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Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

Al Cross: We learned some meaningful things at Fancy Farm; raucous crowd tells us something too

FANCY FARM, Ky. – For all its hoopla, the political speaking at the Fancy Farm Picnic rarely has much effect on statewide elections. But it always provides a unique measurement of the candidates, their campaigns and their prospects, and this year’s version told us some meaningful things about Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his challenger, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. The speaking has...

United States Court of Appeals denies petition to reconsider abortion ruling on ultrasounds

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a petition for a re-hearing of pro-life legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly. In April, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the measure requiring an abortion provider to provide mothers with an ultrasound and a description of what it depicts, as well as the opportunity...

Court upholds law requiring doctors to show, describe ultrasound for women seeking abortion

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News On a 2-1 vote, a federal appeals-court panel has upheld a 2017 Kentucky law that requires women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion while their doctor displays the image and offers a medical description of the fetus with the heartbeat played loud enough for the woman to hear. The law allows the woman to avert her eyes from the image and to ask for...

Bill Straub: Here come the judges — and, thank the Constitution, they have important role in democracy

WASHINGTON – Gov. Matt “Yosemite Sam’’ Bevin appears to have a bit of a problem with the U.S. Constitution, at least that part that establishes the judiciary as one of the three equal branches of government. St. Matt of New Hampshire, as we all know, doesn’t react well to being told no, something the courts, both state and federal, have been doing with some frequency of late. He has not,...

General Assembly comes to close, passing over 200 bills, including school safety, no-tobacco schools

The General Assembly’s 2019 session came to a close Thursday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved a school safety measure considered a signature issue of the session.   When the final gavel fell on this year’s 30-day session, the school safety measure had already been effective law for a couple of weeks. Because the measure contained an emergency clause, it took effect as...

Matt Bevin: We will fight with our intellect, our talent, and our heart to defend the innocent

At least now we have clarity on the issue. Now that the hard left has dropped the pretense of “safe, legal and rare” or “a collection of cells is not a fetus,” we can better see beneath their masks. With the passage of a barbaric new law in New York, we now see that the true agenda of pro-abortion advocates across this nation is the mass murder of innocent babies, even after they have been...

Kentucky House overwhelmingly passes selective abortion ban with 67-25 margin Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky House passed legislation that would ban an abortion if the woman seeks it because of the unborn child’s sex, race, color, national origin or disability. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, R-Greenville, would also require the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to revoke a physician’s license for violating the prohibition. Rep. Melinda Gibbons...

Richard Nelson: Signs of life in the Kentucky legislature as flurry of pro-life bills moves through

A flurry of pro-life bills is moving through the Kentucky legislature as swiftly as a Midwestern snowstorm in February, bringing alarm to those who believe the choice to carry a baby to term should be left to the pregnant mother and her doctor. For pro-lifers, such bills signal that the unjust season of abortion on demand will soon be over.  The Roe v Wade Trigger Bill (HB 148) would protect unborn...

A look at some of the new laws passed during the Kentucky General Assembly 2018 regular session

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 regular session ended Saturday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and numerous other measures that will affect people throughout the state. Most new laws – those that come from legislation that don’t contain emergency clauses or different specified effective dates – will go into effect in mid-July. A...

ACLU files lawsuit to challenge new Kentucky law banning dilation and evacuation abortion method

The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday filed suit on behalf of Kentucky abortion providers to challenge a state law banning physicians from providing a safe and medically proven abortion method called dilation and evacuation, or “D&E.” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law on April 10, and it took immediate effect. The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for...

This week in Frankfort: Pension bill delayed as it’s sent back to committee; other bills in the works

Capitol observers have been tuned in for months to find out what form lawmakers’ public pension reform plans might take and how legislators would cast their first votes on the issue.   They got some answers as Senate Bill 1 advanced through a Senate committee this week.   On Wednesday, the latest version of proposed pension was approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on a  7-4...

Federal judge issues ruling striking down Kentucky abortion law requiring ultrasound

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A Kentucky law requiring doctors who conduct abortions to display and describe a patient’s ultrasound as well as play the fetal heartbeat to the pregnant woman violates the First Amendment rights of those physicians, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled late Wednesday in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the law by the...

Appeal expected on ruling on state’s only remaining abortion clinic; could wind up in U.S. Supreme Court

By Robin Cornetet Kentucky Today A federal judge will soon decide whether Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic can continue to operate without contracts in place with an ambulance service and a local hospital. Regardless of how U.S. District Court Judge Greg Stivers rules, the legal fight is expected to continue through a lengthy appeals process that could potentially end up with the U.S. Supreme...

Federal Court trial begins in Louisville to determine future of Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic

By Robin Cornetet Kentucky Today A trial is underway in Louisville to determine whether Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic will have to close. Lawyers delivered opening statements on Wednesday morning, followed by the kickoff of what could be up to three days of testimony. Regardless of the outcome, the legal fight is expected to continue through a lengthy appeals process that could end up...

State imposes emergency rules on Kentucky’s only abortion clinic; Planned Parenthood joins suit

State officials have filed emergency regulations “that some abortion providers say are designed to shut them down,” The Associated Press reports. The emergency designation means the rules took effect as soon as the Cabinet for Health and Family Services filed them June 15. “State law requires abortion clinics to have agreements with hospitals and ambulance services to transfer patients...

Bevin administration scales back effort to close down Kentucky’s last remaining abortion clinic

Gov. Matt Bevin has scaled back his effort to close Kentucky’s only abortion clinic, agreeing to renew its license until a lawsuit challenging the effort is resolved. Bevin’s lawyers and the attorneys for EMW Women’s Surgical Center of Louisville filed the agreement with U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers, who is expected to approve it. “The legal wrangling started recently when...

Kentucky’s last abortion clinic says Bevin is trying to shut it down, gets restraining order to remain open

Without even having a hearing, a federal judge has ordered the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services not to close Kentucky’s only remaining abortion clinic. “The order issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers follows a lawsuit by EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville seeking to block the state’s effort to close the clinic over alleged deficiencies in its...

Federal judge delays ruling in legal challenge to Kentucky’s new abortion education law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal judge didn’t immediately rule Thursday after hearing arguments in a suit challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky’s new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and to hear a description of the images. U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering whether to grant a request from the American Civil Liberties Union...

Harper Angel files legislation in Senate to include exemptions to recently passed abortion laws

State Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, has filed legislation that would provide exemptions to the new abortion laws. Senate Bill 245 would provide exemptions in cases of rape, incest, medical emergency or medical necessity to the two abortion bills that were passed and signed into law during the first week of the 2017 Legislative Session. Denise Harper Angel (LRC Public Information Photo) “House...