politics

Kentucky’s Republican-controlled Senate passes three Democratic bills

BY: - February 23, 2024

FRANKFORT — Three Democratic-sponsored bills passed out of Kentucky’s Republican-controlled Senate Friday morning.  Two of the bills, Senate Bills 48 and 14, received unanimous approval and the third, Senate Bill 45, gained 32 votes from Republicans and Democrats, with three GOP senators voting no. With 23 days left for lawmakers to meet, these were the […]

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The coming Democratic forfeit?

BY: - January 5, 2024

In politics, perception often becomes reality. Nowhere is that saying more appropriate than with legislative elections. Candidates viewed as likely to win attract volunteers, endorsements, and campaign contributions – and maybe extra news coverage – all of which increases the chance of victory. Once candidates start generating buzz, voters take them seriously. They’ll draw bigger […]

Beshear calls for an amendment on redistricting though passing it would be ‘challenging’

BY: - December 14, 2023

After the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed redrawn congressional and legislative districts Thursday morning, Gov. Andy Beshear said a constitutional amendment should be pursued but noted it would be “challenging” to pass through the General Assembly.  Beshear, a Democrat, said in his weekly press conference Thursday afternoon that he had not read the entire 78-page opinion […]

Education, environment, economy and more: Here’s where Beshear and Cameron stand on the issues

BY: - October 27, 2023

For months, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and his challenger, Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, have made their cases to voters about why they are better suited to lead Kentucky over the next four years.  Both candidates have held campaign stops across the commonwealth, spoken to organizations and met for five gubernatorial debates this October.  With […]

Beshear and Cameron continue to show their differences in KET debate

BY: - October 23, 2023

LEXINGTON — Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron — further differentiated themselves on topics like education, abortion and the coronavirus pandemic in their fourth debate at KET’s Lexington studios Monday evening.  During the debate, both candidates pressed the other on their campaign talking points, while touting their own […]

Members of U.S. House GOP describe threats sparked by votes against Jim Jordan for speaker

BY: and - October 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — Nebraska GOP Rep. Don Bacon said his wife slept with a gun for protection after she received threatening phone calls demanding that her husband support Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s bid for U.S. House speaker. Bacon was among a handful of members who reported threats and the targeting of family members after opposing the […]

Woman in Beshear’s abortion ad says she wants to give voice to victims

BY: - September 28, 2023

Hadley Duvall, a 21-year-old from Owensboro, said speaking about her experience with sexual abuse amid debates on abortion rights is a calling for her.  That’s why Duvall is appearing in an ad for Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s reelection campaign. After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, Duvall began publicly sharing her […]

Beshear wants all school employees to have an 11% raise in the next budget

BY: - August 16, 2023

Gov. Andy Beshear wants the legislature to fund an 11% pay raise for all Kentucky school personnel, which is the highest increase he’s backed since becoming governor.  The Democratic governor, who is seeking reelection, unveiled some of his education priorities as part of his “Education First” plan for the 2024-26 state budget Wednesday morning. He […]

New Kentucky laws take effect: Health, education, sports wagering and more

BY: - June 29, 2023

Many of the laws passed by the General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session will go into effect Thursday, but not all of them.  For a bill to become a law in Kentucky, both the state Senate and House of Representatives must give a majority vote in favor of the bill. The governor may sign […]

Kentucky to remain with voter data system for a year while considering alternatives

BY: - June 21, 2023

Kentucky will remain with the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, for a year while reviewing possible alternatives to support voter rolls maintenance, Secretary of State Michael Adams said Wednesday.  Recently, seven Republican-led states have left ERIC, an interstate compact for sharing voter registration data. Some former members like Virginia and Texas plan to create […]

After Dobbs, abortion access is harder, comes later and with a higher risk

BY: - June 21, 2023

Editors’ note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down the federal right to abortion. In April, a Reddit user in Alabama posted a breathless message to the abortion subreddit the morning after learning she was pregnant. She guessed she […]

On the campaign trail, Cameron vows to retire Beshear in governor race

BY: - June 13, 2023

SHEPHERDSVILLE — Republican Daniel Cameron’s stump speech Tuesday in Shepherdsville hit familiar themes — his Christian faith, conservative values, criticism of his rival, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear.  But there was one big departure — the attorney general did not highlight his endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who was set to appear in a Miami […]