State employees with higher pensions should pay more to help the underfunded systems recover, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview. One thing Stumbo doesn't want to see is lawmakers floating bonds to help pay for the state’s underfunded pensions. And that echoes what Republicans want; they're ruling out such a possibility.
Kentucky’s lone independent state senator says his record as budget chairman is the reason he should be the next state Senate president. Originally a Democrat, Leeper made the switch to the GOP in 2000, before becoming an Independent later that decade. He may be the one state senator who can say he has literally worked with each side of the aisle in Frankfort.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is making it clear he would like to serve another term leading Urban County government. With the election almost two years away, the 59 year old Gray announced his intention to seek re-election last night at Buster’s. It was the Manchester Street business where Gray and his supporters celebrated his mayoral victory two years ago.
To date, the chatter over who'll challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 has centered around actress/activist Ashley Judd. And, if not Judd, then Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. A top Kentucky Democrat is saying that McConnell's Democratic challenger will be neither of the women.
A new person is joining the Beshear administration to tend to the state's budget, but she's familiar face to Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson in his last government role as mayor of Metro Louisville. Gov. Steve Beshear has hired a new state budget director with nearly three decades of government service so far.
Kentucky Agriculture Secretary James Comer said recent measures in Washington and Colorado to legalize marijuana use will only strengthen efforts to allow industrial hemp in the commonwealth. Marijuana and hemp are considered cousins. Hemp is grown for its fiber and oil and it can’t be used as a drug like marijuana can.
The Kentucky House speaker said the commission charged with proposing changes to Kentucky's tax code is "backing away" from controversial issues. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview that the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform needs to be bolder. He said the appointed commissioners are approaching the tax code issues as if they have political capital to lose, refusing to offer new ideas.
A Scott County constable is taking issue with a state official’s report that questions whether constables are still needed. “It seems to me it’s a little biased and doesn’t understand what most constables do,” Constable Ian Beattie said Friday. Beattie was referring to a report by a committee established by J. Michael Brown, Kentucky’s secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
After taking out Kentucky Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler congressman-elect Andy Barr is in DC learning how to maneuver his way around Capitol Hill. The Capitol is a strange, intimidating place for newcomers. It has its own, often unwritten, rules of decorum. Then there's the massive written code of ethics...stray from it and you may loose your job - or even worse: end up behind bars.
Freshmen orientation kicked off on Capitol Hill Tuesday, with northern Kentucky’s Thomas Massie among those congress members taking the oath of office. These next few weeks are a time for freshmen lawmakers to learn the ropes on Capitol Hill. Besides interviewing potential staff members, they’ll be learning congressional decorum, battling for choice office space and some will even be casting key votes. This evening, House Speaker John Boehner swore in three members who won special elections, including Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie.
For the first time in a decade, Kentucky's commission on industrial hemp will hold a meeting. The commission has been dormant since its inception, but Agriculture Commissioner James Comer supports hemp and is reviving the panel.
Newly elected Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie will take the oath of office on Tuesday before other new representatives because he also won the special election to finish Rep. Geoff Davis' unexpired term. Davis resigned July 31.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Renee Shaw and guests will discuss the Electoral College. The program, which airs "live" on KET, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.
Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler's defeat in his re-election bid Tuesday won't hinder the Kentucky Democratic Party in future years, a party leader said.But Attorney General Jack Conway also said he’s upset that Kentucky will have only one Democratic congressman for the next two years -- Rep. John Yarmuth in the Third District.
Republican Andy Barr was congratulated by supporters after unseating Ben Chandler for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District at the Republican election night party at Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday Nov. 6, 2012.
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The phrase ‘Close but no Cigar’ might have summed up Andy Barr’s attempt in 20-10 to secure a congressional seat. But, in his second attempt, the outcome amounted to a sound victory over incumbent Ben Chandler. Victory was sweet for Lexington attorney Andy Barr. Two years ago, the Republican lost to incumbent Democrat Ben Chandler by fewer than 700 votes. November 6th, 20-12 saw Barr win by eleven thousand votes…and that in a district redrawn to favor Democrats.
Republican Andy Barr and his wife, Carol, were congratulated by supporters in Lexington Tuesday night after Andy Barr defeated incumbent Ben Chandler for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District seat.
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While Republican challenger Andy Barr’s victory over Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler was considered a real possibility, some observers were impressed by the margin. Barr won in the sixth congressional district by four percentage-points. Joe Gerschtenson, who’s a political scientist at Eastern Kentucky University, discussed the race with WEKU reporter Charles Compton.