The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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KY 2012 Archives

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Kentucky Gubernatorial Headlines 2012 Archives

DECEMBER 2012

2013 General Assembly: A half-dozen issues that leaders agree must be debated (cn|2 Politics, 12/31/12)
2013 General Assembly: Six issues with uncertain futures in 2013 (cn|2 Politics, 12/31/12)
Kentucky lawmakers still wrestling with redistricting (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/30/12)
Kentucky Medicaid clients’ information might have been breached (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/28/12)
All you need to remember from 2012 Kentucky politics in five and a half minutes (cn|2 Politics, 12/27/12)
Kentucky can’t afford health exchange or Medicaid expansion, senator says (cn|2 Politics, 12/26/12)
Kentucky lawmakers shouldn’t be reactionary on gun laws, says newest state senator (cn|2 Politics, 12/21/12)
Beshear appoints 4th GOP lawmaker to state job (Bluegrass Politics, 12/21/12)
Beshear’s administration makes leadership change to ABC (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/21/12)
Poverty expert says tax commission suggestions are a start but could go further to help low income families (cn|2 Politics, 12/19/12)
EDITORIAL: Beshear, make case for tax reform (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/19/12)
Sara Beth Gregory wins election to fill David Williams’ state Senate seat (Bluegrass Politics, 12/18/12)
Funding falls for teacher pensions in Kentucky (Courier-Journal, 12/18/12)
Kentucky haunted by ghosts of pension funding past, but director says it can still be turned around(cn|2 Politics, 12/18/12)
Beshear uses new law for first time to ban synthetic drug (cn|2 Politics, 12/18/12)
Kentucky Senate Democrats keep same leaders (Bluegrass Politics, 12/18/12)
‘New day’ in Frankfort will be tested by pension crisis and tax debate, senator says (cn|2 Politics, 12/17/12)
Tax Commission report outlines cuts and increases to bring state an extra $700 million (cn|2 Politics, 12/16/12)
Kentucky lawmakers of both parties warn against tax changes that raise bills on middle class (cn|2 Poltiics, 12/14/12)
Jack Conway forms leadership committee, JACK PAC, to help like-minded candidates (cn|2 Politics, 12/13/12)
EDITORIAL: Facing realities of pension crises; state, city need revenue, transparency (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/13/12)
Former Democratic congressional candidate Marksberry to challenge McConnell in 2014 (cn|2 Politics, 12/12/12)
Medicaid Commissioner under budget and under fire when it comes to managed care (cn|2 Politics, 12/11/12)
Kentucky Democrats see recruiting tool in Public Policy Polling’s finding on McConnell (cn|2 Politics, 12/11/12)
McConnell highly unpopular (Public Policy Polling, 12/11/12)
As KY and Ohio governors prepare to meet on NKY bridge, dueling campaigns show divide over funding (cn|2 Politics, 12/11/12)
Where were the outcries over Ky. pension contribution shortages? They were there, just ignored(cn|2 Politics, 12/10/12)
Meet the freshmen: New lawmakers add a mix of youth and experience to Frankfort (cn|2 Politics, 12/10/12)
College funding and financial aid; preventing drop-outs; and pension reform make the 2013 to-do list (cn|2 Politics, 12/10/12)
Senate chairmen: Freshmen to lead judiciary; Wilson gets education; Bowen over state gov (cn|2 Politics, 12/7/12)
N. Kentucky businesses pitch private funding for bridge (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/7/12)
Stumbo stops short of calling tax group’s work ‘bold’ but welcomes recommendations (cn|2 Politics, 12/7/12)
Kentucky ag chief says support for hemp is increasing statewide (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/6/12)
Opening bid from tax commission: $690 million; Will it be enough or too much for lawmakers?(cn|2 Politics, 12/6/12)
The bad news: Ky. pension funds continue to drain; The good news: Insurance changes drop total debt (cn|2 Politics, 12/6/12)
Kentucky panel recommends lowering corporate, personal income tax (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/6/12)
Panel identifies $300M more in Ky. tax revenue (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/6/12)
EDITORIAL: Kentucky must keep battling culture of corruption (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/6/12)
As Conway looks at 2015 governor’s race, being a running mate is ‘probably not’ in the cards (cn|2 Politics, 12/5/12)
Edelen doesn’t deny interest in governor’s race, gives his expectations for 6th Congressional Dist(cn|2 Politics, 12/5/12)
Beshear sees an opportunity to link pension and tax reform in 2013 (cn|2 Politics, 12/5/12)
Beshear rules himself out as McConnell challenger (AP, 12/5/12)
EDITORIAL: Will new Kentucky Senate leaders break the rancor ranks? (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/5/12)
The chatter: Politico reports Judd is exploring run against McConnell; Paul’s Census amendment passes (cn|2 Politics, 12/4/12)
Stivers to Stumbo: Pensions and Medicaid, not UPike and special districts, should be top priorities(cn|2 Politics, 12/4/12)
One ‘bold’ idea? Wealthier pensioners could pay more in taxes, Stumbo suggests (cn|2 Politics, 12/4/12)
EDITORIAL: Tax task force must not disappoint; Ky. needs new revenue now (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/4/12)
The chatter: Ethics Commission charges former officials; Mongiardo interested in 2015 and more(cn|2 Politics, 12/3/12)
Former Steve Beshear official Charles Geveden Sr. charged with ethics violations (Courier-Journal,12/3/12)
Geveden charged with ethics violations for pressuring state employees to give to Beshear (Bluegrass Politics, 12/3/12)
Two former state employees pay $10,000 fine each for ethics violations (Bluegrass Politics, 12/3/12)
‘I welcome the challenge’ of running the only national race in 2014, McConnell says (cn|2 Politics, 12/3/12)
Barr’s aid for Thayer in state Senate leadership race displeases GOP gambling foes (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/1/12)

NOVEMBER 2012

Stumbo says he’s disappointed with pension suggestions, praises Stivers and jokes about UK’s stadium (cn|2 Politics, 11/30/12)
McConnell has one eye on Obama, another on 2014 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/30/12)
Mongiardo considers running for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/30/12)
Stumbo, House Democrats embrace reforms to special taxing districts (cn|2 Politics, 11/30/12)
Stumbo: Gambling bill can start in House (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/30/12)
Beshear: No need to remove Republican David Cross from elections board (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/30/12)
Report: Kentucky inspecting too few surface mines (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/29/12)
House Democrats make reform of Kentucky’s special taxing districts a top priority (Bluegrass Politics, 11/29/12)
Legal bills for redistricting fight likely to be paid by LRC on Monday (Bluegrass Politics, 11/29/12)
Beshear deciding whether state elections board member should be removed (Bluegrass Politics, 11/29/12)
Suggested Ky. pension changes might be too little too late, says pension system consultant (cn|2 Politics, 11/29/12)
Thayer says he wants to take up legislative redistricting in 2013; New leadership will make it a ‘collaborative process’ (cn|2 Politics, 11/28/12)
Stivers says big problems means ’shared sacrifice’ between Frankfort Republicans and Democrats(cn|2 Politics, 11/27/12)
Senate GOP leaders: Stivers for president; Thayer to be floor leader; Stine and Seum re-elected and Smith as whip (cn|2 Politics, 11/27/12)
EDITORIAL: Pension fix needs money and more transparency (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/27/12)
The list: Rep. Overly, Sen. Palmer, Colmon Elridge mulling 6th Congressional district race in ‘14(cn|2 Politics, 11/26/12)
Stumbo and Hoover at odds about when to tackle legislative redistricting (Bluegrass Politics, 11/26/12)
EDITORIAL: Kentucky cities need local tax option; tax credit would aid working  poor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/21/12)
Legislators defend recommendation of $300 million more for pension funds; Retirees bash changes to future benefits (cn|2 Politics, 11/20/12)
Pension task force recommends sharp increase in state payments, changes to future benefits (cn|2 Politics, 11/20/12)
EDITORIAL: Hike in tobacco tax makes sense; raise coal-severance tax to aid E. Kentucky(Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/20/12)
Plan to fix Kentucky pension system calls for big spending and big changes (Bluegrass Politics, 11/20/12)
Commission recommends upping Kentucky’s cigarette tax by 40 cents (Bluegrass Politics, 11/19/12)
The chatter: New state budget director; Stumbo downplays a Grimes 2014 campaign (cn|2 Politics, 11/19/12)
Tax commission supports raising cigarette taxes and giving communities the options to raise sales tax (cn|2 Politics, 11/19/12)
Kentucky Senate faces chairmanship shuffle; Fewer question marks in the House (cn|2 Politics, 11/19/12)
Edelen calls Grimes the Democrats’ best option against Sen. McConnell in 2014 (cn|2 Politics, 11/16/12)
Judge: Legislature must pay $186,000 legal bill of challengers in redistricting case (Bluegrass Politics, 11/15/12)
Thayer says he opposes pension bond but changing benefits for current workers is in play (cn|2 Politics, 11/15/12)
Beshear extends deadline for tax commission; Says it’s ‘asking a lot’ to pass reforms in ‘13 session(cn|2 Politics, 11/15/12)
Report: Special taxing districts in KY collect $1.5B a year with little oversight (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/14/12)
State hemp commission revived to promote crop’s potential (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/14/12)
Leeper explains why GOP should elect an independent Senate president; Says ballot will be 1st test(cn|2 Politics, 11/13/12)
Crit Luallen says she will  be most prepared candidate for governor in KY history if she runs (cn|2 Politics, 11/13/12)
Stivers says Senate GOP’s principles will remain, style will be different; Lays out priorities for 2013(cn|2 Politics, 11/13/12)
Joe Bowen joins crowded Senate leadership races with bid for GOP caucus chairman (cn|2 Politics, 11/12/12)
Rand Paul wastes no time in re-stocking funds for leadership PAC (cn|2 Politics, 11/12/12)
Fmr. Gov. Fletcher doesn’t foresee strong opposition to McConnell; Says Beshear doing a ‘good job’(cn|2 Politics, 11/12/12)
Independent Sen. Leeper won’t seek Democratic votes for Senate presidency (cn|2 Politics, 11/12/12)
The List: Grimes, not Judd, offers most advantages for Democrats against McConnell (cn|2 Politics, 11/11/12)
John Yarmuth to have big say on two federal judges (Louisville Courier-Journal, 11/11/12)
Former Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac weighs running for Congress (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/10/12)
Social media abuzz with speculation about Ashley Judd running for US Senate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/9/12)
Editorial: Lack of diversity among KY elected; both parties must do soul-searching (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/9/12)
Editorial: Election message for McConnell: Voters reject obstructionism (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/8/12)
Beshear sets December special election for Williams’ state Senate seat (Bluegrass Politics, 11/8/12)
Commission wants to lower Kentucky taxes but spread them to new areas; needs more time for final report (cn|2 Politics, 11/8/12)
Contemplating his future, Chandler says all options are on the table (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/8/12)
Senate budget chairman Leeper seeks Senate presidency (Bluegrass Politics, 11/8/12)
GOP says message of fiscal responsibility led to gains in Kentucky (Bluegrass Politics, 11/7/12)
Stumbo says Chandler got ’stuck’ on coal issue; says House needs to come together (cn|2 Politics, 11/7/12)
Two Republicans say they’ll seek Williams’ state Senate seat (Bluegrass Politics, 11/7/12)
Kentucky House Democrats lose 4 seats, but keep Arnold by 5 votes; Will have 55-45 majority (cn|2 Politics, 11/7/12)
Comer: 2012 is a good year to be a Kentucky Republican (Bluegrass Politics, 11/6/12)
Beshear recovering from minor eye surgery (Bluegrass Politics, 11/6/12)
Republicans look to gain KY House numbers (AP, 11/6/12)
KY House races: the best-case scenarios for both parties on Tuesday (cn|2 Politics, 11/5/12)
KY Senate expectations: Both parties hope to pick up 1, maybe 2 seats if they’re lucky (cn|2 Politics, 11/5/12)
Five X-factors that will determine the Chandler-Barrrace in KY’s 6th Congressional District (cn|2 Politics, 11/5/12)
Editorial: Pension solution must end legislators’ special benefits (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/4/12)
Open Seat Watch: Imes aiming for return to Capitol; Kemp hopes Beshear trumps Obama (cn|2 Politics, 11/4/12)
GOP House caucus’ new coordinated ad strategy sparks ire of Democrats (cn|2 Politics, 11/2/12)
Video: Republican caucus waits to pick Senate president, names McGaha as fill-in on LRC panel(cn|2 Politics, 11/1/12)
Editorial: Better way to appoint judges (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/1/12)

