A bill that would allow advertising on school buses could go to a vote in the House this week. House Bill 30, proposed by Rep. Terry Mills, D-Lebanon, and co-sponsored by six other legislators, would enable school district’s to sell exterior advertising on buses. Similar legislation proposed last year passed the House but died in the Senate.
First-term Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie has announced his candidacy to represent Kentucky's Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Massie's decision comes one month after incumbent Republican Geoff Davis announced he would not seek re-election in 2012 for the seat he has held since 2004. Massie was campaigning in northern Kentucky Monday, taking advantage of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the closure of his office in Vanceburg.
Calloway County and Murray school superintendents are skeptical of the benefit of proposed legislation that would allow school districts to sell advertising on the exterior of school buses. House Bill 30 is currently awaiting a full vote in the state House scheduled for Tuesday.
As Gov. Steve Beshear prepares to address the General Assembly about the state’s budget, area legislators still can’t say specifically how deep they expect cuts will be in this year’s budget cycle. “We haven’t had any leaks out of the administration or anywhere else,” said state Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green. “The Senate will not get the budget probably until about two weeks before we’re supposed to be done.” Beshear warned in his State of the Commonwealth address this month that cuts would be deep.
Family, friends, and admirers of the late Gatewood Galbraith gathered in Lexington Thursday night to celebrate the man one supporter called "the greatest governor Kentucky never had." A standing-room-only crowd packed the Carnegie Center as speakers bid farewell to attorney, author, and political fixture Gatewood Galbraith. Supporters, decked out in old campaign buttons and shirts, tossed their hats into a ring on the floor, where they would be collected for charity.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield is seeking election to a ninth term in Congress, listing his top priorities as addressing the federal debt, creation of jobs and protecting national security. Not only is the nation facing many challenges, Americans are frustrated and upset, Whitfield said Wednesday night at Madisonville City Hall, speaking to approximately 30 people attending his re-election announcement.
In his sixth day on the job, Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer stood Wednesday alongside new state auditor Adam Edelen, a Democrat, to announce that a broad review of the Department of Agriculture is underway. Comer was elected to the post in November, taking over for fellow Republican Richie Farmer. Comer says he's read too many negative reports in the press and heard from department employees about low morale.
The Kentucky House has approved a plan that would drastically alter the state’s current congressional districts. The plan passed 54-42, almost entirely along party lines. Only two Democrats—state Representative Ben Nelson and former House Speaker Jody Richards—voted against the new map. The proposal would cut out the eastern edge of the 4th Congressional District and extend it south to Nelson County, even picking up some of Jefferson County in the process. The 6th District is pulled in multiple directions across Central Kentucky. And the 2nd District shoots north into Central and Eastern Kentucky.
The state House is expected to act this week on the controversial issue of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts. House State Government Committee chairman Mike Cherry, D-Princeton, said Monday that his panel was scheduled to take up legislation to redraw boundaries for the 100 state House districts on Wednesday. He also said the full House might vote Tuesday on a congressional redistricting plan in House Bill 2 that emerged from his committee last week.
A constitutional amendment dealing with expanded gambling in Kentucky could come before the General Assembly as early as this week, state Sen. R.J. Palmer II, D-Winchester, said. “I think the people of the commonwealth have made it pretty clear that they are ready to vote on this issue. There has to be a constitutional amendment passed by the General Assembly before it can be voted on by the people of the state,” Palmer said. Currently, Palmer is working on a draft of an amendment that he hopes to sponsor, getting input from Republicans, gambling industry insiders and the governor.
Danville City Commission signed off on a brochure Monday that will be used to attract candidates for city manager, but the actual hire likely is still months away. The City Commission voted unanimously to approve the informational packet compiled by the Mercer Group, an Atlanta search firm the city hired in November for $7,500 to advertise the position and pass along a slate of 10 applicants.
Many names surfaced as potential successors to U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis when Davis announced last month he would not run for re-election, but few were Democrats. Local Democratic leaders believe Davis’ Fourth Congressional District seat is winnable and said a viable candidate or candidates will step forward by the filing deadline of Jan. 31. No one has yet filed or confirmed that they will run for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District seat as a Democrat. Two Republicans have filed, Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore and State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., began his re-election campaign Monday by filing his paperwork with the secretary of state’s office. Elected to Congress in 2006, Yarmuth was part of a wave election that saw Republicans lose control of the House but Democratic control was lost in 2010. The party will need to recapture 25 seats to regain the majority and polling shows both parties have equal chances, with 45 percent want Democrats to win control of Congress while 43 percent want Republicans to maintain power.
Kentucky independents and third party advocates are reflecting on the death of perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith, who brought attention to candidates outside the two main political parties. Since the early 1980s, Galbraith has been seeking public office and has run for governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. He ran several times as a Democrat, but his most successful bid came in 1999. That year, Galbraith ran as a member of the Reform Party and garnered 15 percent of the vote in the gubernatorial race.
