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.

Kentucky House GOP plans to pass income tax cut this week

By: and - January 3, 2023

FRANKFORT — Republican House Speaker David Osborne says his GOP supermajority in the House of Representatives plans to pass a bill this week that would continue to cut the state’s income tax, a big priority that GOP leadership telegraphed well ahead of this year’s legislative session.  Osborne on the first day of the legislative session […]

Walmart, Kentucky reach opioid settlement for more than $53 million

By: - December 21, 2022

  Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday announced an opioid settlement between Walmart and Kentucky for more than $53 million.  “This agreement with Walmart provides the Commonwealth with over $53 million to help Kentuckians who have been harmed by the opioid epidemic,” Cameron said in a news release. “The Commonwealth is among the states […]

Beshear declares a state of emergency ahead of anticipated arctic front across Kentucky

By: - December 21, 2022

Ahead of anticipated extreme freezing temperatures as part of an arctic front across Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency and signed an executive order to prevent price gouging.  The governor and other administration officials stressed preparation for the weather in a Wednesday news conference. Beshear urged Kentuckians to stay home Thursday into […]

11 GOP candidates for Kentucky governor as Maddox withdraws, citing disappointing fundraising

By: - December 21, 2022

The Republican field for Kentucky governor is down to 11 contenders as Rep. Savannah Maddox suspended her campaign, citing  failure to raise enough money to compete. According to the Kentucky Registry of Finance, Maddox’s campaign raised just over $210,000.  Reports filed with KREF show that Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has raised more than ​​$875,000, former […]

Beshear unveils plans for first ‘higher ground’ community near Knott-Perry line

By: - December 20, 2022

HINDMAN — Surrounded by elected officials from around the region, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday unveiled plans to build a new community on “higher, stable ground” at a former surface coal mine near the Knott-Perry county line in Talcum.  Speaking at the Knott County Courthouse, Beshear said the couple who are giving 75 acres for […]

Cameron expects another opioid settlement soon

By: - December 19, 2022

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he is optimistic that more opioid companies “are going to come to the table to help address some of the challenges that they help exacerbate.” In a year-end interview with the Kentucky Lantern on Monday, Cameron said that he expected an announcement regarding a settlement by the […]

Lawmakers ask about understaffing, violence in Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers

By: - December 15, 2022

After lawmakers questioned administration officials about outbreaks of violence in the state’s understaffed juvenile detention centers Thursday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield said he welcomed administration actions but “a lot of it comes a little too late.” In recent weeks, law enforcement responded to a riot at a juvenile detention center in Adair County amid […]

Beshear: Sites for rebuilding flooded Eastern Kentucky communities being considered

By: - December 9, 2022

FRANKFORT — The state is considering land in Knott, Letcher and Perry counties as sites for new housing for victims of last summer’s flooding in developments that could include schools, senior housing and medical clinics, Gov. Andy Beshear told media on Thursday. Beshear declined to go into specifics, saying he did not want to compromise […]

Beshear looks to ‘higher ground’ for rebuilding after devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky

By: - December 7, 2022

FRANKFORT — Gov. Andy Beshear says homes being built to replace those lost to devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky cannot go back into  flood plains. “Right now, we’re in active negotiations to acquire land on higher ground where we are going to rebuild towns that coal companies may have built a hundred years ago,” the […]

Beshear files to run for second term, GOP assembling large field of prospective challengers

By: - December 5, 2022

It’s official — Gov. Andy Beshear will seek a second term.  The Democratic incumbent filed his candidacy papers Monday afternoon with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office. He filed initial paperwork to announce his reelection campaign in October 2021. He has raised more than $4.5 million, according to reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of  […]