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5:29pm

Wed April 17, 2013
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General Assembly Split on Special Session

The General Assembly’s passage of pension reform last month raised hopes 2013 might be the first in seven years without a special session. But some would like the governor to call lawmakers back to Frankfort this year to tackle tax reform and redistricting.

4:54pm

Wed April 17, 2013
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Governor Beshear on McConnell Secret Tapes

Steve Beshear
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Governor Steve Beshear is criticizing the secret recording of a campaign meeting of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell  that was leaked.   Two members of Progress Kentucky, Shawn Reilly and Curt Morrison, have been implicated by a Jefferson County Democratic official as being behind who secretly recorded the McConnell meeting.  Kentucky Democratic leaders have been largely silent on the situation since the news broke last week. But after being asked Wednesday about the recording, Beshear said he found the whole situation—both the secret taping and McConnell's remarks — to be awful.

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2:48pm

Mon April 15, 2013
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Democratic Activist Implicated in McConnell Recording Starts Legal Fund

Curtis Morrison
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Curtis Morrison, one of two Democratic activists implicated in recording a campaign strategy session of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, is starting a legal defense fund.  Morrison tweeted out a link to the gofundme.com page Monday afternoon. The website lists a $10,000 goal.

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12:40pm

Mon April 15, 2013
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Poll Shows 65 Percent of Kentuckians Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling shows Kentucky voters still overwhelmingly oppose same-sex marriage despite national trends. The poll was taken in early April, and it finds 65 percent think it should remain illegal and only 27 percent support marriage equality for gay, lesbian and transgendered couples.

3:59pm

Fri April 12, 2013
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Beshear Names New Labor Cabinet Secretary

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Friday announced that Larry L. Roberts, of Frankfort, will become secretary of the Labor Cabinet effective May 16 with the resignation of acting Secretary Mark S. Brown. Brown, of Brandenburg, is resigning effective May 15 to pursue other opportunities. He is a former state representative and Meade County judge-executive and served as deputy secretary of the Labor Cabinet prior to assuming the role of acting secretary in December 2010.

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3:55pm

Fri April 12, 2013
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Democrats, Progress Kentucky PAC at Odds

There’s additional confirmation today the liberal Super Pac called Progress Kentucky was behind a secret recording of a meeting between Senator Mitch McConnell and his re-election team.  It’s the second time Progress Kentucky has drawn national attention. As Kentucky Public Radio's Gabe Bullard reports, neither incident has enhanced the group’s reputation.

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12:49pm

Fri April 12, 2013
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Liberal Group Blasts McConnell Over Gun Control

A liberal advocacy group is launching a controversial new ad targeting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his opposition to gun control measure that uses an al-Qaeda recruitment video. Americans United for Change is behind the 30-second spot, which features American-born al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn explaining how lax U.S. laws do not require background checks to obtain firearms.

1:27pm

Thu April 11, 2013
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EKU to Host 1st Lady Michelle Obama

  First Lady Michelle Obama will join former University of Kentucky President Dr. Charles Wethington and Kentucky author Silas House as speakers at Eastern Kentucky University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11. Three ceremonies, all in Alumni Coliseum, will recognize a total of 2,428 degree candidates.

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1:24pm

Thu April 11, 2013
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Bill Limiting Drone Use Already Filed for Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 Session

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A bill has already been pre-filed for the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 session—and it deals with the use of drones in the state. Republican state Rep. Diane St. Onge bill limits how unmanned aircraft can be used. It allows U.S. military personnel to use drones in Kentucky for practice purposes. And it also allows drones to be used by law enforcement agencies if they have a specific warrant to do so.

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4:56pm

Wed April 10, 2013
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National Democratic Groups Increasing Attacks on McConnell

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Democratic groups are increasing the pressure on Senator Mitch McConnell as he gears up for next year's re-election campaign, launching attacks that focus on McConnell's recent actions in the U.S. Senate. The Senate Majority PAC, run by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has created a website called “Beltway Mitch,” targeting McConnell for his refusal to compromise on sequestration, and the effects of sequestration on school districts in Kentucky.

