Republicans Follow Through With Lawsuit Over House Redistricting Map

Several Kentucky House Republican shave followed through on their threats to file a legal challenge to new legislative district lines. The Republicans filed the lawsuit and request for an injunction in Franklin County Circuit Court today. And because of the injunction request, they will go before Judge Phillip Sheppard on Monday morning. “We have been […]

Charter School Advocates Release Second TV Ad

Sensing their time is coming, advocates of charter schools in Kentucky are doubling down on their efforts. One such group, Kentuckians for Reform in Education, or KARE, is out with their second TV advertisement supporting charter schools. KARE is run by former Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner, and the ad is running statewide on network and […]

Congressional Redistricting Compromise Stalls, Filing Deadline May Be Moved

Talks have broken down over new Congressional redistricting lines, Kentucky lawmakers say. A conference committee tasked with reach a compromise on new federal districts had no discussions over the weekend or today. And House Speaker Greg Stumbo says both the House and Senate are blaming each other for the lack of progress. “Well if you asked […]

House Passes New Districts, While Hoover Leaves Open Possibility of Court Challenge

After two hours of heated debate, the Kentucky House of Representatives has approved new district lines. House Bill 1 passed 63-34 with only two representatives not voting. Many Republicans took to the floor to argue against the plan, calling it ugly politics. There are nine Republican members who will have to run against one another under […]

Barr Blasts House Redistricting Plan

Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr is criticizing Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, over the a redistricting plan that passed the lower chamber Tuesday. The GOP challenger is running against U.S. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., in a rematch from 2010, where the Lexington attorney lost by razor-thin margin of less than 700 votes. Barr says the […]

Kentucky House Redistricting Plan Hits Road Block

The Kentucky House of Representatives has hit a road block while drawing new district lines for state lawmakers. After planning to release and vote on a new House redistricting map first thing this week, chamber leaders had to delay a committee meeting until tomorrow at the earliest. It appears not all members, Republicans or Democrats, […]

Beshear Proposes Tax Commission, Lt. Gov. Abramson to Chair

After weeks of hinting about tax reform, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has provided some details. The governor announced the creation of a blue ribbon tax commission tonight in Lexington and the annual Chamber Day dinner put on by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. In a news release, Beshear says Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will be […]

Legislative Leaders Want to Ward Off Gridlock, Say 2012 Session Has ‘Potential’

The 2012 Kentucky General Assembly is starting its 60-day budget session with a long list of issues to work out. The highlights are obvious: gambling, the budget, and redrawing congressional districts. But lawmakers must also figure out how to shore up the state’s unemployment insurance and deal with Medicaid managed care problems. And there are […]

Beshear Orders Review of Proposal to Add University of Pikeville to State System

After two prominent eastern Kentucky leaders pushed for the private University of Pikeville to become a state-supported institution, Governor Steve Beshear announced Tuesday that a study on the feasibility of adding the college to the state system will begin immediately. Over the past few weeks, former Governor Paul Patton, who is now president of UPIKE, […]

Beshear Will Bring Up Gaming in 2012 Session

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says casino gambling will be on the agenda for next year’s legislative session and voters have delivered a clear message for lawmakers to work with him on the issue. The governor was in Louisville Thursday, speaking at the 92nd annual Kentucky Farm Bureau meeting. Previous efforts to get the proposal through […]