Davidson County election officials have backed away from using electronic poll books in the November election. The Tennessean reported the decision Thursday came despite Davidson County Election Commission members expressing confidence in the reliability of 60 of the devices used in the Aug. 2 primary.
A Franklin County judge is weighing whether to grant former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer's request to reduce his child support payments. The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal report that Family Court Judge Squire Williams heard testimony from Farmer and his ex-wife, Rebecca Farmer, on Thursday, but he did not issue a ruling.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner for two decades, will speak at the University of Louisville. The university says in a news release that Suu Kyi will speak Sept. 24 as a guest of the McConnell Center.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wants to cut all U.S. foreign aid to Egypt and Libya following this week’s deadly attacks on American embassies and consulates in those countries. Sen. Paul had previously put forth legislation stripping U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan, after that country imprisoned a Pakastani doctor who helped the U.S. military locate terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.
Just back from summer recess, Congress is already eyeing an early getaway. Before making their Washington exit, however, Congress must pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.
After being heavily criticized for their use, Kentucky’s major pension program says it hasn't used a placement agent for three years. Placement agents are investing middle men that direct pension funds to investment opportunities. Kentucky has not had a good track record with placement agents, who have been accused of mismanaging millions for the pension funds according to a 2011 audit.
Both of Kentucky's U.S. Senators are reacting to the attacks on diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell expressed support Wednesday for deploying every tool available to keep Americans safe overseas and to hunt down those responsible for the attacks which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American diplomats.
After years of lawmakers attempting to find solutions to the state’s underfunded pension problems, a group of Republican legislative candidates are hoping to institute a plan of their own. At a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol, the majority of Republican challengers in House and Senate races endorsed a plan to put new lawmakers into a 401k style pension system.
Democratic State Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville has suspended his campaign after the death of his opponent's father. Pendleton said in a written statement that he is putting politics on hold out of respect for the family.