Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio

Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. 

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Politics
9:45 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Northern Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Heroin Epidemic With U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

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Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell heard testimony on Friday from Northern Kentuckians on how to tackle Kentucky’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.

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Government
7:01 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Fischer, Wayne Spar Over LIFT Tax's "Trickle Down" Effect

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is continuing his push for the local option sales tax, which would let communities vote on temporary sales tax increases to fund projects.

But the Democratic Fischer is facing opposition to the plan…from the left.

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Politics
6:49 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Push Stopped By Democratic House Leaders, Bill Sponsor Says

FRANKFORT — The sponsor of a bill that would ban smoking in public places and some private businesses in Kentucky says House Democratic leadership has killed the measure.

Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington, says a combination of pressure from lobbying groups and political concerns of colleagues with tobacco farms in their districts were behind the bill's failure.

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Government
6:13 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Gov. Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-sex Marriage Ruling

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Gov. Steve Beshear says his appeal of a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages is meant to clarify the law.

Beshear acknowledges that marriage equality supporters are disappointed with his decision to mount an appeal, even though Attorney General Jack Conway has opted not to.

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Government
4:49 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Frankfort Rally Commemorating 1964 Civil Rights March Focuses on Felon Voting Rights

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The fight for civil rights in Kentucky continues 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. led a march in the state Capitol.

The 1964 march on Frankfort agitated for Civil Rights in segregation-era Kentucky, resulting in the passage of the 1966 Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

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Government
6:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Conway Defends Same-Sex Marriage Decision

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Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in Kentucky.

In an emotional press conference yesterday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal Heyburn’s decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.”

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Government
4:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Right To Work Legislation Introduced in Kentucky

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The Kentucky House’s top-ranking Republican has introduced a right-to-work bill in his chamber.

Under the measure, workers would not be required to pay union dues as a condition of employment. House GOP Floor Leader Jeff Hoover says such a law would create jobs.

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Government
2:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bill Heads to Kentucky House

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FRANKFORT—The movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky made another leap forward on Thursday.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Thayer Mulling Bill to Let Rand Paul Run for Senate and POTUS Simultaneously

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A state Republican lawmaker is considering filing a bill that will permit U.S. Senator Rand Paul to run for re-election in Congress as well as President of the United States. 

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Government
10:12 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Westrom: Lobbying Taking Toll on Smoking-Ban Bill

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Tobacco companies have spent nearly $70,000 in the first month of the 2014 General Assembly, according to lobbying data from the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.

And the sponsor of a bill that would ban smoking in public places and some private businesses says that that money is sowing doubt over its chances in the House.

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