All you need to remember from 2012 Kentucky politics in five and a half minutes

12/27/2012 01:51 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:

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Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or


  • James Jordan wrote on December 27, 2012 11:55 PM :

    The impressive thing with Andy Barr’s win is how he did in Eastern Kentucky. Those 5 or 6 counties and the margin Barr won by is not because of a national trend. You win those counties with ground game. I don’t know who Barr had putting it together for him, but they knew what they were doing.

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