Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., questioned the motives of President Obama’s planned visit to the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, alleging it’s more about his re-election than solving the country’s economic woes.
The fact that the Brent Spence Bridge sits squarely between the home states of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not just a coincidence -- it's the reason for the president's visit on Thursday, a White House spokesman said.
The voting rights of Kentucky’s homeless citizens and convicted felons were key points of contention during last night’s election forum on Kentucky Educational Television. KET hosted candidates in the race for secretary of state, who supervises the Commonwealth’s elections. As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, they differed over the rules that govern voters.
The Judicial Conduct Commission, a state panel that disciplines judges, has found Harlan Circuit Court Judge Russell Alred guilty on nine charges of misconduct and concluded that removal from office was warranted in the case. The decision was unanimous with the judges voting 6-0. In the commission’s ruling, which was released Monday morning, the judges stated that the actions of Alred “show a blatant and persistent failure to uphold the impartiality and integrity of the judiciary.” Several of the counts that Alred was found guilty of involve his failure to recuse himself from cases
The candidates for secretary of state will meet for a debate on Kentucky Educational Television Monday night. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Bill Johnson will discuss a variety of issues, including voting rights and business filings in the commonwealth. The campaign has been defined by their disagreement over whether homeless people should be able to register to vote without an address.
The Internal Revenue Service wants to stay in Covington, keeping several thousand jobs in the city - and Covington Mayor Denny Bowman plans to step down from office Sept. 30, after 27 years working for the city. The two stories became interwoven Friday when Bowman, contacted for his comments about a proposed letter of intent between the city and federal government over the IRS facility, complained City Manager Larry Klein and other city staff had not kept him updated about the IRS plans.
A contested mayoral election in Barren County is being appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The attorney for Cave City Mayor Bob Hunt filed a motion for discretionary review Thursday, urging the state’s high court to overturn the decision of two lower courts to declare the 2010 mayoral election in Cave City null and void. Hunt, the incumbent, garnered the most votes in last year’s election against Dwayne Hatcher and Larry Davidson, defeating Hatcher by two votes Nov. 4.
After staging a sit-in for about seven months at Gov. Steve Beshear’s office to protest mountaintop removal, some 20 people celebrated at Frankfort's Kentucky Coffeetree Café Thursday night. Organizers also brainstormed ideas on how to keep the protest of the controversial mining technique moving forward, said Andy McDonald, a participant and supporter of the sit-ins. The protesters are also looking at other forms of civil disobedience besides a sit-in.
For more than a decade, community leaders have been trying to make the case that replacing the aging Brent Spence Bridge is critically important for the entire nation, not just Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. They’ll get that chance next week, when President Barack Obama visits the bridge to tout the importance of it and other infrastructure projects.
Kentucky would have no state personal and corporate income taxes under an economic plan released Wednesday by state Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams. The Burkesville Republican faces Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith in the November 2011 election. Williams' plan would eliminate state income taxes and suspend many other taxes on businesses to spur job growth. Some sort of sales tax or other tax on consumption could replace the revenue, Williams said.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., received an emergency briefing from federal officials regarding the Sherman Minton Bridge on Wednesday. The bridge was recently closed after an inspector found a crack in the main load-bearing portion of the 50-year-old span, which connects Louisville to southern Indiana.
Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams wants to eliminate Kentucky’s personal and corporate income taxes as part of his jobs plan. The proposal released Wednesday holds a number of ideas and makes a number of short-term recommendations to spur economic growth in the commonwealth such as eliminating local tax options, curtailing federal regulations and suspending certain taxes. Williams says getting rid of certain taxes is a crucial part of making the state competitive and better at creating and retaining jobs.
Jane Beshear asked Northern Kentucky Democrats not to rest just because her husband has a sizable lead in the polls. Kentucky's first lady visited on Tuesday the newly opened Northern Kentucky Coordinated Campaign Office in Newport. The office at 515 Monmouth St. will house the campaigns in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties for all statewide Democratic candidates. Polls have shown Gov. Steve Beshear leading his Republican opponent David Williams by as much as 27 percentage points.
