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Reversing course? Why one lawmaker says other Seven Counties Contracts could move forward

07/24/2014 05:36 PM

New talks between lawmakers and Seven Counties Services could providing the space to come up with a solution to the worries of the retirement system and the liabilities of Seven Counties. Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville, is a member of two committees which have been dealing with the Kentucky Retirement Systems and Seven Counties Services, who does business with the state and is attempting to leave the pension system. “I had a very good meeting with some representatives from Seven Counties…and... Read more 

Yarmuth says even though there's plenty of money in the bank he's not taking race against Dr. Macfarlane lightly

07/23/2014 09:24 PM

A well financed U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is fighting a familiar battle in the Louisville district against Republican Dr. Michael Macfarlane, a urological surgeon and physician, who’s campaign has yet to pick up much financial steam. Macfarlane is targeting Yarmuth on the Affordable Care Act in what he calls a “unique” election year, but Yarmuth says he’s not going to take any chances. “I’m not taking this race lightly particularly because the funding advantage because obviously Eric Cantor lost in... Read more 

Republican Cathy Bailey still considering run in 2015, but focused on 2014 elections for now

07/23/2014 01:36 PM

Cathy Bailey, the Louisville philanthropist and former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, is working hard to bring in money to help Republican state House candidates as well as some at the federal level, but she said she is still looking at her own political future as she “closely considers” a run for governor. Bailey formed her federal PAC Kentucky Rise in February with the intention to focus on the 2014 House races. Other names in the 2015 GOP PAC pool include Louisville... Read more 

McConnell fires back on job creation and protection efforts in latest TV ad

07/23/2014 10:36 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is highlighting his record on fighting for Kentucky jobs in his latest TV ad — the day after the campaign for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes started running an ad hitting the senior Senator on comments he made about his role in job creation. The ad from McConnell’s camp says that McConnell stepped in to save 400 jobs at Louisville’s Cardinal Aluminum after Beijing illegally subsidized aluminum in 2009. According to a 2010 article posted by the... Read more 

Comer and Heiner preview potential 2015 GOP primary while talking issues with chamber

07/22/2014 05:14 PM

Business leaders in the state got a taste of what they can expect out of the Republicans in the 2015 governors race when Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner shared a stage to talk issues Tuesday. At the annual Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit, Comer and Heiner answered questions from a panel about what policies they support. The two were joined by State Auditor Adam Edelen, who decided not to run for governor last... Read more 

Latest Kids Count report a mixed bag for Kentucky kids

07/22/2014 02:29 PM

The 2014 report from the national Kids Count profile shows Kentucky is making strides in important areas of health and education, though there are still some troubling statistics embedded in the data. Terry Brooks, Director of the Kentucky Youth Advocates, said Kentucky is ranked 35th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s publication after accessing four key factors which include: economic well-being, education, health and family. Kentucky had ranked in the 40s for... Read more 

Grimes' ad series continues with new TV spot hitting McConnell on jobs comments

07/22/2014 10:36 AM

UPDATED: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is again bringing in Kentuckians to hit Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on various issues. And this time, it is comments made by McConnell about his role in job creation. The Grimes campaign is running a series of ads during the election cycle where she sits with Kentuckians who ask a question of McConnell on his record. And this time, it is comments made by McConnell in the Beattyville Enterprise interview when asked... Read more 

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