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 2013 Archives

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Kentucky Political Headlines 2013 Archives

JUNE 2013

Judges deny stay in Ky. redistricting case (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/28/13)
Lawmakers on budget committee outline concerns about expansion to Keno (cn|2 Politics, 6/27/13)
EDITORIAL: Stop whining and help create jobs; KY can gain from new climate plan(Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/27/13)
Special election take-aways: Independent candidate and GOP group’s ad barrage hurt Republicans (cn|2 Politics, 6/27/13)
Beshear to meet with Energy Secretary on Paducah plant (AP, 6/26/13)
OPINION: Kay’s resounding victory in special election (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/26/13)
Beshear finds additional $350K to entice schools into raising dropout age (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/26/13)
Democrat James Kay wins special election in 56th House district to replace Rollins (cn|2 Politics, 6/25/13)
Kentucky Republicans react to Obama’s plan to fight climate change (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/25/13)
’Worrisome’ drop in sales tax income underscores need for tax reform, budget chair says(cn|2 Politics, 6/25/13)
Republican super PAC spending $260K on ad aimed at calling Grimes ‘Obama’s cheerleader’ (cn|2 Politics, 6/25/13)
Beshear criticizes Defense Dept decision to eliminate Fort Knox brigade as ’short-term’ thinking (cn|2 Politics, 6/25/13)
With coal severance tax shrinking, lawmakers must be more ‘disciplined’ in spending it, Stivers says (cn|2 Politics, 6/24/13)
Comer not ruling out a run for governor in 2015 (AP, 6/24/13)
Beshear: Special House election ‘comes down to who turns out’ Tuesday (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/24/13)
’Flavors’ of redistricting maps include one for mutually assured destruction of minority parties (cn|2 Politics, 6/24/13)
Official: State contractor who made big political donations ‘got what he paid for’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/22/13)
Three-judge panel to rule soon on legislative redistricting case (Bluegrass Politics, 6/21/13)
Top Ky. Senate Democrat says tax reform is realistic, casino bill is possible in 2014 (cn|2 Politics, 6/21/13)
Beshear calls Aug. 19 special session for legislative and judicial redistricting (cn|2 Politics, 6/20/13)
National groups seek to soften up McConnell with ‘30 years is too long’ campaign (cn|2 Politics, 6/20/13)
Stivers said he’s ready to tackle taxes but suggests Beshear drum up public support first(cn|2 Politics, 6/20/13)
Jensen hires Beshear’s former ad producer but governor says there might be a primary in 6th Dist. (cn|2 Politics, 6/20/13)
Stivers says governor had authority to expand Medicaid but that doesn’t mean he should have (cn|2 Politics, 6/18/13)
Kentucky governor hits back at Fla. Gov. Rick Scott’s job-poaching efforts (Naked Politics, 6/18/13)
Beshear says lawmakers may redraw Kentucky’s congressional districts (Bluegrass Politics, 6/17/13)
Beshear says revisiting congressional map a possibility to be ‘consistent’ in special session(cn|2 Politics, 6/17/13)
Kentucky governor mulls redistricting do-over (Roll Call, 6/17/13)
EDITORIAL: Peek into murky campaign finance: PAC that aided Williams shows flaws(Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/13/13)
How to fix Medicaid in Kentucky? Shrink it, lawmaker says (cn|2 Politics, 6/12/13)
State using coal taxes for Rupp Arena project, upsetting coal-country leaders (Bluegrass Politics, 6/11/13)
Planned Parenthood in Indiana, Kentucky to merge (AP, 6/10/13)
More Democrats means unhappy Republicans after House district boundary change(Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/10/13)
Beshear asks Obama for help with hemp (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/10/13)
Group that bashed Beshear in TV ads pays fine (AP, 6/10/13)
Beshear says he will decide soon when to schedule legislative redistricting (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/10/13)
Kentucky leaders hint that new legislative maps will count federal prisoners to be ‘consistent’ (cn|2 Politics, 6/10/13)
Conway says Grimes ‘doing the smart thing’ by waiting on DSCC; Grimes make pitch for KY women (cn|2 Politics, 6/7/13)
State gives no reason for firing commissioner of health agency (Lexington Herald-Leader,6/7/13)
GOP lawmaker says it is time for tax reform and work of tax commission could be starting point (cn|2 Politics, 6/6/13)
Pro-McConnell group runs ads linking Grimes to Obama and Pelosi (Bluegrass Politics, 6/5/13)
Beshear asks EPA to rethink proposed coal regs (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/4/13)
EDITORIAL: State loan raises troubling issues; odd priorities and possible conflicts(Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/4/13)
GOP lawmakers say medicaid expansion will hinder quality of mental health care in the state (cn|2 Politics, 6/3/13)

