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Jack Brammer

Jack Brammer

Jack Brammer, a native of Maysville, has been a news reporter in Kentucky since 1976. He worked two years for The Sentinel-News in Shelbyville and then from 1978 to 2021 in the Lexington Herald-Leader's Frankfort bureau. After retiring in December 2021 from the Herald-Leader, he became a freelance writer for various publications. Brammer has a Master's degree in communications from the University of Kentucky and is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

Charlotte Henson, producer and president of Pioneer Playhouse, dies at 93

By: - February 16, 2024

Charlotte Hutchison Henson, the matriarch of the historic Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, has died. She was 93. Charlotte Henson, with her late husband, Col. Eben Henson, brought Broadway to the Bluegrass by establishing what is now Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theater. It has attracted hundreds of young actors over the years, including John Travolta, Lee Majors, […]

Man convicted of rape and murder loses shot at parole made possible by former Gov. Matt Bevin

By: - January 30, 2024

Gregory Wilson, who was sentenced to death after being convicted in 1988 of kidnapping, raping and killing Deborah Pooley of Covington but had his sentence reduced by former Gov. Matt Bevin to make him eligible for parole, has to spend the rest of his life in prison. The Kentucky Parole Board decided Monday that Wilson, […]

Former Kentucky Gov. Julian Carroll dies at 92

By: and - December 10, 2023

Former Kentucky Gov. Julian Morton Carroll, who focused as the state’s 54th governor from 1974 to 1979 on providing more money to education, initiating judicial reforms and promoting the coal industry, died at 4:46 a.m Sunday at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.  He was 92. Carroll, a Democrat, died at the center after falling at […]

Unafraid of death, former Kentucky Gov. Julian Carroll reflects on his long political life

By: - November 23, 2023

FRANKFORT — At age 92, former Kentucky Gov. Julian Carroll sits in a recliner at his Franklin County home, talking about his glory years in politics and the six-page program-in-progress on a nearby stand. The program is entitled “Julian Morton Carroll: A Lifetime of Public Service.” It contains a portrait of him, his bio and […]

Kentucky Republicans make a clean sweep of five ‘down ticket’ offices

By: - November 7, 2023

Republicans made it a clean sweep Tuesday – as they did in 2019 — by winning all five of Kentucky’s so-called “down ticket” races. The winning Republicans were Russell Coleman, attorney general; incumbent Michael Adams, secretary of state; Allison Ball, auditor of public accounts; Mark Metcalf, treasurer, and Jonathan Shell, agriculture commissioner. Senate President Robert […]

Democrat Adrielle Camuel wins special legislative race in Lexington

By: - November 7, 2023

Democrats kept control of a state House seat in Fayette County Tuesday in a special election needed due to the unexpected death of freshman Rep. Lamin Swann last May at the age of 45. In Tuesday’s special election to fill the remainder of Swann’s term which runs through 2024, political newcomer Adrielle Camuel defeated Republican […]

Kentucky treasurer candidates agree on one thing: Don’t abolish the office

By: - October 28, 2023

Republican state Rep. Steven Doan of Erlanger plans to vote along party lines in Kentucky’s race for state treasurer on Nov. 7 but his preference would be to vote to abolish the entire constitutional office. “It’s a duplication of the state Finance and Administration Cabinet, a waste of money” said Doan, an attorney in his […]

COMMENTARY

‘Coal Miner Governor’ Paul Patton will debut memoir Saturday at Kentucky Book Festival

By: - October 20, 2023

When I interviewed Paul E. Patton in 1987 for the Lexington Herald-Leader during his bid to become Kentucky’s lieutenant governor, he showed me his fingernails. They looked as if they needed a good scrubbing, I told him. He laughed. He said they represented where he came from.  The stain from operating coal mines for 20 […]

Kentucky auditor is taxpayers’ watchdog: Meet the candidates

By: - October 20, 2023

FRANKFORT — Three of the five stories in the old, nondescript brick office building at 209 St. Clair Street house a state office that tries to determine if taxpayers’ dollars are spent properly. It is not the most exciting place in the world. Its scenery is dull. A lot of number crunching is always going […]

Election disputes put heat on secretaries of state: Meet the Kentucky candidates

By: - October 9, 2023

Pretend it’s the end of the 2024 presidential election. Either Republican Michael Adams or Democrat Charles “Buddy” Wheatley is Kentucky’s secretary of state, a job that includes overseeing elections in the Bluegrass State. The losing candidate in the state’s presidential election calls Kentucky’s secretary of state and asks him to “find” enough votes to overturn […]

Ball claims she asked Beshear administration for audit of disaster donations, was rejected

By: - October 2, 2023

State Treasurer Allison Ball claimed Monday night that Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration turned down her request for an audit of millions of dollars in disaster relief funds it had generated from donations. Ball said the state Public Protection Cabinet, which oversees the funds, said “no thank you” to her request. Ball’s comments came during an […]

‘A hard person not to like.’ Kentuckians remember Gov. Brereton Jones.

By: - September 18, 2023

Former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones, who emphasized health care reform and government ethics in his administration from 1991 to 1995 and who was a major figure in the state’s horse industry, has died at 84. Gov. Andy Beshear announced the death late Monday on social media. “I was sad to learn that former Governor and […]