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In year of no elections, Secretary Adams focuses on cleaning up voter rolls — here’s a progress report

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced Kentucky’s electorate declined in December as more voters were taken off the rolls than were added. While 671 new voters registered, 3,089 voters were removed – 2,625 deceased voters, 287 nonresident voters, 174 voters who voluntarily de-registered, and 3 felony convicts. There are 2,418 fewer voters on the rolls as of December 31 than on November...

Third impeachment petition filed, this one against AG Cameron for handling of Breonna Taylor case

Staff report A petition has been filed with the state legislature asking for the impeachment of Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his handling of the investigation into the shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police. Daniel Cameron The petition was filed by three grand jurors who heard the case. The allegations include breach of trust and failure to comply with his duties. It...

Kentucky unemployment rate in December rises 0.3 percent; state jobless rate now at 6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2020 unemployment rate was 6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary December 2020 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage points from November 2020 and up 1.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

More than $12.5M awarded for affordable housing units; projects in Bell, Edmonson, Garrard counties

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has been awarded more than $12.5 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (Housing Credits) and other program resources to provide communities throughout Kentucky more affordable housing options. KHC awards Housing Credits to developers annually through a competitive process. Housing Credits are tax incentives allocated by the Internal Revenue Service and are designed...

Beshear to lead bipartisan task force to guide states in economic recovery, revitalization efforts

The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced that Gov. Andy Beshear will lead a bipartisan task force to guide states in their economic recovery and revitalization efforts amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear “I am deeply honored and humbled to be asked by the NGA to work on this crucially important issue,” Beshear said. “This global health crisis has upended economies...

McConnell participates in inaugural activities, turns leadership over to Schumer, and has this to say . . .

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who lost his Majority Leader post on Wednesday, participated in the inaugural ceremonies of Joseph Biden in the traditional roles expected of the leader of the Senate. As the Senate later convened to take up confirmation duties for the new President’s cabinet and the leadership gavel passed to Sen. Chuck Schumer, McConnell also delivered the...

Richard Tofel: Seeking ‘significant possibilities,’ ending ‘uncivil war’ two themes from Biden’s speech

It’s become a ProPublica tradition for our president, Richard Tofel, who wrote a book on President Kennedy’s inaugural address, to offer an instant analysis of such speeches. Here are his thoughts on Joe Biden’s inauguration. If President Joe Biden’s inaugural address was drafted more than two weeks ago, it was certainly rewritten after the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. Biden’s setting...

Gov. Beshear vetoes five bills, calling them ‘unconstitutional,’ ‘put Kentucky lives at risk’

Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed five bills Monday, including House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, allowing him to continue taking bold, effective actions to save lives, and ensuring future governors have the tools they need to address new emergencies quickly. The Governor said his efforts to stop COVID-19 are widely supported by Kentuckians: 86% support asking people to stay at home and avoid gathering in groups;...

ANALYSIS: Some ideas for countering the Big Lie about presidential election (a clue: Biden won)

By Al Cross Director and Professor UK Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues I wrote recently that journalists, including those in rural areas friendly to President Trump, have an obligation to counter his big lie of election fraud that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Now Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and American Press Institute Executive Director...

Anticipated armed protests don’t materialize at well-guarded state Capitol; KY man arrested in U.S. riots

After ramping up for a major protests at the state Capitol Sunday, few protestors showed up and they were peaceful. Frankfort State Journal photo The FBI sent warnings to all states to be prepared for protests at every Capitol. The National Guard was called to Frankfort in addition to Kentucky State Police and Frankfort police. A few people wandered in — some with rifles and handguns —...

This Week in Frankfort: A summary of the General Assembly’s actions as they recessed until Feb. 2

This year, for the first time since the Kentucky General Assembly began holding annual sessions in 2001, lawmakers continued their work into a second week of an odd-numbered year session before starting a recess that will last until early February. Legislative leaders said working the extra days gave them a chance to move priority bills through the process. It also allowed them to jumpstart budget...

FBI warns of hostile gatherings at state capitals; Beshear closes Capitol grounds on Sunday

Staff Report The FBI has warned every state governor about the potential for demonstrations at state capitals across the nation, in the wake of violence at the nation’s Capitol and the coming inauguration of President-Elect Joseph Biden. Gov. Andy Beshear has announced heightened security measures around the Kentucky State Capitol grounds in Frankfort and, in interviews on national TV, has decried...

Kentucky National Guard will deploy to Washington D.C., state Capitol on inauguration day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard is sending 270 members to Washington, D.C., for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. The soldiers and airmen will assist in protecting property and providing a safe environment for citizens to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protest. These Guardsmen will begin leaving the state in the next several days, and will be...

Kentucky legislature adjourns until Feb. 2; one bill sent to Governor, budget discussion will continue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly spent the last day of the first part of the 2021 session working on the state budget and sent one bill to the governor. 
There were four budget bills under consideration, for the Executive Branch, Transportation Cabinet, Legislative Branch and Judicial Branch. 
All four were passed as continuation budgets of the current fiscal year. The...

Budget bills for state’s three branches of government continue to advance in Senate committee Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Budget bills for the three branches of Government in Kentucky continue to advance in the General Assembly, winning Senate committee approval on Tuesday. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved the measures covering the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches. Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue Co-chair Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor...

Petition filed with state House asks for impeachment of Gov. Beshear for actions related to pandemic

Staff report Four “citizens of the Commonwealth” have filed a petition with the Kentucky House of Representatives asking for the impeachment of Governor Andy Beshear over the handling of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House has set up a committee to consider the petition, as required by law. Gov. Andy Beshear K.R.S. § 63.030 provides: (1) Any person may, by written petition...

Rep. Lisa Willner files bills aimed at protecting protesters, curbing militarization of police

Looking to better protect the safety and legal rights of protestors and stop the militarization of police, state Representative Lisa Willner announced Sunday she would file three bills to limit intimidating and potentially harmful tactics used by law enforcement. State Representative Attica Scott is primary co-sponsor of all three bills. “The Louisville Metro Police Department’s response to last...

The National Review: It was Mitch McConnell’s finest hour as he stood up for the Constitution

By The Editors The National Review Mitch McConnell has had a long and distinguished career, but he may well be remembered for this week more than anything else. He steered his caucus toward fulfilling its duty, explained himself in a thoughtful, cogent, and deeply felt speech, and then after the proceedings were disrupted by a pro-Trump mob, stirringly expressed his disgust and commitment to Congress...

General Fund receipts in December increase by $1,258,755,431, second-highest monthly total ever

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Friday that December’s General Fund receipts reflected the second-highest monthly total ever, $1,258,755,431, a 16.1 percent increase compared to December of last year. Total revenues rose by $174.4 million over last December, with increases in all the major taxes: individual income, sales, business and property taxes. December is one of the three largest...

With veto-proof power, House Republicans keep foot on gas in early days of General Assembly session

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Armed with veto-proof power, Republican lawmakers were off and running on their top priorities Thursday. The third full day of the legislative session saw 10 bills – five in each chamber – being fast-tracked before Gov. Andy Beshear could give his State of the Commonwealth address later in the evening. It was a lightning-fast day when the House zipped through...