Beer has been on Junction City store shelves less than a month, but officials already face legal fire for allowing alcohol sales. Junction City resident Joseph O. Perry and Liquor Mart of Danville are suing the City Council, Mayor Jim Douglas and others for allegedly violating state laws that require fourth-class cities — the smallest allowed to sell alcohol — to have populations of at least 3,000. The lawsuit claims Junction City did not have the authority to hold a vote on alcohol sales because the city’s population is less than the benchmark.
One family's fight to keep a playhouse built for their disabled child against the wishes of their local homeowner's association has made its way to the state capitol. The case of three-year-old Cooper Veloudis' playhouse has drawn national attention and sparked online petitions. On Thursday, state lawmakers officially weighed in on the dispute, with Democratic state representative Richard Henderson sponsoring a bill some have dubbed "Cooper's Law."
Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced the immediate distribution of $9.5 million in additional federal appropriations for Kentucky’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “The availability of home heating assistance is critical at this time of the year,” Beshear said in a press release issued by his office. “More funding means more Kentucky families can apply for assistance to stay warm during the colder months.”
You could say a lot of things about Gatewood Galbraith, except that he was "just another politician." Galbraith, who died Wednesday at age 64, was a Kentucky original. Everyone knew him as Gatewood — as with Elvis, the last name eventually became superfluous. In fact, I'll bet if you showed most adult Kentuckians a tall, lanky silhouette of a man wearing a wide-brimmed hat, they would know immediately who it was.
One of the most colorful figures in Kentucky politics has died. Gatewood Galbraith, who was 64 years old, died last night from complications related to emphysema. Over decades, the Lexington attorney frequently sought various political offices. Galbraith ran for governor five times, most recently as an independent. His platform routinely centered around libertarian and progressive issues like marijuana legalization and gun rights.
Lexington native and frequent political candidate Gatewood Galbraith never held elected office, despite his multiple attempts at landing jobs in Kentucky's Capitol. But today, legislators in both chambers took a moment to remember Galbraith, the so-called pernennial candidate to Kentucky's pernennial problems. Galbraith passed away last night from complications related to emphysema.
Friends and colleagues are remembering the personality and candor of Gatewood Galbraith, the Lexington attorney and perennial political candidate who died overnight after suffering from chronic emphysema. He was 64. Galbraith ran unsuccessfully for governor of Kentucky five times, in addition to campaigns for agriculture commissioner, attorney general, and Congress.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is reacting to the sudden death of perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith. This morning Gray said Galbraith's campaigns were always genuine and born of conviction. "That represented the kind of democratic process, the kind of campaigning that is often something we don't see anymore. He brought color, he brought conviction. And an unfiltered, unvarnished way of looking at the democratic process," Gray said.
Kentucky political figure and perennial gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith has died, according to Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.Dea Riley, Galbraith's running mate in the 2011 gubernatorial election, posted the following message on her Facebook page Wednesday morning."Dear Friends, I have just been notified that Gatewood passed away last night. I am heading to Lexington to be with his family. Please say a prayer for his family and friends and all those who loved him."Galbraith, 64, ran unsuccessfully for governor 7 times. He was a Lexington criminal defense attorney. Dea Riley told Kentucky Public Radio's Brenna Angel she would to carry-on in his place.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., predicts the New Year will bring more partisanship to Congress as the presidential election heats up. Last year, Congress faced a possible government shutdown and a contentious debate to extend the payroll tax cuts among several other partisan debates. For most of the year the Republican-controlled House clashed with the Democratic-controlled Senate and the White House until deadlines forced compromises.
Kentucky Youth Advocates is inviting lawmakers to a summit on Jan. 14 to discuss potential legislative changes that would affect the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Attendees will try to craft ideas that encourage transparency. “Our goal for Jan. 14 is to come out of that with some hard nosed practical legislative solutions because it is clear that we can not count on the administration to generate the solutions,” said Terry Brooks, KYA executive director.
Amid continued budget hardships and a slew of issues which need immediate action, state and local officials are preparing to tackle challenges which continue to plague the state. With the upcoming legislative session just days away, local lawmakers and officials are looking to the upcoming session, which begins Jan. 3, with hopes that issues such as prescription drug abuse, coal severance funding and education will receive attention during what some feel may be one of the most important sessions in recent memory.
State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has prefiled legislation that would eliminate the constitutional office of state treasurer. The legislation proposes an amendment to the state constitution, which voters would have to decide on at the polls in November. The move echoes a campaign promise of Libertarian Ken Moellman, who ran against Republican K.C. Crosbie and incumbent Democrat Todd Hollenbach in the November election.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has rejected the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. The deal would’ve put University Hospital under a contract inspired by Catholic doctrine, though the institution would remain secular. It blocked certain reproductive health procedures and would change employee benefits, beginning 2013.