MAY 2013

Money spent lobbying Kentucky legislature sets record for 30-day session (Bluegrass Politics, 5/31/13)
Liberal activist admits secretly recording McConnell, says he’d do it again (Bluegrass Politics, 5/31/13)
Judge rules Kentucky Spirit can’t pull out of Medicaid contract a year early (Bluegrass Politics, 5/31/13)
Beshear to lead trade mission to Canada next week (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/31/13)
GOP hoping to unite factions at Lincoln Day dinner (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/30/13)
Senate wants to work on tax reform but not willing to see tax increases, Thayer says (cn|2 Politics, 5/30/13)
Beshears’ income grew by $55,000 in 2012, according to tax return (Bluegrass Politics, 5/28/13)
OPINION: Job creation, not more taxes, will spur Kentucky prosperity (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/27/13)
GOP Senate leader outlines constitutional concerns with Beshear’s expansion of Medicaid(cn|2 Politics, 5/24/13)
Voting rights of former felons a hot topic in KY (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/23/13)
Senate doesn’t need the House’s help in drawing map but will have to negotiate over numbers, Thayer says (cn|2 Politics, 5/22/13)
Grimes says Democrats are united in US Senate race but doesn’t reveal her plans(Bluegrass Politics, 5/22/13)
Democrats still mulling, deliberating, considering and doing ‘due diligence’ on ‘14 Senate race (cn|2 Politics, 5/22/13)
EDITORIAL: Find the courage to do tax reform; Beshear stalling on task force ideas(Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/21/13)
Stumbo responds to redistricting lawsuit; Stivers asks for more time (Bluegrass Politics, 5/20/13)
Stumbo suggests new Senate maps as legislative leaders respond in redistricting court case(cn|2 Politics, 5/20/13)
Judge pledges prompt decision on Beshear request to dismiss lawsuit challenging health exchange (Bluegrass Politics, 5/20/13)
Prosecutors say Richie Farmer’s alleged wrongdoing started before 2008 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/20/13)
Judge considers request to dismiss lawsuit challenging Kentucky health exchange(Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/20/13)
Former Kentucky Democratic Party chief mulling possible bid for US Senate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/17/13)
GOP lawmaker says Ky. should have gone the route of Arkansas with Medicaid expansion(cn|2 Politics, 5/16/13)
Beshear announces outreach campaign to inform uninsured Kentuckians of their options(cn|2 Politics, 5/15/13)
Beshear introduces website for Kentucky’s health insurance exchange (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/15/13)
Congressional Republicans warn that feds will run out of money to fund Medicaid expansion (cn|2 Politics, 5/15/13)
State revenue dips in April, raising possibility of budget shortfall (Bluegrass Politics, 5/10/13)
Beshear says Medicaid expansion will make Kentuckians healthier and help economy (cn|2 Politics, 5/9/13)
Decision to expand Medicaid in Kentucky gets mixed reactions from state officials, advocates (cn|2 Politics, 5/9/13)
Beshear says Kentucky will join Obamacare plan to expand Medicaid (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/9/13)
Beshear to announce Thursday that Kentucky will agree to Medicaid expansion (cn|2 Politics, 5/8/13)
Stumbo drops hint about running for governor; Abramson said he’ll decide within 2 months (cn|2 Politics, 5/7/13)
Protesters slam McConnell’s gun vote (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/6/13)
Group petitions McConnell for ’sensible’ gun reforms (cn|2 Politics, 5/6/13)
Luallen: Coal ’still matters’ in East Ky, but region needs a new economic-education strategy (cn|2 Politics, 5/6/13)
A breakfast no longer, governor’s Derby event draws smaller crowd (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/4/13)
Kentucky politicians see a need for stronger whistleblower laws in the state (cn|2 Politics, 5/2/13)
Conway says it’s ’still early’ to be courting running mates; Says 2014 could affect that(cn|2 Politics, 5/2/13)

