From Frankfort

Thayer open to some changes within CVG airport board, just not the structure Edelen recommended

09/18/2014 07:41 PM

State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says he is “open to considering some changes,” to the Northern Kentucky Cincinnati International Airport board also known as CVG, he just does not want to diminish the standing of Kenton County in any restructuring. Calling the board the “Kenton County Airport Board,” Thayer said, his main objective was to ensure Kenton County — which he represents will remain an integral hub of the Kentucky asset, which has seen better days. “I represent... Read more 

Doctors and concerned parents say government should "be ashamed" of lack of funding for pediatric cancer

09/17/2014 03:19 PM

LOUISVILLE — In an emotional meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Health & Welfare Tuesday, parents of young cancer patients and the doctors who treat them pleaded with lawmakers to make funding for pediatric cancer a priority. Lobbyist Jamie Bloyd was first to testify in front of the interim committee Wednesday at the office of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky where she told legislators the story of her son’s diagnosis. Her son, Paxton Bloyd was diagnosed with Stage 4... Read more 

Fiscal mismanagement, administrative and faculty differences led to troubles in Fayette County Schools, Audit finds

09/17/2014 02:15 PM

Uncommunicative administrators, mismanagement of financials and weak policies led to financial instability of the Fayette County School System, an audit conduct by Auditor Adam Edelen’s office found. Edelen announced the findings of the audit on Wednesday after initial allegations were made indicating possible criminal wrong doing — something Edelen said his audit did not uncover. “We found no evidence of criminal activity,” Edelen said. “However, we did find chronic mismanagement of the district’s budget and finances which has contributed to... Read more 

State Sen. Dennis Parrett decides against run for Agriculture Commissioner in 2015

09/16/2014 01:32 PM

After months of mulling over a run for statewide office, state Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, decided over the weekend that he will not run for agriculture commissioner in 2015. Parrett told Pure Politics in a phone interview Tuesday his decision came as a result of a number of factors, but namely the indecision he felt leading up to his final choice which he reached Saturday. The first term state senator said while he is not one to have a hard time making... Read more 

Kentucky is 'alone in a dreadful economic state of cash available,' head of retirees group says

09/16/2014 08:15 AM

In order for one of the most shakily funded pension plans in the country to survive it needs an infusion of cash, says a state retiree who has been following the state’s pension problems. Jim Carroll, a former communications director for the states parks department, has kept a watchful eye on pension developments over the last two years. Along with his wife, Eva Smith-Carroll, who is also a retired state worker, Carroll keeps nearly 4,000 other retirees in the loop... Read more 

Coursey attorney seeks sanction over 'smut' depositions

09/10/2014 02:46 PM

FRANKFORT — An attorney for Rep. Will Coursey has asked a judge to sanction the lawyer representing a Legislative Research Commission staffer suing Coursey for retaliation after releasing “the smut” contained in the Symsonia Democrat’s depositions earlier this year. William Johnson, a Frankfort attorney representing Coursey, said in a motion filed in Franklin Circuit Court that Thomas Clay, a Louisville attorney representing legislative secretary Nicole Cusic, asked Coursey “embarrassing and non-relevant questions about other persons.” Coursey’s depositions later appeared on the... Read more 

Lawmakers agree on need for heroin legislation, but provisions still up in the air

09/10/2014 08:30 AM

House Judiciary Chair John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, is one of four lawmakers quietly working to piece together a bill dealing with the increase of heroin use in the state. Where last year’s bill failed to make it out of the legislature lawmakers on the group say that all options are on the table including increased punishments for traffickers of heroin. However, Tilley said tougher penalties for traffickers don’t really work. “We have to find a way to distinguish those who are... Read more 

Westerfield and three other members piecing together heroin legislation for next session

09/08/2014 06:50 PM

Senate Judiciary Chair Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, says a small group of lawmakers is working behind the scenes to reach an agreement on heroin legislation before the 2015 session begins in January. “We’ve started working on it the moment we adjourned,” Westerfield said. Westerfield along with House Judiciary Chair Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, and two other lawmakers — Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, and Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, make up the group who are working towards legislation next session. “The... Read more 

State of the Judiciary: Minton calls for raises for elected judges, expungement for drug treatment and more

09/05/2014 03:26 PM

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton said the judicial system in the state is moving forward after some trying years, but there are more initiatives ahead. In remarks about the state of the court system Friday, Minton said the system is moving forward with increased technology initiatives which the state has lagged in, but in order to keep up with other states and attract better judges he said judges need a bump in pay. The two-year state spending plan passed in... Read more 

Agencies preparing for sweeping juvenile justice reforms, Westerfield says

09/04/2014 07:12 PM

Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, one of the architects behind a series of reforms to the state’s juvenile justice system expects there to be some tweaks to the bill over the next session, and possibly further changes to the system in the coming years. Westerfield spoke to Pure Politics before the legislatively mandated first meeting of the juvenile justice oversight council on Thursday when he said he would hear “for the very first time where the agencies are up to this... Read more 

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