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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 

Lawyers for Gov. Bevin, AG Beshear agree to place $18M in separate fund as university cuts lawsuit moves ahead

04/21/2016 07:06 PM

FRANKFORT — Attorneys for Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear agreed Thursday to set aside nearly $18 million that Bevin ordered cut from most university budgets until a lawsuit challenging that move is resolved. Lawyers from both sides argued in an initial hearing before Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate, who said he would ultimately rule on the matter within 15 days after Beshear and Bevin have opportunities to make additional arguments. Wingate — who disclosed that members of his... Read more 

Corruption in the commonwealth: The FBI's fight against the "open secret"

04/20/2016 10:42 AM

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Kentucky began a public push one year ago seeking assistance from individuals in an effort to root out public corruption in the state. Special Agent in Charge Howard Marshall of the FBI’s Louisville Division says some of the recent cases making headlines can be tied to those efforts of a year ago. “We’ve redoubled all of our efforts there and all of it has led to what you’re seeing unfold … starting... Read more 

Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer pleads guilty to federal bribery charge

04/19/2016 06:09 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal bribery charge stemming from his time as head of the agency, less than a month after accusations against him surfaced. Longmeyer, who resigned his position as deputy attorney general days before the charge against him was revealed March 25, admitted to accepting $197,500 in cash and $6,000 in conduit campaign contributions from an unidentified consulting firm in exchange for helping secure work for the... Read more 

Trio of Democratic lawmakers join suit against Gov. Bevin's higher education cuts

04/13/2016 12:05 PM

FRANKFORT — Three Democratic lawmakers are asking to join on to a lawsuit challenging Gov. Matt Bevin’s power to cut university funding for the rest of the fiscal year by amending the previous budget passed by the General Assembly. Reps. Jim Wayne, Mary Lou Marzian and Darryl Owens all joined party to file a motion on Tuesday challenging against Gov. Bevin, and backing up a suit brought by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. The three Louisville lawmakers say they... Read more 

Chatter: Eastern Kentucky attorney Eric Conn charged with fraud

04/05/2016 02:20 PM

Infamous Eastern Kentucky disability lawyer Eric Conn, and two others have been charged with defrauding the federal government in an indictment handed down on Tuesday. The story first appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader who along with other outlets and a U.S. Senate investigation have been following the issue for several years. Conn, social security appeals judge David Daugherty and psychologist Dr. Alfred Bradley Adkins are named in the in indictment. In total 18 counts are handed down to the trio... Read more 

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