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Governor Steve Beshear’s expanded gambling amendment has failed in the state Senate. The measure would have allowed for a public vote on whether to legalize casinos in the state. It fell seven votes short of the 23 it needed to move to the House. The shortfall was due largely to fractures in the Democratic caucus. The bill’s primary sponsor, Republican Senator Damon Thayer, says he’s finished with the issue after nine years of working on it.

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has announced that it will hear oral arguments in the legislative re-districting case in the state Friday morning, February 24th,  starting at ten a.m., Eastern time. Oral aruments will be presented about the constitutionality of the General Assembly's redrawing of state legislative districts.

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking for spending records of Morehead State University's President and Regents.  Stumbo filed an Open Records Act request February 17 seeking the travel expenses and other records of President Wayne Andrews, his staff, and the 11 members of the Morehead Board of Regents.

Kentucky's junior US Senator says he would be honored if GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney considered him as a possible running mate. Earlier this year Senator Paul said he wouldn't close the door on being a Vice-Presidential candidate. After a speech in Louisville today, he told reporters "it would be an honor to be considered."

Governor Steve Beshear’s constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle.  The bill passed the Senate's State and Local Government committee 7-4 Wednesday.

The measure would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky. But the committee changed the bill, dropping language that requires five of the casinos to be at horse racing tracks. The measure still requires a 60-mile buffer zone between tracks and independent casinos.

Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul says there's a growing chance that his party's presidential nominee could ultimately be chosen at a brokered convention this summer. The Kentucky Senator has a vested interested in the Republican presidential race — his father, Ron Paul, is among the candidates.

Pastors and concerned citizens in Kentucky are taking their fight against expanded gambling directly to the Capitol. Led by the Reverend Hershel York, opponents of Governor Steve Beshear’s gambling amendment flooded Frankfort Tuesday in protest.

Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers approve a proposal to legalize casinos. Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick Delahanty distributed a letter to state senators today detailing the concerns of the state's four Bishops who represent some 400,000 parishioners in the state.

A national organization trying to beat back a Kentucky bill making pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug spent five times as much as any other group lobbying state lawmakers last month.

The Courier-Journal reports the Consumer Healthcare Products Association of Washington, D.C spent nearly $195,000 lobbying Kentucky lawmakers in January.

Some Kentucky lawmakers and many law enforcement officials want to make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only because it’s a necessary ingredient in making meth, a drug that is ravaging rural parts of the Commonwealth.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is once again brushing aside efforts by some to get him to enter the Republican Presidential contest. The online political journal Politico reports that some in the Republican Party are growing so concerned about the nominating process and the current crop of candidates that they’re looking for a late-entry nominee.

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb is quoted by Politico as saying “the whispers have becomes shouts” and that the knocks on Daniels’ door “have become fist pounding.”

A freshman lawmaker from Louisville has filed a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly that limits how long members can serve.  Legislation by State Representative Mike Nemes limits House and Senate lawmakers to serving no more that three consecutive terms.

A bill that would allow Kentucky to collect money from Medicaid fraud busts has again been introduced in Frankfort. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed the bill, which would also protect and possibly reward whistle blowers who report fraud in Medicaid or any other areas of state government.

A bill allowing Amish buggy drivers in Kentucky to use reflective tape instead of a state-mandated orange triangle is only a few steps away from becoming law.

The state Senate passed a bill addressing the issue weeks ago. And a House committee passed its own version last week.

There are a few differences in each chamber’s bill. The House wants 200 inches of white, two-inch-wide tape on the back of each buggy. The Senate version mandates 100 inches of red or white one-inch-wide tape.

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.

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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