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Congressman Yarmuth donates salary to charities

05/17/2018 09:56 AM

LOUISVILLE- U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, has donated his 2017 congressional salary to several local non-profits. Yarmuth, founder of Louisville Eccentric Observer, has donated his salary each year since being elected to Congress in 2006. “At the state and federal level, we are seeing our elected officials turn their backs on the basic needs of our communities, and responsibility is increasingly falling to a handful of exceptional organizations to pick up the growing slack,” Yarmuth said in a news... Read more 

Primary 2018: The most interesting primary races to watch in the state House and Senate

05/16/2018 04:22 PM

Kentuckians have less than a week before making their way to the polls (if they’re registered as Democrat or Republican), and deciding who to nominate to represent them in the November General Election. There are a slew of open seats this year, 21 to be exact — 10 held by Republicans and 11 held by Democrats; the fight for control of the lower chamber still rages, even though Republicans hold 63 seats to Democrats 37. Democrats feel bullish in their... Read more 

Three Democrats battle to gain seat held by longtime state rep. Jim Wayne

05/16/2018 03:43 PM

LOUISVILLE – When longtime Democratic state Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, decided not to seek re-election after serving in the House chamber since 1991, three Democrat candidates from distinct backgrounds decided run for the seat. The candidates include Lisa Willner, executive director of the Kentucky Psychological Association and vice chair of the Jefferson County Board of Education, Richard Becker, a union organizer with Service employees International and Jack Walker, a woodworker and political advisor. Willner says that her work experience will give her... Read more 

Bevin says it's up to lawmakers for sports betting

05/15/2018 05:08 PM

LEXINGTON- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, says it’s up to the Kentucky General Assembly to allow sports betting in the commonwealth. This comes after the United States Supreme Court ruled Monday the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act—which outlawed betting on sports in states—was unconstitutional. Bevin was listed in support of the lawsuit in an Amicus Brief filed by New Jersey, and said he agrees with the courts that states should determine if betting is allowed. “The ruling that came... Read more 

Kentucky Work Matters Task Force final report looks at ways to create job opportunities for all Kentuckians

05/15/2018 05:03 PM

LEXINGTON – Breaking down barriers to employment among five key population groups was the aim of Kentucky’s Work Matters Task Force which released their final recommendations today. Gov. Matt Bevin established the task force last summer and the group has worked to identify tangible actions to address barriers to employment and promote workforce inclusion among people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and individuals burdened by substance abuse or criminal records. Highlights of the policy recommendations made by the Kentucky Work Matters... Read more 

Dueling complaints filed as 26th Senate Dist. GOP primary nears

05/15/2018 03:41 PM

In the battle for the Republican primary in northern Jefferson and all of Oldham County the GOP candidates are feuding over campaign logos and a perceived threat against the challenger. State Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, is seeking a seventh term in the chamber he has served in for 26 years. Harris faces personal injury attorney and small businessman, Alex White of Louisville in the Republican primary and the 26th District race has gotten nasty. The Senate Republican Caucus Campaign Committee... Read more 

Common Ground: Safe Medication Disposal

05/14/2018 04:56 PM

As Kentucky struggles to deal with the growing opiate epidemic in the state—lawmakers are scrambling to find different ways to tackle the scourge of addiction. One way officials on all sides of the political spectrum have aimed to tackle the epidemic is by creating safe drug disposal programs. What began as county specific disposal programs became statewide with the help of Senate Bill 6. SB 6 sponsored by Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington, passed through the General Assembly with very... Read more 

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