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State Rep. Bob DeWeese will not seek re-election to leadership post

11/20/2014 10:58 AM

State Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election to his position as House Republican caucus chair. DeWeese, who has served as minority caucus chair since 2001, informed House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover of his decision in a letter explaining that after discussions with his family he has decided against another term in the post. “While I have enjoyed my 14 years in leadership for the House Republican Caucus, I believe now is the time for me to step... Read more 

Rise in opiate overdoses and treatment drug prescriptions concerns health officials

11/20/2014 10:52 AM

Kentucky has shown progress after cracking down on prescription drug abuse, but health officials have seen troubling trends as overdose deaths continue to rise and opioid treatment drugs are being prescribed at alarming rates. Kentucky’s uptick in overdose deaths is partly due to a shift to cheaper, readily available heroin for opiate addicts previously hooked on prescription medication, Audrey Haynes, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, told the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare Wednesday. Heroin overdose deaths... Read more 

Kentucky Teachers Retirement System offers two bonding proposals to shore up funding

11/19/2014 06:41 PM

FRANKFORT — Two years after passing pension reform for retirement systems covering state and municipal employees, Kentucky’s teachers will be asking lawmakers for sizable bonds to shore up their underfunded pension plan. The Kentucky Teachers Retirement System offered proposals for 30-year bonds worth $1.9 billion and $3.3 billion Wednesday during the Interim Joint Committee on State Government meeting. The bond plan, if passed, would come as $900 million in bonds to refinance KTRS’s health care fund issued in installments begin to... Read more 

Crit Luallen makes first public appearance after being sworn in as lieutenant governor

11/19/2014 06:02 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen made her first appearance after being sworn in as lieutenant governor, speaking before the Frankfort Rotary on Wednesday. The former state auditor was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear after former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson resigned to take a position with the Obama Administration. Luallen praised the work of Beshear in balancing the state budget through some hard economic times as well as the efforts to implement health care reform in Kentucky. Luallen said that she takes... Read more 

State Rep. Ryan Quarles becomes main name for GOP in Ag. Commissioner race

11/19/2014 09:27 AM

After state Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, announced Tuesday that he would not run for Agriculture Commissioner in 2015, state Rep. Ryan Quarles becomes the focus of the potential GOP field. As the Lexington Herald-Leader first reported Tuesday , Hornback has taken his name out of the running and told the paper he would support Quarles, R-Georgetown, if he decides to run. Quarles, a 31 year-old farmer and attorney who was re-elected to the legislature Nov. 4, told Pure Politics he is going... Read more 

With only 11 members Senate Democrats prepare to elect leadership

11/18/2014 09:29 PM

With the defeat of the state Sen. R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, the wounded Senate Democrats will have to find a replacement for their leader and essentially the entire leadership team as one member retires at the end of the year and another steps down from the three-member team. After the 2014 election season, Senate Democrats have dwindled to their slimmest margin in recent memory with only 11 members, but there is the prospect of gaining one more seat in a special... Read more 

Conway campaign adds staff, in process of hiring manager in wake of midterms, senior advisor says

11/18/2014 07:36 PM

Attorney General Jack Conway remains the only prominent Democrat in the gubernatorial field, and he’s beefed up his campaign staff as others in his party consider a run for the office in 2015, senior advisor Mark Riddle said Tuesday. Conway added Matt Osborne and Scott Gale, who both worked on Gov. Steve Beshear’s campaigns, as his campaign’s finance director and fundraising consultant, Riddle said. The campaign also hired Jefrey Pollock, president of Global Strategy Group, as Conway’s pollster, Doc Sweitzer, founder... Read more 

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