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Kentucky Supreme Court will hear university funding cut case

06/27/2016 12:55 PM

The Kentucky Supreme Court will decide if Gov. Bevin has the ability to cut funding of state universities and colleges by 2 percent in the current fiscal year. The high court ruled on Monday that the case, brought by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, could skip the appeals court and head directly to the justices for review. Chief Justice John Minton has signed an order taking the case, and set a hearing for Aug. 18. The lawsuit brought by Beshear... Read more 

Sitting Democratic lawmaker and Secretary of State among those mentioned in FBI filings

06/15/2016 05:27 PM

A new court filing in the ongoing vote-buying case in Magoffin County names sitting state House Rep. John Short, D-Mallie, as having taken part in the scheme in 2012. The new filing details a vote-buying scheme in the eastern Kentucky area dating from 2002 to 2012. The filing includes sworn testimony from an admitted planner and perpetrator of voter fraud, who says Short asked for his help in his 2012 re-election. Larry Shepherd filed a motion in limine seeking to... Read more 

Gov. Bevin says AG Beshear "dropping the ball" in transgender bathroom lawsuit while Beshear says he should have been consulted

05/31/2016 05:41 PM

LOUISVILLE — Gov. Matt Bevin accused Attorney General Andy Beshear of “dropping the ball” by not joining 11 other states in their lawsuit against the federal government’s directive on transgender bathroom policies for public schools. Beshear, at a separate news conference in Georgetown, said the governor’s statements that the attorney general’s office refused to join the suit “is entirely and totally false,” saying copies of the lawsuit and federal court guidance on the topic were on his desk as Bevin announced... Read more 

Kentucky will join lawsuit against Obama administration's transgender bathroom guidelines, Bevin says

05/27/2016 01:16 PM

UPDATED: Kentucky will join 11 other states in a federal lawsuit against transgender bathroom guidelines laid out by President Barack Obama’s administration, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Texas, follows a directive by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Justice Department and other federal agencies on Wednesday, came in response to a directive by the Obama administration that individuals’ gender identities are covered by sexual discrimination laws and that schools could jeopardize federal education... Read more 

Trio of Democratic lawmakers will appeal higher ed. decision; state should generate more revenue via tax reform, Rep. Wayne says

05/25/2016 12:23 PM

After a Franklin Circuit Judge ruled that first year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin followed the law in ordering 2 percent allotment reductions for state colleges and universities, a trio of Democratic lawmakers is appealing the ruling to the state Supreme Court. Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, is among the three lawmakers who have joined party to the suit which was first filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear. Wayne said he personally feels “strongly” about their chance of winning the suit... Read more 

Judge rules that Gov. Bevin followed law in current-year university cuts as AG Beshear plans appeal to Supreme Court

05/18/2016 05:30 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin followed the law when he ordered 2 percent allotment reductions for state colleges and universities, a judge ruled Wednesday. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that Bevin has the authority to cut budget allotments under state law, an action that drew a lawsuit from Attorney General Andy Beshear. The first-year Democratic attorney general and three state House Democrats intervening in the case argued that Bevin’s spending reductions violated the Kentucky Constitution and law. However, Wingate dismissed that argument and... Read more 

69th House District GOP challenger admits to not having lived in district one year by Election Day, argues date should be certificate of election

05/11/2016 07:36 PM

What’s the definition of an election and when is that election over? Those are the main questions Boone Co. Circuit Judge J.R. Schrand in northern Kentucky is pondering as the fate of political newcomer Danny Seifried’s candidacy is decided ahead of Tuesday’s primary in the 69th House District. Seifried is challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Adam Koenig for the seat, but the two are locked in a court battle over Seifried’s eligibility to represent the district which covers part of Boone... Read more 

Beshear manager questions payment to ex-Longmeyer, Abramson aide tapped by Longmeyer for voter outreach work

05/05/2016 03:43 PM

UPDATED TO INCLUDE PERSONNEL CABINET EMPLOYMENT LOUISVILLE – Attorney General Andy Beshear’s campaign paid a former aide to Tim Longmeyer $15,000 for Jefferson County voter outreach efforts at Longmeyer’s behest, and Beshear’s campaign manager joins the first-year attorney general in questioning work billed to the campaign. Jared Smith, Beshear’s campaign manager in his 2015 run for attorney general, also told Pure Politics on Thursday that Longmeyer, a former deputy attorney general and Personnel Cabinet secretary, attempted to have a second voter... Read more 

Judge will rule in lawsuit between Attorney General Beshear, Gov. Bevin "soon" after hearing Wednesday

05/04/2016 11:40 PM

FRANKFORT — Attorneys for Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear gave their last arguments Wednesday before Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate renders a decision on Beshear’s lawsuit challenging current-year cuts totaling nearly $18 million to state colleges and universities. Both sides reiterated their arguments from an April 21 hearing, during which they agreed to set aside the $17.8 million in cuts until the lawsuit’s resolution. Steve Pitt, Bevin’s general counsel, argued that state law gives the governor,... Read more 

Tim Longmeyer, former deputy AG and Personnel Cabinet secretary, will face state charges in kickback scheme, Beshear says

05/04/2016 06:47 PM

FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear will file charges against Tim Longmeyer, his former top deputy and Personnel Cabinet secretary under Gov. Steve Beshear who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges last month. Andy Beshear announced the impending charges in Franklin Circuit Court on Wednesday, saying those will come before Longmeyer’s Aug. 18 sentencing in federal court. He faces up to 10 years in prison for his role in the kickback scheme, in which he pleaded guilty to helping steer work... Read more 

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