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 […]

David Williams Awaits Details Following State of the Commonwealth

Governor Steve Beshear’s chief legislative rival is still waiting to see the meat of the governor’s 2012 legislative agenda. After the governor’s annual State of the Commonwealth address, Republican Senate President David Williams told reporters he gives Beshear credit for delivering a “pleasent speech,” but he’s still waiting to hear the details on proposals like […]

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 […]

Observers Watch for 2012 Agenda Hints in Beshear Inaugural

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will be sworn in for his second term Tuesday, and he’s expected to outline some of his legislative goals in his inaugural address. Beshear easily won re-election over Republican state Senate President David Williams last month. The governor’s relationship with Williams will be on display next year, as Beshear begins to […]

Orchestra Update, Boehner Speech, Smart Meters, and David Williams Ads: Afternoon Review

In case you’ve eaten nothing but candy all day and haven’t been able to pay attention to the news, here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been covering today.

Today is the deadline for Louisville Orchestra musicians to return to work. The orchestra board says it will begin replacing the players if they do not sign on by the end of the day. Meanwhile, musicians have launched a protest of sorts outside Louisville Orchestra offices at management’s plan to hire permanent replacement workers.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Oh. spoke in Louisville today, emphasizing the need for leaders in Washington to work together without compromising core principles.

Several Kentucky electricity co-ops will begin using a new technology called “smart meters” soon. The devices send energy data to power companies—so there’s no need for someone to travel to read the meter.

And the campaign for Republican David Williams has released its final ads in the race for Kentucky governor, but the GOP nominee isn’t in either spot.

News Special: David Williams [Audio]

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams joined Phillip Bailey and Rick Howlett Thursday afternoon for an hour-long WFPL News Special. Senator Williams answered questions about his jobs plan, his views on collective bargaining, the Ohio River Bridges Project, coal, and the JCPS student assignment plan. You can hear the interview in its entirety here: Previously, independent […]

Beshear Requests Budget Meeting With Williams, Stumbo

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Gov. Steve Beshear wants to meet with the top two leaders of the Kentucky General Assembly in the ongoing effort to secure a new state budget. In a letter to Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Gov. Beshear recommends the three meet as soon as possible […]

General Assembly Leaders Confident of Budget Resolution

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky House and Senate leaders are preparing for five weeks of intensive work, now that they have a broad budget outline. House Democrats and Republicans were briefed on the budget outline Thursday and Speaker Greg Stumbo expects a budget bill to be out by the middle of next week. […]

Williams Predicts No Gambling Bill This Session

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Expanded gambling is again a hot topic of discussion in Frankfort, as lawmakers wrap up the first week of the 2010 Kentucky General Assembly. As yet, no expanded gambling bills have been filed, except for a constitutional amendment requiring a vote by the people. But that’s not keeping the […]

Beshear Meets With Legislative Leaders on Special Session

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has shared with legislative leaders his plan for addressing an almost one billion dollar state budget shortfall.  Governor Beshear spent almost two hours behind closed doors with House and Senate leaders. Afterwards, Speaker Greg Stumbo told reporters, the governor is ordering an across the board, […]