KY Politics Distilled

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Kentucky Politics Distilled is our weekly rundown of the big news — and sometimes the odd news — happening in the state Capitol. With Kentucky’s elected leaders all in one place for a limited time, the developments can break in a rapid-fire fashion. Kentucky Politics Distilled helps ensure you don’t… read more

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Special Session Begins

July 19th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin’s special legislative session on pensions is finally taking place and Democrats think he’s tied the …

Amy McGrath's Bumpy Takeoff

July 12th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath announced she will challenge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in next year’s …

Beshear Tries To Unite Democrats

June 28th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Democratic candidate for governor Andy Beshear continued his “unity tour,” campaigning with his former primary …

Lt. Gov. Hampton Speaks Out

June 21st, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Lieutenant Gov. Jenean Hampton finally spoke out about the feud between her office and Gov. Matt Bevin’s …

Marsy's Law Struck Down

June 14th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, the state Supreme Court issued two major decisions: one that blocked Marsy’s Law, the so-called “victims bill of …

Bevin Pension Bill Still Lacks Support

May 31st, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin is struggling to cobble together enough votes for his pension bill, and he still promises to call a …

Bevin And Beshear Win Primaries

May 24th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, a very interesting primary election took place. We learned that Gov. Matt Bevin will be facing off against Attorney …

Last Push Before the Primary

May 17th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, candidates for governor and other statewide offices made their final pitches ahead of the primary election.

Democrats …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Still No Special Session

May 10th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin is still trying to drum up support for his new pension bill after he vetoed an earlier version of it. …

The Governor's New Pension Bill

May 3rd, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, He also unveiled his first reelection ad, which is scheduled to air during the Kentucky Derby. And Democrats running …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Bevin Blames Teacher Protests For Shooting

April 26th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin stepped into controversy again by claiming teacher protests caused a child to be shot in Louisville. …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Primaries A Month Away

April 19th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Democratic candidates for governor finally appeared on stage for the first time ahead of next month’s primary …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Bevin Vetoes The Pension Bill

April 12th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed the pension bill that passed on the last day of the legislative session. He says he’ll call …

Environmental Activists Heckle McConnell; Primary Season Begins

April 5th, 2019


Mitch McConnell was hounded by hecklers in public once again, an appeals court upheld a state abortion law that had previously been struck down, and battles over Kentucky primary elections started to heat up.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Last-Minute Pension Bill

March 29th, 2019


The Kentucky legislative session ended this week with lawmakers passing last-minute bills, including major financial legislation dealing with pensions and taxes. The Republican-led legislature also overrode the two …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Anti-Abortion Bills Signed By Bevin, Blocked By Judge

March 22nd, 2019


State lawmakers were off this week, but Gov. Matt Bevin has begun the process of signing bills that passed out of the state legislature. Bevin made news by signing two anti-abortion bills that were immediately blocked …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: A Flurry Of Last-Minute Activity In the General Assembly

March 15th, 2019


This week we look at the bills that passed this session -- many of them late Thursday night. The bills include a requirement that public schools …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Teacher Protests, Time Running Out

March 8th, 2019


This week in state politics, teachers descended on Frankfort again to protest a handful of education and pension-related bills. And for the first …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Teacher Protests And Concealed Carry

March 1st, 2019


This week in the Kentucky legislature, teachers descended on Frankfort again to protest a bill dealing with their pension system and lawmakers advanced bills to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: A New Pension Bill Emerges

February 22nd, 2019


Kentucky legislators were in full swing in Frankfort this week. There was more discussion about abortion restrictions, as well as a new pension bill. …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Abortion, Guns and Solar Panels

February 15th, 2019


Lawmakers advanced a flurry of conservative bills in the Kentucky legislature this week, including two major anti-abortion initiatives, a bill that …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: State Of The Commonwealth

February 8th, 2019


It was a busy week in Frankfort this week with Gov. Matt Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth address, new developments on an election contest for a statehouse seat and protesters from the Poor People's Campaign finally …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Election Filing Deadline; More Kim Davis

February 1st, 2019


This week was the filing deadline for candidates running for governor, attorney general and other statewide offices this year. And a lawsuit …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Gov. Bevin Officially Files For Re-Election

January 25th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin confirmed that he'll run for re-election, but with a new running mate. Jenean Hampton is out, Ralph …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: State Lawmakers Respond To Hoover Scandal

January 18th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, some state leaders and political parties are responding to more details about sexual assault accusations leveled …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Lawmakers Start The 2019 Session With Medical Marijuana, Abortion Legislation

January 11th, 2019


This week in Kentucky politics, the Kentucky General Assembly gavelled back in...and now, lawmakers are on a break until the beginning of February. …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Rand Paul Defends Trump’s Putin Summit

July 20th, 2018


This week in Kentucky politics, Rand Paul was one of the few politicians to defend President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Andy Beshear Announces Run For Governor

