One of the most conservative Democratic lawmakers, retiring Rep. Damron also was most prolific lawmaker

Perhaps no lawmaker better embodied Kentucky’s brand of conservative Democrats more than Rep. Bob Damron.

Damron, of Nicholasville, sponsored numerous NRA-backed gun bills, including...

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After keeping order in the state Senate, Sen. Stine adjourns her 20-year legislative career

Former Senate President David Williams might have had the reputation for ruling the Senate with a tight grip, but he had nothing on Sen. Katie...

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As a lawmaker, Rep. Stacy spoke his mind -- just not about Rep. Stacy

Rep. John Will Stacy, D-West Liberty, wasn’t the sort of lawmaker who made a lot of floor speeches or asked questions at every committee meeting...

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Heroin recovery advocates livid over legislature's inability to pass Senate Bill 5

ALEXANDRIA – The failure of the passing of Senate Bill 5 by the General Assembly before the clock ran out is being described by...

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Yarmuth says statehouse harassment case puts Grimes in 'delicate' situation on responses and with donation

Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes probably should have spoken up earlier about her frustration with the...

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Confusion and frustration remain on all sides in the wake of heroin bill's failure

As the governor leaves the door open for a special session to take up the heroin bill, the chief proponents for the bill in both...

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One of the most conservative Democratic lawmakers, retiring Rep. Damron also was most prolific lawmaker

04/20/2014 11:36 PM

Perhaps no lawmaker better embodied Kentucky’s brand of conservative Democrats more than Rep. Bob Damron. Damron, of Nicholasville, sponsored numerous NRA-backed gun bills, including Kentucky’s concealed carry law in the 1990s, as well as the 2013 “religious freedom” bill. That legislation broadly forbids government from infringing on a religion’s action. Some feared that could give people license to discriminate using religion as a defense. But Damron also has been the most prolific lawmaker over the last two decades, getting more... Read more 

After keeping order in the state Senate, Sen. Stine adjourns her 20-year legislative career

04/20/2014 11:36 PM

Former Senate President David Williams might have had the reputation for ruling the Senate with a tight grip, but he had nothing on Sen. Katie Stine when it came to keeping order in the chamber. Stine, who served as Senate president pro tem for the last nine years, often held the president’s gavel during Williams’ tenure as president while Williams was strategizing or making floor speeches. She has done the same for Senate President Robert Stivers. And in doing so,... Read more 

As a lawmaker, Rep. Stacy spoke his mind -- just not about Rep. Stacy

04/20/2014 11:06 PM

Rep. John Will Stacy, D-West Liberty, wasn’t the sort of lawmaker who made a lot of floor speeches or asked questions at every committee meeting he attended. But when he did speak, it usually was blunt. In March, for instance, Stacy disagreed with an energy company executive and ended his rebuttal by critiquing the executive’s style of wearing his reading glasses on his head when not using them. During the debate over the budget, Stacy loudly defended the move of... Read more 

Heroin recovery advocates livid over legislature's inability to pass Senate Bill 5

04/18/2014 01:17 PM

ALEXANDRIA – The failure of the passing of Senate Bill 5 by the General Assembly before the clock ran out is being described by heroin rehabilitation advocates in Northern Kentucky as an epic failure. During a meeting in Campbell County Thursday night, many who are involved in heroin treatments predicted that a delay in passing the bill will result in more deaths and heartache throughout the commonwealth — and specifically in Northern Kentucky, which has been the most affected area... Read more 

Yarmuth says statehouse harassment case puts Grimes in 'delicate' situation on responses and with donation

04/18/2014 11:04 AM

Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes probably should have spoken up earlier about her frustration with the Legislative Ethics Commission handling of a sexual harassment case. In an interview that aired Monday on Pure Politics, Yarmuth said he believes the absence of members at the Legislative Ethics Commission is a problem that state leaders must address. And he said the commission should hold another hearing on the sexual harassment case regarding former Democratic... Read more 

Confusion and frustration remain on all sides in the wake of heroin bill's failure

04/17/2014 10:53 PM

As the governor leaves the door open for a special session to take up the heroin bill, the chief proponents for the bill in both chambers are searching for lessons learned from the failure to get an agreement before the session ended Tuesday. Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate and the sponsor of the bill, said she didn’t know what else could have been done from her end. The Senate passed the measure Jan. 16, giving the House nearly three months to... Read more 

Former NKU athletic director pleads guilty to stealing $311,215

04/17/2014 05:49 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director, Scott Eaton, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Campbell Circuit Court to stealing more than $300,000 from the university over six years. The 50-year-old Eaton has agreed to serve the maximum term of 10 years in prison, and repay $311,215 in restitution. NKU fired Eaton in March 2013 for inappropriate relationships with four female employees and an NKU student. After the dismissal, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns commissioned an audit of NKU athletic department finances and... Read more 

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