Politics

Redistricting in Kentucky
12:17 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

Legislative Redistricting Case to Be Heard by High Court

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the legislative redistricting case this week. Chief Justice John D. Minton filed an order Friday officially accepting transfer of the case from the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

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Expanded Gambling in Kentucky
10:30 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Beshear: I'm Willing to Listen to Ideas About Changing Gambling Bill

Governor Beshear says he’s willing to make changes to his proposed casino gambling amendment in response to complaints from lawmakers. The plan unveiled by Beshear this week would allow up to five casinos at horseracing tracks, and two freestanding casinos in other parts of the state.

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Politics
10:26 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Effort to Revamp Kentucky's Constable Laws Gaining Steam

A Senate bill that would give county governments more control over constables could have enough support to become law. Originally, both chambers pursued constitutional amendments to eliminate the office of constable altogether, spurred by several recent instances of constables abusing their power.

But an agreement not to crowd the fall ballot with constitutional amendments led to the Senate proposal.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Larry Clark says now that the bill’s scope has changed, it has a good chance of making it through the House.

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Fighting Meth in Kentucky
2:16 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kentucky Senate Committee Gives OK to Bill Meant to Battle Meth

A bill that would make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle. PSE is commonly found in cold medicines and is also used to make meth.

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Politics
8:11 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Kentucky Senate Leader Questions Seriousness of Governor's Tax Reform Efforts

Kentucky Senate President David Williams has several criticisms for Governor Steve Beshear's recently-appointed tax commission.

Williams proposed creating such a commission during his bid for governor last year. But says Beshear’s commission lacks the guidance and experience to change Kentucky’s tax code. The Senate President says the majority of the commission is made up of Beshear’s friends and political allies.

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Politics
5:50 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

General Assembly Agenda Set for Wednesday

The Kentucky state senate's health and welfare committee will hear more testimony Wednesday morning as representatives from Medicaid Managed Care Operations (MCO's) continue their testimony on other problems besides pharmacies. Testimony this week saw local pharmacists testify that they're losing money on MCO reimbursements.

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Politics
2:54 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Kentucky House Speaker Says Governor Will Need to Accept Changes to Gambling Plan

Changes could already be coming to Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed gambling amendment. That amendment would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky, with five of them based at horse racing tracks. House Speaker Greg Stumbo supports expanded gaming in Kentucky, but he still has major questions about the amendment. And Stumbo says those questions will likely lead to changes to the measure if it can pass the state Senate.

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2012 Indiana Senate Race
2:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Club For Growth Endorses Primary Challenger Facing Sen. Richard Lugar

Richard Mourdock

A prominent conservative group is endorsing Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in his campaign to unseat a longtime Republican US Senator. Mourdock represents a challenge from the right against Senator Richard Lugar, who is seeking a seventh term this fall.

The Club For Growth has previously run TV attack ads against Lugar, but hadn’t previously endorsed Mourdock’s primary challenge. Now, the Mourdock campaign hopes the endorsement will lead to momentum and increased campaign contributions.

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Politics
10:48 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Kentucky State Agencies Undergo Audit, with Personnel Cabinet Getting Bad Reviews

KY State Auditor Adam Edelen

The first statewide audit from new Auditor Adam Edelen has uncovered some familiar problems.

Edelen is required to conduct an audit of all state agencies every year. His first report was released this morning. In it, Edelen takes many state agencies to task. That includes the Department of Military Affairs and the Kentucky Horse Park, which the report says incurred expensive and unnecessary fees for paying invoices too late.

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Expanded Gambling in Kentucky
8:38 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Beshear Unveils Gambling Amendment, with GOP Bill Sponsor at His Side

After weeks of waiting, Governor Steve Beshear and state Senator Damon Thayer have unveiled their constitutional amendment for expanded gambling.

The amendment allows for up to seven casinos in Kentucky, but five must be at horse racing tracks. The two free-standing casinos cannot be within sixty miles of a track, regardless of whether that track has a casino.

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