July 13th, 2018


This week in Kentucky politics, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced he’s running for governor, the state auditor released a report finding a …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Gov. Matt Bevin Blames School Shootings On Phones And Video Games

June 29th, 2018


This week in state politics, federal education officials came to Kentucky to talk about ways to make schools safer and Gov. Matt Bevin said it all …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Pension Bill Struck Down

June 22nd, 2018


This week in Kentucky politics, a judge struck down Kentucky’s new pension law, saying legislators broke the law by rushing the bill to passage. …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Poor People's Campaign Goes To Frankfort

June 15th, 2018


This week in Kentucky politics, Kentucky State Troopers shut protesters out of the state Capitol, allowing only two people to enter the building at a …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Pension Battle Goes To Court

June 8th, 2018


This week in Kentucky politics, the lawsuit over the new pension law was argued in court. Kentucky’s new commissioner of education laid out his …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Medicaid Changes Coming; Braidy Breaks Ground

June 1st, 2018


This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin said he’s partnering with a former Democratic congressman to help people navigate the state’s new …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Republicans' First Budget

March 23rd, 2018


This week in Kentucky politics, lawmakers retreated behind closed doors to begin hammering out a compromise on the state budget for the next two …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Protests And Pensions

March 16th, 2018


This week in Kentucky politics, students marched on the state Capitol to call for lawmakers to come up with solutions to school shootings; during a …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Town Halls, 'War On Louisville' And Bible Literacy

February 25th, 2017


This week, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr came back home to jeering crowds of protesters at town hall-type meetings. Meanwhile the General Assembly advanced controversial bills including a bill giving …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: 'Blue Lives Matter' And Planned Parenthood Gets Dinged

February 17th, 2017


Controversial proposals like the “blue lives matter” bill and a scheme to defund Planned Parenthood advanced in the General Assembly this week. Legislation stiffening drug penalties and changing public education also …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: State Of The Commonwealth

February 10th, 2017


Lawmakers returned to Frankfort this week after a month-long break in the legislative session. Governor Bevin announced that the state might have to raise taxes to fix the state’s ailing pension system. Plus, a sweeping …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Budget Compromise

April 15th, 2016


Kentucky Politics Distilled: Budget Compromise by KY Politics Distilled

Benefind Problems Explained

April 8th, 2016


A little over a month ago Gov. Matt Bevin unveiled Benefind, a one-stop shop for entitlement benefits like food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid. …

Budget Talks Run Aground

April 1st, 2016


This week in the Kentucky General Assembly, budget negotiations ground to a halt. But Gov. Matt Bevin still cut higher education budgets for the …

Final Budget Negotiations Begin

March 26th, 2016


This week in Kentucky politics lawmakers started the final negotiations of the state budget. At stake is how to fix the state’s ailing pension …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: House Passes A Budget

March 18th, 2016


This week in Kentucky politics the state House of Representatives finally presented its version of the state budget, restoring some spending cuts …

Democrats Foil House 'Flip'

March 11th, 2016


This week in Kentucky Politics, Democrats held on to their majority in the state House after Republicans fell short of expectations in four special …

Trump Comes To Town

March 4th, 2016


This week in Kentucky politics, the Trump Show came to town ahead of the Kentucky Republican caucus. A new bill would add restrictions to abortion …

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Still Looking For Budget Details

February 26th, 2016


This week at the Kentucky legislature, we heard a lot about the budget, but still few details about how proposed cuts will be implemented. Also, a religious freedom bill threatens to override local anti-discrimination …

Bevin Replaces Kynect, Marriage License 'Fix' Advances

February 19th, 2016


This week in Kentucky Politics, Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is suing Planned Parenthood for allegedly conducting abortions illegally at its new …

Clash of the Governors, Return of the LOST

February 12th, 2016


This week in Kentucky politics, former Governor Beshear returned to confront current Governor Matt Bevin, lawmakers took another crack at the Local …

Rand Runs Aground

February 5th, 2016


This week in Kentucky politics, Rand Paul dropped out of the presidential race to focus his Senate re-election bid, the state lost two visionary …

Bevin's First Budget, Anti-Abortion Bills

February 5th, 2016


This week Governor Matt Bevin delivered his first budget address. His proposal for how to fund state operations included a mix of across-the-board cuts and some surprises. Meanwhile, week four of the Kentucky General …

Conservative House Democrats, Budget Anxiety And More

February 5th, 2016


Despite the holiday off, the Kentucky state Capitol was bustling this week ahead of worries about the impending snowstorm. Among the happenings, …

Big Bills Start Moving, Bevin Fulfills Pledges

February 5th, 2016


Lawmakers began considering controversial bills in legislative committees during Week 2 of the Kentucky General Assembly. And Gov. Bevin made some …

First Week Of The 2016 Kentucky General Assembly

February 5th, 2016


Week one of the Kentucky General Assembly is in the books and Kentucky lawmakers began to reveal what their priorities for the legislative session. …

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