From Frankfort

Beshear plans round of positive economic announcements to districts with Dems facing tough races

10/28/2014 10:18 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear is planning to do his best Publishers Clearing House impression as he heads to western Kentucky Wednesday to deliver oversized checks and make state transportation and other project announcements along side three incumbent House Democrats who face tough re-election fights on Nov. 4. Beshear will join Rep. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, at noon in Owensboro Wednesday to announce a County Agriculture Investment Program for Daviess County, Green River Area Beef Improvement Group, the governor’s office announced late Tuesday.... Read more 

New poll shows majority of Kentuckians in favor of personal injury lawsuit reforms

10/27/2014 07:38 PM

A new survey paid for by the Partnership for Commonsense Justice, or PCJ, shows a majority of Kentuckians support legal reforms to personal injury law. The PCJ is a 501(C )4 advocacy group which to is aimed at educating the public on “commonsense legislation to reform Kentucky’s legal system.” A look at the bills in their legal tracker include issues like medical review panels which drew vigorous debate between Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate. In the past two sessions Republican... Read more 

Northern Ky. House Republicans pre-file bill to combat heroin

10/24/2014 01:47 PM

Two northern Kentucky House Republican Representatives Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington and Rep. Joe Fischer, R-Ft. Thomas, have filed legislation in the Kentucky House of Representatives with the goal of combating the growing heroin problem in the Commonwealth. Both lawmakers said in a statement which was released on Friday that the bill is a comprehensive approach to combating heroin, focusing on treatment, education, and increased penalties and fines for those who sell heroin in Kentucky. “Our Northern Kentucky heroin crisis is a horrendous... Read more 

Federal Highway Trust Fund's insolvency could pose problems before summer construction season

10/23/2014 02:17 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky road projects may again be jeopardized without congressional action on the federal Highway Trust Fund before next summer’s construction season, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock told lawmakers Thursday. The trust has crept perilously close toward insolvency this year before Congress extended the plan through next May on Sept. 30. Gov. Steve Beshear, appearing with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Hancock at the state Capitol in July, said the state had at the time delayed about $185 million... Read more 

DeWeese and Hunt working hard in 48th House District race

10/20/2014 04:05 PM

State Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, is facing a challenge in his re-election race from Democrat Gretchen Hunt. And the two candidates are focused on the issues of not only their district, but the state as well. In an interview at his Louisville home, DeWeese said that as he goes door-to-door in the district he is hearing concerns about jobs and job security from his constituents. The 20-year incumbent legislator says that business friendly tax reform would solve many of the state’s... Read more 

More than a dozen contested state House seats leave fate of the chamber in flux

10/18/2014 08:47 AM

The road map for majority control of the state House will lead through multiple districts as Democrats have their slimmest majority in years and Republicans mount a campaign to take control of the lower chamber which has evaded them since 1921. Democratic and Republican analysts say there are more than a dozen state House races in play which will shape control of the chamber. The races are geographically diverse with several hotly contested races in West Kentucky — including the epicenter for... Read more 

State Republican Senate leaders to try again with heroin legislation in 2015

10/16/2014 01:51 PM

NEWPORT — Despite having failed the last two sessions, Senate Republican leaders announced in Northern Kentucky on Thursday that heroin legislation will again be one of their top priorities for the upcoming session and that legislation will target drug traffickers. Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, will be the main sponsor of the legislation and is currently working with other legislators and professionals to craft a bill which he will file ahead of the upcoming session. “We will deal with three major components.... Read more 

McDaniel makes pitch for right-to-work legislation; Has concerns about Medicaid expansion

10/13/2014 03:44 PM

Making a pitch for right-to-work, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, said he and James Comer will be focused on economic issues heading into the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary. Comer’s pick of McDaniel as a running mate on his gubernatorial slate was promoted at the September campaign roll out in Tompkinsville, and since that time he and Comer have crisscrossed the state raising cash and talking issues with voters. “I spend almost every night on the road somewhere working diligently... Read more 

State tax receipts tepid in September, first quarter overall

10/10/2014 02:43 PM

Kentucky’s General Fund tax receipts rose just 0.1 percent this month compared to September last year, giving the state’s revenue stream 1.1 percent grown in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday. General Fund receipts totaled $920.6 million in September, up slightly from the $920.1 million in September 2013. Driskell said in the release that the General Fund’s receipts have slowed in the first three months of fiscal year 2015. The fund’s receipts must grow... Read more 

In competitive Louisville race, Hunt says Deweese has been in Frankfort too long

10/09/2014 01:19 PM

Democratic candidate Gretchen Hunt is introducing herself and her family to the voters of the 48th House District with a new ad saying incumbent state Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, has been in Frankfort too long. Hunt told Pure Politics while her campaign has knocked on over 11,000 doors in the district; she wanted to put the ad out to reach as many voters as possible going into the election. The ad, produced by newSouth Strategies, began running in the Louisville media market... Read more 

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