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Battle to halt rollback of kynect, Medicaid expansion is about the people, former Gov. Beshear says

03/09/2016 05:52 PM

After two terms in office, former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has a fight on his hands to convince first-year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to halt a rollback of the state’s health insurance exchange and transition expanded Medicaid recipients to the federal government. If Bevin is successful in transitioning services, Kentucky would be the first state in the nation to shut down a working state exchange. Beshear has created a non-profit group, Save Kentucky Healthcare, to oppose changes to the healthcare... Read more 

Former U.S. Sen. Marlow Cook dies at 89

02/04/2016 12:37 PM

UPDATED — Marlow Cook, who served in the U.S. Senate from 1968 to 1974, has passed away at the age of 89 according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. The Louisville moderate Republican served as a mentor to both U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth. Cook served two terms in the Kentucky state House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961 before being elected Jefferson County Judge-Executive in 1961 and re-elected in 1965. After leaving the U.S.... Read more 

Running down-ballot in Kentucky a tedious task, campaign operative says

11/20/2015 10:25 AM

With lower bankrolls, a disengaged electorate and lack of significant media attention, it can be tough to run a statewide campaign in Kentucky if you’re not involved in a top-tier race. That’s what Tres Watson found waiting for him as he toured the state in 2015 as Agriculture Commissioner-elect Ryan Quarles’ campaign manager. “When you’re a down-ticket candidate it can sometimes be difficult, you know, getting media out. TV is hard to come by when you’re down ticket, unless... Read more 

New LRC Director David Byerman seeks to bring "swagger" back to agency

10/07/2015 12:53 PM

Newly minted LRC Director David Byerman is in the middle of his first week in the position that was vacated by the previous permanent director two years ago. Byerman is promising to provide a “clear direction,” objective standards, transparency both to staff and taxpayers, as well as fairness in personnel policies. “This change cannot be immediate, and I think anyone who is looking for me to come in and wave a magic wand is going to be disappointed because we have... Read more 

Ky. psychologist says mental illness is not to blame for recent acts of violence

09/01/2015 06:01 PM

As politicians consider the vexing problem that is gun violence, one Kentucky psychologist claims that mental health illnesses are not to blame, though they’re often identified as the culprit by those in public office. Pure Politics’ Nick Storm sat down with Dr. Sheila Schuster from the Kentucky Psychological Association and asked her whether or not she believes that mental health is causing the violent problems that we are seeing on the news. Dr. Schuster’s reply differed from the norm of... Read more 

Miss Kentucky USA Katie George on Donald Trump comments: "I wish he hadn't said it"

07/27/2015 07:16 PM

Those who tuned in to NBC earlier this month hoping to catch the Miss USA pageant might have missed Louisville native Miss Kentucky USA Katie George as she placed 11th in the competition. That’s because controversial comments about Mexican immigrants by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who co-owns the pageant, caused NBC and Spanish-language challenge Univision to drop the pageant. During Trump’s June campaign launch, the billionaire real-estate mogul said some Mexican immigrants crossing the borders are drug smuggling “rapists” and “killers.” The... Read more 

Sen. Neal talks racism, Jefferson Davis statue, gun control and mental illness in wake of S.C. killings

07/12/2015 08:04 PM

A nation marked by multiple massacres in recent years is reviewing its history, especially in the south after a racially charged mass murder at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in mid-June. After more than half-a-century the Confederate battle flag was lowered at the South Carolina Capitol grounds on Friday to the cheers of on-lookers. The flag was lowered, furled and taken to a nearby military museum. In Kentucky, a state which chose neutrality during the Civil War, monuments... Read more 

In-depth, long-format debates needed, but voters will have to take a stand, John David Dyche says

06/28/2015 04:25 PM

Calling for a series of six 75-minute, single-issue debates to take place in each congressional district before the general election, conservative columnist John David Dyche is seeking to reformat how Kentuckians learn about the issues during gubernatorial elections. Dyche first penned his call for the singularly focused approach June 4 as a way to reach a depth candidates are currently not delivering to voters. Since that call the campaigns for Democratic candidate Jack Conway and Republican candidate Matt Bevin have... Read more 

Internationally recognized academic program helps Tates Creek students excel

11/08/2014 09:26 AM

LEXINGTON — One of the biggest challenges school systems face today is how to prepare students for an ever changing global society. In Fayette County, Tates Creek High School has implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for highly motivated students. The program is designed to push learners to develop their own curiosity, exercise initiative and express ideas and information confidently and creatively. “I’m kind of one of those people who like to do multiple things,” said Tates Creek senior Emily Ranseen. “I’ve... Read more 

Mongiardo says his views on gay marriage have changed since 2004; constitutional ban went 'overboard'

11/07/2014 04:30 PM

Former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo said his views have shifted on the social issue of same-sex marriage, and he now would not have co-sponsored the 2004 constitutional amendment that’s at the center of a case potentially heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mongiardo, a Democrat from Hazard who is considering a gubernatorial bid in 2015, said in an interview with Pure Politics last month that he thinks the Kentucky General Assembly, himself included, went “overboard” with the ban in 2004. The... Read more 


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