At the Courthouse Square

With Northern Ky.'s bridge, airport and heroin worries, Grayson's newest gig could be his toughest yet

06/03/2014 09:45 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — In his new role as president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Trey Grayson will be asked to help navigate the region through tricky problems with the airport, job creation and a heroin problem that has threatened the area. Grayson, the former Kentucky secretary of state, returns to Northern Kentucky from a more than three year stint as director of the Harvard Institute of Politics at a time when the region is looking to replace 1,600... Read more 

Kentucky now has 'no choice' but to make more tough decisions on pension fund, Seven Counties leaders say

06/03/2014 07:21 AM

The leaders of Seven Counties Services say that as they move down the path of bankruptcy protection to escape the crushing weight of their pension obligations, the burden now falls to lawmakers and the governor to shore up funding for the Kentucky Retirement System. David Holton, a former district judge in Jefferson County who chairs the board of the mental health center, said he knows the consequences of the agency’s decision to leave the system. (Watch the interview below). This comes... Read more 

Trey Grayson commits to lead Northern Ky. Chamber for at least 5 years before considering political run

06/02/2014 07:22 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who was officially introduced as the next Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Monday, says he will spend at least five years in that job before even considering another political run. Grayson officially takes over the chamber on July 1. Grayson, who served as secretary of state from 2004 to 2011, spent the last three years as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Grayson told Pure Politics that... Read more 

Elsmere residents rally to bring bus service back to area after hardships and safety concerns

05/29/2014 07:33 PM

ELSMERE – After 13 years of no public bus service in the heart of their city, Elsmere residents are hopeful that buses will once again make stops near them. Currently, the only bus stops in the city are on on Dixie Highway, which is up to two miles away for many of the cities residents. Elsmere resident Serena Owen has collected more than 500 signatures on a petition that she presented to Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) officials requesting that they... Read more 

Audit finds no culture of corruption in Jefferson Co. schools but a lot of $100K administrators

05/21/2014 01:36 PM

Jefferson County Public Schools have far more administrators making $100,000 or more than comparable districts and spend a smaller share of money in the classroom than those districts whose students have higher test scores, a state audit report found. Auditor Adam Edelen unveiled the more than year-long review of Kentucky’s largest school district that has a budget of $1.2 billion. The good news, he said at a press conference Wednesday, was that his auditors did not find “a culture of... Read more 

Knochelmann ousts Arlinghaus in judge-executive race in Kenton County

05/20/2014 09:12 PM

FLORENCE — Kenton County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann defeated Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus 7,113 votes to 6,078 while the incumbent Republican judge-executives in Boone and Campbell counties won. Since there is no Democrat running, Knochelmann will become the judge-executive-elect. Knochelmann ran on the platform of better leadership in the county and called attention to the spending practices of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Board, which is being investigated by State Auditor Adam Edelen. Knochelmann says that he will provide the leadership that he talked... Read more 

Boone County judge-executive candidates finally trade jabs face to face

05/15/2014 02:30 PM

BURLINGTON – Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and challenger Matt Dedden finally exchanged jabs in person for the first time on Thursday night at a debate sponsored by the Boone County Republican Party. Dedden, a current Boone County commissioner, had been a no-show at previous debates including one last month sponsored by the Northern Kentucky business PAC. Dedden explained to the more than 100 people in attendance his reasons for skipping previous meetings. He said he had problems both with the Kentucky... Read more 

Republicans battling for Kenton Co. judge-executive spar over airport board and 'lack of leadership'

04/29/2014 05:39 PM

PARK HILLS — Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus says that he stands by his record of efficient government and deserves another term while Republican challenger Kris Knochelman described Arlinghaus’ record as one of a leadership void. The two candidates sparred over governance this morning for a little more than an hour in front of about 50 people at the final debate sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Business PAC. Knochelman said that the conduct of members of the airport board taking extravagant trips... Read more 

Judge-Executive candidates who showed up at debate call for Boone Co. to take larger role in Cincy airport

04/23/2014 05:31 PM

FLORENCE – It’s tough to have a meaningful debate of the issues when one of the two major primary candidates is absent, as was the case in Florence Wednesday at the Boone County Judge-Executive debate sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Business PAC. Judge-Executive Gary Moore showed up to defend his record and ask voters for a fifth term. But Boone County Commissioner Matt Dedden, who is challenging Moore in the May 20 primary, skipped the debate because of a scheduling conflict.... Read more 

Campbell County judge-executive candidates disagree on tolls for new bridge

04/22/2014 06:14 PM

WILDER — In some primaries, it’s hard to find differences between candidates on major issues. The May 20 race for Campbell County judge-executive is not one of those. Incumbent Steve Pendery and challenger Kevin Sell offered voters Tuesday different approaches to making progress on a new bridge to carry interstate traffic across the Ohio River, as well as different philosophies toward economic development competition. The two candidates debated Monday in Wilder in the first of three Northern Kentucky Judge-Executive debates... Read more 

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