APRIL 2013

6.2M spent on lobbying during legislative session (Bluegrass Politics, 4/30/13)
Beshear indicates special session on redistricting likely this year (Bluegrass Politics, 4/30/13)
House Democrats tell Beshear they’re prepared for redistricting session, Republican Senators ’stand ready’ (cn|2 Politics, 4/30/13)
Governor wants special session to get redistricting done before 2014 (cn|2 Politics, 4/30/13)
Grimes gauging public support for early voting (AP, 4/30/13)
Solving next round of pension problems and child care crunch is up to the governor, senator says (cn|2 Politics, 4/29/13)
Northern Ky. Republicans try to force redistricting in court while lawmakers divided over need for special session (cn|2 Politics, 4/29/13)
Luallen advised Grimes to run for US Senate; Still talking with Conway to ’settle’ governor’s race question (cn|2 Politics, 4/28/13)
Lawsuit filed against state over redistricting (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/26/13)
Richie Farmer pleads not guilty; judge blocks Cancun vacation (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/25/13)
Environmental lawyer Tom FitzGerald considers run against Mitch McConnell (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/24/13)
Kentucky’s  choice: Have a mental health agency close or further damage the pension fund? (cn|2 Politics, 4/24/13)
EDITORIAL: Sad fall doesn’t negate reckoning; Farmer, taxpayers deserve  day in court(Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/24/13)
New super PAC formed to help McConnell’s re-election bid (Bluegrass Politics, 4/23/13)
Grimes meets with Beshear about Senate race for 1st time, says she’s doing her due diligence (cn|2 Politics, 4/23/13)
Grimes weighing possible bid for US Senate against McConnell (Bluegrass Politics, 4/23/13)
Grand jury indicts former Kentucky Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/22/13)
Republican Party of Ky. assembles statewide campaign team for 2014 election cycle (cn|2 Politics, 4/17/13)
Not over yet. Lawmaker says work ‘has just begun’ on fixing Kentucky Retirement System(cn|2 Politics, 4/17/13)
Paul says he is considering 2016 presidential bid (AP, 4/17/13)
Beshear says Kentucky hospitals pushing for Medicaid expansion (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/15/13)
Beshear defends plan to reward school districts that raise dropout age (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/15/13)
New Kentucky fund will support education innovation across the state (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/15/13)
Beshear will decide on Medicaid expansion by July 1 (Bluegrass Politics, 4/15/13)
COMMENTARY: Major reforms need to repair Kentucky’s broken pension system(Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/15/13)
Liberal PAC has little cash, influence in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/13/13)
GOP legislative leader angry at governor over $500K incentives to districts to raise drop-out age (cn|2 Politics, 4/12/13)
VIDEO: McConnell campaign denounces new TV ad against him as ‘deplorable’ (Bluegrass Politics, 4/12/13)
Beshear says it’s unlikely state can avoid child care cuts before July 1 — but maybe next year (cn|2 Politics, 4/11/13)
Local Democrat says members of Progress Kentucky behind McConnell recording (cn|2 Politics, 4/11/13)
Progress Kentucky founders bragged about recording McConnell meeting, Democrat says(Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/11/13)
Judd still looking to move back to Kentucky for ace in the future, Democratic adviser says(cn|2 Politics, 4/10/13)
EDITORIAL: Onus on Beshear for Medicaid fix (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/10/13)
McConnell manager says FBI has ‘promising leads’ on recording; Answers questions on discussion of Judd’s mental health (cn|2 Politics, 4/10/13)
McConnell seeks FBI investigation of secret recording about Ashley Judd (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/9/13)
McConnell campaign claims office was bugged, will seek FBI investigation (cn|2 Politics, 4/9/13)
Did Fischer tip his hand about political future while watching his Cards? (cn|2 Politics, 4/9/13)
FBI probes recording of McConnell hardball talks (AP, 4/9/13)
Lawsuit challenges Beshear’s online marketplace for health insurance plans (Bluegrass Politics, 4/8/13)
Lawmakers treated to lavish parties in Frankfort (AP, 4/7/13)
Grimes tells Democrats she is unsure of her next step but takes subtle swipe at McConnell(cn|2 Politics, 4/7/13)
Beshear lets Kentucky hemp bill become law without his signature (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/6/13)
Hemp bill will become law despite Gov. Beshear’s concerns (cn|2 Politics, 4/5/13)
Beshear vetoes bill designed to speed Medicaid reimbursements (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/5/13)
Gov. Beshear vetoes Medicaid managed care bill and proposes his own plan to handle billing disputes (cn|2 Politics, 4/5/13)
A veto of hemp bill could put Democrats in political peril, Sen. Webb says (cn|2 Politics, 4/3/13)
Gov. Beshear ‘channeling his inner Paul Patton,’ Senate leader says (cn|2 Politics, 4/3/13)
Beshear appoints appeals court judge to state’s highest court (Bluegrass Politics, 4/3/13)
VIDEO: McConnell campaign ad pokes fun at Democratic recruiting effort (cn|2 Politics, 4/2/13)
Stumbo expects Beshear to veto his managed care bill but says governor vows changes(cn|2 Politics, 4/2/13)
Governor still considering hemp bill (AP, 4/2/13)
State tax incentives OK’d for Corvette plant, sausage factory, others (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/2/13)
Beshear may veto bill that would push for quicker Medicaid reimbursements (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/1/13)
EDITORIAL: Higher tobacco tax wouldn’t solve any of Kentucky’s problems (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/1/13)
94% of GOP state legislators backing McConnell for re-election — find out who didn’t sign on (cn|2 Politics, 4/1/13)
Could lessons learned from ‘13 session translate to tax reform and expanded gambling?(cn|2 Politics, 4/1/13)

MARCH 2013

Lawmakers pulled successful 2013 session from grips of more-of-the-same gridlock (cn|2 Politics, 3/31/13)
COMMENTARY: Parsing Gray’s tepid response to ‘religious freedom’ bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/30/13)
Kentucky’s religious freedom bill divided politicians, public, ministers (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/30/13)
With pieces of tax recommendations in the pension bill, what’s next for reform? (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/13)
Luallen promises miners her support (AP, 3/29/13)
EDITORIAL: Beshear’s veto showed integrity (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/29/13)
Eastern Kentucky Democrat suggests a Grimes-Judd tag team for 2014 and 2016 (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/13)
Sen. Rand Paul wants to team up with Gov. Beshear to get feds’ OK to grow hemp (cn|2 Poltiics, 3/28/13)
EDITORIAL: Pension fix worth celebrating, but proof is in the follow-through (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/28/13)
Lobbying expenses total $4.2M in first 2 months of legislative session (Bluegrass Politics, 3/28/13)
Why Democrats are better off without Ashley Judd (The Fix, 3/28/13)
Hemp lobby waiting on Beshear to sign bill, ready for Washington (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/27/13)
Legislature’s top Republican and Kentucky’s Democratic governor trade praise (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/27/13)
Grimes hasn’t made decision about Senate yet but needs to be ‘deliberative,’ consultant says (cn|2 Politics, 3/27/13)
Andy Beshear will decide in coming months whether to run for AG in ‘15 (cn|2 Politics, 3/27/13)
Final hours yield passage of hemp and military voting bills but not coal county scholarships (cn|2 Politics, 3/27/13)
Legislature rejects Beshear’s veto of religious freedom bill (cn|2 Politics, 3/26/13)
Special session avoided: Pension bills get final approval (cn|2 Politics, 3/26/13)

