Kentucky Politics Distilled


The field is set for this year’s political races in Kentucky. Teachers are hopeful that a good showing during statehouse primary elections will lead to more success in the fall. And all eyes will be on Kentucky this year to watch the congressional race between retired fighter pilot Amy McGrath and incumbent Congressman Andy Barr.

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Capitol Reporter Ryland Barton gives a round-up of politics across the Commonwealth. Including a look at the most contingent races ahead of the May 22 Primary.


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This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin weighed in on the potential state takeover of Louisville’s public school system; the leader of Kentucky’s House of Representatives called for an investigation into a statewide broadband internet project; and a Republican state Representative abruptly dropped out of her re-election campaign, saying that this year’s legislative session was the “nastiest” in history.

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This week in Kentucky politics, lawmakers retreated behind closed doors to begin hammering out a compromise on the state budget for the next two years; a bill that would shield personal cell phones and computers from records requests drew fire from open government advocates; and a common type of abortion would be banned under a bill that is nearing final passage out of the legislature.

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This week in Kentucky politics, students marched on the state capitol to call for lawmakers to come up with solutions to school shootings. During a radio interview, Gov. Matt Bevin lashed out at teachers for protesting a plan that would take some of their retirement benefits away. And the pension bill that teachers have been protesting, well, it’s on life support. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

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This week in Kentucky politics, the state senate decided to not vote on a controversial pension bill as teachers and other state workers protested at the state capitol. It’s unclear how the legislation might be revised and lawmakers only have a little more than two weeks until a major deadline in this year’s legislative session.

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This week in Frankfort, the debate over gun control flared up again after a mass shooting at a school in Florida. Lawmakers have proposed a handful of bills to deal with guns this legislative session, but most of them expand where guns can be carried. 

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This week in Frankfort, nearly 300 candidates announced they’re running to be state representatives or state senators, many of them educators. A bill that would make it less affordable to have solar panels on your house gets a life vest. And lawmakers again say they’ll have a bill to overhaul the state’s pension system…coming soon. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

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In this week’s episode of Kentucky Politics Distilled, a school shooting at Marshall County High School sparks debate in Frankfort over whether and how state government can try to prevent gun violence.

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This week, Gov. Matt Bevin presented his proposal for how the state should spend its money over the next two years.