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Pro-Edelen super PAC releases Web ad with audio of praise from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow

08/31/2015 08:01 AM

UPDATED A super PAC supporting Auditor Adam Edelen’s re-election bid has released a Web ad using audio of an MSNBC segment lauding the incumbent Democrat’s speech at Fancy Farm this year. The two-minute video, titled “Big, Important Things,” features MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, on her Aug. 21 program, calling Edelen “the best southern Democratic politician I have seen speak at an event like this (Fancy Farm) since (former Texas Gov.) Ann Richards, since Bill Clinton in his prime.” The ad also... Read more 

Number of untested sexual assault kits in Kentucky, recommendations on crime lab backlog to be released soon

08/30/2015 05:25 PM

Kentucky is about to get a clearer picture of its DNA testing backlog, an issue that has seized the attention of policymakers and law enforcement across the country as similar counts have yielded thousands of unprocessed sexual assault kits. Auditor Adam Edelen is winding down his review of the state’s unprocessed sexual assault examination kits, a report of which must be made to legislative leaders by Nov. 1 as required by Senate Joint Resolution 20. When he launched the effort in... Read more 

Ky. Dept. of Education narrows commissioner search to two as Holliday retires Monday

08/30/2015 01:20 PM

With hours left in the tenure of Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, the state Board of Education has announced that they’re down to two finalists in their search for a new commissioner. The Board of Education is not releasing the names of the final two candidates in the search. The two unnamed candidates, identified by the board on Sunday in a special meeting, will undergo “in-depth background checks,” according to a press release from the Department of Education.... Read more 

State Rep. Brad Montell pre-files bill to direct excess public employee insurance funds to retirement systems

08/28/2015 11:47 AM

SHELBYVILLE — After $63.5 million was pulled from the Public Employees’ Health Insurance Trust Fund in the current fiscal year and $93 million the year prior, state Rep. Brad Montell hopes a bill he’s pre-filing on Friday will put an end to the practice. The insurance account is one of several restricted funds that have been tapped for budgetary purposes in recent years. Montell, R-Shelbyville, said his pre-filed legislation is not a slight at Gov. Steve Beshear, but rather a rethinking... Read more 

Gun violence a "vexing problem" for some politicians

08/27/2015 09:45 PM

LOUISVILLE — An attack carried out on live television Wednesday morning in Virginia again has politicians searching for answers to senseless acts of violence in the United States. Two journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were shot and killed by an apparently disgruntled former colleague in Roanoke, Virginia Wednesday. The killings are among a string of high-profile shootings in recent years that has gone largely unanswered by state and federal politicians. Chris Hurst, the boyfriend of Parker, told CNN that... Read more 

Federal lawsuit against Rowan County clerk provides dividing-line for some candidates

08/27/2015 08:44 PM

As Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues her self-imposed ban on issuing marriage licenses despite a second federal court’s ruling this week, some Kentucky politicians remain steadfast in their beliefs that either the clerk is breaking the law or the state isn’t doing enough to resolve the matter. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Davis’ motion for a stay on Wednesday as she appeals U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order mandating she resume issuing marriage licenses. Davis and a pair... Read more 

Congressman John Yarmuth sat with KSR host Matt Jones at DCCC meeting in D.C.

08/26/2015 08:46 PM

Kentucky’s lone federal delegate U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville accompanied Matt Jones to a sit-down meeting with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C., Yarmuth said in an interview with Pure Politics. Jones is being wooed by national Democrats in an effort to find a challenger to Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington in the 6th Congressional District. “I think he’s an extremely bright, appealing guy,” Yarmuth said of Jones on Tuesday. “He has a built-in base. He... Read more 


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