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Thayer says short session suffered because of too many bills filed

04/14/2015 06:00 PM

During this year’s 29-day short session, lawmakers filed 209 bills in the Senate and 548 bills in the House, a pace that has one leader calling for change. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said lawmakers found success within divided government in the 2015 session — though he said the number of bills hinders the process. “Part of the problem is there are so many bills being filed — as the floor leader I see them all,” Thayer said.... Read more 

Kenton County looks to provide heroin addicts with treatment while being incarcerated

04/14/2015 04:09 PM

COVINGTON — Perhaps no place in the state was there more interest in the passing of heroin legislation than in Northern Kentucky which has become the epicenter of heroin addiction and arrests in the state. Sixty percent of the total number of heroin arrests in the commonwealth come from the three northern Kentucky counties of Kenton, Boone and Campbell. In Kenton County, prosecutors and corrections officials are working together to help incarcerated addicts have a chance at beating their... Read more 

Bevin brands himself as "real-deal conservative," promotes economic plan in new ad

04/14/2015 11:01 AM

As three candidates in the four-way GOP gubernatorial primary continue to pump out the ads, Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin is branding himself a “real deal conservative.” In his second TV ad of the campaign, Bevin promotes his economic plan, a seven-point position paper calling for right-to-work legislation, repealing common core and “dismantling” kynect — the state-based health exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Bevin also says he will “protect us from Obama’s war on Kentucky.” The ad is airing... Read more 

Two GOP gubernatorial candidates get hit in the face with a pie to benefit reading program

04/13/2015 05:40 PM

With 35 days until the May 19 primary election two candidates for governor took a pie to the face in an attempt to garner publicity and perhaps as campaign strategy. For the second time in the campaign Matt Bevin has been able to position himself in a place to play follow-the-leader with the pie stunt Monday. (If you don’t want to read about the political maneuvering and just want to see a politician take a pie to the face scroll... Read more 

Same-sex marriage plaintiffs confident ahead of Supreme Court hearing this month

04/13/2015 12:02 AM

Plaintiffs in what will be a landmark decision on same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court are optimistic that the high court will overturn laws barring the unions throughout the country later this year. Six couples are fighting Kentucky’s constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, joining similar legal battles in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee before the Supreme Court April 28. The high court took up the case after the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal judge’s ruling against same-sex... Read more 

Paul prepares to drop anti-Hillary ad in early primary states as Clinton announces presidential bid

04/12/2015 05:24 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is wasting no time jumping on the airwaves in four critical states, running a minute-long ad against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton announced her run for president on Sunday in a two-minute video. In Paul’s ad, slated to start running Monday, a dystopian projection of the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady appears in the first 30 seconds of the ad as an announcer ties Clinton’s second run to “a road... Read more 

Name confusion popping up in attorney general race, but down-ticket awareness lacking overall

04/12/2015 03:30 PM

Politicians running for down-ticket offices clamor for name identification in low-turnout elections, but sometimes a name can lead to surprise. State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, a first-term Hopkinsville Republican who’s seeking the GOP nomination for attorney general, said a few voters at various stops have expected to hear a conservative woman lay out a vision for the state’s top law enforcement office based on his first name. “Of the thousands of Kentuckians I’ve met so far on the campaign trail, I might have... Read more 

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