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Why the District 21 fliers are illegal

A group calling itself "Concerned Beechmont Citizens" has sent out multiple district 21 fliers, attacking one candidate and supporting another. Most people who work in politics know all of the following already, but I thought I'd share for anyone who doesn't know the rules.
Brent McKim

Brent McKim of JCTA

Brent McKim, the head of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, joins us to talk about the proposed takeover, the upcoming contract, and what he thinks of the comments and emails that have been made public in the past few weeks.

Voting with disabilities? It’s tough in the Bluegrass

Being able to vote is fundamental to democracy, yet many still face serious barriers to casting a ballot. One such group is people with disabilities, who vote at a significantly lower rate. A report from Rutgers University has shown just how big a problem voting with disabilities actually is – especially for Kentucky.
Seth Hall

Seth Hall gets in the game to win the 4th CD

It seems that whenever we do one of these candidate profiles, there is a moment, a sentence, that just really stands out, that crystalizes the candidate or the candidacy. Here's the one for Seth Hall, candidate for Congress from the 4th congressional district:
Kenneth Stepp

Kenneth Stepp Brings His Legal Experience to CD5

This fall Kenneth Stepp hopes to appear on the ballot running for Congress in Kentucky’s Fifth District. If he wins the upcoming Democratic primary on May 22, Stepp will face off against Republican incumbent Hal Rogers (R-Somerset).
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‘Tricked by the devil.’ They backed Trump. Now, his foreign labor cuts may ruin...

Eddie Devine voted for President Trump because he thought he would be good for American business. Now, the Trump administration’s restrictions on H-2B visas for foreign workers may put him out of business. “I feel like I’ve been tricked by the devil,” said Devine, of Harrodsburg-based Devine Creations Landscaping.
Transparency is the first step toward accountability.

House lawmakers violated Open Meetings law, judge rules

A judge has ruled that the Kentucky House of Representatives violated the state’s Open Meetings Act with a closed-door conference in August where lawmakers from both parties huddled to discuss their plans to deal with the state’s pension crisis.
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Illegal signs and other election shenanigans

It's almost the end of primary season, and that means it's time for election shenanigans to reach their peak. Let's look at some of the intentional (and unintentional) fun and games as we head toward May 22.
Poor People's Campaign Logo

Poor People’s Campaign kicks off in Frankfort

The Poor People's Campaign, a "national call for moral revival," on Monday launched six weeks of non-violent direct action in state capitols across the country, including in Frankfort.
"Wear Orange" for National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Paducah marks National Gun Violence Awareness Day

The Jackson Purchase is pro-gun and pro-Trump country. But the mayor of the region's main town is the first mayor in the country to proclaim June 2 as "National Gun Violence Awareness Day," an annual observance the National Rifle Association ridiculed as "pointless" and "a thinly-veiled anti-gun stunt."
Rocky Adkins

Rep. Rocky Adkins (MKF1819)

We're joined this week by Rep. Rocky Adkins, the Democratic leader of the KY House. What did he think of the legislative session that just finished, including the way the Republicans ran it? What's going to happen this fall? And, we're going to ask him if he's running for governor.
Governor Matt Bevin

Matt Bevin rips judge involved in pension case as ‘incompetent hack’

The day after losing a procedural motion in the lawsuit challenging Kentucky's new pension law, Gov. Matt Bevin doubled down in his attacks against the judge in the case, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.