All you need to remember from 2012 Kentucky politics in five and a half minutes
12/27/2012 12:51 PM
Kentucky politics in 2012 produced a lot of talk. As for action? Well, maybe 2013 will be better.
Leaders in Frankfort faced a slew of problems but put off any solutions until at least 2013 for many of them: revamping an underfunded pension system, fixing glitches with Medicaid managed care, reforming the state’s antiquated tax code and redrawing the legislative district maps, to name a few.
Lawmakers did approve two new laws aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine and the abuse of prescription pills. But the latter had to be passed in special session after a meltdown over approval of a road spending bill derailed the end of the regular General Assembly session.
It was a year that saw two longtime fixtures in Kentucky politics take steps out of the spotlight, one as a result of the election, the other through an appointment to a judgeship.
Kentucky hosted the only vice presidential debate.
And Kentuckians elected two new congressmen, including one who replaced U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, who resigned in July.
Here are the highlights of the year in Kentucky politics in five and a half minutes:
Below the Fold
Ex-Gov. Beshear accuses Gov. Bevin of shaking down employees, businesses week after administration launches own inquiry
Retiring Rep. Brad Montell says social media has turned job of a legislator into a full-time commitment
Jim Gray keeps jobs message at forefront of campaign talking points, takes aim at Rand Paul ahead of primary
Diabetes advocates bristle at loss of line-item appropriation for prevention in budget, but officials say money exists in base funding
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