Kentucky legislature passes plan to shore up state’s pension system (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/26/13)
Viva la veto? Beshear braces for override of religious freedom veto, leaves open veto of HB5(cn|2 Politics, 3/26/13)
Thayer says pension deal is in place; Proposal keeps car credit and drops gas tax (cn|2 Politics, 3/26/13)
Kentucky House approves hemp bill with an hour to go in legislative session (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/26/13)
Lege update: Pension deal hinges on cars and gas; House to override HB 279; Hemp stalls(cn|2 Politics, 3/25/13)
Governor’s proposal would cut gas tax, close loopholes and change deductions (cn|2 Politics, 3/25/13)
Beshear makes compromise pitch on pension reform but latest draft faces legislative skepticism (cn|2 Politics, 3/25/13)
Lawmaker on tax reform commission questions governor’s leadership style on controversial reforms (cn|2 Politics, 3/25/13)
Pension negotiation redux: House Democrats won’t sign off on proposal amid concerns over benefit, gas tax cut (cn|2 Politics, 3/25/13)
Kentucky House Democrats vote to override veto of ‘religious freedom’ bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/25/13)
Lottery board approves Keno and eLottery; Beshera says move is not being considered for funding pensions (cn|2 Politics,3/22/13)
Beshear vetoes ‘religious freedom bill’; Senate President vows to override veto (cn|2 Politics, 3/22/13)
Medicaid Managed Care system has serious structural issues that will not ‘get organically better’, Edelen says (cn|2 Politics, 3/22/13)
Beshear vetoes Kentucky religious freedom bill (Bluegrass Politics, 3/22/13)
Being ‘totally devoid of leadership’ cost Kent. a chance to approve casino amendment, Osborne says (cn|2 Politics, 3/21/13)
Negotiations on hemp bill continue; Comer optimistic about compromise (Bluegrass Politics, 3/21/13)
KY should review whistleblower protections to guard against future Richie Farmer sagas, auditor says (cn|2 Politics, 3/21/13)
Compromise on hemp bill in the works; Democratic leadership skips commission meeting(cn|2 Politics, 3/21/13)
EDITORIAL: Troubling finding in Farmer saga; sister’s role taints election watchdog(Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/20/13)
Stumbo: Senate is working on a funding plan for pension system (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/20/13)
EDITORIAL: Senate proved less obstructive; sound, long-stalled bills passed (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/19/13)
In Kentucky, prominent Democrats wooing Alison Lundergan Grimes, not Ashley Judd(Politico, 3/19/13)
Richie Farmer charged with 42 counts of violating Kentucky ethics laws (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/18/13)
Beshear keeps optimism in face of pension negotiations; Says 2013 session still ‘pretty impressive’ (cn|2 Politics, 3/15/13)
27 bills in 30 days: Not all lawmakers viewed this as a short session (cn|2 Politics, 3/14/13)
Rand, Ashley and Mitch (Salon, 3/13/13)
Lawmakers build a health-related Christmas tree to save bills in waning hours of Day 28(cn|2 Politics, 3/12/13)
Legislative notes: Beshear the mediator; Human trafficking passes both chambers (cn|2 Politics, 3/12/13)
Negotiations behind the scenes, finger-pointing in public (cn|2 Politics, 3/12/13)
Pension overhaul, other priorities still in limbo as legislature winds down (Bluegrass Politics, 3/11/13)
Pension reforms and several other key measures can salvage session, Thayer says (cn|2 Politics, 3/11/13)
Legislative update: Pension talks progressing, hemp bill nearly done, Brian Durman bill passes (cn|2 Politics, 3/11/13)
’Productive’ talks don’t break logjam on Kentucky pension overhaul plan (Bluegrass Politics, 3/8/13)
Human rights, fairness groups urge Beshear to veto religious-freedom bill (Bluegrass Politics, 3/8/13)
Legislature can’t afford to punt on pension reform but Washington can on sequester, Grayson says (cn|2 Politics, 3/8/13)
Legislative notes: Beshear foresees compromise on drop out bill; Uncertain if he will veto religious freedom bill (cn|2 Politics, 3/8/13)
Beshear meets with Senate, House leaders on public pension issue (Bluegrass Politics, 3/7/13)
Future uncertain for constitutional officers’ main legislative priorities (cn|2 Politics, 3/7/13)
AG weighs in on hemp regulations; Comer says he is ‘tickled to death’ with the opinion(cn|2 Politics, 3/7/13)
EDITORIAL: End the politics, pass these bills (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/6/13)
House Ag Committee members give support to hemp, but Speaker says it’s done (cn|2 Politics, 3/6/13)
Winners and losers in House’s controversial redistricting plan that passed 53-46 (cn|2 Politics, 3/6/13)
Religious freedom bill advances in Kentucky legislature (Bluegrass Politics, 3/6/13)
Gambling  foes launch advocacy group (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/6/13)
Kentucky House passes redistricting plan; final approval unlikely in this session (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/6/13)
Beshear: Ashley Judd would be a ‘formidable candidate’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/5/13)
House redistricting map pits 11 Republicans against each other plus Reps. York vs. Adkins(cn|2 Politics, 3/5/13)
Beshear talked with Judd ‘convinced she’s seriously considering’ US Senate race (cn|2 Politics, 3/5/13)
Republicans question Democrats’ math on redistricting numbers, including not counting prisoners (cn|2 Politics, 3/5/13)
Ashley Judd might need to decide soon on Senate race (AP, 3/5/13)
Friend versus friend: House Republicans brace for running against colleagues (cn|2 Politics, 3/5/13)
VIDEO: Gov. Beshear on Ashley Judd’s possible candidacy (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/5/13)
Kentucky House redistricting plan would create new district in Lexington (Bluegrass Politics, 3/5/13)
EDITORIAL: Bill could create chaos, not liberty; ‘religious freedom’ already protected(Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/5/13)
Ky. GOP seeks Democratic lawmakers to back McConnell over Judd using Judd’s quotes as fodder (cn|2 Politics, 3/4/13)
No movement on pensions (Bluegrass Politics, 3/4/13)
Ashley Judd looks like she is running for Senate. Is that bad thing for Democrats? (The Fix, 3/4/13)
Prisoners of redistricting: One version of House map includes federal inmates, one doesn’t(cn|2 Politics, 3/4/13)
Day 23 notes: Hemp bill has path to the House floor; Senate leaders coy on redistricting(cn|2 Politics, 3/4/13)
In this game of pension risk, cost isn’t the only thing lawmakers are considering (cn| 2 Politics, 3/3/13)
’Religious freedom bill’ head to Senate (Bluegrass Politics, 3/1/13)
Working families and day care providers fearful that state cuts will cripple them (cn|2 Politics, 3/1/13)

