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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Kentucky Politics Distilled: State Lawmakers Respond To Hoover Scandal

January 18th, 2019

3:09

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

4:56

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

3:49

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

3:57

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

4:02

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

4:23

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

4:31

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

4:18

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

3:46

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

4:03

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

3:30

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

3:37

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

3:31

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

3:31

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

3:13

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Budget Compromise by KY Politics Distilled

Benefind Problems Explained

April 8th, 2016

3:38

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

3:09

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

3:40

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

3:33

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

3:30

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

2:57

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

3:37

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

3:33

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

3:34

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

3:35

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

3:38

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

3:39

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

3:37

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

3:44

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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