Russell Coleman

Perry County prosecutor faces federal charges for allegedly trading favors for sex, drugs

BY: - April 12, 2024

A Kentucky prosecutor, who allegedly helped criminal defendants in exchange for sexual favors and methamphetamine, is facing federal wire fraud charges. Perry County commonwealth’s attorney Scott Blair, 51, of Hazard, was charged with committing honest services wire fraud in a federal criminal complaint Friday, according to a release from the U.S. attorney for the Eastern […]

U.S. judge sides with Kentucky attorney general in ruling against highway emissions rule

BY: - April 3, 2024

A federal judge has sided with Kentucky’s Republican attorney general in ruling that the Biden administration overstepped by requiring states to set goals for reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from vehicle tailpipes and other sources on federal highways.  U.S. District Judge Benjamin Beaton, of Kentucky’s Western District, in a Monday order said the Federal Highway […]

AG Russell Coleman’s biggest donor is a California pharmaceutical exec

BY: - March 20, 2024

The largest donor to the various political committees supporting Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman last year is a newcomer to Kentucky’s world of political giving and lobbying: FFF Enterprises Inc., of Temecula, California. FFF Enterprises describes itself on its website as a “leading supplier of critical-care biopharmaceuticals, plasma products and vaccines.” It first registered to […]

Kentucky attorney general among those warning Maine not to enact medical shield law

BY: - March 13, 2024

Kentucky’s Russell Coleman is among 16 state attorneys general threatening legal action if Maine enacts a law shielding its medical providers from penalties for providing reproductive and gender-affirming care to residents of other states. The Republican attorneys general assert such a law would be “extraterritorial bullying” and “could also trigger a rapid tit-for-tat escalation that […]

Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman moves to restart executions

BY: - March 11, 2024

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman is moving to restart executions in Kentucky. Coleman announced Friday that he has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to end what a news release from his office called a “nearly 15-year ruling that has blocked the imposition of the death penalty in Kentucky.” Coleman said […]

Is in vitro fertilization under threat in Kentucky too? Law matching Alabama’s deepens concerns

BY: - March 7, 2024

For Lisa Sobel and her husband, being able to have a child through in vitro fertilization, or IVF, was “a dream come true.” “For us, this really is a joy,” Sobel, of Louisville, said. “We want for there to be other families to be able to have this joy.” But the recent state Supreme Court […]

Ban on child sex dolls clears Senate, goes to governor

BY: - March 6, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill felonzing the intentional ownership of a child sex doll has now passed both the Kentucky House and Senate and is on its way to Gov. Andy Beshear’s desk.  Sen. Chris McDaniel presented the bill, sponsored in the House by Edgewood Republican Rep. Stephanie Dietz, on the Senate floor. It passed unanimously […]

Appeals court sides with GOP constitutional officers on ethics commission power

BY: - March 1, 2024

Republican constitutional officers celebrated a Friday ruling from the Kentucky Court of Appeals that upheld a law allowing them to each appoint a member of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.  Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, who’s office has said it will ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to hear the case, filed a lawsuit in 2022 to […]

Cameron’s office agreed to $99,750 settlement in lawsuit over ‘ballot integrity’ task force records

BY: - January 31, 2024

Former Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office agreed to pay $99,750 to settle a long-running open records dispute in December just days before Cameron left to become CEO of an organization devoted to combatting “woke capitalism,” among other objectives. American Oversight, an open records advocacy group based in Washington D.C., had sued Cameron’s office in […]

Kentucky Republicans lining up with Texas governor in border fight with Biden

BY: - January 29, 2024

FRANKFORT — The controversy over control of the U.S. border has invaded the Kentucky Capitol as Attorney General Russell Coleman and other Republicans voice solidarity with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in his showdown with the Biden administration.  Coleman joined 25 other Republican attorneys general on Monday in sending a letter to President Joe Biden similar […]

Owsley County clerk indicted for tampering with vehicle registration records, misconduct

BY: - January 4, 2024

Owsley County Clerk Shanna Oliver has been indicted for tampering with vehicle registration records and official misconduct, according to a release Thursday from Attorney General Russell Coleman’s office. A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Oliver Wednesday on one count of tampering with public records, a Class D felony, and one count of second-degree official misconduct, […]

McConnell applauds Kentucky Republicans’ rise at public swearing-in of constitutional officers

BY: - January 2, 2024

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s most prominent Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, applauded his party’s continued hold on most of Kentucky’s constitutional offices as newly elected or reelected officials took their public oaths of office on Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda.  “I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to be here today in this most improbable […]