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Gov.-elect Bevin names senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for policy

11/25/2015 03:34 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has named two more members of his inner circle. In a press release Wednesday, Bevin named Andrew V. McNeill as his senior advisor and Adam M. Meier as his deputy chief of staff for policy. “We continue to add depth to the bench as we carefully fill key roles in the administration,” Bevin said. “Andrew McNeill has decades of experience in the public and private sector. He will be a key advisor as we make the important decisions... Read more 

Gov. Beshear signs executive order restoring right to vote to certain non-violent felons

11/24/2015 02:34 PM

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order on Tuesday setting up the automatic restoration for the right to vote and hold public office to certain offenders once all terms of their sentences have been satisfied. The order excludes individuals convicted of violent or sex crimes, bribery or treason. The issue of restoring felon voting rights has been discussed in the legislature for years with little movement on the issue. Beshear said that he felt the state was denying individuals, who... Read more 

Auditor-elect Mike Harmon joins calls for KRS director's resignation; names early members of transition team

11/24/2015 01:19 PM

Incoming Auditor-elect Mike Harmon is joining the call among his GOP colleagues for Bill Thielen, the executive director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, to step down and give up a 25 percent salary increase. In an interview with Pure Politics on Tuesday, Harmon said “it’s almost a slap in the face to all those people in the system who have not received raises…so I think it would be good for him to eventually fade out into the sunset as it... Read more 

CPE requests budget increase, will tie dollars to performance

11/23/2015 09:44 PM

The Council on Postsecondary Education is seeking an additional $86.7 million, or half of where colleges and universities were at in the 2007-08 biennium, and tie the request to performance criteria. As part of their request to lawmakers for the next two-year budget, Kentucky’s public universities will ask for the money to doled out based on the number of students who earn degrees, improved graduation rates, and increased retention rates. Another performance metric will focus on “closing the gap” between low-income... Read more 

Gov.-elect Bevin will work to enact pension legislation as "expeditiously as possible," eschews political strategy in appointments

11/20/2015 04:33 PM

LEXINGTON — Getting the state’s underfunded pension plans for public employees and teachers back on solid financial footing will take “a generation,” Gov.-elect Matt Bevin told an audience of local officials at the annual Kentucky Association of Counties conference Friday. Pensions were one of a handful of policy points Bevin discussed in his remarks at the conference’s conclusion, which comes amid reports from The Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader that the Kentucky Retirement Systems dropped to a 19 percent funded... Read more 

Louisville Rep. Denny Butler switches party affiliation to GOP

11/19/2015 10:16 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM STUMBO, STIVERS, MCCONNELL: Rep. Denny Butler of Louisville has switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Butler has served two terms in the House of Representatives as a Democrat, but according to a filing with the Secretary of State’s website he has changed his registration to Republican when he filed for re-election on Wednesday. Republican House Leader Jeff Hoover tweeted out the change in party affiliation and welcomed Butler into the GOP caucus. Hoover’s office... Read more 

Attorney General's Office selects 6 counties for post-election audit

11/19/2015 09:26 AM

FRANKFORT – Bullitt, McCreary, Clark, Hardin, Morgan, and Harrison counties were drawn on Thursday by the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General to receive post-election audits. The procedure is pursuant to KRS 15.243 (3),(a), which says that the Kentucky Attorney General is required to conduct a post-election audit investigation in no fewer than 5 percent of Kentucky’s counties following each primary and general election. The public drawing must be done within 20 days of the election. In May, Greenup, Laurel,... Read more 

Lawmakers will face a bevy of options to resolve KTRS funding issues as Dec. 1 deadline looms

11/18/2015 09:06 PM

FRANKFORT — When the General Assembly convenes in Jan. 5, it will probably not have a concrete proposal to consider on one of the most pressing issues facing lawmakers — resolving the funding shortfall of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System. Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson, a member of the 23-member workgroup created by Gov. Steve Beshear and tasked with recommending a method to bridge the funding shortfall at KTRS, said Wednesday that legislators will instead receive “a shopping list... Read more 

Attorney General-elect Andy Beshear pledges to work with new governor

11/18/2015 05:47 PM

LEXINGTON – Democratic Attorney General-elect Andy Beshear has pledged to work with Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin during the next four years on issues concerning the commonwealth. Beshear made the comments on Tuesday in Lexington at the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO) annual conference. “While the attorney general is not the governor’s lawyer, and he’s not the legislature’s lawyer, he’s the people’s lawyer, and you do have a duty to provide advice and guidance when requested, and I am absolutely going to do... Read more 

Gov.-elect Bevin names Scott Brinkman as secretary of the executive cabinet

11/18/2015 12:36 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has tapped lawyer Scott Brinkman to serve as the secretary of his executive cabinet. “Scott has a proven track record in the General Assembly and private sector,” Bevin said in a statement. “He brings the right leadership qualities to effectively manage the Executive Cabinet and build the consensus we need to move our agenda forward.” Brinkman is an attorney with Stoll Keenon & Ogden where he has practiced law since 1997, according to his company biography. Brinkman is... Read more 


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