OCTOBER 2012

Open Seat Watch: West KY House seat offers window into changing voter trends (cn|2 Politics, 10/31/12)
State approves tax incentives for expanding companies (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/31/12)
Updated House race briefing: Attention shifts to western Kentucky toss up races (cn|2 Politics, 10/31/12)
Open Seat Watch: Democrat makes it a race in GOP stronghold in south Fayette Co. (cn|2 Politics, 10/30/12)
Video: Grimes predicts record turnout on Election Day; Seeing increased absentee participation in 6th Congressional District (cn|2 Politics, 10/30/12)
Ohio man sentenced to 21 months for threatening to kill Beshear (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/30/12)
Record number of Kentucky voters expected to cast ballots (Bluegrass Politics, 10/30/12)
Kentucky’s public pension plans face insolvency without major reforms, task force is told (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/29/12)
Ag Comish Comer discusses clean-up in Ag Dept. and says election outcome won’t affect gambling bill (cn|2 Politics, 10/29/12)
Stivers confirms interest in Senate presidency, other GOP senators mulling leadership runs (cn|2 Politics, 10/26/12)
Senate President David Williams appointed to judgeship in Southern Ky. (Bluegrass Politics, 10/26/12)
David Williams appointed to open circuit judgeship by Gov. Beshear (cn|2 Politics, 10/26/12)
GOP expected to maintain control of Kentucky Senate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/26/12)
Five key questions about the potential life after David Williams in Frankfort (cn|2 Politics, 10/25/12)
GOP hopes to take control of Kentucky House for first time in 91 years (Bluegrass Politics, 10/25/12)
Sure enough, David Williams’ name is on list for judgeship and will accept if nominated (cn|2 Politics, 10/25/12)
Comer thinks Frankfort will be ‘better’ without Williams, says gambling could pass (cn|2 Politics, 10/25/12)
Legislative pensions should end, Ag Commish Comer says; Announces movement with hemp commission (cn|2 Politics, 10/25/12)
David Williams nominated for judgeship; says he will accept if appointed (Bluegrass Politics, 10/25/12)
Tax reform panel rejects placing tax on food (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/25/12)
Democrats and Republicans agree pill law needs tweaking as Democrats use it as a campaign issue(cn|2 Politics, 10/25/12)
Kentucky politicians trumpet job growth, but economist is cautious (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/24/12)
Kentucky law enforcement and election officials aim to stop absentee ballot fraud (cn|2 Politics, 10/24/12)
Editorial: Kentucky’s egregious death penalty (New York Times, 10/24/12)
No state funds sought in bid for Kentucky Kingdom (AP, 10/23/12)
Kentucky voices: Coal facts to fight EPA, extremists (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/22/12)
Outlook of KY House races: GOP needs a perfect Election Night to take House (cn|2 Politics, 10/22/12)
Grimes says she’s being encouraged to run for Senate in 2014 but won’t say if she will (cn|2 Politics, 10/22/12)
Voters’ Voices: Unemployed Kentuckians look to government, candidates for help (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/22/12)
What they’re saying: DC publications reflect tightening race in KY 6th congressional district (cn|2 Politics, 10/19/12)
McConnell keeps adding to warchest as Democrats’ search for an opponent drags on (cn|2 Politics, 10/19/12)
Kentucky has 3 million registered voters for the first time; Republicans continue to gain on Democrats (cn|2 Politics, 10/18/12)
Lawsuits seek to block mountaintop mines in Kentucy and WV (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/18/12)
Beshear brings state road money to districts with House Democrats facing tough races (cn|2 Politics, 10/17/12)
Video: While Obama will lose Kentucky, he will win the race, Beshear tells Democrats (cn|2 Politics, 10/16/12)
Video: Beshear confident Democrats will oppose McConnell; Hasn’t spoke to Ashley Judd about it(cn|2 Politics, 10/16/12)
Shifting Senate map has McConnell hopeful that he will have a new title in 2013 (cn|2 Politics, 10/16/12)
Judgeship is ‘a professional opportunity I’ve looked at for a long time,’ Williams says (cn|2 Politics, 10/15/12)
Kentucky needs Medicaid expansion but the question remains whether it can afford it, health secretary says (cn|2 Politics, 10/11/12)
Beshear kicks of #VPdebate day with criticism of Romney (Bluegrass Politics, 10/11/12)
Kentucky politicians bask in media glow at VP debate (Bluegrass Politics, 10/11/12)
Media circus pitches its tent in Danville for Biden-Ryan debate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/10/12)
Fmr. Ambassador Cathy Bailey doesn’t rule out run for governor in 2015 (cn|2 Politics, 10/9/12)
Heatlh Sec. Haynes: Passport ‘will be just fine’ competing with other managed care firms (cn|2 Politics, 10/9/12)
Mike Huckabee rallies for GOP to take KY House; event raises about $75K (cn|2 Politics, 10/8/12)
Beshear to host reception before Centre vice presidential debate (Bluegrass Politics, 10/8/12)
Government pensions – Rate of return doubted by some (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/7/12)
Passport Medicaid region to be split among 4 companies (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/5/12)
Video: No succession plan in place if David Williams decides to leave Senate (cn|2 Politics, 10/5/12)
David Williams says he’d consider judgeship but no deal is done yet (cn|2 Politics, 10/4/12)
Williams willing to consider judicial appointment; Beshear appoints nominating commission(Bluegrass Politics, 10/4/12)
Voters’ Voices: Kentucky business owners discuss election issues (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/1/12)
Mike Huckabee will help state House GOP candidates (Bluegrass Politics, 10/1/12)
GOP senator calls for more innovation in schools, clarifies his statement on teaching creationism(cn|2 Politics, 10/1/12)
Commentary: Kentucky’s legislative ethics code strong and working (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/1/12)

