From Frankfort

Taking a shot at Rand Paul, Edelen says he's only going to run for one office at a time

09/01/2014 09:10 AM

After making the decision not to run for governor in 2015 state Auditor Adam Edelen is gearing up for a re-election bid for a second term in the office and he says “whatever happens after that happens.” Edelen has made no bones about one day wanting to be governor of Kentucky, but his name has also been included on the short list of potential Democrats to run for U.S. Senate in 2016. While taking a jab at U.S. Sen. Rand... Read more 

Next up for Edelen: Kentucky Teacher's Retirement System audit

08/30/2014 12:27 PM

Calling for bold solutions to the “extraordinary” problem of growing debt within Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System Auditor Adam Edelen says all options should be on the table to deal with the liabilities— including bonding. Edelen’s next audit will focus on the governance of the Kentucky Teacher’s Retirement System. A new accounting rule changes will mean that the fund’s debt — or unfunded liability — will nearly double to $23 billion in 2015. The rule change, Edelen said, is essentially ending... Read more 

Stumbo says new clean energy project in Pike Co. a glimmer of hope for the region's economy

08/30/2014 07:25 AM

RCC Big Shoal and Pike County officials announced the beginning of a new project to build a natural gas-to-liquids plant in Pike County Thursday which they say will help the eastern Kentucky economy with the new natural resource. As the region looks to find new ways to re-build the economy as the the coal industry continues to decline, the new plant in the region would use natural gas extracted throughout the region to create new products. According to the officials at the... Read more 

Rep. Adam Koenig expects legislation concerning makeup of CVG board in 2015

08/29/2014 04:41 PM

COVINGTON – A Northern Kentucky legislator expects that there will be legislation passed during the 2015 session which would change the makeup of the Kenton County Airport Board, the entity responsible for running the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Earlier this month, State Auditor Adam Edelen called for a complete overhaul of the governance structure of the Kenton County Airport Board to end what he called “decades of waste and abuse.” After the nine-month examination of the CVG board, Edelen called for... Read more 

On poll questions being asked about GOP candidates, Stumbo says "almost everything is fair" in war and politics

08/29/2014 10:40 AM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the negative message testing against Republican candidates in push poll calls in competitive districts are legitimate because “in war and politics, almost everything is fair.” In a series of automated new push polls targeting the districts of incumbent Republican House members and even some new GOP candidates, Democrats are message testing with remarks about the voting records of Republicans in the House. A recorded message asks voters about a vote against a pay increase... Read more 

GOP House candidates targeted in push polls in districts using negative attacks

08/28/2014 01:48 PM

At least a half dozen Republican state House candidates say they are the targets of survey calls that have gone beyond message testing for Democrats and crossed into push-poll territory. Republicans, who are in the minority with 46 members compared to 54 Democrats in the House, are seeking to grab control of the chamber for the first time since 1921 with their crop of challengers to incumbents. But Democrats have put up top-flight contenders against entrenched incumbents in some of... Read more 

Edelen predicts 'some pain' in battle over CVG airport board

08/28/2014 11:55 AM

Changing the geographic and political power structure of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport board won’t come without “some pain”, says state Auditor Adam Edelen. Edelen wrapped up a nine-month special investigation into the governance of the CVG board and called on a major restructuring of the appointees less than one week ago. In an interview with Pure Politics on Wednesday, Edelen said there will be a fight with entrenched political leaders in the region for who controls the airport. “Certainly... Read more 

How Seven Counties Services is illustrating for lawmakers why they could not keep paying into the pension system

08/27/2014 06:43 PM

Representatives for mental health provider Seven Counties Services have been making the rounds in Frankfort to plead their case to lawmakers threatening to take away contracts if the quasi-governmental agency does not pay pension liabilities, but part of what Seven Counties representatives are doing when meeting with lawmakers is explaining just why they had to make the difficult decision to leave the retirement system. Part of how Seven Counties is explaining their fiscal debacle is through a graph which... Read more 

Fmr. FBI analyst Max Wise says local police have benefited from federal military programs, but for some towns it is "too excessive"

08/25/2014 04:07 PM

After a week of images coming from Missouri on national television of heavily armed and armored police clashing with American protesters outside of St. Louis, President Barack Obama has ordered a White House review of the federal government’s strategy of sending military grade equipment to local police departments. Kentucky national security expert and former FBI analyst Max Wise, who won the Republican 16th District Senate primary in May, says local police departments have benefited from counter terrorism efforts after the September... Read more 

Beshear says focus will be on jobs and education in final session as governor

08/24/2014 09:00 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear says he will continue to focus on the “basic tools” that Kentucky has to have to compete among the top states in the country in his final 16 months in office. Beshear said the state is breaking through the last vestiges of the economic downturn which will help fuel expansion of jobs and businesses in the state. “We’re going to continue to create great jobs for our people. We are coming out of this great recession... Read more 

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