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Has Frankfort adopted the dysfunction of Washington, D.C.?

04/13/2016 09:02 AM

Politicians in Kentucky’s Capitol have always been somewhat dysfunctional, but insiders and observers are taking note of a shift in rhetoric that has become reminiscent of partisan speak in another political town located on a river 550 miles away. Political rhetoric, posturing and the stop-and-start negotiations over a two-year budget now has first-year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin saying he won’t call a special session and bringing up terms often bandied about in Washington, D.C. — partial government shutdown. Observers from... Read more 

Political resolutions for 2016: What Kentucky's politicos may look to accomplish in the new year

12/31/2015 05:00 PM

Save more money. Eat healthier. Get in shape. Travel. Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions, and those who hold office are no different. As 2016 begins, here’s a look at what Kentucky politicos may be hoping to accomplish in the upcoming year. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Keep the Senate in Republican hands McConnell’s landslide re-election in 2014 coincided with a GOP wave that pushed Senate Republicans into control of the chamber for the first time in Barack Obama’s presidency, picking up nine seats... Read more 

SPECIAL: The political life and death of Gov. William Goebel

12/28/2015 07:30 PM

In early 1900 following a contentious gubernatorial election, Kentucky’s 33rd governor was sworn into office. William Goebel served just four days before succumbing to a gunshot wound he suffered outside the old state capitol building. Many argue that the months leading up to and after the assassination of the state’s only sitting governor forever changed the dynamic of Kentucky politics.  Read more 

One bridge down, two to go: A look at progress made in the $2.3B Ohio River Bridges Project

12/22/2015 01:03 PM

Progress on the East End bridge is hard to miss as you travel along the Ohio River in eastern Jefferson County or Clark County, Ind. Concrete towers ascend from the depths of the Ohio, and steel support structures are ready to connect the Indiana and Kentucky approaches as an extension of the Gene Snyder Freeway near Prospect and Utica, Ind. “The back spans are currently under construction – the pieces that will connect from the Indiana approach and the Kentucky approach... Read more 

As Trump calls for ban on Muslims, Kentucky Muslim Siddique Malik speaks out

12/15/2015 06:50 PM

Former state Senate candidate Siddique Malik is condemning calls for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States After an attack in San Bernardino, California which officials think is connected to terrorism, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the nation; a position he has defended in recent days. Malik, a Muslim who immigrated from Pakistan more than 40 years ago at the age of 18, says Trump is “triggering fears, and exploiting… society’s insecurities”... Read more 

Message and structural elements need to improve for Democrats to win statewide elections, Democratic consultant says

12/02/2015 10:17 AM

With a nine point defeat in the gubernatorial election, and only retaining control of two Constitutional offices Democrats are trying to regroup before 2016 races. Part of Democrats poor 2015 performance was a “rudderless” gubernatorial campaign, said Democratic consultant Matt Wyatt. But, beyond message, Wyatt said structurally the Democratic Party needs to run statewide campaigns in all 120 of Kentucky’s counties. “We need to empower the local county parties,” Wyatt said. “We need to give them resources; give them training. Then... Read more 

Refugees get taste of American tradition with Catholic Charities of Louisville's Thanksgiving dinner

11/25/2015 07:40 PM

For many, Wednesday’s Thanksgiving meal served at the Catholic Charities of Louisville’s campus was their first taste of traditional American holiday fare. The few hundred who gathered at the downtown Louisville church have fled terrorism and oppression en route to the U.S., some with just a single piece of luggage shared among a family of eight. As the country’s attention focuses on refugees from war-torn Syria after a passport from the country was found in the aftermath of an Islamic State attack... Read more 

Schools become the frontline for identifying homeless youth

11/25/2015 02:00 PM

NEWPORT – While many families will get together on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving, there is a growing number of families who have no full time residence and are classified as homeless. In Northern Kentucky, it’s estimated that 2,100 students are classified as homeless in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties — meaning that they have no permanent residence. Tiffany Smith, staff attorney at the Children’s Law Center, says research shows that children who are homeless are likely to have undesirable characteristics. “Any youth... Read more 

Amazon investing in workforce development with employee education program

11/18/2015 10:52 AM

HEBRON – A growing worldwide company, which operates a number of facilities in Kentucky, is taking it upon themselves to better educate their workers, either for career advancement, or movement into another field. Since 2012, Amazon initiated the Amazon Career Choice program in which the company will pay 95 percent of the costs for their hourly employees, who have been with the company at its fulfillment centers for at least one year, to take college level courses related to in-demand fields.... Read more 

Sen. McConnell honors veterans at dedication of Fallen Heroes Sculpture in Shelbyville

11/11/2015 04:40 PM

SHELBYVILLE — The names of 106 fallen soldiers who served in the four major conflicts of the 20th century were read aloud next to the Fallen Heroes Sculpture at Veteran’s Park in Shelbyville. As leaves fell from the trees surrounding the monument and onlookers, the four veterans, including 99-year old former Gen. Ronald Van Stockum, stepped to the podium to read from a list of Shelbyville veterans who died serving their country. Stockum was the first to read from his list... Read more 


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