SEPTEMBER 2012

Lobbyist spending on track to break record in Kentucky (Bluegrass Politics, 9/28/12)
Kentucky leads nation for going after Big Pharma (Bluegrass Politics, 9/27/12)
GOP state senator doesn’t want to go to court over health exchange but says governor overstepped his powers (cn|2 Politics, 9/27/12)
Tax incentives approved for expanding companies in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/27/12)
Kentucky names new public health commissioner (Bluegrass Politics, 9/27/12)
Kentucky’s pension crisis needs to be dealt with immediately, tea party and Bluegrass Institute say(cn|2 Politics, 9/26/12)
Beshear not ruling out possibility of appointing David Williams to open judgeship (cn|2 Politics, 9/26/12)
Education leaders say the best way to improve schools is to let leaders innovate (cn|2 Politics, 9/25/12)
Graphic anti-abortion ad to begin airing in some Kentucky counties Wed. (AP, 9/25/12)
Beshear says he would consider Williams for open judicial seat (Bluegrass Politics, 9/25/12)
Exasperated counties considering tax increases and bracing for layoffs because of pension costs (cn|2 Politics, 9/24/12)
FBI investigating Richie farmer’s stint as Kentucky agriculture commissioner (Louisville Courier-Journal, 9/22/12)
Kentucky educators see preschool as a worthwhile investment but are facing dwindling funds (cn|2 Politics, 9/21/12)
Beshear: GOP playing ‘political games’ with health exchange, says he has authority to create it(cn|2 Politics, 9/20/12)
Kentucky’s tax structure gives companies an “8.25% reason” to go elsewhere, Chamber’s president says (cn|2 Politics, 9/20/12)
Video: GOP lawmakers reject Beshear’s executive order creating health exchange as Democrats walk out (cn|2 Politics, 9/19/12)
Republican House lawmakers keep their narrative going with broad goals while some details are TBD (cn|2 Politics, 9/19/12)
Grimes proposes letting overseas troops vote by email (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/19/12)
New regs revived W.Ky coal trade; contrary to Barr ad with coal exec (Lexington Herald-Leader,9/19/12)
This time, lawmakers want answers about cost and long-term plans of KY health exchange (cn|2 Politics, 9/19/12)
Economists suggest big changes to Kentucky’s tax structure (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/19/12)
New report suggests broadening Kentucky’s tax base, shifting burden off business (Bluegrass Politics, 9/19/12)
Grimes proposes email voting for overseas soldiers, gets support from legislative leaders (Bluegrass Politics, 9/19/12)
House GOP members and candidates present legislative agenda (Bluegrass Politics, 9/19/12)
SecState Grimes gets bipartisan support for online voting for military personnel (cn|2 Politics, 9/19/12)
Trial delayed again in case that probes coal’s influence on Beshear (Bluegrass Politics, 9/18/12)
Beshear names members to board overseeing health exchange (cn|2 Politics, 9/18/12)
Beshear appoints members to new health board (Bluegrass Politics, 9/18/12)
Grimes back from week-long trip to Middles East on soldier voting (AP, 9/18/12)
Editorial: Keep legislators out of merit hearing; ethics commission must draw line (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/18/12)
Opinion: Kentucky shouldn’t gamble on federal health exchanges (Lexington Herald-Leader,9/17/12)
Yarmuth says his party must move swiftly to find a young Democrat to challenge McConnell (cn|2 Politics, 9/17/12)
Kentucky voters favor some provisions of health care law but oppose ‘individual mandate’ (Louisville Courier-Journal, 9/17/12)
Kentucky tax breaks bleed billions of dollars from state government (Louisville Courier-Journal,9/17/12)
Why can’t Kentucky fix its broken tax code? (Louisville Courier-Journal, 9/16/12)
Kentucky officials are still traveling despite budget constraints (AP, 9/16/12)
Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul rated favorably, Bluegrass Poll shows (Louisville Courier-Journal,9/16/12)
Kentucky Personnel Board rules in favor of House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins in prison hiring case (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/14/12)
McConnell hires Paul-world insider (Politico, 9/13/12)
Former Paul strategist Jesse Benton to head up McConnell’s 2014 campaign (cn|2 Politics, 9/13/12)
KRS leaders attempt to put a positive spin on one part of an otherwise unhappy picture (cn|2 Politics, 9/13/12)
A tea party-establishment tandem: Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell (Politico, 9/13/12)
Republican candidates make call to reform legislative pensions (cn|2 Politics, 9/12/12)
Beshear in India for economic development (Bluegrass Politics, 9/12/12)
Gov. Steve Beshear visits India on third foreign economic development trip this year (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/12/12)
Editorial: Cigarette tax hike generates benefits (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/12/12)
House and Senate GOP candidates seek change in legislative pensions (Bluegrass Politics, 9/12/12)
The chatter: Kentuckians top Capitol Hill survey for being partisan and partiers (cn|2 Politics, 9/11/12)
Kentucky revenues rebound a bit, but money for transportation is down (Lexington Herald-Leader,9/10/12)
Adam Edelen making the rounds at DNC sparks ‘future governor’ buzz (cn|2 Politics, 9/10/12)
The chatter: Senate President David Williams and wife Robyn to file for divorce (cn|2 Politics, 9/10/12)
Editorial: Time for tough financial choice in KY (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/6/12)
Kentucky’s health insurance exchange moving forward without legislative vote (Lexington Herald-Leader, 9/6/12)
At DNC, Kentucky Democrats get a (bourbon-like) shot of Obama campaign strategy (cn|2 Politics, 9/6/12)
Auditor Edelen ‘concerned’ about rushing creation of health exchange  – will review it (cn|2 Politics, 9/5/12)
David Williams joins forces with GOP House leaders to dub Stumbo as ‘the Nancy Pelosi of Kentucky’(cn|2 Politics, 9/3/12)

AUGUST 2012

Kentuckians in the room say Romney did what he needed to do in convention speech (cn|2 Politics, 8/31/12)
New report shows Kentucky pensions have $23.6B unfunded liability (Bluegrass Politics, 8/30/12)
Beshear overrides legislative committee, implements Lasix rules (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/30/12)
Beshear names Larry Bond new Chief of Staff (cn|2 Politics, 8/29/12)
Beshear announces team to help military service members, veterans (Lexington Herald-Leader,8/29/12)
Judge allows absentee voters additional time to vote (Bluegrass Politics, 8/28/12)
Beshear reorganizes career, technical schools in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/28/12)
Kentucky officials keep speaking spots during GOP convention (Bluegrass Politics, 8/27/12)
Video: Thayer’s comments at Tea Party rally spark response from Democratic representative (cn|2 Politics, 8/27/12)
Rand Paul in 2016? He might have to win back some of his father’s followers (cn|2 Politics, 8/27/12)
Guthrie focused on Congress, but doesn’t shut door on running for gov in 2015 (cn|2 Politics, 8/26/12)
Delay of GOP convention affects KY speakers as Florida braces for storm (cn|2 Politics, 8/26/12)
Gov. Beshear calls on Congress to pass Farm Bill; McConnell agrees – in part (cn|2 Politics, 8/23/12)
Editorial: McConnell’s tendency to hype (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/23/12)
Kentucky officials ramp up bipartisan push to legalize industrial hemp production (cn|2 Politics, 8/23/12)
Retiring EKU president says KY must have additional revenue to fund higher ed and health needs(cn|2 Politics, 8/22/12)
Groups want state to sell bonds to cover pension debt and pay for it by ending tax breaks (cn|2 Politics, 8/21/12)
Video: Globe-trotting Gov. Beshear announces trip to India next month (cn|2 Politics, 8/20/12)
Mike Huckabee to headline fundraiser for KY House GOP in October (cn|2 Politics, 8/20/12)
New Jersey’s pension reforms could provide a template for more changes in KY (cn|2 Politics, 8/20/12)
Opinion: Coal vs. EPA: Profits, jobs shouldn’t trump public health (Lexington Herald-Leader,8/20/12)
Opinion: War on EPA won’t save coal industry; court ruling only delay the inevitable (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/20/12)
Ag chief fires holdover from Richie Farmer’s tenure (AP, 8/17/12)
Beshear’s alcohol task force will have limited agenda (Bluegrass Politics, 8/16/12)
Auditor’s office prepared to go after all special districts’ data; won’t take no for answer (cn|2 Politics, 8/16/12)
Beshear says he’s open to pension reforms; would consider hybrid pension-401(k) plans (cn|2 Politics, 8/16/12)
Legislative committee delays Health Benefits Exchange vote until September (Bluegrass Politics, 8/15/12)
Kentucky legislative committee delays vote on creating health insurance exchange (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/15/12)
Kentucky doctors say pain pill bill hurting legitimate patients (Bluegrass Politics, 8/15/12)
Beshear announces $7 billion coal deal between producers and Indian buyers (Bluegrass Politics, 8/15/12)
Kentucky coal industry tells sympathetic committee that exports could be its future (cn|2 Politics, 8/15/12)
Lawmakers prescribe do-over for Beshear officials to return with answers on health exchanges (cn|2 Politics, 8/15/12)
Editorial: Legislature must pay legal fees of challengers who overturned unconstitutional redistricting (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/15/12)
Company in India plans to spend $7 billion on coal from Kentucky, West Virginia (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/15/12)
Report: State could have done more to protect residents at troubled care home (Bluegrass Politics, 8/14/12)
GOP lawmakers question standards for teaching evolution in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader,8/14/12)
Ethics commission fines lobbyist, candidates (Bluegrass Politics, 8/14/12)
Governor’s chief of staff died of heart attack Sunday (cn|2 Politics, 8/12/12)
Fancy Farm officials react to Abramson comment about their picnic (Bluegrass Politics, 8/11/12)
GOP enlists Rand Paul in battle to gain control of Kentucky House (Lexington Herald-Leader,8/10/12)
‘Greed’ by racetracks tanked casino bill but a simpler version could pass, Senate GOP leader says(cn|2 Politics, 8/10/12)
Grimes asks court to allow more time for absentee voters in special elections (cn|2 Politics, 8/10/12)
State GOP chairman takes Abramson to task for Fancy Farm comment (Bluegrass Politics, 8/10/12)
SOS Grimes files lawsuit against state, saying military and overseas voters need more time to vote(Bluegrass Politics, 8/10/12)
State revenues down in July (Bluegrass Politics, 8/10/12)
Abramson says Fancy Farm is outdated; announces education project during Rotary speech (cn|2 Politics, 8/9/12)
State retiree says legislators should put on their ‘man pants’ to deal with pension fund and keep promises (cn|2 Politics, 8/9/12)
Looking to 2015: Conway ‘might’ run for governor and Tilley leaning toward AG (cn|2 Politics, 8/8/12)
Editorial: Kentucky negligent on coal-site cleanups (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/8/12)
Sen. Thayer said Gov. Beshear committed to be involved in pension reform (cn|2 Politics, 8/7/12)
General Assembly must pay legal bills of plaintiffs in redistricting lawsuit (Bluegrass Politics, 8/7/12)
Judge orders LRC to pay attorney fees for winners in legislative redistricting suit (cn|2 Politics, 8/7/12)
Kentucky legislature must pay legal bills of plaintiffs in redistricting lawsuit (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/7/12)
Senate Judiciary Chariman Tom Jensen drops out of re-election race (Lexington Herald-Leader,8/7/12)
Editorial: Child-protection agency makes good move (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/7/12)
Rand Paul urges supporters to back GOP Ky. House challengers in order to block ‘Obamacare’ (cn|2 Politics, 8/7/12)
Postcards from a Fancy Farm rookie: Eight take-aways from the 2012 picnic (cn|2 Politics, 8/7/12)
Commentary: At least one man thinks the answer is Medicare for everyone (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/6/12)
First impressions from a Fancy Farm rookie (cn|2 Politics, 8/6/12)
Kentucky hits the jackpot with lottery (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8/6/12)
Luallen takes early look at Kentucky governor’s race (AP, 8/4/12)
Fancy Farm 2012: The blog (cn|2 Politics, 8/4/12)
Unlike some Democratic officials, Stumbo not afraid to voice support for Obama (cn|2 Politics, 8/4/12)
The best bits of an otherwise lackluster Fancy Farm (cn|2 Politics, 8/4/12)
Democrats talk tough on night before Fancy Farm even as some skip the picnic (cn|2 Politics, 8/4/12)
GOP Chair Robertson talks Obama and KY House while anchoring sparsely-attended dinner (cn|2 Politics, 8/4/12)
Grimes to speak at Fancy Farm; Says she will urge voters to do their civic duty this fall (cn|2 Politics, 8/3/12)
SOS Grimes only Democratic constitutional officer to speak at Fancy Farm (Bluegrass Politics, 8/3/12)
Feds want Kentucky to charge coal industry more for cleaning up mines (Bluegrass Politics, 8/2/12)
After ‘awful’ 2012 session, GOP Sen. Thayer doesn’t dismiss change of leadership in Senate (cn|2 Politics, 8/1/12)
Thayer open to trying again for casinos using lessons learned from 2012 (cn|2 Politics, 8/1/12)
Surprised allies react to Davis’ resignation; Special election could possibly be called for Nov. 6 (cn|2 Politics, 8/1/12)

