Kentucky Lawmakers Above Average in Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education has been evaluating the education levels of state lawmakers in the United States. The state with the most college-educated lawmakers is California, with 90 percent. New Hampshire, with 53 percent, has the least. The national average is around 75 percent, slightly lower than Kentucky’s 77 percent. Sixty-eight percent of Kentucky […]

Statewide End-of-Course Exams Begin Next Year

End-of-course assessments were authorized in education reforms approved by Kentucky lawmakers in 2009. The statewide tests measure student achievement in graduation-required courses of English, Algebra, Biology and U.S. History. Rhonda Sims of the Education Department says districts are also being encouraged to base up to 20 percent of a student’s final course grade on assessment […]

Poll Shows Beshear With Big Lead Over Williams

In the first poll of the 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial election, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear holds a strong 21-point lead over Republican challenger and state Senate President David Williams. During the primary campaign, early polls showed Williams trailing the governor by a smaller margin, but since then Beshear has launched a number of radio and television […]

McConnell Criticized in Upcoming Palin Film

In a new documentary film about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, filmmaker Steven K Bannon takes swipes at Republican congressional leaders for not supporting the former vice presidential candidate against liberal attacks. Entitled ‘The Undefeated’, a segment criticizes the GOP establishment including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while defending Palin as a Joan of […]

District Court System Announces Changes

The Jefferson County District Court has reorganized itself in order to cut down wait times and overcrowding. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth  Hughes Abramson hailed the changes as necessary and innovative. “Change is never easy,” says Abramson “but sometimes change is necessary and I am pleased to note that those who have been involved in […]

Thayer Proud of Ark Encounter

After being criticized in a New York Times editorial for crossing the church-state divide, the controversial Ark Encounter has a supporter in state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, who is proud the park is being built in his district. The creationist theme park has been a divisive initiative championed by Governor Steve Beshear, who says it […]

Beshear Orders Extension of Price Gouging Protections

At the request of the attorney general, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed an executive order to extend price gouging consumer protection laws by an additional 30 days. The initial protections implemented by Beshear in response to last month’s severe storms and flooding are set to expire May 26. The extension will allow state officials […]

Weekly Standard Profiles Paul’s Balancing Act

Standing somewhere between the “fringe and GOP establishment,” U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is (potentially) the most important conservative statesman in the country, according to the Weekly Standard. At least that’s what a profile in an upcoming issue of the opinion magazine submits for public consideration. The balancing act for Paul over the past four […]

McConnell: Democrats Playing Blame Game on Energy Crisis

Claiming Democrats are staging a “dog and pony show”, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blasted plans to revoke billions in tax subsidies given to oil companies in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. Eliminating those tax breaks has been a goal of President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats for some time, but there’s […]

Polls Open, Near Record Low Turnout Expected

Kentucky elections officials are predicting the second-lowest voter turnout for a primary in more than 10 years. Secretary of State Elaine Walker predicts 10% of voters will go to the polls today. The most notable race in the primary is the Republican race for governor. State Senate President David Williams has led in polls. He’s […]