FEBRUARY 2013

Back to the drawing board? Pension funding bill’s journey through House could end at Senate door (cn|2 Politics, 2/28/13)
Stumbo says he’ll encourage Judd to challenge McConnell but wants to talk with her about coal (cn|2 Politics, 2/28/13)
Inside the unfinished House redistricting map (cn|2 Politics, 2/28/13)
Pension funding bill, we hardly knew ye; But other pension reforms still have promise(cn|2 Politics, 2/28/13)
Is this the death of legislative task forces? (cn|2 Politics, 2/28/13)
KY House approves pension overhaul and funding bills, but legal questions raised(Bluegrass Politics, 2/27/13)
Hemp bill shelved for now; Proponents suspect politics, which chairman denies (cn|2 Politics, 2/27/13)
Vote on hemp blocked; more debate expected Wed. afternoon (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/27/13)
EDITORIAL: Should ex-felons regain rights? Senate should let Ky. voters decide (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/27/13)
Democrats make major changes to Kentucky pension overhaul bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/26/13)
Democrat’s hemp bill amendment stirs Republicans’ ire (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/26/13)
Pension debate ratchets up the political, policy and procedural drama (cn|2 Politics, 2/26/13)
House Notes: Organ transplants, teen dating, coal counties in peril and a teacher evaluation squabble (cn|2 Politics, 2/25/13)
Senate Notes: Chamber passes bills aimed at ignoring new federal gun rules and changing elections (cn|2 Politics, 2/25/13)
House Democrats prefer new pension funding from Keno, instant racing; Will reject hybrid pension plan (cn|2 Politics, 2/25/13)
House getting closer to redistricting proposal (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/25/13)
Group doubles-down on ad challenging McConnell on his position against assault weapons ban (cn|2 Politics, 2/25/13)
Liberal group to air second ad attacking McConnell (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/25/13)
Gatewood’s hemp bandwagon moving into Kentucky mainstream (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/25/13)
Kentucky Senate advances proposal to ignore new federal gun laws (Bluegrass Politics, 2/25/13)
Go ahead, keep attacking Ashley Judd (Salon, 2/22/13)
The Kentucky Senate and ‘big daddy government’ (cn|2 Politics, 2/22/13)
Senate approves bills to restrict Beshear in implementing federal health care act(Bluegrass Politics, 2/22/13)
House proposes taxing and expanding lottery sales to fund pensions (Bluegrass Politics, 2/22/13)
House’s latest plan on funding pensions: expand lottery and tax it (cn|2 Politics, 2/22/13)
House Democrats propose taxing and expanding lottery sales to pay for pensions (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/22/13)
EDITORIAL: Triumph for compromise; city pension bill a model for state (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/22/13)
Beshear says new revenue is only way to restore child care subsidies (cn|2 Politics, 2/21/13)
Ashley Judd is serious (Salon, 2/21/13)
Kentucky gov: Ashley Judd a ’serious candidate’ (Politico, 2/21/13)
Beshear: Ashley Judd wants to talk about US Senate race (Bluegrass Politics, 2/21/13)
Gov. Steve Beshear planning on meeting with Ashley Judd (cn|2 Politics, 2/21/13)
Kentucky school safety bill clears House panel (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/21/13)
The latest signs Ashley Judd is preparing run against Mitch McConnell (National Journal,2/20/13)
University bonding bill approved by General Assembly; Gov. Beshear will sign it Thursday (cn|2 Politics, 2/20/13)
Measure to bump back governor’s race to presidential election year passes Senate panel(cn|2 Politics, 2/20/13)
KY Senate panel passes bills requiring legislators to approve Ky. health benefit exchange, Medicaid expansion (cn|2 Politics, 2/20/13)
It’s deja vu in the House with redistricting madness (cn|2 Politics, 2/20/13)
House considering 16 options to fund pension shortfall; Will discuss but not vote on Senate’s bill (cn|2 Politics, 2/20/13)
Senate panel OKs bills requiring legislative approval for Medicaid expansion, health benefit exchange (Bluegrass Politics, 2/20/13)
Overhaul of state pension plan in doubt; changes to Lexington plan possible (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/19/13)
Beshear sides with law enforcement against hemp (AP, 2/19/13)
Comer says hemp bill has the votes to pass House; McKee says he wants ‘facts’ first (cn|2 Politics, 2/19/13)
Senate notes: Thayer says public will condemn delay on pension reform; says gambling is ‘nowhere’ (cn|2 Politics, 2/19/13)
House notes: Democrats file pension and redistricting bills (cn|2 Politics, 2/18/13)
House Health Committee Chairman: Senate’s abortion-related bills redundant (cn|2 Politics, 2/18/13)
Senate looking to go farther with special taxing district oversight bill (cn|2 Politics, 2/18/13)
House Agriculture chairman stuck in the middle on hemp (cn|2 Politics, 2/18/13)
Stumbo says expansion of instant racing could help fix pension system (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/15/13)
Bill to improve transparency of taxing districts faces questions in KY Senate (Bluegrass Politics, 2/15/13)
Senate decides not to address expanded gambling in short session (Bluegrass Politics, 2/15/13)
Instant racing in the legislative mix, casino gambling out (cn|2 Politics, 2/15/13)
