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McGrath Campaign: Calling Combat Veteran soft on borders "beyond insulting"

08/08/2018 05:04 PM

Conservative Washington Political Action Committees are pumping money into Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District and attacking Democratic Candidate Amy McGrath. The Congressional Leadership Fund released three ads on Wednesday in the district attacking Amy McGrath for being too liberal, soft on borders, and against the tax reform plan. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the radio ad paints Amy McGrath “as liberal as Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders”. The first ad features local mother, Hannah Thornton, who benefited from the GOP... Read more 

McGrath releases new TV ad

08/07/2018 11:19 AM

One day after U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, released an attack ad painting opponent Amy McGrath as “too liberal” for Kentucky, McGrath has released her first ad of the general election. In the ad, McGrath once again plays up her military experience as a fighter pilot, while vowing not to take orders from the political bosses in her party. The race for the sixth congressional district is getting tight with Inside Elections, The Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato moving... Read more 

Former House candidate defends Democratic socialism, explains why Democrats should not listen to James Comey

07/26/2018 09:14 AM

Former 35th Dist. Democratic state House candidate Richard Becker says he found many on the campaign trail open to policies trending towards Democratic socialism. Becker came in second in a three-way Democratic primary for the seat currently held by Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville. He penned a first person account of his experiences on the campaign trail in Kentucky for online publication Vox about why Socialism is an easy sell in “flyover country.” The union organizer from Louisville, said that even voters... Read more 

Secretary of State Grimes announces pregnancy

07/23/2018 04:18 PM

Alison Lundergan Grimes is pregnant with her first child. The Democratic Secretary of State announced the pregnancy via a news release and social media post on Monday. Grimes and her husband Andrew are expecting a boy in December. “The journey to grow our family has not been easy. With the assistance of talented doctors, numerous surgeries, a supportive family and immense prayer and faith, we are finally in a place where we can announce joyous news to the Commonwealth –... Read more 

Bevin administration reverses course reinstating dental, vision coverage for expanded Medicaid population

07/19/2018 06:20 PM

UPDATED: After revoking dental and vision coverage for those in the expanded Medicaid population following a federal court decision which struck down the 1115 waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH, the Bevin administration is now reversing course and reinstating the benefits. In a statement from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services sent at 5:52pm on Thursday, the administration said they had hoped for a quick re-approval of the program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid by August 1. “We... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear talks education, hopes for the future in Louisville speech

07/19/2018 03:38 PM

LOUISVILLE — “I’ve got your back,” Attorney General Andy Beshear said, as he delivered the keynote speech to hundreds of educators and human service providers in Louisville on Thursday. Beshear’s speech was met with applause from those in attendance at the Family Resources and Youth Services “Victory Over Violence” conference in downtown Louisville. The Democratic Attorney General, and so far only declared candidate in the 2019 race for governor, listed highlights from his time in office and said there were... Read more 

Kentucky Distillers' Association unsure impact tariffs will have

07/19/2018 03:21 PM

FRANKFORT- As the possibility of a trade war shows no signs of slowing down—Kentucky lawmakers wanted to know how it is affecting a bluegrass signature industry. Members of the interim joint committee on Economic Development and workforce investment heard from the Kentucky Distillers Association on how the newly imposed tariffs are affecting the burgeoning bourbon industry. The association was hesitant to speak specifically to the impact the tariffs will have—but told members it won’t be good. “This is probably going... Read more 

The list: Who could run for Attorney General in 2019?

07/17/2018 10:38 AM

With Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, officially running for governor in 2019 he’s created an open seat for the constitutional office he currently holds, but there are only so many people that fit the bill for the post. Under Kentucky’s Constitution there’s an additional requirement that a candidate for the office of Attorney General needs to be a practicing lawyer for eight years prior to the election, be at least 30 years old and a resident of the state for... Read more 

They have $100 million running through their coffers, but you've probably never heard of COT

07/12/2018 04:11 PM

Nearly $100 million flows through their electronic accounts, but little is known about the Commonwealth Office of Technology, or COT, the agency tasked with keeping up with supporting cabinet and other state government agency IT services. The COT appears to have run an overage of over $20 million for FY 2017 alone, much of it apparently financed by “enterprise assessment” fees. Bevin administration officials within the Finance Cabinet, who had been responsive to open record requests, never returned an explanation when... Read more 

Committee seeks answers on KentuckyWired

07/12/2018 03:17 PM

FRANKFORT- An overview of the embattled KentuckyWired program was the focus of a Program Review and Investigations Committee Thursday. The Kentucky Communications Network Authority was in the hot seat as they told committee members why the project is taking so long to achieve, and what roadblocks they have run into. Executive Director Phillip Brown says the problems with KentuckyWired began before it even began—with the contract reached with former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration. “It begins with the fateful decision to allow... Read more 

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