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First bill prefiled for 2019 General Assembly Session

05/30/2018 03:06 PM

PIKEVILLE- The first bill of the 2019 legislative session was filed Wednesday by Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forrest Hills. BR 28 seeks to add stronger protections for utility customers in preventing increased utility rates. The bill would also give the Public Service Commission (PSC) broader authority to hold utility companies more accountable when considering to increase rates on customers. The legislation is similar to a bill filed in the 2018 session that died in committee. “Despite the fact that numerous representatives... Read more 

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky partners with Kentucky HEALTH

05/30/2018 12:32 PM

LOUISVILLE- In an effort to help Kentuckians maintain health coverage, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will be partnering with Kentucky HEALTH. The Foundation says its sole mission in the partnership with the Bevin Administration is to keep coverage for those currently receiving Medicaid as the switch to the new waiver is made. The Foundation will focus on the community engagement component, referred to as PATH (Partnering to Advance Training and Health). They will do so by supporting Medicaid beneficiaries... Read more 

Derrick Ramsey appointed as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

05/29/2018 02:05 PM

FRANKFORT- Governor Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, has appointed Derrick Ramsey as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Ramsey has most recently been serving as Secretary of the Labor Cabinet, where he has been administering worker compensation and workplace standard laws. Previously, Ramsey served as Deputy Secretary of Commerce under former Governor Ernie Fletcher, R-Kentucky. “Derrick has worked tirelessly for the past 30 months, as Labor Cabinet Secretary, on behalf of Kentucky’s working men and women,” said Gov. Bevin. ... Read more 

Kentucky Department of Public Health to give out 10,000 Hepatitis A vaccinations

05/24/2018 11:35 AM

FRANKFORT- To help aid the Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, officials with the Kentucky Department of Public Health announced on Thursday that they will be giving out 10,000 vaccinations to 10 counties hit with the disease. The Acting Commissioner for the Department of Public Health, Dr. Jeffrey Howard, made the announcement during a Facebook Live event while providing information about the disease and answering questions for the public. Dr. Howard says each of the 10 counties will receive 1,000 vaccinations... Read more 

After losing GOP primary Wesley Morgan quits GOP, backs Democratic candidate

05/23/2018 02:58 PM

Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, has vowed to remain a thorn in the side of the Republican Party and is endorsing Democratic nominee for the 81st House District Morgan Eaves. Rep. Morgan posted his frustrations in a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook page after losing the Republican nomination on Tuesday night to audiologist Deanna Frazier, who garnered 56.8 percent of the vote. “I will never cease to be a thorn in the side of every member of the Republican Party who... Read more 

PRIMARY 2018 | House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, two other GOP incumbents lose primary battles

05/22/2018 10:42 PM

With a slim loss in the 71st House District Republican primary House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell lost a stunning race as his GOP opponent, a teacher running on largely Democratic education talking points pulled out a victory. R. Travis Brenda, a teacher from Berea, defeated Shell by 123 votes, less than 2 percentage points, despite being heavily outspent. Brenda has raised $16,126 for the campaign, according to a finance report filed 15 days before the election. Shell raised a... Read more 

PRIMARY 2018 | Man denied same-sex marriage license loses bid to challenge Kim Davis in November

05/22/2018 10:08 PM

In an effort to unseat the woman who denied him a same-sex marriage license three years ago, Rowan County democrat David Ermold has lost his bid to challenge incumbent Kim Davis. In 2015, Davis made national headlines when she cited religious beliefs for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which legalized the unions. Democrat Elwood Caudill earned the democratic nomination to challenge Davis in November after receiving more than half of... Read more 

PRIMARY 2018 | Jim Gray concedes democratic primary for sixth congressional district seat

05/22/2018 08:43 PM

Following one of the most closely-watched primary races in Kentucky, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray conceded the race for the commonwealth’s sixth U.S. Congressional district seat early Tuesday night. Retired Marine fighter pilot and political newcomer Amy McGrath won the democratic nomination and will take on republican Rep. Andy Barr in November. “It was a spirited campaign and I know that Andy Barr is in for the fight of his life,” Gray said. “I am ready to help Amy and I want... Read more 

Common Ground: Treatment Over Jail

05/21/2018 05:02 PM

As the opioid epidemic continues to grow—jails in Kentucky are becoming filled with low level non-violent offenders. Addicts are being locked up—instead of treated for substance abuse tearing families apart and causing prisons to become overcrowded. It’s an issue that lawmakers in Kentucky are trying to tackle—and something Democrats and Republicans agree on—instead of sending drug offenders to prison, they should be sent to a treatment center to help cure their addiction. Reps. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mills, and Jason Nemes,... Read more 

Adam Meier named Secretary of Cabinet for Health and Family Services

05/17/2018 01:55 PM

FRANKFORT- Adam Meier has been appointed as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky. Meier has been serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for Gov. Bevin, focusing on administration-wide health, workforce, and education policy initiatives. “As Deputy Chief of Staff, Adam has shown an unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of Kentuckians by putting proactive and thoughtful public policy into action,” said Gov. Bevin. “For much of the past two years,... Read more 

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