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Frankfort, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Tom:

Judge questions Labor Cabinet's declaration that more than 1,000 teachers broke the law

A judge questioned the process that led the Labor Cabinet to declare more than 1,000 teachers broke the law by participating in "sickout" protests. → Read More

Judge: Hampton and Bevin need to figure out fired staff dispute themselves

A judge isn't going to restore Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton's fired staff members immediately. → Read More

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton sues Gov. Matt Bevin over firing her staff members

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton is going to court to try to reverse the Bevin administration's firings of her staff members earlier this year → Read More

Jerry Lundergan made mistakes, but there was no criminal conspiracy, his lawyer says

Tuesday was the first day of a federal trial for Jerry Lundergan that is expected to last four weeks. → Read More

Jerry Lundergan's trial over illegal contributions to daughter's campaign begins Tuesday

Jerry Lundergan and consultant Dale Emmons are charged with conspiracy to conceal excess contributions to Alison Lundergan Grimes' 2014 campaign. → Read More

Lt. Gov. Hampton asks to intervene on behalf of staffer fired by Bevin administration

The board heard a debate involving attorneys for Hampton and the Bevin administration over whether Hampton should be allowed to intervene in the case. → Read More

Kentucky senators propose ‘red flag’ law to allow gun confiscation from anyone deemed risk

The bill would allow police and family members to petition a court to confiscate guns of someone considered likely to cause harm. → Read More

Beshear: Kentucky lieutenant governor should have power to hire, fire her staff

Hampton requested the opinion after the Bevin administration dismissed two of the three members of her office staff earlier this year. → Read More

Jefferson County board keeps value of Matt Bevin’s Anchorage mansion at $2 million

The panel that toured Matt Bevin's mansion noted that the value is under appeal to a statewide board. → Read More

Moody's Investors Service says new pension law a 'negative' for Kentucky credit outlook

The Kentucky General Assembly last month passed the new law that gives 118 so-called quasi-governmental agencies a one-year delay from a huge hike in their required pension contributions. → Read More

John Schnatter, Churchill Downs and more: Who's helping pay for attack ads against Beshear

The attack ads against Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear were brought to you in part by: Kenny Troutt, John Schnatter and Churchill Downs. → Read More

Franklin County jury awards Labor Cabinet whistleblower $500,000

The jury awarded Michael Donta $133,500 for lost wages plus $366,500 in punitive damages in the whistleblower case. → Read More

Matt Bevin's pension-relief bill passes Kentucky Senate, ending the special session

The Kentucky legislature’s action delays an increase in already-high payments that "quasi-governmental agencies" are required to pay to KRS. → Read More

Gov. Matt Bevin's pension bill rolls through Senate committee on its way to final passage

After Gov. Matt Bevin's pension bill's toughest test on the Kentucky House floor on Monday, a Senate committee has cleared the legislation to advance. → Read More

Gov. Matt Bevin's pension-relief bill passes in the Kentucky House in a close vote

The House vote came after three hours of debate. The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote. → Read More

Andy Beshear says Matt Bevin's call for a special session is too restrictive

Attorney general says Bevin exceeded his authority in issuing a special session call that restricts lawmakers to considering his bill. → Read More

Republicans expect Dems' pension bills to fail — but they'll let them present plans anyway

Gov. Matt Bevin called the special session on Thursday, and, using his authority to set a special session's agenda, outlined a very specific program. → Read More

As the Kentucky legislature's special pension session begins, here's what you need to know

The General Assembly is preparing for a special session, beginning Friday, and expecting to last, at least, five working days. → Read More

Wall Street firms, not Kentuckians, are leading Mitch McConnell's campaign donations

Mitch McConnell's recent election finance report shows his continuing ability to draw big contributions from business interests across the country. → Read More

Kentucky sanctuary city bill could curb Louisville immigration ordinance, lawmakers say

A group of Kentucky Republicans are supporting a bill that would clarify what a sanctuary city is and let local police work with agencies like ICE → Read More