Congressman Ed Whitfield will step down early, special election to be held on Election Day

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield announced Wednesday that he will resign effective 6 p.m. Sept. 6.

Whitfield, a Hopkinsville Republican who has served in Congress for nearly...

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Attorney General Andy Beshear says current retirement board is short in number of elected retirees

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said that his lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin involving the makeup of the state of the Kentucky...

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Gray, Yarmuth call for emergency funding for opioid addiction legislation passed in July

LOUISVILLE — Democrats Jim Gray and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth are calling on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and other congressional Republicans to pass emergency...

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FED UP! holds rally to raise awareness of need for more federal dollars for opioid addiction treatment

LOUISVILLE — A coalition of people who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction held a rally in downtown Louisville on Wednesday, urging more...

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Allegation of politicized road project delay sparks denial, talk of impeachment proceedings next session

FRANKFORT — After state Rep. Russell Meyer accused Gov. Matt Bevin of pulling the plug on an $11 million road project in his district...

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Legislators discuss pros and cons of growing fantasy sports industry

FRANKFORT – Oversight legislation for the growing business of fantasy sports was on the table today at the monthly meeting of the Interim Joint...

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Congressman Ed Whitfield will step down early, special election to be held on Election Day

08/31/2016 05:28 PM

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield announced Wednesday that he will resign effective 6 p.m. Sept. 6. Whitfield, a Hopkinsville Republican who has served in Congress for nearly 22 years and did not seek re-election this cycle, alerted Gov. Matt Bevin and House Speaker Paul Ryan of his decision. In his letter to Bevin, Whitfield said that it has been an honor and a privilege to represent the constituents of the 1st Congressional District. Nov. 8 will double as the general election and special election... Read more 

Attorney General Andy Beshear says current retirement board is short in number of elected retirees

08/31/2016 05:06 PM

LOUISVILLE — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said that his lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin involving the makeup of the state of the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ board is not about politics, but rather the retirees having a seat at the table when it comes to how their pension dollars are managed. Beshear, who made the comments at the FED UP! Overdose Awareness Rally in Louisville, said that it comes down to enforcing the law as far as the makeup on the... Read more 

Gray, Yarmuth call for emergency funding for opioid addiction legislation passed in July

08/31/2016 05:04 PM

LOUISVILLE — Democrats Jim Gray and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth are calling on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and other congressional Republicans to pass emergency funding for anti-heroin legislation with the Midwest in the midst of an overdose surge. The pair’s Wednesday news conference outside The Healing Place came hours after two dozen overdoses were reported in Louisville. In Cincinnati last week, 174 overdosed on heroin in a six-day period. Congress passed a wide-ranging bill, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, to target... Read more 

FED UP! holds rally to raise awareness of need for more federal dollars for opioid addiction treatment

08/31/2016 04:34 PM

LOUISVILLE — A coalition of people who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction held a rally in downtown Louisville on Wednesday, urging more federal funding for treatment. More federal dollars for opioid treatment was the message today at the FED UP! Overdose Awareness Rally in downtown Louisville. FED UP! is a coalition of individuals who have lost family members to opioid addiction. Emily Walden, who runs a Kentucky chapter of the Florida-based organization Stop the Organized Pill Pushers Now and organized... Read more 

Allegation of politicized road project delay sparks denial, talk of impeachment proceedings next session

08/30/2016 07:20 PM

FRANKFORT — After state Rep. Russell Meyer accused Gov. Matt Bevin of pulling the plug on an $11 million road project in his district after rebuffing offers to become a Republican, House Speaker Greg Stumbo on Tuesday raised the possibility that the first-year governor could face impeachment in the House of Representatives. Such an action would depend on the Democrat-led chamber’s makeup, currently 53-47 in favor of Democrats, after the fall elections and likely be dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled... Read more 

Legislators discuss pros and cons of growing fantasy sports industry

08/30/2016 05:46 PM

FRANKFORT – Oversight legislation for the growing business of fantasy sports was on the table today at the monthly meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations. Cory Fox, counsel, for Policy and Government Affairs for Fan Duel, a web-based fantasy sports game and the largest daily fantasy sports company, told legislators that his industry is looking for oversight legislation in the commonwealth to protect not only the sports fantasy companies, but consumers as well. “We’ve been operating in 45... Read more 

Facing re-election Andy Barr says Trump can move forward GOP agenda in House

08/30/2016 01:27 PM

With a majority of his district Democratic in registration, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is focusing on the things that unite instead of divide. Barr sees the election as a chance to enact the Republican agenda in Congress, something they’ve been stymied at doing during the Lexington Republican’s time in Washington D.C. “We have two candidates running for president. We haven’t had a president who will work with us on this agenda — that’s been frustrating in my first two... Read more 

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