JULY 2012

Congressman Geoff Davis resigns citing family health issue; friend says resignation has been in the works (cn|2 Politics, 7/31/12)
Geoff Davis resigns from Congress 5 months early (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/31/12)
Tea Party group lines up McConnell and Paul for Aug 21 rally against health care law (cn|2 Politics, 7/31/12)
Geoff Davis resigns from Congress, cites family health issue (Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/31/12)
Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to speak at Kentucky Tea Party rally (Bluegrass Politics, 7/31/12)
Smoke Free Kentucky takes message to voters (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/31/12)
Lots of question marks and no-shows for Democratic officials at Fancy Farm (cn|2 Politics, 7/29/12)
Paul, Beshear, Abramson no-shows for Fancy Farm (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/29/12)
Chief Justice Minton spells out effects of furloughs on state court system (Bluegrass Politics, 7/27/12)
State approves tax incentives for expanding companies (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/26/12)
State’s financial picture looking rosier but there’s concern about revenue from coal severance tax(Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/26/12)
Kentucky’s effort to cut prison costs has had limited success (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/26/12)
Editorial: Give cities more taxing authority; state would reap economic benefits (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/26/12)
Beshear headed to Europe to promote all Kentucky has to offer (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/25/12)
Northern Kentuckians want tax system to spur education spending, allow for business growth (cn|2 Politics, 7/25/12)
Beshear appoints new director for military affairs commission (Bluegrass Politics, 7/25/12)
Beshear makes several appointments to higher ed boards (Bluegrass Politics, 7/25/12)
Editorial: Corrosive nature of corruption; Breathitt vote-buying feeds cynicism (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/25/12)
New law doubles doctors who report prescriptions, might have led to clinics closing, Beshear says(cn|2 Politics, 7/24/12)
Tax hikes and slashing programs are among obvious fixes to hemorrhaging pension fund (cn|2 Politics, 7/24/12)
Beshear: New prescription drug law already producing results (Bluegrass Politics, 7/24/12)
Editorial: Taking stand for judicial integrity; court right to oust judge (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/24/12)
Legislators hear concerns about new law to curb prescription drug abuse (Bluegrass Politics, 7/23/12)
Kentucky Supreme Court upholds removal of Harlan circuit judge (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/23/12)
Task force hopes $1.3M state lab, built under Richie Farmer, can be saved (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/23/12)
Beshear unsure what laws could have prevented Colorado massacre, say Kentucky will continue to review gun laws (cn|2 Politics, 7/23/12)
After outlining goals to improve Kentucky, Luallen says she’s still mulling run for governor (cn|2 Politics, 7/20/12)
Kentucky jobless rate stays at 8.2% in June (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/19/12)
Kentucky spent $1.29B on economic development incentives over last decade (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/19/12)
Low grades for Kentucky’s higher education system ‘disappointing’ but eye-opening, leaders say(cn|2 Politics, 7/18/12)
Beshear sets up task force to review state’s alcohol laws (Bluegrass Politics, 7/18/12)
Editorial: Kentucky balancing budgets on students’ backs (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/18/12)
Governor moves forward on exchange building lease despite legislative committee’s vote (cn|2 Politics, 7/18/12)
Beshear creates health benefit exchange; legislative panel rejects rental space for it (Bluegrass Politics, 7/17/12)
Beshear issues order to create health exchanges to be run out of health cabinet (cn|2 Politics, 7/17/12)
Kentucky Chamber calls for right to work, expanded gambling and reforms to taxes and teaching(cn|2 Politics, 7/17/12)
Obama, Beshear discuss N. Kentucky bridge project (AP, 7/16/12)
Gov. Beshear creates panel to review abuse and death cases through executive order (cn|2 Politics, 7/16/12)
Judge holds Kentucky health cabinet in contempt (Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/16/12)
Kentucky debating a tax overhaul — again (Stateline, 7/16/12)
Beshear creates panel to review child abuse deaths (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/16/12)
Cabinet held in contempt over Medicaid dispute (AP, 7/16/12)
Kentucky lawmakers divert millions from student aid, even as poor students turned away(Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/15/12)
Personnel Board opens investigation into Agriculture Dept under Richie Farmer (Lexington Herald-Leader 7/13/12)
Editorial: Keep lawmakers out of merit hiring (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/13/12)
Kentucky to implement key part of Obama’s healthcare law (LA Times, 7/12/12)
Beshear using Governor’s Mansion for fund-raiser to benefit daughter-in-law (Bluegrass Politics, 7/12/12)
Rep. Ben Chandler will skip Democratic National Convention (Bluegrass Politics, 7/12/12)
Editorial: state’s wasteful pursuit of secrecy (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/12/12)
Louisville mayor seeks local tax option; citizens ask for state earned income tax credit (cn|2 Politics, 7/11/12)
LRC Government Contract Review Committee looking to see if state is getting the biggest bang for the buck in contracts (cn|2 Politics, 7/11/12)
Democratic leader’s role in hiring of Kentucky prison worker raises questions (Bluegrass Politics, 7/10/12)
Kentucky ends year with $83M left over; revenues up 3.3% (Bluegrass Politics, 7/10/12)
Editorial: Solid plan on legislative ethics (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/6/12)
Editorial: Move aggressively on health reform; state insurance exchange needed (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/5/12)
Commentary: Super PACs a solution, not blame, for stymied politics (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/5/12)
KY House Republicans want Beshear to halt 2014 Medicaid expansion (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/5/12)
Video: Stumbo: Pension funding should be addressed by tweaking benefits, ending double-dipping(cn|2 Politics, 7/2/12)
In wake of ruling, governor says health exchange in progress, Medicaid expansion uncertain (cn|2 Politics, 7/2/12)

