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In 1st TV ad, Chris Harris slams Rep. W. Keith Hall for using tax dollars 'to line his pockets'

04/22/2014 07:53 PM

In what is shaping up to be one of the most intense legislative primaries of the spring, 93rd House District challenger Chris Harris took to television Tuesday calling on Pike County voters to stop Rep. W. Keith Hall’s tenure of using “tax dollars to line his pockets.” The ad sets up Harris’ campaign theme of sweeping out the incumbent by using a metaphor of his SUV whisking one of Hall’s old campaign sign off a tree as it goes by. The... Read more 

Leaders see need for heroin special session -- but not without agreement first

04/22/2014 07:23 PM

Lawmakers from areas most affected by the infestation of heroin want to return to Frankfort once an agreement can be reached on myriad provisions regarding the prosecution of dealers and the creation of a needle exchange. Democratic Rep. Kevin Sinnette of Ashland said he hopes lawmakers can come together soon to hammer something out because he wants a measure to pass before the next General Assembly begins in January. Heroin has seeped into Sinnette’s region in northeast Kentucky just as... Read more 

Beshear doubles down on embracing Affordable Care Act in Ky. as 413,000 have signed up for insurance

04/22/2014 07:22 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear offered his latest deflection of criticisms and offered state Democrats a campaign strategy heading into the fall elections in Tuesday’s pep-rally of sorts for Kentucky’s health exchange. Beshear unveiled the tally of 413,410 Kentuckians who have received health insurance through Kentucky’s health care exchange, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. At a press conference in the state Capitol, Beshear announced the latest enrollment numbers and said they would only climb as the Commonwealth draws into... Read more 

Campbell County judge-executive candidates disagree on tolls for new bridge

04/22/2014 07:14 PM

WILDER — In some primaries, it’s hard to find differences between candidates on major issues. The May 20 race for Campbell County judge-executive is not one of those. Incumbent Steve Pendery and challenger Kevin Sell offered voters Tuesday different approaches to making progress on a new bridge to carry interstate traffic across the Ohio River, as well as different philosophies toward economic development competition. The two candidates debated Monday in Wilder in the first of three Northern Kentucky Judge-Executive debates... Read more 

Key House Republican outlines which takeaways from session will be campaign themes and which won't

04/22/2014 10:57 AM

House Republicans must tread carefully when using the saga surrounding sexual harassment against a former Democratic lawmaker, said Rep. David Osborne, R-Prospect. The issue for voters is not necessarily the alleged conduct but how Democratic leaders have dealt with it, he said. “I think it’s difficult to make someone else’s tragedy a campaign issue, so I’m going to say ultimately it will not be a campaign issue,” said Osborne, who also is the Republican Party of Kentucky’s chief fundraiser as... Read more 

Northern Kentucky leaders now want jail expansion to include treating heroin addicts

04/21/2014 06:28 PM

The judge-executives of Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties are looking to take advantage of their captive audiences in their jails by offering a heroin recovery program for inmates. Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery is studying ways to incorporate drug treatment as part of a planned 108-bed addition to the Campbell County Detention Center that’s due to be completed in early 2015. In addition, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus are working with Pendery to see how... Read more 

Voter alleges Republican challenging Rep. Tom Burch doesn't live in district he's running in

04/21/2014 04:20 PM

Republican House candidate Brian Krueger will have to prove his residence in court if he wants to take on longtime Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, who has served in the legislature for the better part of 40 years. Louisville voter Jim Stammerman has filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County Circuit Court alleging that Krueger does not live in the 30th House District in central Jefferson County, which Burch first won in 1972. Stammerman says Krueger is not a qualified candidate, and requests... Read more 


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