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Lawmakers want to hear from University of Louisville officials after approving numerous contract increases

05/09/2017 04:04 PM

FRANKFORT – The University of Louisville’s forensic audit of its fundraising arm has drained much of its external legal budget, prompting the Government Contract Review Committee to approve the university’s request for an additional $500,000 in legal contracts Tuesday. That move pushed the total amount of contracted legal work to $1.25 million through June 30, 2018, and it prompted members of the review panel to bemoan recent requests by U of L for more money as it wrangles with the forensic... Read more 

Rep. Kim Moser says having connections with legislators prior to her first term in House helped in navigating the legislative process

05/08/2017 05:52 PM

INDEPENDENCE – 64th District State House Representative Kim Moser, R-Independence, found success in her first session of the General Assembly thanks in part to her party gaining control of the body for the first time in nearly 100 years. Moser, a registered Nurse with a specialty in Neonatal ICU and flight nursing, currently serves as the Northern Kentucky Director for the Office of Drug Control Policy, and says her medical background allowed her to already have past working relationships with... Read more 

Freshman lawmaker taking in the sights of Derby, picks Patch to win Run for the Roses

05/06/2017 03:30 PM

The sun had just broken through overcast skies as freshman Rep. Matt Castlen took in his first Kentucky Derby since joining the General Assembly. “This is just a proud moment to be a Kentuckian here because you look at all the people from all over the world coming to an event here in Louisville,” Castlen said. “It’s pretty neat.” The Maceo Republican said Patch, the one-eyed horse, is his pick to win it all. “That horse got a lot of attention, and losing... Read more 

Rep. Meredith likes Gunnevera in the Kentucky Derby, says some anxiety over Congressional health plan

05/06/2017 03:27 PM

As he waited in line to make his way to the legislative boxes at the Kentucky Derby Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville, said the race highlights the state. “It’s a showcase of our great commonwealth, and it’s always great to be here,” Meredith said. The GOP lawmaker said that he liked Gunnevera in the Kentucky Derby, and the story behind Patch, who lost an eye, but thought the field was open this year in the Run for the Roses. Earlier in... Read more 

Lawmaker watches Derby from within her legislative district

05/06/2017 03:14 PM

Freshman state Rep. McKenzie Cantrell, D-Louisville, has witnessed the Kentucky Derby before, but this year she is up close and personal watching on from legislative seats near the finish line. Cantrell is one of dozens of lawmakers who watch the most exciting two-minutes in sports, but she has a unique honor in that Churchill Downs, where the race is held, crosses into her legislative district. “I’ve got my parents here for the first time and some friends, and we’re just... Read more 

Rep. Koenig bets on McCracken to win Kentucky Derby, hopes for ample time to consider changes to tax code

05/06/2017 03:12 PM

At his 10th Kentucky Derby, Rep. Adam Koenig says he hopes to see McCracken finish first in the 143rd Run for the Roses. “It’s always fun,” said Koenig, R-Erlanger. “It’s a great event.” He’s also hoping to see lawmakers tackle tax reform later this year, as Gov. Matt Bevin has said he will call the General Assembly back to Frankfort for a special session this fall. Koenig says he wants a more business-friendly tax code, which could mean more in sales taxes. But... Read more 

Bevin names religious leader as state "adoption czar"

05/03/2017 10:50 AM

UPDATED: Governor Matt Bevin has appointed a Louisville religious leader to lead changes to the state’s adoption and foster care system. In a news release, Bevin announced Daniel Dumas, a senior vice president at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, would oversee the changes to the system starting June 19. Dumas has served with the seminary in Louisville since 2007. According to the governor’s office, Dumas is a published author and professor of Christian ministry and leadership. “There is no reason a... Read more 

RPK seeks to convince pro-life Democrats to join the Republican Party

05/02/2017 11:15 AM

With an online ad highlighting a partial statement from the chairman of the national Democratic Party the Republican Party of Kentucky is seeking to convince registered Democrats in the commonwealth to join the GOP with an abortion related message. With a four-figure Facebook ad buy targeting Democrats in Kentucky the Republican Party of Kentucky is highlighting a quote from Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez. In an April 21 story by the Huffington Post Perez told the left leaning... Read more 

Shell expresses interest in dealing with homelessness; Homeless and Housing Coalition offers solutions

05/01/2017 02:09 PM

One major lawmaker in the House of Representatives says it’s his obligation and in Kentucky’s best interest for the General Assembly to look into homelessness. House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell told Spectrum News that he has been looking into the issue in recent weeks. “It’s no longer an issue for the churches or really communities that are looking at it — the police are dealing with it the most, and there’s a cost associated with it,” Shell said... Read more 

Pegasus Institute calls for consumption based approach to tax reform

04/30/2017 09:06 AM

A new player in the realm of Kentucky public policy is advocating for Kentucky lawmakers to consider consumption based taxing during a special session later this year. The Pegasus Institute is the first millennial-led, state-based think tank in the nation, and by all accounts they’re already making a splash on the government scene — hosting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell earlier this month, and traveling across the state seeking input on Kentucky’s challenges. The right-leaning group is led by founder and... Read more 

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