JUNE 2012

Beshear: KY will implement health insurance exchange (Bluegrass Politics, 6/28/12)
Ethics Commission calls for groups to disclose money spent on legislative-related ads (cn|2 Politics, 6/28/12)
With ‘uncertainty’ removed, Kentucky to move forward with health care exchanges, Beshear says(cn|2 Politics, 6/28/12)
McConnell says Supreme Court health care decision is ‘road to repeal’ (Bluegrass Politics, 6/28/12)
Stumbo, Williams approve $19,758 payment for redistricting legal bill (Bluegrass Politics, 6/28/12)
Beshear orders state to expedite emergency supplies for drought (Bluegrass Politics, 6/27/12)
Auditor: Kentucky’s special taxing districts ‘operating in the pitch black’ (Bluegrass Politics, 6/27/12)
New Medicaid commissioner named (Bluegrass Politics, 6/27/12)
Lawmakers got daily pay for media appearances (Louisville Courier-Journal, 6/26/12)
Liberty for All Super PAC to get involved in some KY races but probably not Larry Clark’s (cn|2 Politics, 6/25/12)
Beshear releases 2011 income tax returns (Bluegrass Politics, 6/22/12)
McConnell calls for EPA to back off on coal reg (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/20/12)
Citizens want more money for education, suggest revenue from online sales and pension taxes (cn|2 Politics, 6/20/12)
Ohio River bridges project wins federal approval (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/20/12)
Kentucky’s jobless rate equals nation’s for first time in seven years (Lexington Herald-Leader,6/14/12)
Winners in redistricting case fighting in court for state to pay their attorney fees (cn|2 Politics, 6/14/12)
Task forces on state pensions, juvenile justice and students put on hold by lawmakers’ votes (cn|2 Politics, 6/14/12)
Governor says retirement funding isn’t dire but pension expert points to ‘very concerning’ trends(cn|2 Politics, 6/13/12)
Legislative leaders disagree on hiring attorney for redistricting lawsuit at taxpayers’ expense(Bluegrass Politics, 6/13/12)
House Republicans leaders frustrated taxpayers paying for redistricting legal bills (cn|2 Politics, 6/13/12)
Reforms needed for death penalty, but not judicial elections, KY Chief Justice says (cn|2 Politics, 6/12/12)
Phil Moffett calls for redirecting spending from ‘inefficient’ education and healthcare programs to fund pensions (cn|2 Politics, 6/11/12)
Too soon to say about David Williams’ return as president, senators say (cn|2 Politics, 6/11/12)
KY House races 2012: Democrats bracing to play defense in western Kentucky seats (cn|2 Politics, 6/11/12)
KY House races 2012: GOP leader Hoover lays out strategies, says Republicans to raise $750K (cn|2 Politics, 6/11/12)
PAC leader may target KY state Rep. Larry Clark, who once fired him (Louisville Courier-Journal,6/10/12)
Williams says he vetted Richie Farmer ‘in every way that I could’ but didn’t find wrongdoing (cn|2 Politics, 6/8/12)
Williams calls for joint interview with Gov. Beshear and talks of state higher education funding(cn|2 Politics, 6/7/12)
Eastern Ky Democrats struggle to square support of coal industry and President Obama (cn|2 Politics, 6/6/12)
David Williams says he has the votes for another term as Senate president (cn|2 Politics, 6/6/12)
Most Ky. lawmakers speak out at hearing against EPA over permits (cn|2 Politics, 6/6/12)
Dueling rallies precede EPA hearings on 36 surface mining permits (Lexington Herald-Leader,6/5/12)
Sen. Carroll suggests Beshear push for cigarette tax increase in 2013 (cn|2 Politics, 6/5/12)
Video: Beshear says Democrats to focus on holding numbers in state Senate (cn|2 Politics, 6/5/12)
Beshear again makes David Williams focal point of speech to rally Democrats for the fall (cn|2 Politics, 6/4/12)
Phil Moffett considers 2015 run for governor, says tea party candidates learning to win (cn|2 Politics, 6/1/12)

MAY 2012

Money spent on lobbying in 2012 breaks Kentucky record (Bluegrass Politics, 5/31/12)
What to watch in KY this fall: the Obama effect, Beshear’s involvement and GOP efforts in House(cn|2 Politics, 5/31/12)
Beshear approves $4.3M for college scholarships in nine eastern Kentucky counties (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/29/12)
Commentary: Successful KY business leaders want to encourage more entrepreneurs in Kentucky(Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/28/12)
Chandler says Blue Dogs won’t be extinct; He and Barr differ about how to add jobs (cn|2 Politics, 5/25/12)
Obama’s Kentucky primary performance means party could need plan B for delegate selection (cn|2 Politics, 5/24/12)
Primary lessons: What we learned about the tea party, the Paul network and the presidential race(cn|2 Politics, 5/24/12)
Super PAC founder Ramsey ‘disinterested’ in the political system, despite $1M investment (cn|2 Politics, 5/24/12)
Massie says win will keep Republican Party in check, suggest Phil Moffett for governor (cn|2 Politics, 5/23/12)
Without Lexington and Louisville, Obama would have lost Kentucky to ‘uncommitted’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/23/12)
Obama gets 58% in unopposed primary, still gets 1,700 more votes than Romney (cn|2 Politics, 5/22/12)
Wade Hurt was lone incumbent to fall in primaries; tea party candidates fall short (cn|2 Politics, 5/22/12)
Two in five Kentucky Democrats vote for ‘uncommitted’ instead of Obama (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/22/12)
Four things to keep an eye on during Tuesday’s primary election results (cn|2 Politics, 5/22/12)
Beshear departs Sunday for trip to Taiwan and Japan (Bluegrass Politics, 5/11/12)
Both rural and urban areas have the same potholes with road funding, Transportation chief says(cn|2 Politics, 5/11/12)
Beshear appoints Linda Breathitt to Public Service Commission (Bluegrass Politics, 5/11/12)
State approves tax incentives for expanding companies (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/11/12)
State revenues dip in April, but on pace to meet estimates (Bluegrass Politics, 5/10/12)
State sets voter registration record; GOP gaining on Democrats (Bluegrass Politics, 5/9/12)
Liberty for All Super PAC prepares major ad blitz to support Massie in 4th District race (cn|2 Politics, 5/8/12)
Lots of questions and criticism, not much love for Affordable Care Act at state forum (cn|2 Politics, 5/8/12)
Health cabinet needs to step up enforcement to salvage managed care, Auditor Adam Edelen says(cn|2 Politics, 5/4/12)
Kasich, Beshear break ground on new Ohio River bridge (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/4/12)
Stumbo calls for investigation of Coventry Care, calling it Medicaid fraud (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/3/12)
How scary is Kentucky’s pension system underfunding? It evokes phrases like ‘bankruptcy’ and ‘tax increase’ (cn|2 Politics, 5/3/12)
Beshear waiting on court ruling before ordering state health insurance exchange (Bluegrass Politics, 5/3/12)
Attorney for Richie Farmer calls audit ‘very political and self-serving’ (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/3/12)
Kentucky should be outraged at Farmer’s ‘royal system’ and hiring ‘political hack’ as a regulator, auditor says (cn|2 Politics, 5/2/12)
Richie Farmer fails to file financial disclosure form with ethics panel (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/2/12)
Kentucky ethics watchdog challenges conservative group’s tax status (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/1/12)
Kentucky gets $16.5M in grants for health care centers (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/1/12)
Common Cause questions tax status of ALEC (Bluegrass Politics, 5/1/12)

