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Pension plan "in far worse shape than people realize," Sen. McDaniel says

10/20/2016 12:14 PM

FRANKFORT — Even after substantial reforms to the state pension systems Republicans and Democrats in the state Capitol have serious concerns about the state of the retirement system. Senate Budget Chairman Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, says the “biggest thing” lawmakers need to do is “be honest with ourselves” about the state of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. “The fact of the matter is some of the underlying assumptions inside of this pension system are just not holding true,” McDaniel said, pointing... Read more 

Gray on Congress to institute a national infrastructure improvement program

10/19/2016 05:47 PM

COVINGTON – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray has called for Congress to commit to a national infrastructure program to repair or build bridges, like the Brent Spence Bridge in northern Kentucky, improve rural highways and bring broadband access to the entire state. Gray, who is running against Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, made the comments on Wednesday at an overlook in Covington’s Devou Park which offers a panoramic view of the Brent Spence Bridge below. “To get the economy in the... Read more 

Winner of open seat 50th Dist. House race will play role in deciding majority control

10/19/2016 03:26 PM

BARDSTOWN – When Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, decided that he would not seek re-election for personal reasons, both Democrats and Republicans eyed the 50th District seat as one that might be obtainable, and go a long way towards who will control the Kentucky House of Representatives. Floyd, who has served in the House since 2005, has endorsed Republican nominee Chad McCoy, a Bardstown lawyer who is opposed by Democratic candidate James DeWeese, a business agent with Teamsters Local 89. McCoy feels that... Read more 

State hopes to raise awareness, educate public on prescription drug abuse and proper disposal with new partnership

10/18/2016 09:49 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky health and law enforcement officials are partnering with a pharmaceutical group to spread the word about disposing unused medications. MyOldMeds Kentucky, unveiled Tuesday at a Capitol press conference, is an effort involving the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety, Kentucky State Police and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Tuesday’s launch comes days before Saturday’s prescription drug disposal day at state police posts across Kentucky, and Office of Drug Control Policy Executive... Read more 

Congressman Yarmuth sends Gov. Bevin letter urging him to drop Medicaid waiver

10/18/2016 06:59 PM

FRANKFORT — Congressman John Yarmuth is urging Gov. Matt Bevin to withdraw his administration’s Medicaid waiver application on Tuesday, arguing in a letter Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signal doom for Kentucky’s proposal. Yarmuth singled out CMS denials of Medicaid waivers submitted by Arizona, which was partially denied, and Ohio. Those states had provisions similar to Kentucky’s waiver in their proposals, such as charging premiums on individuals with incomes below the federal poverty... Read more 

REAL ID "Hitleristic" GOP House candidate says

10/18/2016 03:46 PM

Republican House candidate Dan Johnson disagrees with the post 9-11 move for states to update driver’s licenses in an effort to curb terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification, so much so that he is invoking Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Johnson, a pastor of the Heart of Fire Church in Southeast Louisville and candidate for the 49th District House seat, said he understands why Congress made the move to update identification documents in 2005, but hopes Congress will... Read more 

Ky. Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, speaks out against possibility of election rigging

10/18/2016 03:00 PM

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force met on Tuesday to discuss how to defend against efforts to illegally influence elections. The task force created and chaired by Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, convenes before and after every primary and general election, but Tuesday’s meeting was overcast with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s warnings of a rigged election. Grimes issued a statement Monday night speaking out against Trump’s claims of a rigged election. “Kentucky elections are... Read more 


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