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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 

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 

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 

Three Democratic candidates look to unseat 22-year General Assembly veteran in 40th Dist. house race

05/14/2018 02:03 PM

LOUISVILLE – Southwest Louisville’s 40th House District has four Democrats running for the seat, including incumbent Rep. Dennis Horlander who has been in the chamber since first being elected in 1996. The three challengers include 2012 University of Louisville graduate Logan Gatti, a consultant at Humana in operational risk management and owner of a small property management company, Kelly Gibson, a conductor with CSX Transportation and union president, and Nima Kulkarni, an immigration and employment law attorney in Louisville. Gatti’s... Read more 

Thayer expects unfinished business from 2018 session to be acted on in 2019

05/10/2018 04:10 PM

ERLANGER – Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says expect some unfinished business to be on the burner for the 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Thayer, who was in Northern Kentucky on Thursday to speak at the Kenton County Rotary Club weekly meeting, says you can expect some familiar bills from 2018, which did not come up for a floor vote during the 2018 session, to be acted on in ’19. “There were a couple of tort reform bills,... Read more 

Bevin attacks judge on pension lawsuit

05/08/2018 03:08 PM

CINCINNATI- A day after suffering a minor loss in the pension bill lawsuit, Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, went after the judge trying the case. While on the Brian Thomas Morning Show, on Cincinnati radio station 55KRC, Bevin said Judge Phillip Shepherd was one of the most “incompetent hacks” in the state. Bevin went on to say Shepherd was “legislating from the bench” and giving advice to Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, who “is not a very competent attorney.” “I now... Read more 

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