Ryan Quarles

Republican lawmaker seeks to put hope on horizon for early childhood, Kentucky parents

BY: - February 13, 2024

FRANKFORT — When Jessie Schook, the vice president of workforce and economic development for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, tells people she is expecting her first child in June, many want to know: “Are you on a (child care) list?”  The wait to get a new baby into a child care center can […]

Kentucky Senate leader files bill to curb ‘divisive concepts’ in public higher education

BY: - January 4, 2024

FRANKFORT — Employees and students could sue public universities and colleges in Kentucky on grounds they were discriminated against for rejecting “divisive concepts” defined in a new bill introduced in the Kentucky legislature. Senate Bill 6 says students and employees whose claims are successful could be awarded up to $100,000.  The sponsor, Senate Majority Whip Mike […]

How can Kentucky tackle veterinarian shortage? Working group presents its ideas.

BY: - November 28, 2023

Kentucky’s Veterinary Shortage Working Group met Tuesday to finalize a report 18 months in the making.  The report includes ways Kentucky can bring more veterinarians, especially those who practice on large animals, into the profession and give them further support to practice in Kentucky. The group, which is under the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, has […]

The ‘voice’ of Kentucky agriculture: Commissioner’s race takes a partisan turn

BY: - October 30, 2023

Any “red meat” in campaigns for commissioner of agriculture has usually pertained to Kentucky’s large beef herd — until now. Republican Jonathan Shell, a former state House floor leader, is dishing out political red meat in his quest for the office, vowing to fight “woke liberals,” serve as “guardian” to the “unborn” and “save” Kentucky […]

Ryan Quarles named president of Kentucky Community and Technical College System

BY: - September 29, 2023

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been named the fourth president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System following a national search.  The KCTCS Board of Regents named Quarles, who has seven college degrees including a doctorate in higher education administration from Vanderbilt and a master’s degree in higher education from Harvard University, as […]

Hamming it up: Kentucky politicos gather for Kentucky Farm Bureau breakfast

BY: - August 24, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Per Kentucky State Fair tradition, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast brought political rivals under one roof as an 18-pound prize-winning country ham was auctioned off for a charitable donation.  Coal executive Joe Craft and his wife, former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft, joined Central Bank in making a record $10 million […]

Kentucky farmers deal with uncontrollable stressors. This mental health coalition helps. 

BY: - June 23, 2023

This story discusses suicide and mental health among farmers. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. You can also text “KY” to 741741.  A thousand hungry mouths must be fed before farmer Sarah Jones can eat.  Seven days a week — sometimes […]

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

Republican gubernatorial candidates make final-hour plea to voters during flurry of campaign stops

BY: - May 15, 2023

This story has been updated. With a flurry of campaign stops and efforts to showcase high-profile endorsements, Republican candidates for governor are working down to the wire to make their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Turnout on Tuesday is expected to be as low as 10%. Early in-person voting began last […]


Is the McConnell era in Kentucky politics over?

BY: - May 12, 2023

Mitch McConnell is back in the saddle as leader of Republican senators, but his status as the leader of Kentucky Republicans seems in doubt as they head toward Tuesday’s primary election. First, a Washington update: After a 40-day absence from a fall and a head injury, the 81-year McConnell (he’s exactly nine months older than […]

What the candidates are saying less than a week before Kentuckians narrow the field for governor

BY: - May 10, 2023

Next week, Kentucky voters will decide what the November election will look like.  Twelve Republicans will be on the ballot for governor after a primary campaign that has sparked attack ads and heated debates — and raised questions about whether Republicans can unite behind their eventual nominee this fall.  As of Tuesday morning, Medium Buying […]

Some Kentucky lawmakers want to tackle gun violence through a public health lens

BY: - May 9, 2023

This story mentions suicide and gun violence. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.  LOUISVILLE – Nearly 100 Kentuckians have died from gunfire so far this year — and some lawmakers think a public health approach is the best way to halt […]


GOP gubernatorial race features national themes, players. And some Kentucky quirks.

BY: - May 5, 2023

Welcome, Derby visitors! Kentucky’s annual turn on the national stage is our chance to look at the state’s politics with a national perspective. This year we’re electing a governor and other state constitutional officers, and messages in the May 16 Republican primary are dominated by the national themes of identity politics and the culture war; […]