McKenna Horsley

McKenna Horsley

McKenna Horsley covers state politics for the Kentucky Lantern. She previously worked for newspapers in Huntington, West Virginia, and Frankfort, Kentucky. She is from northeastern Kentucky.

GOP lawmakers file resolutions urging education commissioner’s dismissal for LGBTQ+ guidance

By: - March 29, 2023

FRANKFORT — After Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass was criticized by lawmakers for inclusive guidance for the state’s LGBTQ+ students, two lawmakers filed resolutions urging the Kentucky Board of Education to dismiss him from his role.  Calloway was speaking in support of overriding Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 150, a sweeping anti-trans […]

Legislature overrides all Beshear vetoes, could still pass medical marijuana and sports betting

By: and - March 29, 2023

FRANKFORT — Republicans on Wednesday flexed their supermajorities to override all 15 vetoes by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, while other notable legislation still awaits final passage. The GOP-controlled legislature could give final passage to bills legalizing medical marijuana and sports gambling after failed attempts to do so in past years. The legislature also could repeal […]

All 12 GOP governor candidates invited to Northern Kentucky debate

By: - March 27, 2023

The 12 Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in the upcoming governor’s race have been invited to a two-night debate in Northern Kentucky next month.  A collaboration between the Kenton County Republican Party, WCPO 9 and LINK nky, the event will be held at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House on April 25 and 26.  A press […]

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Process for challenging ‘obscene’ books, school programs becomes law without Beshear’s signature

By: - March 27, 2023

A bill that opponents warn could lead to book banning became law without Gov. Andy Beshear’s signature after the governor chose not to sign or veto the measure. Secretary of State Michael Adams said Senate Bill 5 was delivered to his office without the governor’s signature Monday afternoon.  The measure, which had an emergency clause […]

Beshear vetoes bill to stop automatic payroll deductions for certain public employee unions

By: - March 27, 2023

Calling it “an attack on unions and teacher associations that support and protect hard working Kentucky families,” Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed a bill that would stop automatic payroll deductions for some public employees’ unions or association dues. In his veto message, the governor said Senate Bill 7 violates the Kentucky Constitution by “targeting public […]

In an election year, Republicans denounce Beshear for veto of anti-trans bill 

By: - March 24, 2023

Republicans wasted no time jumping on Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of a bill Friday that put LGBTQ rights and public schools in the political spotlight, setting the stage for both issues to play a leading role in this year’s race for governor. Republican gubernatorial candidates Daniel Cameron, Kelly Craft and Ryan Quarles quickly issued […]

Beshear vetoes bill subjecting Kentucky’s top education official to Senate confirmation

By: - March 24, 2023

Editor’s note: This story was updated with a statement from the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 107, Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green. Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a bill subjecting Kentucky’s top education official to Senate confirmation.  Senate Bill 107 would require Senate confirmation of the Kentucky Board of Education’s pick for education commissioner. In […]

TikTok banned from Kentucky government devices and networks

By: - March 23, 2023

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear signed legislation Wednesday codifying recent bans on social media website TikTok from state government-owned devices and networks into law.  Senate Bill 20 received bipartisan support in the Senate and House this legislative session.  While presenting the bill in past debates, primary sponsor Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson, has cited when presenting the […]

Beshear signs Stivers-backed resolution for postsecondary education study

By: - March 23, 2023

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has signed a resolution sponsored by Republican Senate President Robert Stivers that aims to study the state of Kentucky’s public higher education.  Senate Joint Resolution 98 directs the Council on Postsecondary Education to complete a comprehensive review of postsecondary education by Dec. 1. A House floor amendment added a provision to […]

Irregularities uncovered in Kentucky State University audit will be referred to prosecutors

By: - March 22, 2023

An audit that uncovered millions of dollars in undocumented credit card and federal grant expenditures at Kentucky State University from 2018 to 2021 will be referred to prosecutors  and other federal agencies, State Auditor Mike Harmon said Wednesday.  Interim KSU President Ronald A. Johnson appeared with Harmon at a news conference and said KSU welcomes […]

Ashland to host Appalachian Regional Commission conference in September

By: - March 21, 2023

Representatives from across Appalachia will convene in Ashland Sept. 11-12  for the Appalachian Regional Commission’s annual conference.  Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced the location, theme and date at the Delta Hotel in Downtown Ashland on Tuesday. He was joined by the commission’s federal co-chair Gayle Manchin. The conference theme is “Appalachia Rises: Resilience, Strength & […]

Republicans push back against education commissioner’s criticism

By: - March 20, 2023

Two Republican office holders on Monday slammed Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass for his criticism of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation enacted by the General Assembly.   House Speaker Pro Tem David Meade, R-Stanford, said in a statement that Glass “once again makes it abundantly clear that it is not the legislature that is politicizing the state’s classrooms and […]