Politics

Solar Company Facing Financial Problems
5:22 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Senator Paul Questions Federal Expenditures for Solar Power

A California Solar Energy company that had been touted by the Obama Administration as the world's largest solar power plant has filed for bankruptcy. U-S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky says the situation is raising more questions about the energy companies the President has tried to help. The lawmaker from Bowling Green told WKU Public Radio, "He's for solar panels, as long as his friends build the solar panels, so I think there are some real problems here. "

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Missed Votes Criticized by Primary Opponent
3:16 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

4th Congressional Primary Heats up Over Voting Criticisms

State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington
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As primary campaigns in Kentucky warm up, the highest-profile one is turning into a responsibility blame game. State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington is  one of six Republicans vying to replace outgoing Fourth Congressional District  Republican Congressman Geoff Davis. And one of her opponents, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, is criticizing Webb-Edgington for missing crucial votes on the state budget last week.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Now Wait as Beshear Considers Vetoes

With budgets passed and lawmakers in recess, the focus in Frankfort is now on Governor Steve Beshear and his veto pen. A host of bills are on Beshear’s desk. The most important are budget bills for all three branches of government.

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Politics
9:07 am
Sun April 1, 2012

Filing Deadline Monday for Independent Candidates

Monday is the deadline for independent candidates in Kentucky to file in order to be placed on the November ballot.  Pursuant to existing statutes in Kentucky, individuals who want to run as independent, political organization or political group candidates in the state must file  Statement of Candidacy forms by 4:00 pm, Eastern time.

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Budget Now Heads to the House
4:18 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

State Senate Passes Budget Bill

The Kentucky Senate has approved a two year, $19 billion state budget that includes sharp cuts to most goverment programs and agencies. The plan was approved this afternoon, by a vote of 36 to 1 and will now go the the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Politics
10:46 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Full House to Consider Effort to Help Kentucky Pay Back Unemployment Insurance Loan

The Kentucky Senate has passed an amended bill that would help the state repay interest on a federal unemployment insurance loan. And despite concerns that the Senate amendments would derail the proposal, the bill’s original House sponsor has agreed to the changes.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Compromise Found on Restarting Kentucky Tax Amnesty

Kentucky lawmakers seem to have reached an agreement on a bill to restart a tax amnesty program. The program allows Kentuckians with delinquent taxes to apply for reduced payments. Governor Steve Beshear proposed the program to help raise revenue.

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University discrimination policies
9:10 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Tennessee Debates Whether Campus Groups Should Have to Accept All-Comers

The debate in the Tennessee legislature follows a controversy at Vanderbilt.

Tennessee lawmakers are looking at legislation that would prevent state universities from extending non-discrimination policies to campus religious groups.  A Tennessee Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill what would forbid the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Board of Regents Systems from applying non-discrimination rules to faith-based campus organizations.

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Politics
8:17 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Find Budget Compromise in Wee Hours of the Morning

After a night of discussions, Kentucky lawmakers have finally reached a budget agreement. Negotiations on a budget compromise began Monday. By Tuesday, talks had stalled. Lawmakers were unable to work out differences over funding school construction, paying for indigent care at University Hospital in Louisville and reducing bonded debt. House and Senate leaders resolved their differences shortly before 3 am today.

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2:51 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Budget Talks Bog Down Legislative Session

Budget talks in Frankfort appear to have stalled.  Lawmakers have met for three straight days, usually twice a day, to resolve differences between budget proposals passed by the House and Senate.   However, there are firm disagreements over school construction, cuts to the governor’s office and coal severance projects.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the Senate isn’t compromising on those issues, so the potential to deliver a budget on time is in danger.

“If they continue to hold to their position that it’s my way or the highway, here we go down that highway again,” he says.

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