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Kentucky Distillers’ Association honors five legislators with ‘100 Proof Award’ for leadership

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is honoring five state lawmakers with its prestigious “100 Proof Award” for their bold leadership in championing landmark legislation in the 2020 session that elevates Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. The five legislators are, in alphabetical order: • Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, Chairman of the House Licensing, Occupations...

Sen. Thayer is at Royal Ascot, but remains focused on legalization of sports wagering in Kentucky

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, was enjoying the pageantry of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet in England this week, but his mind (or at least part of it) was on sports wagering in the Commonwealth. Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown (left), talks with the Television Games Network at Royal Ascot Thursday about the prospects for sports wagering in Kentucky....

Adam Koenig: Pension ruling put partisan nature of judiciary on display; courts should be nonpartisan

After the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the process used to pass pension reform by the General Assembly was unconstitutional, the bill’s opponents cheered, taunted, and repeatedly spiked the football both in newspaper columns and on social media. While it is not uncommon to those of us who have been in public life to see wins and losses in politics, this ruling seems to be the culmination of...