Kentucky General Assembly

State Representative Reginald Meeks thumped Tea Party challenger Wendy Caswell in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Meeks carried 80 percent of the vote in the race for the state House’s 42nd District seat, which covers parts of Old Louisville, downtown and the West End. Caswell is the founder and former president of the Louisville Tea Party, who said she has always been a registered Democrat.

Meeks said Caswell was a fraud and he pressured party leaders to file suit against her candidacy, though they never did.

No Republican is vying for the seat.

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Two Democrats Hope to Continue Trend Of Newer, Younger Faces in State House

by Kenny Colston April 30, 2012

Two 24-year-old Democrats from opposite ends of the Commonwealth hope to be the newest and youngest members of the General Assembly next year. Kendrick Bryan is from Elizabethtown and hopes to unseat longtime lawmaker Jimmie Lee. Tyler Murphy is from Greenup County and is challenging state representative Tonya Pullin. Bryan and Murphy’s bids for office […]

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Williams Again Asks Beshear to Act on Road Plan

by Kenny Colston April 17, 2012

Kentucky Senate President David Williams is renewing his call for Governor Steve Beshear to act quickly on an unfunded road plan that cleared the legislature last week. The road plan outlines the state’s transportation projects for the coming years. Beshear called lawmakers back to Frankfort for a special session after they failed to approve funding […]

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Kentucky’s Special Session Begins

by Kenny Colston April 16, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers have returned to the capitol for a special session, and it’s not clear how long they’ll remain in Frankfort to finish their work. The House gaveled in at noon today and quickly filed two bills. One measure cracks down on prescription pill abuse and another funds the state road plan. Neither measure cleared […]

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Beshear, Williams Rivalry Could Influence November Legislative Elections

by Kenny Colston April 16, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers will begin a special session today that could become election fodder for legislative candidates on both sides of the aisle this fall. This is the seventh straight year lawmakers have gone into special session, which costs the state sixty thousand dollars a day to fund. And Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate […]

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Lawmakers Return for Special Session

by Kenny Colston April 16, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort today to begin a special session called by Governor Steve Beshear. Beshear has ordered lawmakers to take up a funding bill for the state’s road plan and one addressing prescription pill abuse. Those were the two major bills that died in the final hours of the 2012 regular session […]

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Coal Scholarship, Dropout Bills Won’t Be Added to Special Session Agenda

by Kenny Colston April 13, 2012

An education proposal favored by Kentucky House leadership will not be included in next week’s special session, effectively killing its chances this year. A bill that began as a measure to bring the University of Pikeville into the state system morphed into one that would have created scholarships for college students from coal counties. House […]

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Beshear Continues to Blame Williams Over Deadlock

by Kenny Colston April 13, 2012

A blame game over important legislation leftover in the 2012 General Assembly is turning into a repeat of last year’s gubernatorial election. Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams are arguing over who is to blame for state lawmakers adjourning their regular session without passing key bills. A bill to crack down […]

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Beshear Says He’ll Call Special Session To Pass Road Revenue, Prescription Pill Bills

by Kenny Colston April 13, 2012

The 2012 legislative session has come to a close. Lawmakers spent most of their final day of the session yesterday waiting to finalize action on several bills, including many that were never passed. The bills that didn’t make it to governor Steve Beshear’s desk run the gamut, from a bill to tighten restrictions on prescription […]

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Lawmakers Reach Deal on Road Plan, But Don’t Pass Funding Mechanism

by Kenny Colston April 12, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers have  reached a late night agreement on a road plan. The House and the Senate finally compromised on two-year and six-year road plans early this morning. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the impasse was finally broken at about the same time the budget conference committee passed their compromise two weeks ago. “3 o’ […]

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