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Protesters gather at state Capitol demanding Kentucky economy be reopened immediately

By Robin Cornetet and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Around 1,000 protesters gathered at the State Capitol on a bright sunny Saturday to get their message across that it’s time for Kentucky to “get back to work.” The protesters included Republican lawmakers – three representatives and one state senator – who were critical of how Gov. Andy Beshear’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is...

Council of Churches to host Prayer in Action Days at State Capital on Tuesdays during legislative session

The Kentucky Council of Churches is hosting Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol each Tuesday during this year’s General Assembly to pray for government officials and act on behalf of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. The kick-off event will be held on Tuesday, January 7 at 11 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. Subsequent gatherings, listed below, will begin at 9:30 a.m. 1/14/20 Criminal Justice 1/21/20 Healthcare/Disabilities 1/28/20 Voting...

Members of Pro-Life Caucus hold rally is support of four bills under consideration by General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Members of the General Assembly’s Pro-Life Caucus rallied at the State Capitol Rotunda on four bills that have been or will be introduced for consideration by the 2019 General Assembly. Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, who serves as chair of the caucus, said their purpose is simple: “We have dedicated ourselves to coordinating our efforts and to unifying in purpose to...

Kentucky lawmakers have 170 bills waiting as General Assembly convenes in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly convenes Tuesday at noon in their chambers at the State Capitol for a 30-legislative day session. While shoring up the state’s public pension systems, adjustments to last year’s tax reform legislation and school safety are among legislative leaders’ top priorities, around 170 bills have already been prepared for filing when the 2019 session...

Poor People’s Campaign protestors allowed inside State Capitol upon return to Frankfort Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Emboldened by an Attorney General Andy Beshear’s opinion that limitations on their entering the State Capitol were illegal, more than two dozen members of the Poor People’s Campaign returned Tuesday and this time were allowed inside. Deanna Cope Brandstetter, assistant to Chief of Staff Blake Brickman, accepts items from the Poor People’s Campaign at the doors to the...

Recipients named for 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts; ceremony set for Feb. 2 at state capitol

The 2017 award is a framed magnolia photo collage created by Lexington artist Mary S. Rezny Six individuals and five organizations whose contributions have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in the state have been named recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. This year’s awards include two new categories. The Emerging Artist award recognizes up-and-coming artists...