Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers.
The deadline to file for statewide office has come and gone, and now the fields are set for the May primary. Centre College Political Scientist Dan Stroup says while who's running and who's not creates interest among political insiders, the same may not be said for the average voter. "You know, the primary is not until May and the election then in November and it's probably not as important on people's radar screens as the basketball season right now, for example," said Stroup.
Republican James Comer officially filed for governor Thursday morning.
The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with running mate state Sen. Chris McDaniel from northern Kentucky. But Thursday marks the official start of his 2015 campaign.
Comer is the second Republican to file for governor following former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott. Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner also plans to run but has not officially filed yet.
The passing of former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford signals the end of a political era. So says, Al Smith, who reported on Ford for decades. Smith, the former long-time host of KET's Comment on Kentucky, says Ford was partisan, but he was fair. "A favor for the powerful was followed by a vote for those who were not powerful,” Smith said. “He was really and truly a balanced representative of all of the interests in Kentucky."
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife has resigned from Bloomberg Philanthropies' board of directors after the charity announced plans to expand its efforts to shutter coal-fired power plants.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray delivered his annual State of the City address on Tuesday. Gray touted previous accomplishments, as well as future plans for his administration.
He also touched on statewide issues. Gray says he plans to ask 2015 gubernatorial candidates to include tax reform in their platforms. He says he backs many of the suggestions in the most recent tax reform report.
Mayor Gray is also asking state lawmakers to support a local sales tax option proposal.