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act after taking not actions that negatively impacted the solvency of the Unemployment...

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Senator-Elect Ralph Alvarado plans to focus on healthcare issues in first year

LEXINGTON — Dr. Ralph Alvarado will make history when he is officially sworn in as a Kentucky state Senator — the Winchester physician...

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AT&T, others will continue push for modern communications infrastructure next session

FRANKFORT — Deregulating Kentucky’s telecommunications industry will again be on the General Assembly’s agenda next year, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo said a vote...

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Thayer worried over possible move to presidential primary caucus system; wants Grimes to challenge Andy Beshear for Attny. General in 2015

11/23/2014 04:53 PM

Senate Republican Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown is offering up his suggestions for Democrat Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her future in politics, and he’s weighing in on what the Kentucky GOP should do to allow one of their own to run for the highest office in the country. Nearly one month removed from the Election the focus is shifting towards 2015 races for governor and constitutional officers as well as the 2016 presidential primary as... Read more 

Kentucky prepared in case of Ebola, but disease unlikely here, health official says

11/22/2014 09:15 AM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky faces a low risk of exposure to the Ebola virus, but officials are prepared in case someone here contracts the disease, Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Stephanie Gibson told lawmakers Wednesday. Ebola has been a topic of debate on Capitol Hill and elsewhere after an outbreak in western Africa, but Gibson said during an Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare that Kentuckians account for less than 1 percent of travelers to the afflicted region. While thousands have... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Obama wrong on use of executive order; Congress will pass immigration bill

11/21/2014 03:45 PM

LEXINGTON — More than one year after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill which ultimately stalled in the Republican-led House, President Barack Obama took it upon himself to craft patches to the immigration system, but the move has led him into a battle with Congressional members of the GOP. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described the move by Obama as one of a monarch and not a U.S. President. Paul, who has traveled extensively over the past... Read more 

Kentucky businesses avoid costly tax increase with unemployment trust holding steady

11/21/2014 03:38 PM

The state has qualified for a waiver under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act after taking not actions that negatively impacted the solvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, saving Kentucky businesses an estimated $112 million in the current tax year, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday. Kentucky received nearly $1 billion in loans from the federal government to shore up the unemployment fund, which had been depleted in the wake of the national recession, in 2009, and the state has made “significant... Read more 

Senator-Elect Ralph Alvarado plans to focus on healthcare issues in first year

11/20/2014 07:00 PM

LEXINGTON — Dr. Ralph Alvarado will make history when he is officially sworn in as a Kentucky state Senator — the Winchester physician is the first Latino elected into Kentucky’s upper chamber — but Alvarado isn’t content to just make history on the first day. Winning his seat by 2,000 votes in a contentious race against incumbent minority floor leader Sen. R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, Alvarado served one of the biggest political upsets of the season. However, Alvarado says it’s... Read more 

AT&T, others will continue push for modern communications infrastructure next session

11/20/2014 06:04 PM

FRANKFORT — Deregulating Kentucky’s telecommunications industry will again be on the General Assembly’s agenda next year, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo said a vote will be held on the issue. AT&T has led the charge on the topic, and Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky, told lawmakers on the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Tourism Thursday that allowing the company and others to concentrate on modern infrastructure rather than spending resources on outdated technology will help keep Kentucky competitive... Read more 

Smoking ban on state property takes effect

11/20/2014 01:00 PM

Kentucky’s ban on tobacco and e-cigarette use on state property began Thursday, coinciding with the Great American Smokeout. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the plan in early September, citing Kentucky’s high rates of smoking and cancer deaths. In a press release Wednesday, he noted his goal to reduce the states smoking rate, which ranks highest among adults in the U.S. and sixth highest among youths, by 10 percent by 2019. “I am committed to reducing the exposure to unnecessary health risks in the... Read more 

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