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Andy Beshear officially files to run for governor, calls candidates to release tax returns

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Accompanied by family members, Attorney General Andy Beshear and running mate Jacqueline Coleman filed their papers at the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday as a gubernatorial slate for the May Democratic primary. 
Speaking to reporters, Beshear called upon all slates for governor to release their income tax returns for the last two years, in the interest of transparency.  
“After...

State representative Rocky Adkins raises $620,000 in only two months toward gubernatorial campaign

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrat Rocky Adkins has proven himself a formidable gubernatorial candidate, raising more than $620,000 in the two months since he entered the race. “We’re honored and humbled to have strong support across Kentucky,” said Adkins, the longtime House Democratic floor leader from Sandy Hook. “The outcome of our fundraising effort demonstrates the strength of this...

Kentucky House Democratic Caucus selects, Reps. Adkins, Graham, Jenkins as leadership team

State Representatives Rocky Adkins, Derrick Graham and Joni Jenkins will serve as the House Democratic Leadership team for the next two years, following a vote by their fellow caucus members this afternoon. Rep. Graham is the first African-American and Rep. Jenkins is the second woman in history to be a Democratic leader in the House. left to right, House Democratic Chair Derrick Graham of Frankfort,...

Democrat Rocky Adkins files paperwork to run for governor; announcement today in Morehead

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The element of surprise is gone from Democratic House Leader Rocky Adkins’ “special announcement” today in Morehead. 
As most suspected anyway, Adkins is running for governor. 
An examination of Kentucky Registry of Election Finance records shows a filing for a gubernatorial slate consisting of the Sandy Hook Democrat, along with Stephanie Horne, an outgoing member...

House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins may be getting ready to run for governor, has family support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrat Rocky Adkins may be inching closer to a run for governor, telling reporters Wednesday that his family supports the idea. House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins is still mulling over a run for governor in 2019. He has the full support of his family. (LRC photo) “It’s a must that they be on board, and they are,” Adkins said. “This is a statewide race, and it’s...

Lawmakers named to permanent child welfare committee created by passage of HB 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislative leaders have named most of the members of the permanent Child Welfare and Oversight Advisory Committee created by the passage of House Bill 1, the adoption and foster care reform measure in the 2018 General Assembly. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, named three Republican members: Sens. Julie Raque Adams of Louisville, Tom Buford of Nicholasville...

Kentucky is first to get Medicaid waiver; Bevin says Kentucky HEALTH is answer, but opposition is strong

Kentucky is the first state to get a Medicaid waiver that would permit the state to require work of service to quality for the insurance. Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday afternoon that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had approved the Commonwealth’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH — “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health.” Bevin...

House votes 90-0 to disband seven-member committee investigating former speaker Jeff Hoover

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A special committee appointed to investigate former House Speaker Jeff Hoover is no more. House colleagues voted 90-0 on Wednesday to repeal a rule that authorized the formation of the 7-member panel to look into a claim that Hoover sexually harassed a former staffer, triggering a scandal that led to his resignation from his leadership post. Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover...

Capitol Notes: Bills dealing with fracking, online sweepstakes, ‘Siblings’ plate advance

Senate unanimously passes new ‘fracking’ regs   For the first time in more than two decades, the state Senate has passed legislation that would modernize Kentucky’s regulations on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, often referred to as “fracking.”   The legislation, known as Senate Bill 186, would mandate energy companies notify nearby landowners of any planned fracking process,...

With 55 votes now needed, it just got harder to pass a smoke-free workplace law in House

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   FRANKFORT – A bill to ban smoking in public places and places of employment will require the commitment of a supermajority to get a vote on the House floor, making it more difficult to pass.   Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, said in a telephone interview that when she told leaders of the House’s Democratic majority yesterday that her bill...

Morehead to establish dual-credit residential high school for Ky.'s gifted, talented students

A dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students will be established at Morehead State University, officials have announced.   The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is scheduled to open August 2015. Students will live on campus in a newly renovated residence hall designed for high school aged students. The facility will have meeting and...

'Snow days' bill passed, will give schools flexibility in making up missed days

The Kentucky House gave final passage to the so-called “snow days” bill that would give school districts until June 6 to make up instructional time lost due to this winter’s snow, ice, and cold. It is scheduled to be signed into law today.   House Bill 211 was the result of an agreement between the House and Senate. It passed the Senate by a vote of 36-1 on Thursday, and was given final...

‘Dream It, Achieve It’: BG Tomorrow’s higher education conference moves ideas forward

Report from Bluegrass Tomorrow’s second Higher Education Consortium Presidents Conference:   The importance of parental involvement, authentic learning experiences and teacher collaboration were some of the key takeaways for more than 200 educators and business leaders who gathered recently for the second Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Presidents Conference, part of Bluegrass Tomorrow’s...