Kentucky

If you are an incumbent elected official and you are facing re-election, with dismal looking poll numbers and a potentially difficult challenger looming on the horizon, there is one thing you are likely to do.


Knock that challenger down a notch or two before he or she even gets in the race.


This is the situation where Kentucky’s senior senator, Republican Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate minority leader, finds himself.

Official Portrait

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have his hands full running for re-election in Kentucky next year, according to a poll released Tuesday.

And the same poll showed the junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, is far more popular among Kentucky voters than McConnell, the leader of Senate Republicans.

Back in the 1890’s, Pearl Bryan was brutally murdered in one of the more grisly, yet fascinating, crimes in Kentucky history. That story is now recounted by author James McDonald in his book The Perils of Pearl Bryan, and he’s on the phone Lee Hay to discuss this story.

Michael E. Keating

Ashley Judd, the actress and social activist, is planning on running for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell's Senate seat in Kentucky, according to a Huffington Post story based on sources.

Bill would allow public-private partnerships for big construction projects in Kentucky

Feb 22, 2013

State Rep. Sannie Overly has filed a bill that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to explore public-private partnerships to help construction projects with big price tags.

The bill doesn't specifically name any projects, but Kentucky currently has multiple instances where the bill could help work start, namely the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky and Interstate 69 in western Kentucky.

Overly, a Paris Democrat, said the goal is to help the state have one more avenue to help fund its infrastructure projects.

Previewing the Kentucky Stage

Feb 22, 2013

Our Roberta Schultz previews the upcoming Kentucky Stage at the Kentucky Arts Council Market.


Bill aims to expand broadband in Kentucky; critics say it would reduce land-line service

Feb 5, 2013

Advocates for more wireless and broadband options in Kentucky will once again push a bill reforming the state's telecommunications laws—specifically, removing language that requires old-school land-line service throughout the state.

Citizens for a Digital Future unveiled the legislation Tuesday, which is sponsored by state Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville.

Report: Kentucky's tax system unbalanced

Jan 30, 2013

A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows a big gap between Kentucky’s income levels on who pays taxes.

The report says Kentucky’s top 1 percent income bracket pays roughly 5 percent of the state’s income tax, while the bottom 20 percent pays 9 percent.

Middle income levels are saddled with a higher percent, according to the report.

Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, says the numbers show tax reform needs to happen quickly in Kentucky to better balance the burdens.

Poll: Raise Kentucky's dropout age

Jan 28, 2013

A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor raising the dropout age to 18 years old.

Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 with a parent’s permission. But Governor Steve Beshear has pushed to change that.

A poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows that 85 percent of parents agree with the governor and would like to see the age raised to 18.

The poll surveyed 1,000 parents in Kentucky.

Hemptations Revisited

Jan 15, 2013

On January 11, 2013, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer addressed the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors regarding the development of industrial hemp.

Last May we spoke with Beach, the owner and operator of Hemptations in O'Bryonville.  Hemptations is the region's largest proprietor of hemp-based products which include clothing, paper, lotions, soaps, thread and many other products for everyday use.

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