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Al Cross: Mischievous Christmas gifts for Kentucky politicians, a tradition continued

Thirty-nine years ago, Ed Ryan, then the Frankfort Bureau chief of The Courier-Journal, wrote a column headlined “Possible gifts for officials, first family.” Ed had great material to work with – Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., his appointees and wife Phyllis George Brown – and he made the column annual. Ed died in 1984, at only 45, but his journalistic legatees have continued the tradition. Since...

Senators introduce hate crime legislation to honor victims of the 2018 Jeffersontown Kroger shooting

Senators Morgan McGarvey, Gerald Neal and Julie Raque Adams held a press conference Friday to introduce hate crime legislation and also honor Vickie Jones and Maurice Stallard, victims of the 2018 Jeffersontown Kroger shooting. Morgan McGarvey On Oct. 24, 2018, a white gunman opened fire at a Kroger in Jeffersontown, fatally gunning down Jones and Stallard. The racially motivated attack raised questions...

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...

Cameron takes state legislators’ recommendations, asks FBI to investigate Bevin’s ‘extreme’ pardons

KyForward staff report Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville and State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, received confirmation that Attorney General Daniel Cameron has made a formal request for an investigation by the FBI, of former Governor Matt Bevin’s pardons (Matt Bevin under bipartisan and harsh criticism for long list of ‘extreme’ pardons before leaving office). McGarvey,...

Warren Greer: Andy Beshear’s victory saves the Kentucky Democratic Party’s ‘glass floor’

At long last, Kentucky’s 2019 gubernatorial election is over. As a life-long Democrat and a firm believer in decency and civility, I’m glad Matt Bevin got what he deserved. But I’m also a little sad that Andy Beshear won, because the elitist faction of the Kentucky Democratic Party (KDP) now has new life and was not as fully exposed as it otherwise would have been. Just think what the storylines...

Special session shortlived; House adjourns saying issues too complicated for a five-day session

Staff report While the two public pension bills remained in the House, members of the Senate were not sitting still during the second day of the special session, said Senate President Robert Stivers. But the House discussions went on until about 4 p.m. when acting GOP House Speaker David Osborne said the issues were too complicated to resolve in a five-day session — and the House adjourned. Later...