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Lawmakers at children's health summit share advice on how to move bills through legislature while Gov. Bevin promises receptive ear

05/25/2016 11:09 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin promised a profound change in his administration’s attention to vulnerable children and lawmakers who specialize in health care offered their advice to professionals in the field during the Kentucky Summit on Access to Care for Children and Youth Wednesday. The event, sponsored by the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, National Governors Association and National Conference of State Legislators, aimed to bring together stakeholders in government, medicine and insurance to brainstorm strategies to improve... Read more 

Gov. Bevin on removing former first lady from Ky. Horse Park Commission: Beshears "seem hung up on the idea of staying around"

05/25/2016 06:35 PM

FRANKFORT — After former first lady Jane Beshear decried her removal from the Kentucky Horse Park Commission as an escalation in the feud between ex-Gov. Steve Beshear and first-year Gov. Matt Bevin, the current governor says it’s time for his predecessor to move on. Bevin abolished and then re-organized the Kentucky Horse Park Commission, shrinking its size from 17 members to 15. Five members were reappointed, and all but two spots on the commission were filled. Jane Beshear was among those eliminated... Read more 

Trio of Democratic lawmakers will appeal higher ed. decision; state should generate more revenue via tax reform, Rep. Wayne says

05/25/2016 12:23 PM

After a Franklin Circuit Judge ruled that first year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin followed the law in ordering 2 percent allotment reductions for state colleges and universities, a trio of Democratic lawmakers is appealing the ruling to the state Supreme Court. Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, is among the three lawmakers who have joined party to the suit which was first filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear. Wayne said he personally feels “strongly” about their chance of winning the suit... Read more 

The Chatter: Bernie Sanders seeks recanvass in Democratic primary, state seeks proposals for pension audit

05/24/2016 02:18 PM

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary to front-runner Hillary Clinton by 1,924 votes last week, requested a recanvass on Tuesday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said county clerks will double-check their voting machine totals starting 9 a.m. Thursday. “My office is notifying all county boards of elections that Sen. Sanders has requested a recanvass, and we are reminding them of the laws and procedures to be followed,” Grimes said in a statement. “As always, we will... Read more 

Ky. State Police ready to arrest ousted pension board chairman if he took seat among trustees

05/19/2016 01:43 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — Thomas Elliott, the former chair of the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Board of Trustees who was ousted via executive order by Gov. Matt Bevin, sat quietly in the audience during Thursday’s meeting as Kentucky State Police troopers stood at both entries to the board room, ready to arrest Elliott on a misdemeanor charge if he participated in the day’s activities. Elliott said he was confronted by Blake Brickman, Bevin’s chief of staff, and Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas Stephens, who... Read more 

Contracts to test previously untested rape kits approved; 600 kits could be tested this year

05/19/2016 01:01 PM

UPDATED: After more than a year since 3,090 previously untested rape kits were identified, two contracts providing for the testing of 3,300 of what could be more than 5,000 untested rape kits has been approved by the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Since the audit performed by former Auditor Adam Edelen, kits have been collected by the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab and await processing by the out-of-state vendor, named in the contracts as Sorensen Forensics based in Salt Lake City, Utah.... Read more 

The Chatter: Presidential candidates coming back to Kentucky, AG Beshear wants special prosecutor to handle Longmeyer case

05/13/2016 02:04 PM

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders are rallying their Kentucky supporters ahead of Tuesday’s primary with planned stops this weekend. Clinton, the front-runner for her party’s nomination, will hold a get-out-the-vote rally in Louisville before traveling to another event in Covington on Sunday, with additional stops planned for Bowling Green and Lexington on Monday. Her campaign announced on Friday that she would be traveling to Kentucky those days to ask voters for their support and to hit... Read more 

Republicans trying to unseat House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins in the 99th District.

05/11/2016 08:17 PM

Correction: Rep. Rocky Adkins is the House Majority Floor Leader. MOREHEAD – A nurse practitioner who serves as president of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, and an ordained minister with ties to the Kim Davis controversy, are opposing one another for the Republican nomination to the 99th District House seat currently held by Democratic House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook. Wendy Fletcher, who currently sees approximately 5,000 patients at the Health Plus Clinic in Morehead, admits... Read more 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo files lawsuit over Gov. Bevin's vetoes

05/11/2016 04:48 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Franklin Circuit Court looking to the court for clarity on whether Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent vetoes, and another bill he signed into law, were done properly. The lawsuit focuses on the vetoes of House bills approved on April 15, including the state’s upcoming two-year budget, and the passage of Senate Bill 296, which the governor signed into law even though it had not been properly delivered to... Read more 

Grimes predicts 20 percent turnout on Tuesday, says GOP presidential caucus will play a negative role

05/11/2016 12:46 PM

FRANKFORT — With a slew of high profile races on the ballot on Tuesday, May 17, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says only one-in-five registered voters are likely to appear at the ballot box. Making her predictions from her office in the state Capitol, Grimes implored voters to take part in the process and to look at the bevy of high profile races including the Democratic presidential primary, U.S. Senate contests on both sides of the aisle, as well... Read more 

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