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Gov. Bevin: pension reform opponents are like "drowning victims"

08/14/2018 12:38 PM

CINCINNATI- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, says pension reform opponents are like “drowning victims.” Bevin made the comparison while appearing on 55KRC’s Brian Thomas show, a conservative talk radio station, when asked about the opposition from public employees to the pension reform bill. “And yet I’m being fought, in some instances, by the very people we’re trying to save. It’s like saving a drowning victim,” Bevin told host Brian Thomas. “It’s like somebody, they’re fighting, they’re fighting and they are pulling... Read more 

Bevin Administration files appeal on pension reform ruling

08/10/2018 01:20 PM

FRANKFORT- The Bevin Administration has officially filed an appeal on Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling against the pension reform bill. “It is essential that Kentucky’s public servants receive a speedy and final resolution regarding the legality of pension reform legislation (SB 151). That is why, today, we filed an appeal in the case and a motion to bypass the intermediate Court of Appeals and go straight to the Kentucky Supreme Court. Our pension system is already... Read more 

Judge blocks first-in-nation 1115 Medicaid waiver in Kentucky

06/29/2018 04:29 PM

UPDATED: Days before the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was set to roll out major changes to Medicaid, including a work requirement for some in the program, a federal judge blocked its implementation. The ruling deals a blow to the Kentucky 1115 innovation waiver pushed for by Gov. Bevin, which the court ruled would change the fundamental purpose of the program. With a tweet from Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, on Friday evening the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced... 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 

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 

Shadowy group launches ad demanding action on JCPS board

06/12/2018 01:53 PM

A group backed by a Louisville real estate developer is the latest entrant into the media fray surrounding a proposed state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools. Kentuckians for Progress, launched an ad buy on Thursday, June 7 claiming children in the Jefferson County Public Schools are being abused, according to documents obtained by Pure Politics. The group behind the attack is not well known, nor is their structure. According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission Kentuckians for... 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 

Western Dist. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman and the mission to target gangs, drugs and violent crimes

06/07/2018 12:03 PM

Kentucky’s Western District U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman has his hands full as the state battles the opiate epidemic, a resurgence of high potency meth, and increased murders and violent crimes perpetrated by gangs in the state’s largest county. The Commonwealth’s western district encompasses 53 counties in Kentucky with around 2.5 million people; it stretches from Oldham and Jefferson County, the state’s most populous county, to Fulton County in the Purchase area where you’ll find Kentucky Bend, a bulb-shaped peninsula that’s... Read more 

Bevin administration files brief to prevent injunction on abortion bill

05/09/2018 01:46 PM

FRANKFORT- The Bevin administration has filed a brief in opposition to the motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the ACLU and a Louisville abortion clinic to prevent House Bill 454 from going into effect. The law bans physicians from providing the abortion method known as dilation and evacuation, or “D&E”. The new law was sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and bans the method which involves removing the fetal and placental tissue with a combination of suction and instruments... Read more 

Bevin attacks judge on pension lawsuit

05/08/2018 03:08 PM

CINCINNATI- A day after suffering a minor loss in the pension bill lawsuit, Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, went after the judge trying the case. While on the Brian Thomas Morning Show, on Cincinnati radio station 55KRC, Bevin said Judge Phillip Shepherd was one of the most “incompetent hacks” in the state. Bevin went on to say Shepherd was “legislating from the bench” and giving advice to Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, who “is not a very competent attorney.” “I now... Read more 

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