APRIL 2012

Video: Edelen explains Ag audit; Richie Farmer’s attorney responds (cn|2 Politics, 4/30/12)
Audit of Richie Farmer’s Ag Dept refers to ‘extravagant’ spending and personnel abuses to law enforcement (cn|2 Politics, 4/30/12)
Rep. Davis: Legislature ‘failed to prioritize’ the Brent Spence Bridge (cn|2 Politics, 4/30/12)
Auditor details Richie Farmer spending that should ‘outrage every Kentuckian’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/30/12)
Beshear tells congressional delegation to hold the line on student loans (WKU Public Radio, 4/27/12)
Beshear joins Obama in urging action to prevent student loan interest increase (WFPL, 4/27/12)
Kentucky Supreme Court reiterates redistricting decision (AP, 4/26/12)
Supreme Court’s full redistricting ruling says maps must stick to 5% rule and minimum counties divided(cn|2 Politics, 4/26/12)
Peace in Frankfort? Senator suggests Beshear and Williams have dinner to bury the hatchet (cn|2 Politics, 4/25/12)
Editorial: Acrimony poisons session and state (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/25/12)
Kentucky GOP seeks to enforce loyalty, avoid ‘embarrassing’ split at convention, 4th Dist. chairman says (cn|2 Politics, 4/23/12)
Even though major bills pass special session issues may not be over (cn|2 Politics, 4/20/12)
Special session ends after pain pill bill, transportation budget win approval (Bluegrass Politics, 4/20/12)
Legislature ends special session after passing pill bill and road fund (cn|2 Politics, 4/20/12)
Latest development on road bill sparks heated exchange between Williams and Thayer (cn|2 Politics, 4/19/12)
Senate panel puts Williams’ vetoed projects into transportation budget (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/19/12)
Beshear vetoes $50M in road projects in Williams’ district (Bluegrass Politics, 4/18/12)
‘Embarrassing’ meltdown in legislature reaffirms need for new leaders, Trey Grayson says (cn|2 Politics, 4/18/12)
With House passing pill bill and road funding, all eyes turn back to Gov. Beshear and Senate (cn|2 Politics, 4/18/12)
Williams says Senate will act on road funding even after Beshear’s vetoes of Williams’ projects (cn|2 Politics, 4/18/12)
Beshear vetoes $50M in funding for roads in or near Williams’ district (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/18/12)
Money for roads in Williams’ district pales in comparison to House leaders (Bluegrass Politics, 4/18/12)
Steve Beshear vetoes road projects in David Williams’ district (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/18/12)
Kentucky House approves road budget, pain pill bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/18/12)
Kentucky unemployment rate falls to 8.6% (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/18/12)
Return to Frankfort: Legislative sequel features stale plot but a bit of suspense (cn|2 Politics, 4/17/12)
House panel endorses tougher version of pill bill as prosecutors, doctors disagree over its effects (cn|2 Politics, 4/17/12)
House set to vote Wednesday on road budget, pain pill bills (Bluegrass Politics, 4/17/12)
Shaughnessy, Williams spar in Senate (Bluegrass Politics, 4/17/12)
Frustrated lawmakers report to Frankfort, Stumbo ducks for cover amid Beshear vs. Williams squabble(cn|2 Politics, 4/16/12)
Special sessions persist despite annual law-making sessions (Bluegrass Politics, 4/16/12)
House starts special legislative session (Bluegrass Politics, 4/16/12)
Angry Steve Beshear calls legislative special session for Monday, blames David Williams (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/14/12)
Beshear calls special session; blames Williams’ ‘greed’ (Bluegrass Politics, 4/13/12)
Beshear says he will recall lawmakers to Frankfort on Monday (Bluegrass Politics, 4/13/12)
Video: In the wake of last minute stalemate, Beshear vs. Williams — round 2 (cn|2 Politics, 4/13/12)
GOP lawmaker: ‘Failed leadership’ in both chambers at root of latest breakdown (cn|2 Politics 4/13/12)
How KY officials snatched dysfunction from the jaws of respectability in the session’s final day (cn|2 Politics, 4/13/12)
Gov. Beshear says neo-Nazi group has right to march in Frankfort despite ‘reprehensible’ views(Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/12/12)
House gives final approval to road plan after debate over procedure, Louisville bridge tolls (cn|2 Politics, 4/12/12)
With legislative work undone, special session seems like a real possibility (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/12/12)
Legislature passes $4.5B, two-year road plan (Bluegrass Politics, 4/12/12)
Beshear’s vetoes include moving business one-stop out of Secretary Grimes’ office (cn|2 Politics, 4/12/12)
No overrides of governor’s budget vetoes, House Democrats say (cn|2 Politics, 4/12/12)
Stumbo predicts approval of road plan, pain pill bill and scholarship program (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/12/12)
Beshear vetoes parts of state budget; lawmakers still working on road plan (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/11/12)
Beshear decries white pride group’s plan to rally at Kentucky Capitol (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/11/12)
Beshear vetoes requirement to save $80M among provisions and earmarks (cn|2 Politics, 4/11/12)
Health cabinet must iron out managed care wrinkles before lawmakers have to, Burch says (cn|2 Politics, 4/11/12)
Grocery list worth of major bills left for the final day of the 2012 KY General Assembly (cn|2 Politics, 4/11/12)
Beshear calls on lawmakers to wrap up road plan legislation (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/10/12)
Tax reform commission gets lessons in the graveyard of studies past (cn|2 Politics, 4/10/12)
Dem lawmaker: Little money for programs and failure of casino bill lead to ‘one of the worst sessions’(cn|2 Politics, 4/5/12)
Latest super PAC to form in KY is aimed at helping McConnell win re-election in 2014 (cn|2 Politics, 4/5/12)
Editorial: When less is more – Some of legislature’s best moments were doing nothing (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/4/12)

MARCH 2012

KY House, Senate approve compromise state budget (Bluegrass Politics, 3/30/12)
General Assembly approves budget with little for new projects, funding cuts (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/30/12)
Beshears will take state plane to Final Four, but Democratic Party will pay for it (Bluegrass Politics, 3/30/12)
KY Senate sends personal care home bill to Beshear (Bluegrass Politics, 3/30/12)
Legislative update: Still working on Road Fund, Senate concurs on pseudoephedrine bill (cn|2 Politics, 3/30/12)
Compromise on state budget sticking points comes together overnight (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/12)
KY House gives final approval to bills reforming pension system, for-profit colleges (Bluegrass Politics, 3/29/12)
General Assembly poised to approve state budget on Friday (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/29/12)
Breaking down some of the most interesting 2012 KY legislative primary races (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/12)
Senate and House race to ink budget deal (Bluegrass Politics, 3/28/12)
Bills targeting meth labs and pain pill abuse gain new life (Bluegrass Politics, 3/28/12)
Group raises questions about $2M for road near Ark Encounter theme park (Bluegrass Politics, 3/28/12)
Lawmakers wrangle over debt in state budget (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/28/12)
Negotiators to scramble for a deal on the state budget (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/27/12)
House and Senate at odds over spending on government contracts (Bluegrass Politics, 3/27/12)
Legislative update: Budget sticking points; pill bill and synthetic drug bills move (cn|2 Politics, 3/27/12)
Lawmakers discuss their differences on state budget bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/26/12)
Video: KY senators explain budget changes – what they liked and what they didn’t agree with (cn|2 Politics, 3/23/12)
Kentucky Senate approves two-year budget; next, negotiations with House (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/22/12)
Senate’s version of budget slashes debt — including Rupp renovations — but keeps social worker funding (cn|2 Politics, 3/22/12)
Kentucky House approves task force to study death penalty (Bluegrass Politics, 3/22/12)
House panel defeats three abortion bills (Bluegrass Politics, 3/22/12)
Senate passes bill to make attorney general a non-partisan post (Bluegrass Politics, 3/21/12)
Senate hopes to pass budget on Thursday (Bluegrass Politics, 3/21/12)
Webb-Edgington says worries of tolls and fees — not politics — are behind votes against spending bills(cn|2 Politics, 3/21/12)
Video: 2012 legislative session hasn’t been pretty, but could still be pretty good for kids, advocate says (cn|2 Politics, 3/21/12)
Skeptical House committee points to flaws with bill aimed at capping debt (cn|2 Politics, 3/20/12)
House Democrats raise questions about proposal to cap state debt (Bluegrass Politics, 3/20/12)
Party leaders bracing for 2nd time in a row that a contested presidential primary could come to Kentucky (cn|2 Politics, 3/19/12)
House passes $3.5 billion two-year road plan (Bluegrass Politics, 3/16/12)
Stumbo predicts busy two weeks as session winds down, doesn’t expect extra storm funding (cn|2 Politics, 3/16/12)
House approves Kentucky road plan, but Senate is expected to change it (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/16/12)
‘AT&T bill’ scrapped by sponsor (Bluegrass Politics, 3/15/12)
Senate panel OKs citizenship proof for welfare (Bluegrass Politics, 3/15/12)
Neither primaries nor 2012 environment should hurt sitting KY House Democrats, Damron says(cn|2 Politics, 3/15/12)
Senate approves constitutional amendments on religion, redistricting and regulations (Bluegrass Politics, 3/15/12)
Crucial fix to repay borrowed unemployment insurance funds takes first step late in the session(cn|2 Politics, 3/14/12)
Other states view KY as cautionary tale with managed care transition, consultant says (cn|2 Politics, 3/14/12)
Public financing of judicial elections passes House panel (Bluegrass Politics, 3/14/12)
Senate panel approves two constitutional amendments (Bluegrass Politics, 3/14/12)
Kentucky revenue continues growing slightly faster than predicted (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/12/12)
Redistricting amendment would allow splitting of counties (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/9/12)
State Senate struggles to find enough members for Friday session (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/9/12)
Dem lawmaker: House could change funding for public colleges in future by subsidizing students(cn|2 Politics, 3/9/12)
Strong debate over drug testing bill even as House Republicans boycott as protest (cn|2 Politics, 3/8/12)
David Williams skipping Senate session to attend SEC tournament (Bluegrass Politics, 3/8/12)
House Republicans boycott meeting over drug testing of welfare recipients (Bluegrass Politics, 3/8/12)
House passes $19.5 billion budget that cuts university projects (Bluegrass Politics, 3/7/12)
Senate panel approves ‘Religious Freedom Act’ (Bluegrass Politics, 3/7/12)
House panel passes $19.5 billion budget, 26-2 (Bluegrass Politics, 3/6/12)
Beshear’s tax reform panel hold first meeting (Bluegrass Politics, 3/6/12)
House likely to vote Wednesday on budget plan (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/6/12)
Governors sign off on funding for new bridges between Louisville and Indiana (cn2| Politics, 3/6/12)
House budget nixes increase for retirees, Horse Park, bonds for universities (Bluegrass Politics, 3/5/12)
Senate sends anti-meth bill to the House (Bluegrass Politics, 3/2/12)