Ashley Judd meeting with Democratic donors in Louisville, sparks more talk of 2014 (cn|2 Politics, 2/15/13)
KY House Dem leader: Judd ‘not the best candidate’ unless she changes on coal (cn|2 Politics, 2/15/13)
Senate panel approves bill to cap Kentucky’s debt (Bluegrass Politics, 2/13/13)
Senate panel approves debt limit bill that would essentially cut off most bonding until 2021 (cn|2 Politics, 2/13/13)
Kentucky Democrats fear Judd may drag down ticket (Roll Call, 2/13/13)
KY House looking at increasing cigarette taxes for pension fix (Bluegrass Politics, 2/12/13)
GOP Senate leader to lawmakers: Don’t throw out pension bill with bipartisan support because of one report (cn|2 Politics, 2/12/13)
Lawmakers ask Beshear to distance administration from police commissioner’s gun comments (cn|2 Politics, 2/12/13)
House leaders prepare to change pension reform bill’s benefit structure and funding (cn|2 Politics, 2/12/13)
Bipartisan group of mayors and judge-executives ask for local option taxing (cn|2 Politics, 2/12/13)
Local officials in metro areas call for public pension reform, local sales-tax option(Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/12/13)
Lawmaker: Beshear will expand Medicaid and Ky. can opt out if it’s too expensive (cn|2 Politics, 2/11/13)
Opponents say key portion of pension-overhaul bill could cost Kentucky millions(Bluegrass Politics, 2/11/13)
Liberal group expands play of its anti-McConnell TV ad (Bluegrass Politics, 2/8/13)
Police commissioner has ‘brought up some legitimate issues’ on guns, governor says (cn|2 Politics, 2/8/13)
Oversight of special taxing districts wins approval in House, 96-1 (cn|2 Politics, 2/8/13)
Kentucky Senate approves two abortion-related bills (Bluegrass Politics, 2/8/13)
EDITORIAL: Will legislature find the courage? Beshear calls for tax reform this year(Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/8/13)
Proposed hybrid pension plan would drive Kentucky costs up, report says (Courier-Journal,2/8/13)
Abortion-related bills requiring face-to-face meeting and ultrasound move through KY Senate (cn|2 Politics, 2/8/13)
State law has local agencies reviewing gun-ban policies (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/7/13)
As pension bill passes Senate 33-5, ‘no’ votes portend money fight to come (cn|2 Politics, 2/7/13)
Group of liberal lawmakers propose gun-control bill in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/7/13)
Senate sends public pension bill to House on 33-5 vote (Bluegrass Politics, 2/7/13)
Democratic lawmakers hopeful about gun control bill but GOP leader ’strongly opposed’(cn|2 Politics, 2/7/13)
Kentucky Gov calls for public smoking ban (Stateline, 2/7/13)
What we learned — and didn’t — from Gov. Beshear’s 6th State of the Commonwealth address (cn|2 Politics, 2/7/13)
Beshear talk about a case for more money. Now what? (cn|2 Politics, 2/7/13)
EDITORIAL: Facing the reality of state finances; public may not, but it’s legislature’s job(Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/7/13)
Medical marijuana bill has slim chance, but growing support, sponsor says (Bluegrass Politics, 2/6/13)
Kentucky’s top cop says he favors gun registration and assault weapons ban (cn|2 Politics, 2/6/13)
Pension reform bill unanimously clears Senate panel despite KRS concern (cn|2 Politics, 2/6/13)
Kentucky pension bill clears first hurdle (Bluegrass Politics, 2/6/13)
Bill aimed at helping Kentuckians track their ‘ghost government’ (Bluegrass Politics, 2/5/13)
Governor’s ‘game plan’ on tax reform is to wait; Lawmaker questions ‘bold leadership’(cn|2 Politics, 2/5/13)
The chatter: McConnell under fire in gun control ad; Beshear makes secret Germany trip(cn|2 Politics, 2/5/13)
Kentucky Senate puts pension reform bill on fast track (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/5/13)
EDITORIAL: Downgraded for pension inaction, Kentucky must raise money to fill hole(Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/5/13)
Group attacking McConnell’s pro-gun record (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/5/13)
Pension reform a growing priority for state (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/5/13)
Beshear makes secret economic development trip to Germany (Bluegrass Politics, 2/5/13)
Beshear: Gambling bill on hold because tracks oppose it (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/5/13)
House bill targets special taxing districts, dubbed ‘ghost government’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/5/13)
Bipartisan group joins Edelen and Stumbo to endorse taxing district (cn|2 Politics, 2/5/13)
Crit Luallen ‘actively considering’ run for Kentucky governor in 2015 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/4/13)
Gov. Beshear shrugs off Comer’s comments as being ‘just politics’ (cn|2 Politics, 2/4/13)
At GOP dinner, Comer calls Gov. Beshear complacent, mediocre; Comer and Guthrie trade praise (cn|2 Politics, 2/3/13)
Rolling back pension perks for lawmakers better be part of reforms, Senator says (cn|2 Politics, 2/3/13)
McConnell officially opens 2014 re-election bid as tea-party and Democrats still search for challengers (cn|2 Politics, 2/2/13)
Kentucky’s financial outlook lowered to ‘negative’ because of pension woes (Bluegrass Politics, 2/1/13)
Business groups to Ky. lawmakers: Pass pension reforms in 2013… please (cn|2 Politics, 2/1/13)
EDITORIAL: Get serious on fixing pensions; money needed to close shortfall (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/1/13)

