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Kentucky’s primary election is Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know before you go to the polls

BY: - May 15, 2023

The primary election in Kentucky is Tuesday, May 16. Statewide, voters will choose party nominees for the general election.  On Tuesday polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Kentucky is split between Eastern and Central Daylight time zones.  Most voters’ ballots will only have elections for constitutional officers: governor, attorney general, […]

Rep. Lamin Swann dies after ‘significant medical emergency’

BY: - May 14, 2023

Rep. Lamin Swann, D-Lexington, died Sunday four days after his mother said he had a “significant medical emergency requiring hospitalization.” Swann’s mother, Pamela Dixon, in a statement said “there are no words to fully describe the grief and impossible loss that others and I feel right now.” Dixon did not provide information on the cause […]

Cameron seeks another ‘random’ change of venue, this time in challenge brought by teachers union

BY: - May 9, 2023

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has again invoked a new state law that allows him to move some lawsuits to another circuit court chosen at random. Cameron is seeking to move the Kentucky Education Association’s challenge of another new law — one making it harder for the teachers union to collect dues — out of […]

A conversation with Silas House, Kentucky’s new poet laureate 

BY: - May 4, 2023

LOUISVILLE – Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, author Silas House saw early the power of representation in literature.  Lead character John-Boy in the award-winning television series “The Waltons,” for example, was his “hero.”  Here was a young country boy who, like House, dreamed of writing.  “I didn’t know anybody who wanted to be a writer,” […]

From credit card restrictions to wastewater: What abortion foes have been up to since Dobbs leaked

BY: - May 2, 2023

Anti-abortion leaders could not stop paraphrasing Winston Churchill last June after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a victory that took 50 years to realize.  “While we celebrate the momentous ruling in Dobbs, we must remember that overturning Roe was not the beginning of the end, but it was the end of the […]

Craft and Cameron bring out the boxing gloves for KET debate

BY: - May 1, 2023

LEXINGTON — The two Republican frontrunners in Kentucky’s governor’s race finally appeared on the same debate stage Monday, launching attacks at each other during a fiery KET debate. Monday night marked the first time that Attorney General Daniel Cameron and former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft appeared in a debate together. A recent FOX 56/Emerson […]

Teachers union asks judge to block new Kentucky law barring payroll deductions to pay union dues

BY: - May 1, 2023

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s largest teachers union representing thousands of educators throughout the state is asking a judge to temporarily block a new law that prohibits the union from collecting dues through payroll deductions.  The Kentucky Education Association (KEA) sued the state last month asking for Senate Bill 7 to be struck down as unconstitutional and […]

Challenges to books in Kentucky libraries tripled in 2022 amid national jump in attempted bans

BY: - May 1, 2023

Like libraries nationwide, Kentucky libraries experienced a surge in challenges to materials in 2022. Data released by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom last week indicated the number of challenges nearly doubled in the U.S. since 2021, but in Kentucky they tripled. The number of attempts to restrict materials went from just seven […]

Republican frontrunners Cameron, Craft skipping two-night Northern Kentucky debate

BY: - April 25, 2023

All 12 Republicans seeking to become their party’s nominee in the Kentucky governor race were invited to a two-night debate in Northern Kentucky. However, only eight will take the stage.  The events, which start at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House in Covington, is hosted by the Kenton County Republican […]

Beshear campaign says its donors attest that they are contributing their own money

BY: - April 21, 2023

FRANKFORT — Responding to questions about a Kentucky Lantern report, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday said  contributions supporting his reelection campaign are always “voluntary” with no promises of any sort given to donors. The Kentucky Lantern on Monday reported that the largest group of contributors to the Democratic governor’s reelection bid include people who […]

Judge asks Supreme Court to weigh in on Kentucky’s new right to ‘random’ change of venue

BY: - April 20, 2023

A Kentucky judge has asked the state’s highest court to weigh in on the constitutionality of a new law that entitles lawsuit participants, in cases challenging state laws and decisions, to have the case moved to another circuit court chosen at random.  In a 12-page order Monday, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd said Senate […]

Kelly Craft holds up a copy of young adult memoir “All Boys Aren’t Blue" by George M. Johnson while speaking to reporters after the KSR debate. (Kentucky Lantern photo by McKenna Horsley)

No coordination, says Kelly Craft of $1.5 million gift from husband’s trust to PAC

BY: - April 19, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Republican candidate for governor Kelly Craft said the $7 million she has loaned her campaign shows she’s “all in” while saying there’s no coordination between her campaign and the super PAC promoting her election that received $1.5 million from her husband Joe Craft’s trust. Kentucky law prohibits coordination between a candidate’s campaign and […]