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Past articles by Jack:

House leader says special session on pension-relief bill may start July 19

The long-anticipated special law-making session to provide pension relief to regional universities and quasi-goverrnmental agencies like mental health centers and libraries is likely to start July 19, a legislative leader said Tuesday. → Read More

It’s time to make daylight saving time permanent, two Kentucky lawmakers contend

Tired of “springing forward” an hour each spring and “falling backward” an hour each autumn? So are two Kentucky lawmakers who want to make daylight saving time permanent in Kentucky. → Read More

‘We are wonderfully made.’ Record number of faith groups join Lexington Pride Festival.

This year’s Lexington Pride festival had about 200 vendors, and a record 20 of them were with religious groups ranging from Catholic LGBTQ+ Ministry Lexington to Woodland Christian Church. → Read More

Something new for Bevin and Beshear to spar over: Capitol office space

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear doesn’t like it, but Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is taking over some of his office space in the Kentucky Capitol. → Read More

Federal judge sides with Beshear and returns teacher sickout case to state court

A legal battle over access to the attendance records of Kentucky public school teachers who called in sick to attend Capitol protests earlier this year was returned to state court Thursday by a federal judge. → Read More

What feud? Gov. Bevin says he has ‘great’ relationship with Lt. Gov. Hampton.

Gov. Matt Bevin said on Wednesday he does not want Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton to resign, playing down an embarrassing public feud between the two that sparked after he chose not to keep Hampton on his re-election team this year. → Read More

Bevin and Democrats disagree on number of votes needed to pass pension bill

Kentucky House Democrats disputed Monday the Bevin administration’s claim it has enough votes in the House to pass a pension-relief bill in a special legislative session. → Read More

Did Gov. Bevin have the right to fire Lt. Gov. Hampton’s top two staffers?

Kentuckians are witnessing a bitter feud between Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton. She is more than upset over the Bevin administration’s firing of her two top staffers. Did Bevin have the right to do that? → Read More

Bevin Administration says it has votes to pass pension relief bill

The Bevin Administration says it has enough votes to pass a bill to provide pension relief for Kentucky’s regional universities and quasi-public agencies. The governor’s office says it has until August to call a session. → Read More

Hampton vows to finish her term as lieutenant governor and get staffers reinstated

Embattled Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton vowed Tuesday to serve the remainder of her term and said she is “pursuing action” to reinstate two staffers who Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration fired against her wishes. → Read More

War of words explodes in Bevin-Hampton battle, pulls in Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell disputed a claim Sunday made by a fired staffer of Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton that he urged Gov. Matt Bevin to replace Hampton as his running mate in this year’s election for governor. Meanwhile, Bevin’s chief of staff, Blake Brickman, said he authorized the firing of Hampton’s deputy chief of staff, Adrienne Southworth. → Read More

Supreme Court hands Bevin victory in reorganizing education boards

In a legal victory for Gov. Matt Bevin, the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously upheld Thursday the Republican governor’s reorganization of several boards and committees that oversee public education in the state. → Read More

At last! Kentucky Olympian who won 7 medals in 1920 inducted into sports hall of fame

Nearly 100 years after he wowed the world with his record-breaking performance in the 1920 Summer Olympic Games, Kentucky native Willis A. Lee is getting his due recognition in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. → Read More

‘Pray for me as I battle dark forces.’ Lt. Gov. Hampton says another staffer fired.

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, whom Gov. Matt Bevin dropped as his running mate for this year’s race for governor, asked for prayers Friday on her Twitter account after the Bevin administration dismissed her deputy chief of staff on Thursday without her approval. → Read More

Bevin still investigating Steve Beshear as election looms. Will it change the campaign?

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s administration says there is more to come on a report about corruption in former Gov. Steve Beshear administration, in the middle of his reelection bid. → Read More

Appellate court upholds state ban of gifts, money to Kentucky lawmakers

Kentucky lawmakers cannot accept gifts from lobbyists and lobbyists cannot make campaign contributions to candidates for the state legislature , a federal appellate court ruled Thursday in a victory for the state’s legislative ethics code. The ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a June 2017 ruling by U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman of Covington. → Read More

Former Kentucky lawmaker challenging Mitch McConnell in GOP primary for U.S. Senate

Former Republican state lawmaker C. Wesley Morgan wants to replace U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in next year’s Kentucky race for U.S. Senate. → Read More

Pork chops, pizza and Bluegrass. Democrats push hard at end of gubernatorial primary.

Andy Beshear, Rocky Adkins and Adam Edelen toured Kentucky to make their pitch to beat Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. → Read More

Meet the three Democrats aiming to end Republican Mike Harmon’s role as state auditor

In Tuesday’s Kentucky primary election, three Democrats are tossing their “political stones” at Republican state auditor Mike Harmon in hopes of vanquishing him in November. → Read More

Kentucky governor candidates seeking votes, but most people won’t take the time

Only 12.5 percent of Kentucky’s 3.4 million registered voters are expected to go to the polls Tuesday to elect party nominees for governor and other state constitutional officers, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projected Thursday. → Read More