FEBRUARY 2012

Auditor: Kentucky, private companies were unprepared for Medicaid switch (Bluegrass Politics, 2/29/12)
KY House hopes to vote next week on budget (Bluegrass Politics, 2/28/12)
Sen. Buford says Beshear ‘did not work’ casino bill so measure never had the votes to pass (cn|2 Politics, 2/28/12)
Beshear, new foundation take aim at high rates of cancer of Kentucky (Bluegrass Politics, 2/28/12)
Beshear announces new public-private effort to battle cancer in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/28/12)
KY tourism official lets contractor pay expenses during 2011 trip (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/27/12)
Jane Beshear didn’t make charity contribution after urging others to give (Bluegrass Politics, 2/27/12)
House, Senate at odds on when to redraw legislative lines (Bluegrass Politics, 2/27/12)
British marketing firm paid expenses of KY official who oversees its contract (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/27/12)
Kentucky House expected to propose budget in line with Beshear’s (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/26/12)
With little spare change to work with, House to make few changes to governor’s budget proposal(cn|2 Politics, 2/26/12)
After killing gambling proposal, legislators say they’re moving on (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/24/12)
Stumbo says gambling ‘probably dead for this session’ (Bluegrass Politics, 2/24/12)
Kentucky high court blocks use of newly-drawn legislative districts Lexington Herald-Leader , 2/24/12)
Legislative candidates must run this year under 2002 maps, Supreme Court rules (cn|2 Politics, 2/24/12)
Stumbo says casino proponents tried, failed and now its ‘time to move on’ (cn|2 Politics, 2/24/12)
2012 session wasn’t the last best chance for casinos, says KEEP’s Patrick Neely (cn|2 Politics, 2/24/12)
Kentucky Senate defeats casino gambling bill (Bluegrass Politics, 2/23/12)
Massie and GOP donor dispute candidate’s insinuation that they discussed Super PAC (cn|2 Politics, 2/23/12)
Casino measure falls seven votes short in Senate; Beshear blames Williams for ’sabotage’ (cn|2 Politics, 2/23/12)
Video: Thayer congratulates Williams for engineering casino bill’s defeat; Williams says issue is done(cn|2 Politics, 2/23/12)
Beshear accuses David Williams of sabotage after Senate kills gambling (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/23/12)
Full Senate expected to vote Thursday on casino gambling bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/22/12)
Casino bill passes committee 7-4, goes to Senate floor for 1st time (cn|2 Politics, 2/22/12)
Gov. Beshear won’t say whether he supports effort to oust leader of Kentucky State Fair Board (cn|2 Politics, 2/22/12)
Senate panel approves bill to expand gambling (Bluegrass Politics, 2/22/12)
After Tea Party rally, Senate panel votes to set a limit on debt (Bluegrass Politics, 2/22/12)
Effort underway to remove Harold Workman from Kentucky State Fair Board, member says(Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/21/12)
Religious leaders pray for ‘timely death’ of casino bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/21/12)
Kentucky racetrack says it’s all in on casino proposal (cn|2 Politics, 2/20/12)
Appeals court strikes down regulation restricting surface mining in Kentucky watershed (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/20/12)
Supreme Court sets oral arguments in legislative redistricting case (Bluegrass Politics, 2/17/12)
Beshear urges Kentuckians to contact legislatures to put expanded gaming on the ballot (cn|2 Politics, 2/17/12)
Despite mess made by maps, no groundswell of legislative support for redistricting reform yet (cn|2 Politics, 2/17/12)
Even if casino bill makes it through Senate, it’s not necessarily a slam dunk in the House (cn|2 Politics, 2/17/12)
Beshear visits Dixie elementary, discusses preschool expansion (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/16/12)
Lawmakers ‘appalled’ over drug makers’ ads urging opposition to pseudo-ephedrine bill (cn|2 Politics, 2/16/12)
Sponsor of casino bill says he’s open to changes if governor wants them (Bluegrass Politics, 2/15/12)
Rep. Nemes’ bill would limit lawmakers to serving three terms per chamber (cn|2 Politics, 2/15/12)
Horse industry at the center of gambling bill with 5 casino licenses and a claim on revenue (cn|2 Politics, 2/15/12)
State lawmakers weigh pros, cons of charter schools (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/14/12)
Proposed constitutional amendment would allow seven casinos in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/14/12)
Hundreds decry mountaintop removal at Capitol rally (Bluegrass Politics, 2/14/12)
Gambling bill would allow 7 casinos in Kentucky (Bluegrass Politics, 2/14/12)
Amendment to allow 5 casinos at tracks plus 2 freestanding; revenue to go to programs, schools, racing(cn|2 Politics, 2/14/12)
Advocates for charter schools get their first say in KY House but no vote (cn|2 Politics, 2/14/12)
KY Supreme Court puts redistricting case on fast track (Bluegrass Politics, 2/14/12)
Senate approves bill requiring ultrasounds before abortions (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/14/12)
Democratic co-sponsor of casino bill is employed by horse racetrack co-owner (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/14/12)
Lt.Gov says KY can’t thrive without more preschool funding (cn|2 Politics, 2/14/12)
Redistricting uncertainty means legislators are imposing ‘candidate taxes’ on themselves (cn|2 Politics, 2/13/12)
Appeal of redistricting ruling could cost $220,000 in legal fees (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/13/12)
Kentucky Republican state lawmakers sign brief in support of challenge to Affordable Care Act (cn|2 Politics, 2/13/12)
Analysis: New congressional map only slightly moves the political needle in the 6 districts (cn|2 Politics, 2/12/12)
State government’s revenue up 8.6% in January (Bluegrass Politics, 2/10/12)
Beshear signs into law new boundaries for Kentucky’s congressional districts (Bluegrass Politics, 2/10/12)
Governor signs into law new congressional map; some GOP congressional candidates not happy(cn|2 Politics, 2/10/12)
Friday’s legislative candidate deadline sweeps big names into the confusion, while some withdraw(cn|2 Politics, 2/10/12)
House goes along with new congressional map, new filing deadline will be 5 days after it becomes law(cn|2 Politics, 2/10/12)
KY Senate approves ‘compromise’ congressional district map after panel rejects Thayer’s version(cn|2 Politics, 2/10/12)
Coalition of 31 organizations supports putting Kentucky gambling amendment on ballot (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/9/12)
Legislators may finally be ready to approve congressional redistricting (Bluegrass Politics, 2/9/12)
Sen. Thayer discloses his consulting firm clients, including two Central Kentucky horse farms (cn|2 Politics, 2/9/12)
Beshear’s tax panel to include Todd, Silberman, Schuster, Bridgeman, Deaton, Booth and Forcht(cn|2 Politics, 2/9/12)
Beshear names 22 to tax reform commission (Bluegrass Politices, 2/9/12)
Conway among last batch of AGs to join in settlement with mortgage firms; leaves open future action(cn|2 Politics, 2/9/12)
Legislative leaders decide to appeal judge’s ruling on state legislative boundaries (Bluegrass Politics, 2/9/12)
Judge tosses new boundaries for state legislative districts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/8/12)
Abramson lays out parameters and goals of tax reform group, pledges results this time (cn|2 Politics, 2/8/12)
Redistricting mess causes delay of game in Frankfort — or is it intentional grounding? (cn|2 Politics, 2/8/12)
Senate panel approves bill to cap state debt (Bluegrass Politics, 2/8/12)
Beshear: ‘Plenty of time’ left to consider expanded gambling (Bluegrass Politics, 2/8/12)
Stumbo faces redistricting appeal but tells members to prepare to run in old districts (cn|2 Politics, 2/8/12)
What does the expanded gambling measure say and will Jerry Abramson run for governor? (cn|2 Politics, 2/8/12)
House Democrats will appeal ruling that tossed redrawn legislative districts (Bluegrass Politics, 2/8/12)
Janie Miller to resign as Health Cabinet secretary; Cabinet to have third top-level vacancy (cn|2 Politics, 2/7/12)
House panel approves bills to cut cost of special elections, require electronic filing (Bluegrass Politics, 2/7/12)
Miller resigns as state health and family services secretary (Bluegrass Politics, 2/7/12)
Judge Shepherd tells legislature to redraw the redistricting maps; districts to revert back to old lines(cn|2 Politics, 2/7/12)
Moffett resigns as head of Bluegrass Institute to run for state House (Bluegrass Institute, 2/7/12)
Judge pledges quick decision on delay of election filing deadline over redistricting (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/6/12)
Judge says he will rule in a day or two on legislative redistricting (Bluegrass Politics, 2/6/12)
Barr and Thayer voice objections as compromise over congressional map comes together (cn|2 Politics, 2/6/12)
Tougher drug controls get bipartisan support in Kentucky legislature (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/6/12)
Analysis: Lawyers ready to battle over numbers, zig-zags and the future of Kentucky’s legislative maps(cn|2 Politics, 2/3/12)
Grayson says KY redistricting reinforces voter anger, handicaps some key 2012 legislative primaries(cn|2 Politics, 2/2/12)
House Democrats say new congressional district map is ‘very close’ (cn|2 Politics, 2/2/12)
House, Senate appear close on congressional redistricting plan (Bluegrass Politics, 2/2/12)
UK President: State budget cuts will mean higher tuition and fewer scholarships (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/2/12)
AG Conway says cumulative 37% cuts will hamper ability to prosecute fraud (cn|2 Politics, 2/1/12)
Budget cuts will delay implementation of new core education standards (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/1/12)
Education budget cuts would delay overhaul of curriculum and testing (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/1/12)
Judge delays filing deadline for state legislative candidates (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/1/12)
Beshear accuses Williams of trying to intimidate pro-casino senators (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/1/12)
Beshear pledges to run ‘pill mill’ doctors out of Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/1/12)

