Politics

2012 Presidential Race
2:45 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Indiana's Governor Maintains He Won't Run for White House

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

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.”

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Politics
11:21 am
Mon February 20, 2012

First-Term Kentucky Lawmaker Wants Term Limits

Rep. Mike Nemes (R), Louisville

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.

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Politics
4:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Kentucky House Speaker Wants to Change How Medicaid Fraud Money Dispersed

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.

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Politics
3:45 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Warren County Lawmaker Helps Craft Compromise on Amish Buggy Signs

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.

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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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