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Stumbo says he will call on Rep. Burch to resign when Elaine Chao steps down from board positions

08/22/2014 12:37 PM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, says he will call for one of his Democratic members to resign his seat in the Kentucky legislature when U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s wife leaves her post on a board which has been linked to anti-coal donations. “I’ll call for Tom Burch’s resignation when Elaine Chao resigns from the anti-coal boards she’s on,“Stumbo said. “I can’t fathom the fact that she was paid almost half a million dollars a year to serve on boards that are... Read more 

Comer looking to 2015 general election saying he is not scared of running against Conway

08/22/2014 10:46 AM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is already looking beyond the Republican primary for governor with a message to Democratic candidate Jack Conway saying he has “no fear” of Conway “what so ever.” In a recent poll on the 2015 race, Conway was ahead of all potential Republican challengers. But of those head-to-head matches, the poll had Comer only three points behind Conway. At this point, Conway is the only Democrat to announce his candidacy in the race with many of the other big... Read more 

How one drug might be the answer to Kentucky's heroin problem

08/21/2014 08:00 PM

Kentucky state legislators Thursday heard how the drug Vivitrol, a non-opiate injectable, is used in Ohio to treat people addicted to heroin and pain killers. Those addicts who qualify for the program are allowed to take the drug as part of the court process, instead of going to jail. Hocking County Ohio Municipal Judge, Fred Moses, runs a Vivitrol Drug Court. He told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary that only those people who are on probation and... Read more 

State still looking to take contracts away from Seven Counties, Beshear says

08/21/2014 03:57 PM

As lawmakers on the Government Contract Review Committee have been coming to the table with Seven Counties Services, Gov. Steve Beshear says it does not change the current state of relations with the mental health agency and the executive branch. Legislators and Seven Counties executives met on Friday in what they called an “educational and productive meeting” between the groups. Earlier in the month, lawmakers on the panel said they would meet to “negotiate” the unfunded liability Seven Counties owes... Read more 

Hornback talks Ag. issues including Monsanto, tobacco as a jet fuel and targeting vapor products in 2015

08/20/2014 10:21 AM

Republican Sen. Paul Hornback is contemplating a bid for Agriculture Commissioner in 2015, but the Shelbyville farmer and Senate Agriculture Chairman has several agriculture related initiatives to consider in the upcoming session. Hornback brought a bill in the 2014 session banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and in the upcoming session he would like to take those protections a step further. “I thought the least we could do in Kentucky is make it so kids couldn’t get a hold... Read more 

Lawmakers and Seven Counties say meeting Friday served its purpose, more work to do

08/18/2014 01:08 PM

UPDATED: Lawmakers and leaders with Seven Counties Services met Friday in what is being called an educational and productive meeting meant to open the lines of communication between the groups as the state considers the future of the retirement system. Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, along with two other legislators came together in an “ad hoc” working group with Seven Counties Services on Friday to discuss continued business with the state and the mental health agency’s perceived liability to the commonwealth.... Read more 

Ky. Agriculture Department finalizes deal with federal government on hemp seeds, pilot projects continue to spring up

08/18/2014 11:01 AM

As the Kentucky Department of Agriculture finally settles their disagreement with the federal government over the importing of hemp seeds, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the crop will continue to be in high demand across the state. After suing the federal government over a shipment of hemp seeds being held by the DEA in May, Comer announced Friday that the Department of Agriculture reached a deal with the federal government and a motion has been filed to dismiss the lawsuit. The agreement... Read more 

Republican lawmaker calls on Democratic Rep. Tom Burch to resign after comments on coal

08/15/2014 03:02 PM

UPDATED — The escalating political tensions surrounding the coal industry in Kentucky has sparked another call for a resignation — this time a longtime Democratic House member. During the Special Subcommittee meeting on Energy in Frankfort Friday, Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, called on Democratic state Rep. Tom Burch of Louisville to resign after comments Burch made in Louisville this week. On Thursday, Burch spoke at the Louisville Forum where according to the Courier-Journal the 38-year incumbent said a lot of... Read more 

Sen. Paul Hornback contemplating run for Agriculture Commissioner in 2015; Says Daily Show appearance 'distorted'

08/14/2014 10:17 PM

State Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, said it will take a family meeting to decide if he will leave the family farm and spend a possible year pursuing the office of Agriculture Commissioner on the campaign trail. Hornback was elected to the Senate in 2011 and he says he has kept up with his farming as a legislator — something he has been doing for 37 years growing tobacco, soy beans, corn and fruit on a couple thousand acres. That full-time... Read more 

Neal sees additional provisions to felon voting restoration efforts as 'knife' to the heart of the bill

08/13/2014 05:50 PM

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reflected a description of Rep. Jeff Hoover’s felon voting bill as having a five-year waiting period — an error made by the legislative research commission in their description of his bill online. Hoover’s bill does not contain the waiting period. State Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, says “poison pills” added to the heart of felon voting restoration legislation last session corrupted the merit of the bill, and this upcoming session Neal will bring an unadorned... Read more 

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