It looks as if the first part of the Danville city manager search will be conducted by a body of citizens and commissioners, but much of the process still remains uncertain. Mayor Bernie Hunstad’s proposal Monday would have included hiring an outside executive search firm as well as naming a seven-person citizens committee to provide oversight of the process. After a lengthy discussion, though, commissioners opted to start the search process without hiring a firm, instead leaving the initial search up to the committee.
The incumbent with a well known political lineage, an outspoken Lexington government official, and a Libertarian with computer skills are vying to be Kentucky’s next treasurer. The three made their positions known last night on Kentucky Educational Television. One of the responsibilities of the state treasurer is to return unclaimed property to taxpayers. The office has long published lists on-line of such misplaced funds and property. But GOP candidate K.C. Crosby claims returning those assets to the rightful owners still takes too long.
As the Oct. 4 elections approach, two survivors of the deadly Carrollton bus crash will speak out today against expanded alcohol sales in Hardin County. The May 14, 1988, bus crash resulted in 27 deaths and many more injuries when a drunken driver collided head on with a Radcliff First Assembly of God bus. Most of the victims were teenagers from Hardin County returning home from a trip to Kings Island. The special election for expanded alcohol sales is scheduled for Oct. 4 in separate elections in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove.
With election just under two months away, the man with the most experience ‘running for governor’ sees himself moving into second place. Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith is making his fifth attempt at the state’s highest office. Although never a true contender in the past, the independent candidate thinks this year is different. Galbraith’s confident of moving ahead of Republican David Williams. Williams and incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear are establishment candidate, so , Galbraith hopes to win support from voters who still want to ‘kick out the political establishment.’
A Republican state lawmaker from Louisville says he believes expanded gambling legislation he’s pre-filed for the 2012 General Assembly will get a fair hearing. Representative Mike Nemes wants legislators to consider two bills. The first would put a constitutional amendment question on the ballot in 2012.
The September eleventh terrorist attacks have had an enduring impact on Kentucky’s congressional delegation. In a roundabout way it spurred one member to run for Congress and it also changed the duties of the state’s lawmakers.
Two months from today, Kentuckians choose their next governor. A pair of candidates stood together Wednesday during a higher education event in Frankfort. Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear believes his lead in the polls is a ‘reflection of how he’s tried to lead’.
Joining fellow members of Congress, U.S. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is eager to hear President Barack Obama’s jobs plan Thursday night, which could entail at least $300 billion in tax cuts and federal aid to local communities. The proposal is being called “The American Jobs Act” and includes a two percent payroll tax cut, extending unemployment benefits and spending $100 billion on infrastructure projects. It is expected Mr. Obama will put an emphasis on states hit hardest by the recession and cities still dealing with a sluggish economy.
The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Republican state Senate President David Williams in the race for governor. The union represents more than 9,300 law enforcement officers across the state and their nod is coveted among political candidates. Earlier this week, the state FOP endorsed Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool over Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who had received their endorsement in previous races.
The U.S. Postal Service is on the brink of defaulting on its employee pension obligations and is asking congressional leaders for assistance, but U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says lawmakers may have too much on their plate to help the ailing agency. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told a Senate committee Tuesday the agency was likely to run out of cash before the end of the month. The Postal Service faces a $10 billion deficit for the fiscal year and must make a $5.5 billion payment to retiree benefits due on Sept. 30.
After going over a month without running any television ads, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams released his second commercial Tuesday. The spot entitled “Better” takes swipes at Democratic Governor Steve Beshear for job losses and pledges Williams will stand up to President Obama and other “Washington liberals.” The ad alsocites an online newsletter that says the state is one of the “worst-run” in the country.
Three years after the death of its founder, the Justice Resource Center is at risk of losing its non-profit status.The civil rights organization was founded by the late Reverend Louis Coleman in 1972 to address racial discrimination, gun violence and police brutality. Coleman died in 2008 after suffering a series of seizures. The social justice group has been led by the Rev. James Tennyson of New Golden Star Baptist Church since then.
In a little over two months, Kentucky voters decide who will hold a series of statewide offices, including governor. But, between now and then, there will likely be a whole lot of politics to sort through. Traditionally, the political season begins with Labor Day. But, that’s changing. Political ads are now common in the summer.…Governor Steve Beshear launched a new one just before the holiday. Republican challenger David Williams is also advertising. These days, Transylvania University political scientist Don Dugi says campaigns start whenever the candidate things the timing is right.