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.

Beshear’s juvenile detention plans include bump in starting salary, building new facilities

By: - January 19, 2023

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced an increase in starting pay for staff in youth detention centers and unveiled a proposal to build two new facilities to house juveniles. Those and other changes outlined by Beshear on Thursday come amid criticism from Republican lawmakers about the administration’s handling of unsafe and sometimes violent conditions in the […]

Quarles to reschedule political event after being billed alongside officer in Breonna Taylor raid

By: - January 17, 2023

Following criticism that he would have been speaking alongside one of the police officers who participated in the deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment, Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Ryan Quarles has opted to reschedule an event in Bowling Green with a local Republican women’s group.  Over the weekend, the Republican Women’s Club of South Central KY […]

Charles Booker, former Kentucky Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, to lead governor’s faith-based initiatives office

By: - January 13, 2023

Charles Booker, a Louisvillian and former state representative, has been appointed to lead the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and Community Involvement.  In a press release from his office, Gov. Andy Beshear announced several leadership appointments within his administration. The office Booker will helm was created by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher.  “I am honored to […]

Kentucky executive branch employees barred from using TikTok on state devices

By: - January 13, 2023

Time’s up for TikTok on the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s technology devices.  All of Kentucky’s executive branch employees are barred from using TikTok, a social media app and website for short videos, on state-issued devices. The new rule comes as bills for a similar ban move through the state legislature.  TikTok, a platform where content creators […]

Some fear a region’s future hangs on legislature’s support for emergency affordable housing

By: - January 11, 2023

FRANKFORT — Without significant state funding for new housing, “we’re going to experience the largest out-migration in Appalachian history,” Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard told the Kentucky Lantern in a telephone interview just before 2023 began. Yet, despite the thousands of homes lost to last summer’s flooding, no significant housing proposal emerged during the legislature’s […]

Ballot set for May 16 primary election in Kentucky

By: - January 6, 2023

FRANKFORT — Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams closed the door to the elections office at 4 p.m. Friday, signaling an end for candidates to file for Kentucky’s 2023 elections.  No big surprises emerged in the 12-candidate Republican race for governor, although former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin created some suspense by hinting on Twitter that […]

Bevin leaves media hanging without so much as a ‘pardon me’

By: - January 6, 2023

FRANKFORT — Matt Bevin returned to the Kentucky Capitol, spoke for about 30 minutes and then promptly drove away from the building Friday.  The former Kentucky Republican governor, who narrowly lost to Democrat Andy Beshear in 2019, tweeted hints at a possible 2023 gubernatorial run though he would not answer if he was running for […]

Senate unanimously approves legislative investigation of juvenile detention violence

By: - January 5, 2023

FRANKFORT — Democrats pushed back against Republican criticism of the Beshear administration as the state Senate on Friday unanimously approved creation of a workgroup to investigate violence and dangerous working conditions in Kentucky’s juvenile detention centers. Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, sponsor of the resolution to create the 12-member workgroup, said the detention system, which […]

As Friday deadline looms, 10 GOP candidates have filed to run for Kentucky governor

By: - January 5, 2023

Ahead of Friday’s deadline to file for office, Kentucky governor hopefuls submitted needed paperwork to appear on ballots.  As of Thursday afternoon, 10 Republican candidates had formally filed with the secretary of state’s office. Among those in the office Thursday were former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Somerset Mayor Alan […]

Beshear says Kentucky’s future is bright. Republicans disagree about who gets the credit.

By: - January 4, 2023

FRANKFORT — In his fourth State of the Commonwealth Address, Gov. Andy Beshear spoke glowingly of Kentucky’s economy and optimistically of its future, while calling on lawmakers to approve 5% raises for teachers, a proposal that got a cold reception from Republican leaders. Speaking to a joint-session of the General Assembly, the Democratic governor highlighted […]

Kentucky’s Beshear elected co-chair of Appalachian Regional Commission

By: - January 4, 2023

Appalachian governors have elected Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear the new states’ co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. He will serve in the role for 2023. President Joe Biden appointed the federal co-chair, Gayle Manchin, in 2021. She is the wife of Democratic West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.  The ARC is a federal economic development […]

McConnell honored by Kentucky Senate after becoming the U.S. Senate’s longest-serving party leader 

By: - January 3, 2023

FRANKFORT — Kentucky lawmakers heaped praise Tuesday on Kentuckian Mitch McConnell as he became the U.S. Senate’s longest-serving party leader ever. Minority Leader McConnell, 80, whose family moved to Louisville in 1956, was first elected to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate in 1984. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and others in the Senate spoke for […]