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Common Ground: The Cost of Prescription Drugs

02/05/2018 05:59 PM

In a time where political polarization is at an all time high—we are trying to find where politicians agree on important issues. This week in Common Ground we take a look at the cost of prescription drugs. Prescription drug prices in America are some of the highest in the world. It’s not uncommon to read about life saving drugs costing thousands of dollars for patients. For instance, AARP reports the new cancer drug, Bavencio, costs about $156,000 a year per... Read more 

One month into session and still no pension bill as work goes on crafting a biennium budget

02/02/2018 01:51 PM

FRANKFORT – One month into the 2018 General Assembly 60-day session, there is still no pension bill as budget discussions continue to take place. Many legislators feel that passing a pension bill must happen before seriously crafting a budget. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, is still hopeful a bill will be in place to vote on soon, but understands that it is a slow and meticulous process. “I have been told that numerous bills have been sent and so the system is... Read more 

Chatter: Leet hires campaign manager, Yarmuth talks about potential matchup with Glisson

02/02/2018 12:29 PM

Republican Louisville metro councilwoman Angela Leet has hired Kyle Hagerty, the former Deputy Political Director of the Republican Party of Kentucky, as her campaign manager for the Louisville mayoral race. Leet vying to take on Democratic incumbent Mayor Greg Fischer, and she has a distinct disadvantage in the highly Democratic district. Louisville has not had a Republican mayor since 1969 and, if elected, Leet would be the first female mayor in the city’s history. Females could be at top of... Read more 

GOP election lawyer Michael Adams announces run for Secretary of State

02/01/2018 05:30 PM

Constitutional lawyer Michael G. Adams announced his candidacy Thursday for Secretary of State in 2019 — an open seat in 2019, as current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is term limited. Adams, is a western Kentucky native and attended the University of Louisville and Harvard Law School, previously he served as an aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Ernie Fletcher, and as Counsel to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General in President George W. Bush’s administration.... Read more 

University presidents promise major cuts in programs and personnel if proposed budget cuts become a reality

02/01/2018 02:57 PM

FRANKFORT – Three of Kentucky’s university and college presidents say that if Gov. Matt Bevin’s recommended cuts to higher education budget become a reality, look for significant cuts to take place in relation to programs and jobs on campus. Members of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education heard from EKU President Michael Benson, WKU President Timothy Caboni, and Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTS) President Jay Box about the negative effects the cuts will have on their institutions. Part of... Read more 

Lobbying spending hits all-time high in 2017

02/01/2018 11:50 AM

FRANKFORT- Kentucky lobbying spending hit an all-time record last session. Lobbying interests spent a whopping $20.8 million, narrowly beating the old record set in 2016 of $20.78 million. The new record is even more shocking given the General Assembly was in session for just 30 days in 2017. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission reports that in 2017, 615 lobbyists worked for 714 employers, and were paid $18.8 million, which accounted for more than 90 percent of all lobbying spending. Lobbyist-paid... Read more 

Record number of teachers file to run for General Assembly seats

01/31/2018 09:33 PM

FRANKFORT – Teachers are not happy at what they call an attack on education and they’re fighting back by running for seats in the General Assembly. Educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday for a rally to recognize 40 retired and current teachers and administrators who’ve filed to run for seats in the House and Senate. Of the 40 educators running for the General Assembly, 34 are teachers and six are administrators. In total, 23 women and 17 men are running; of... Read more 

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