JANUARY 2013

McConnell reports raising $715,000 in last quarter of 2012 for re-election campaign(Bluegrass Politics, 1/31/13)
Lawmakers say it’s too early to tell if 2011 prison reforms will reach goals (cn|2 Politics, 1/31/13)
Law enforcement stirs the pot with concerns that hemp could undermine marijuana eradication (cn|2 Politics, 1/31/13)
McConnell backs Kentucky’s hemp-legalization efforts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/31/13)
GOP leaders predict KY Senate will approve pension reform bill next month (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/30/13)
Senate leaders say they have enough votes to pass pension bill (Bluegrass Politics, 1/30/13)
Kentucky needs task force to delve deeper into school safety, panel’s chairman says (cn|2 Politics, 1/30/13)
Senate leadership say bipartisanship is ‘what we are trying to do here’ on pension reform(cn|2 Politics, 1/30/13)
Mitch McConnell: Liberals trying to infiltrate conservative groups in Kentucky (Bluegrass Politics, 1/30/13)
The Chatter: Nation debates McConnell’s job security — and the polling about it (cn|2 Politics, 1/29/13)
EDITORIAL: Raise coal tax, spend it better; Use it for regional development (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/29/13)
Democrats, tea party unite vs. Mitch McConnell (Politico, 1/28/13)
Despite their objections, new GOP lawmakers enrolled in pension plan (Bluegrass Politics, 1/28/13)
Seeing more at stake, some Ky. tea parties don’t want just anyone to challenge McConnell(cn|2 Politics, 1/25/13)
Kentucky House moving forward with legislative redistricting (Bluegrass Politics, 1/25/13)
Firearms now allowed in public municipal buildings in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/25/13)
No threat of ‘gun grabbers’; Disappointing McConnell scare tactic (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/25/13)
Conway says arming teachers isn’t the answer but that schools need to ask for security help (cn|2 Politics, 1/24/13)
Industrial hemp advocate says bill has the votes in the Ky. Senate and Stumbo will be key(cn|2 Politics, 1/24/13)
Yarmuth says he’ll bring hemp issue to Obama if legislature acts; Says McConnell is ‘vulnerable’ (cn|2 Politics, 1/24/13)
Tea party activists take aim at insurance exchange (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/24/13)
Gov. Beshear supports local tax levy proposal (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/24/13)
The chatter: Poll says Ky. favors Medicaid expansion (cn|2 Politics, 1/23/13)
Incentives offered to help reopen Kentucky Kingdom (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/23/13)
EDITORIAL: Overdue step to protect miners; federal rule targets repeat violators(Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/23/13)
Several Kentucky Tea Party groups plotting to defeat McConnell in 2014 (Bluegrass Politics, 1/22/13)
Ag chief Comer unveils farm jobs program, labels for veterans (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/22/13)
On Obama’s inauguration, Ky. Republicans say they want to work together — just not how(cn|2 Politics, 1/22/13)
The chatter: Judd rubs shoulders with Kentucky politicos, stokes more talk of 2014 run(cn|2 Politics, 1/21/13)
Ashley Judd ‘taking a close look’ at challenging Mitch McConnell (Louisville Courier-Journal,1/20/13)
Ashley Judd says she’s examining Senate race (AP, 1/20/13)
COMMENTARY: Dinner for Kentucky General Assembly sets a new tone; will it last?(Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/19/13)
Could Democrats’ failure to strongly challenge McConnell fuel GOP takeover of state House? (cn|2 Politics, 1/18/13)
Former Kent. Senate President David Williams approved special pay raises in final days in office(Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/18/13)
Push to abolish death penalty in Kentucky has bipartisan support in House, but uncertain future in Senate (cn|2 Politics, 1/17/13)
Feds award Kentucky $183M for health benefit exchange (Bluegrass Politics, 1/17/13)
Arming teachers, administrators not good policy (Bluegrass Politics, 1/17/13)
Kentucky legislative panel to focus on school safety (Bluegrass Politics, 1/17/13)