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12:58pm

Tue April 9, 2013
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Poll Shows McConnell in Close Races With Potential Opponents

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A new poll shows Sen. Mitch McConnell with a precarious lead over potential Democratic challengers. The survey from Public Policy Polling shows McConnell with a four point lead over Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes—45 to 41—and a five point lead over former Congressman Ben Chandler.

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12:06pm

Tue April 9, 2013
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News Magazine Obtains Secret Tape of McConnell Campaign Strategy Session

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A secret audio recording of Senator Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign reveals the Kentucky Republican's aides intended to target actress Ashley Judd's mental health and religious beliefs among other issues.

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5:47pm

Mon April 8, 2013
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Mitch McConnell: Margaret Thatcher an Iconic Symbol of Conservatism

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is praising the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as an icon of conservatism during the end of the Cold War period. The 'Iron Lady' died at age 87 on Monday and is being remembered by many as a part of a triumvirate—along with former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II—who stood against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Thatcher's reign is considered a controversial and successful tenure, which also brought Anlgo-American relations closer.

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12:00am

Mon April 8, 2013
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Interesting Laws Passed in 2013 Session

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With action by the governor on every bill passed in the 2013 session, some of the more interesting new laws are starting to stick out. There are always a few bills that get lobbyists and lawmakers rolling their eyes, and this year is no different.

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1:39pm

Fri April 5, 2013
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Beshear Vetoes Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill

Greg Stumbo
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Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo that would require prompt payment in the Medicaid managed care system.  The governor was expected to veto the bill, claiming it would cost the state too much money.

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1:10pm

Fri April 5, 2013
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Hemp and Medi-Share Bills to Become Law

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Governor Steve Beshear is allowing a bill regulating hemp in Kentucky to become law without his signature. Supporters of Senate Bill 50 were concerned that the governor might veto the bill after continuing expressing concerns law enforcement had with the bill that it would allow increased marijuana growing.

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4:20pm

Thu April 4, 2013
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Beshear Signs Election Day Alcohol Sales and Pension Bills

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Governor Steve Beshear has signed bills allowing alcohol sales on election day, reforming the state's pension system and finding revenue to pay for the reforms.The governor signed the bills today, two days before his deadline to do so.

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4:13pm

Thu April 4, 2013
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Rand Paul Reaches Out to African American Voters

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Congress John Yarmuth
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Republican Senator Rand Paul will speak at one of the country’s oldest historically black colleges as he seeks to reach out to African-American voters, and some Louisville leaders say that's a good sign. Paul is scheduled to address students at Howard University in Washington, D.C. next Wednesday where Kentucky's junior senator is expected to talk about school choice and changing federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

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1:00pm

Thu April 4, 2013
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Beau Biden to Speak at Kentucky Democrat's Annual Dinner

Beau Biden
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Kentucky Democrats are bringing in a well-connected out-of-state politician  to headline their annual state dinner.  State Democrats aim for high-profile names to headline their annual Wendell Ford Dinner—this year they've booked Beau Biden, the Delaware Attorney General and the son of Vice President Joe Biden.

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1:54pm

Wed April 3, 2013
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After Filibuster, Paul Gains Strength in Polls

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Two national polls released this week show Kentucky Senator Rand Paul neck and neck with many other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates. Both Quinnipiac and Public Policy Polling released surveys Wednesday showing Paul in second or third place in the early GOP primary field. Paul clocks in at 15 percent in the Quinnipiac poll, behind former vice presidential nominee and Congressman Paul Ryan at 17 percent, and fellow Republican Senator Marco Rubio at 19 percent. 

