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Gov. Bevin vetoes parts of budget, other bills passed by General Assembly

04/28/2016 12:30 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed all or part of seven bills on Wednesday, delaying implementation of a program intended to provide free tuition for students in two-year programs and stopping a move to implement new federal identification standards brought about after terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, among other actions. Bevin’s vetoes can’t be overturned by the General Assembly, which adjourned sine die April 15. His veto pen touched various pieces of the $21.5 billion biennial budget, oftentimes citing the need for more... Read more 

Fundraising update: How the top five most interesting primary races are stacking up

04/28/2016 08:05 AM

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two part break down of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates. The candidates locked in serious primary elections are digging deep into their own pockets and searching for donors to keep their Frankfort dreams alive. Pure Politics has identified the most interesting primary races to watch on May 17, and the latest round of fundraising totals are giving a new glimpse into the campaigns. 38th House District (Democratic primary) McKenzie Cantrell vs. Dan Johnson... Read more 

Ex-Gov. Beshear accuses Gov. Bevin of shaking down employees, businesses week after administration launches own inquiry

04/27/2016 06:05 PM

FRANKFORT — About a week after Gov. Matt Bevin announced an internal investigations into possible abuses by members of his predecessor’s administration, former Gov. Steve Beshear aired on Wednesday allegations that Bevin has strong-armed non-merit employees and entities that conduct business with the state to help retire a $4.1 million personal campaign debt. Beshear also accused the first-year governor of threatening to pull the plug on road projects in certain legislative districts as he tried to coax Democrats in the legislature... Read more 

Retiring Rep. Brad Montell says social media has turned job of a legislator into a full-time commitment

04/27/2016 01:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville, is wrapping up a 14-year legislative career in December, but as he leaves, he says new technology is requiring lawmakers to spend more time working than even before. Montell, says that even though the job of a legislator is technically a part-time job, the time currently required, thanks in part to social media, have contributed it be being a full- time commitment as far as he is concerned. “I do think as social media and... Read more 

Gov. Bevin heads to Europe for industrial trade fair in Germany, other business meetings

04/26/2016 09:29 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin has flown to Europe to promote Kentucky as a business destination, his office announced Tuesday in a news release. Bevin will attend the Hannover Messe Fair in Hannover, Germany, on Tuesday, when he will meet with current businesses with locations in the state as well as others that may be looking to expand in Kentucky, according to the release. The governor is scheduled to continue traveling and meeting with executives in Germany, France and Belgium throughout the week. Bevin... Read more 

Rep. Leslie Combs leaving Kentucky legislature but has eye on potential return to politics

04/25/2016 01:06 PM

FRANKFORT — After a decade in the General Assembly, state Rep. Leslie Combs is heading back home to Pikeville, but she’s not counting out the possibility of a future run for office. The Democratic lawmaker said she was looking back on her last day of the legislative session with “moments of sadness,” but also “excitement” for the journey ahead. “There is a potential political office I may be looking at,” Combs said on the last day of the legislative session.... Read more 

Diabetes advocates bristle at loss of line-item appropriation for prevention in budget, but officials say money exists in base funding

04/24/2016 03:03 PM

Two former chairmen of the American Diabetes Association say Gov. Matt Bevin and legislative leaders erred in keeping a $5.2 million line-item appropriation out of the budget, but an official in Bevin’s administration says funds are included in the base appropriation to public health for diabetes prevention. The dust-up emerged Friday after Stewart Perry and Larry Smith, both of whom also serve on the National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council, penned an editorial criticizing the budget’s apparent lack of funding for... Read more 

State has "torn away" at fabric of penal code, Justice Sec. John Tilley says

04/22/2016 10:28 AM

FRANKFORT — The set of laws defining crimes and the punishments for those crimes could soon get a facelift in the commonwealth. A group of unlikely allies is setting their sights on reforming the state’s penal code, and now Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley agrees that the code is out of balance. “Since then we have added crimes of the day, boutique crimes, we’ve continued to chip away and we’ve eradicated, really torn away at the fabric... 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 

Sen. Chris Girdler calls term in the Senate "the experience of a lifetime"

04/21/2016 03:25 PM

FRANKFORT – Even though Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, has served only one term before deciding that he would not seek re-election, he called his time serving in the Senate as the experience of a lifetime. The Somerset native, who promised in his 2012 campaign that he would serve no more than two terms, decided against running for re-election so that he could spend more time with his wife and two young daughters. Somerset is approximately 2 hours from Frankfort. Girdler says... Read more 

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