EDITORIAL: Prosecuting a whistle-blower; state agency should reconsider message(Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/16/13)
Guthrie downplays interest in governor’s race even as he appears to lay groundwork (cn|2 Politics, 1/15/13)
New KY House state govt chair: ‘Horrible’ pension funding problem must be dealt with in ‘13 (cn|2 Politics, 1/14/13)
Five takeaways from Week 1 of the Kentucky General Assembly (cn|2 Politics, 1/13/13)
Kumbaya was the theme of Kentucky Chamber dinner (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/13)
Senate bill addressing Kentucky’s ailing pension plan to be filed Feb 5 (Bluegrass Politics, 1/11/13)
Kentucky business group gets behind industrial hemp bills, but hurdles remain (Bluegrass Politics, 1/11/13)
Beshear tells Vice President he’s ‘open’ to gun ideas, request funds for school safety (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/13)
House names Yonts state govt chair, reduces proportion of Republicans on budget panel(cn|2 Politics, 1/11/13)
Pension reform to be SB2, will be filed in early Feb.; Funding could be sticking point (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/13)
Beshear and bipartisan group of lawmakers endorse $363 million in university bonding(cn|2 Politics, 1/10/13)
Gov. Beshear says tax reform could be the answer to Kentucky’s ‘F’ in school spending(cn|2 Politics, 1/10/13)
EDITORIAL: Expand Medicaid; Kentucky can’t afford to reject Obamacare (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/10/13)
Kentucky cracks Top 10 of Education Week’s quality rankings (cn|2 Politics, 1/10/13)
KY state employees tell leaders to fully fund their pension plans (Bluegrass Politics, 1/10/13)
Kentucky General Fund revenues up again in December (Bluegrass Politics, 1/10/13)
Bill would require Kentucky legislative approval for key parts of Obamacare (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/9/13)
Governor and legislative leaders to announce plans to pave the way for university projects(cn|2 Politics, 1/9/13)
Kentucky-based Super PAC posts petition to draft conservative and liberal challengers to McConnell(cn|2 Politics, 1/9/13)
Legislators and health advocates hope third time’s a charm for Ky to go smoke-free (cn|2 Politics, 1/9/13)
Republican sate senator files bill to block Medicaid expansion, insurance exchange in Kentucky(Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/9/13)
Conservatives warn Mitch McConnell they’re watching him closely (Bluegrass Politics, 1/9/13)
Beshear: Redistricting can wait (Bluegrass Politics, 1/9/13)
Day 1 highlights: Stivers takes over as Senate President, freshmen sworn in (cn|2 Politics, 1/8/13)
Overly elected as first woman in Kentucky House leadership; Carney new GOP whip (cn|2 Politics, 1/8/13)
EDITORIAL: Barr, Massie off to a dubious start; Can Kentucky get political disaster relief?(Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/8/13)
Planned federal spending cuts worry Kentucky school officials (Bluegrass Politics, 1/7/13)
Beshear administration now must sell lawmakers on tax changes. Can it? (cn|2 Politics, 1/7/13)
Kentucky mayors urge lawmakers to act quickly on pension reform before local services suffer (cn|2 Politics, 1/7/13)
Stivers says making military voting bill the Senate’s top priority sets the tone for session(cn|2 Politics, 1/7/13)
Lt. Gov Abramson interview, Pt. 1: Kentucky can’t afford to wait to make tax changes(cn|2 Politics, 1/7/13)
A guide to the top issues facing Kentucky lawmakers in 2013 (Bluegrass Politics, 1/6/13)
Kentucky Gov. Beshear less than optimistic on gambling (AP, 1/4/13)
Dem lawmaker sees big challenges for child welfare panel and great experiment in Medicaid expansion (cn|2 Politics, 1/4/13)
Campaign finance group says McConnell has cashed in by blocking bills (cn|2 Politics, 1/4/13)
A New Year’s resolution for Kentucky and some KY politicos to watch in 2013 (cn|2 Politics, 1/3/13)
Kentucky Republicans heap praise and scorn on McConnell for fiscal cliff deal (Bluegrass Politics, 1/2/13)
EDITORIAL: Reform  redistricting – Kentucky should make changes this year (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/2/13)

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