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Paul: U.S. should “absolutely not” monitor mosques, create Muslim database

11/22/2015 04:31 PM

Calling Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s stance on the topic “disqualifying,” Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday that he opposed government surveillance at mosques and establishing databases to track Muslims. “Yes we should follow people who are a risk,” Paul said. “Should we talk to their neighbors and friends, should we talk to their imam? Sure, all of that is legitimate, but should we target mosques and have a database of Muslims? “Absolutely not, and... Read more 

Gov.-elect Bevin will work to enact pension legislation as "expeditiously as possible," eschews political strategy in appointments

11/20/2015 04:33 PM

LEXINGTON — Getting the state’s underfunded pension plans for public employees and teachers back on solid financial footing will take “a generation,” Gov.-elect Matt Bevin told an audience of local officials at the annual Kentucky Association of Counties conference Friday. Pensions were one of a handful of policy points Bevin discussed in his remarks at the conference’s conclusion, which comes amid reports from The Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader that the Kentucky Retirement Systems dropped to a 19 percent funded... 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 

2016 candidate filings roundup: Matt Butler drops out of 38th District Democratic primary

11/19/2015 10:41 PM

The Republican Party holds a supermajority in the state Senate and with the election of Matt Bevin regains control of the governor’s office for just the second time in 44 years, but the real test will be to see if the GOP can gain control of the last Democratic-controlled chamber in the south — the state House. Since 1923 Kentucky Democrats have held control of the chamber, but the flip in allegiances from Democrat to Republican by Rep. Denny... Read more 

Bevin says Herald-Leader editorial cartoon one of "racial intolerance"

11/19/2015 03:13 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has issued a statement in response to a Lexington Herald-Leader editorial cartoon that took aim at his position on the Syrian refugee crisis. The cartoon, drawn by editorial cartoonist Joel Pett, ran in Thursday’s edition of the Herald-Leader. The drawing shows Bevin hiding under his desk next to a newspaper showing the Eiffel Tower with the headline ‘Paris’, and a map of Syria lying on the floor. On Bevin’s desk sits framed pictures, an aid holding... Read more 

Louisville Rep. Denny Butler switches party affiliation to GOP

11/19/2015 10:16 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM STUMBO, STIVERS, MCCONNELL: Rep. Denny Butler of Louisville has switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Butler has served two terms in the House of Representatives as a Democrat, but according to a filing with the Secretary of State’s website he has changed his registration to Republican when he filed for re-election on Wednesday. Republican House Leader Jeff Hoover tweeted out the change in party affiliation and welcomed Butler into the GOP caucus. Hoover’s office... Read more 

Attorney General's Office selects 6 counties for post-election audit

11/19/2015 09:26 AM

FRANKFORT – Bullitt, McCreary, Clark, Hardin, Morgan, and Harrison counties were drawn on Thursday by the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General to receive post-election audits. The procedure is pursuant to KRS 15.243 (3),(a), which says that the Kentucky Attorney General is required to conduct a post-election audit investigation in no fewer than 5 percent of Kentucky’s counties following each primary and general election. The public drawing must be done within 20 days of the election. In May, Greenup, Laurel,... Read more 


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