JANUARY 2012

Prosecutors warn of layoffs, furloughs if budgets are cut again (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/31/12)
Judge Shephard puts a hold on filing deadline, sets hearing over district maps for Monday (cn|2 Politics, 1/31/12)
Beshear defends Thayer and accuses Williams of subverting gambling effort (cn|2 Politics, 1/31/12)
Beshear accuses Williams of trying to intimidate pro-casino senators (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/31/12)
Senator backing casinos won’t name his clients in horse industry (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/30/12)
Judge will rule on request to delay candidate filing deadline by end of Tuesday (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/30/12)
Guide to 2012 Kentucky House races: Some familiar names lining up for open seats (cn|2 Politics, 1/30/12)
Judge to make redistricting decision Tuesday, candidates continue to file (cn|2 Politics, 1/30/12)
Ethics watchdog Richard Beliles has few friends in Kentucky Capitol (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/29/12)
State incentives for expanding companies OK’d (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/28/12)
Deal struck to extend filing deadline for congressional candidates (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/28/12)
House, Senate agree to continue negotiations on congressional districts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/27/12)
‘Some movement’ on congressional redistricting (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/26/12)
House GOP challenges redistricting map in court over splits, a ‘zig-zag’ and a ’strip’ (cn|2 Politics, 1/26/12)
Providers say Medicaid managed care payments late (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/26/12)
Stumbo opposes ABA’s death penalty moratorium, suggests returning to use of electric chair (cn|2 Politics, 1/26/12)
Lawsuit challenges new boundaries for Kentucky legislative districts (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/26/12)
Altercation outside David Williams’ office leads to arrest, accusations (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/25/12)
Kentucky’s congressional district boundaries still up in the air (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/25/12)
Republicans to challenge new election districts (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/25/12)
Lt. Gov Abramson says industries already have begun lobbying for lower taxes (cn|2 Politics, 1/25/12)
GOP Senator says he likely will sponsor Beshear’s expanded gambling amendment (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/25/12)
Kentucky Horse Park needs millions from state to balance budget (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/25/12)
Kentucky lawmakers weigh execution halt, task force (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/25/12)
Gov. Steve Beshear says agreement reached on language in gambling bill (Louisville Courier-Journal,1/25/12)
Environmental group urges lawmakers to consider health impact of coal (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/25/12)
Negotiations stall over redrawing Kentucky’s congressional districts (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/24/12)
Several Democratic lawmakers say they’re disappointed Beshear isn’t pushing for more tax revenue(cn|2 Politics, 1/24/12)
Tax amnesty plan could be rolled out this week (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/24/12)
Commentary: Politics looms over 2012 for area business people (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/23/12)
Stein supporters rally to protest redistricting of her state Senate seat (cn|2 Politics, 1/23/12)
Editorial: Rank partisanship (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/23/12)
Deadlock continues on congressional redistricting (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/23/12)
Stalemate over map means filing deadline for congressional candidates will likely get bumped back(cn|2 Politics, 1/23/12)
Commentary: Redistrict outrages may face redress (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/21/12)
Beshear signs into law redistricting plan that moves Stein’s Senate district (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/20/12)
Even signing of new legislative maps sparks bickering; talks stall over congressional map (cn|2 Politics, 1/20/12)
Opinion: Senate redistricting ‘a display of arrogance, bullying’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/20/12)
Battle over redrawing Kentucky’s congressional districts on hold until Monday (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/20/12)
KY House signs off on new legislative district lines for both chambers (cn|2 Politics, 1/19/12)
Kathy Stein isn’t the first Kentucky state senator whose district was moved (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/19/12)
Political effects of redistricting: DeCesare goes for Senate, others mull their future (cn|2 Politics, 1/19/12)
Kentucky’s horse industry in dire trouble, legislators told (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/19/12)
Showdown coming over boundaries to Kentucky’s congressional districts (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/19/12)
Editorial: Compromises on congressional redistricting (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/19/12)
Plan that puts Kathy Stein’s state senate district outside of Lexington sent to Beshear (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/19/12)
House gives final approval to controversial legislative redistricting bill (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/19/12)
House and Senate prepare to fight over Kentucky’s congressional map (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/18/12)
Plan redistricts Lexington’s Kathy Stein out of state Senate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/18/12)
GOP lawmaker changes to bill to allow drug testing for Kentuckians on public assistance (cn|2 Politics, 1/18/12)
Senate approves its congressional map and new state Senate lines as Democrats fume (cn|2 Politics, 1/18/12)
Gov. Steve Beshear proposes austere state budget (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/18/12)
Beshear outlines ‘inadequate’ budget proposal for Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/18/12)
New state Senate map creates three open districts, moves Sen. Stein to a new district (cn|2 Politics, 1/18/12)
State House Republicans object to voting precincts split by new districts (cn|2 Politics, 1/17/12)
Full text of Gov. Steve Beshear’s 2012 budget address (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/17/12)
Beshear proposes more money for child protection and substance abuse treatment (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/17/12)
K-12 schools’ funding would revert to 2008 levels; colleges take another hit (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/17/12)
Opening prayer before Beshear’s speech slams gambling proposal, then Beshear makes his case (cn|2 Politics, 1/17/12)
Analysis: The slashed, the preserved and the expanded of Beshear’s budget proposal (cn|2 Politics, 1/17/12)
Lawmaker says state House redistricting plan would be costly to local governments (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/17/12)
Kentucky study puts first-year value on casinos at $1.7 billion (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/17/12)
Casinos no cure-all for state budgets, economists say (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/16/12)
Kentucky’s public universities brace for cuts and performance-based funding (cn|2 Politics, 1/16/12)
Board: Agriculture Dept under Richie Farmer violated state hiring laws (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/13/12)
Stumbo pounces on error in GOP’s map; Republicans mull options as new districts pass (cn|2 Politics, 1/13/12)
Nearly $500K of equipment missing from state Agriculture Department (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/12/12)
KY House approves redistricting plan with oddly-shaped boundaries (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/12/12)
Movement afoot to limit how much Kentucky’s legislature can put on the state’s credit card (cn|2 Politics, 1/12/12)
After map places GOP Rep. York against Democratic Leader Adkins, York says game on (cn|2 Politics, 1/12/12)
Panel approves state House redistricting plan over Republican protests (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/12/12)
New Ag Commissioner seeks audit of dept during Richie Farmer’s tenure (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/12/12)
TV ad campaign encourages Kentucky lawmakers to take up charter schools legislation (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/11/12)
Comer calls in auditors for a clean sweep of Ag Dept in wake of Richie Farmer (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/12)
House committee approves bill to redraw state House districts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/11/12)
House Republicans call Democrats ‘political cowards’ as they react to newly-drawn districts (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/12)
Proposed state House districts approved by committee pit 9 incumbents against each other (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/12)
Kentucky receipts up 6.9% in December (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/10/12)
Senate ready to change congressional map that the House passed 54-42 Tuesday (cn|2 Politics, 1/10/12)
Education committee approves statewide teacher evaluation system (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/10/12)
Kentucky House approves plan to redraw congressional districts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/10/12)
State House expected to act on redistricting this week (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/10/12)
KY House making ’slow’ progress on redistricting map, could unveil it Wednesday, leaders say (cn|2 Politics, 1/9/12)
Beshear says UofL Hospital in good financial shape, can thrive without merger (cn|2 Politics, 1/9/12)
State leaders scramble for plan to pay $44 million interest on unemployment loan (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/9/12)
Hedge fund with $100M in Kentucky retirement funds fails (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/6/12)
Beshear taps Abramson as leader of group to suggest tax code changes by end of 2012 (cn|2 Politics, 1/6/12)
Task force will recommend changes to Kentucky’s tax code, governor says (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/6/12)
Stumbo says redrawing of state legislative districts might wait a year (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/6/12)
House expected to send suggested congressional map to Senate on Friday (cn|2 Politics, 1/5/12)
Governor says he’ll quickly review UofL’s suggestions to save hospital merger (cn|2 Politics, 1/5/12)

Family Foundation asks Beshear for debate on gambling (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/5/12)
Beshear projects deep cuts and pushes for gambling in speech to lawmakers (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/5/12)
Coalition: State support for Kentucky’s public schools has fallen (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/5/12)
Talk of redistricting, casinos dominates first day of 2012 General Assembly (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/4/12)
Remembering  Gatewood Galbraith’s contribution to Kentucky politics (cn|2 Politics, 1/4/12)
Gatewood Galbraith dies overnight, leaves a legacy as one of a kind (cn|2 Politics, 1/4/12)
Analysis: Beshear mixes talk of brutal budget with hope for reforms; leaves out a few items (cn|2 Politics, 1/4/12)
12 for 2012: A dozen Kentucky political plotlines to follow in the new year (cn|2 Politics, 1/4/12)
Could a gambling amendment have an easier path in the Senate than in the House? (cn|2 Politics, 1/3/12)
Redistricting, gambling headline beginning of 2012 session (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/3/12)
12 for 2012: A dozen Kentucky political figures to watch in the new year (cn|2 Politics, 1/2/12)
Constitutional officers can’t quite shake campaign mode in swearing-in ceremony (cn|2 Politics, 1/2/12)
General Assembly preview: Top issues to watchin 2012 (Bluegrass Politics, 1/1/12)


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