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11:58am

Tue April 2, 2013
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Beshear May Veto Medicaid Prompt Payment Bill

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A bill designed to help doctors, hospitals and other medical providers receive prompt payments from the state's Medicaid managed care companies awaits Gov. Steve Beshear's signature or veto. Despite passing both the state House and Senate unanimously and having the support of the medical community, Beshear has left open the possibility he may veto House Bill 5 because of concerns that it could cost too much to implement.

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4:07pm

Mon April 1, 2013
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Ashley Judd Adviser Says Kentucky Democrats Helped Push Her Out

Actress Ashley Judd
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Former Kentucky treasurer Jonathan Miller is blaming fellow state Democrats for helping push actress Ashley Judd out of the upcoming U.S. Senate race. Judd announced last week she is declining to run against Republican Mitch McConnell in 2014, citing a need to focus on family. The speculation on other reasons why Judd isn't making a bid are plentiful, but supporters are speaking up.

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12:00am

Mon April 1, 2013
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Major Bills Still Await Governor's Signature

Many of the bills Kentucky lawmakers passed in the final hours of this year's legislative session are still awaiting action by Governor Steve Beshear. Beshear has not yet signed or vetoed high-profile bills that would prepare Kentucky to grow industrial hemp, allow alcohol sales on election day and simplify voting for military service members stationed overseas.

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10:39am

Fri March 29, 2013
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Political Action Committee's Aim is for Republicans to Take State House

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With more than a year before the next elections, new political action committee has formed to help Republicans gain control of the Kentucky state House. The PAC—Pro-Jobs, Pro-Kentucky—was formed earlier this month by Scott Jennings, a longtime Kentucky  GOP political operative and Mike Adams, a former political director for the Republican Governor's Association.

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4:18pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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Louisville Tea Party Develops Education Initiatives

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The Louisville Tea Party has developed new education initiatives the group plans to support through fund raising. There are four initiatives on the Louisville Tea Party’s website. They include supporting school choice and charter schools.  The party says students should not spend more than 30 minutes on a bus unless parents sign a waiver allowing them to spend extra time being transported.

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3:51pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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Lobbyists Spend $4.2 Million in First Months of Session

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With the Kentucky General Assembly adjourned for the year, a look into lobbying spending during the session shows major dollars are still used to influence issues.  During the first two months of the this year's session, a total of $4.2 million was spent lobbying.  That's a 10 percent increase over the last 30-day session in 2011, according to Legislative Ethics Commission.

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2:15pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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PAC Forms With Goal to Eliminate Reproductive Rights as Campaign Issue

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The key issue for a new Louisville-based political action committee is candidates' use of reproductive rights as a campaign issue. Reproductive Rights for Kentucky PAC was born from the recent controversy when University of Louisville Hospital attempted to merge with Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. Critics of the merger raised concerns about CHI's adherence to Catholic religious directives—that certain reproductive health practices, such as tubal litigations, wouldn't be permitted at University Hospital.

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12:58pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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Hemp Lobby Waiting on Beshear to Sign Bill

Supporters of growing hemp on Wednesday cheered the General Assembly's last-hour passage of a bill to license Kentucky farmers. And they made plans to take to Washington their case that industrial hemp should be legal. After a speech in Lexington, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, said he's "very excited" about the hemp bill and Kentucky's chances for a waiver to grow it.

12:51pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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Rand Paul Delivers Speech at UK

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On March 6, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul went to work without any particular plans, certainly none that included making a speech for 13 hours straight. "I didn't call my wife; I didn't have my best shoes on," he said during a speech Wednesday afternoon at the University of Kentucky. "It was pretty much just spontaneous, and I think that's why people became interested in it."

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12:44pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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Mitch McConnell Campaign Radio Ad Features 'Fiery' CPAC Speech

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell
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The campaign to re-elect Republican Senator Mitch McConnell launched a new statewide radio ad this week featuring the GOP leader's fiery remarks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference. During the speech, McConnell pledge to conservative activists the fight against the Affordable Care Act will will continue despite the Supreme Court upholding the legislation and President Obama's re-election last fall.

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