Local Media Criticizing Special Session

In the wake of another special session after the 2012 General Assembly, the Louisville Courier-Journal is encouraging readers to add a “Kentucky Held Hostage” button to their Twitter of Facebook profile in protest. The newspaper asks residents if they are frustrated that state lawmakers have returned to Frankfort and gives them the option to post […]

Stumbo Rips UPIKE Report

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is blasting a report that recommends the University of Pikeville not be moved into the state university system. Stumbo is a chief supporter of making UPIKE Kentucky’s ninth public university. But a report by an outside agency commissioned by Governor Steve Beshear says the measure wouldn’t do enough to help raise […]

Proposal to Repay Federal Loan Interest Could Save Kentucky Employers From Extra Fees

A deal to help Kentucky repay a federal loan is officially on the table. During the recession, the commonwealth borrowed more than $900 million from the federal government to shore up the unemployment insurance fund. In 2010, the General Assembly approved a plan to repay the debt over time. But when that measure passed, lawmakers […]

New Congressional District Map Moving Through Legislature

A new map of Kentucky’s congressional districts is on the verge of becoming law. State House Speaker Greg Stumbo declared congressional redistricting dead earlier this week, since it looked like both chambers could not agree on the new districts. But with the state Senate able to find enough votes to pass a compromise, a new […]

Stumbo Says Congressional Redistricting Efforts Are Dead

Efforts to redraw Kentucky’s U.S. House districts are dead in the General Assembly. State House Speaker Greg Stumbo made that declaration after the state Senate could not agree to the latest compromise on district maps.  “I think that ship has sailed, that bell’s rung,” Stumbo said. “I think the Secretary of State will have to […]

Stumbo Says Lawmakers Will Appeal Redistricting Ruling

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says an appeal is likely in the ongoing court battle over redistricting. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd declared new district maps unconstitutional Tuesday. Stumbo says he’d like to take the ruling to the state Supreme Court. The only question is whether the Legislative Research Commission or House leadership will […]

Lawmakers Remain ‘Far Apart’ on New Congressional Map

Kentucky’s congressional delegation will have to wait a little longer to find out who exactly they’ll represent this year. Legislative leaders are trying to work out a compromise on new congressional redistricting maps, having already passed maps of their own districts and their own versions of the congressional map. The congressional map is currently in […]

State House Approves Congressional Redistricting Map

The Kentucky House has approved a plan that would drastically alter the state’s current congressional districts. The plan passed 54-42, almost entirely along party lines. Only two Democrats—state Representative Ben Nelson and former House Speaker Jody Richards—voted against the new map. (Click here to see the plan.) The proposal would cut out the eastern edge […]

House Education Chairman Could Allow Charter School Vote

A vote on legislation that would allow charter schools may finally have it’s day in the Kentucky state House education committee. House Education Chairman Carl Rollins says he’s considering allowing a charter school bill to receive a hearing and a vote in his committee this session. That’s been unheard of since Rollins assumed the chair of […]

Details Slow UPIKE’s Path to Public System

An attempt to add the University of Pikeville to the commonwealth’s public university system has slowed amid a flurry of technical questions. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is leading the attempt to make the private UPIKE Kentucky’s ninth state university. If UPIKE is accepted into the state system, the commonwealth would control all of the school’s assets, […]