Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio

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

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Government
6:27 am
Mon August 11, 2014

State Government Audit Under Review

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An audit of state government by the National Conference of State Legislatures is currently under “review” by Kentucky political leaders but the report hasn’t been made public.

A spokesman for the NCSL says on April 25 a preliminary draft of their report was delivered to Marcia Seiler, the acting director of the Legislative Research Commission, and to members of state House and Senate leadership.

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Government
3:59 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Date Set For Hearing in Lawsuits Against Will Coursey and John Arnold

John Arnold

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 3:55 pm

Statehouse staffers who've filed lawsuits against a current state legislator and a former lawmaker want access to a report their attorney said may include allegations of improper behavior by other legislators.

In Sept. 10 hearing, a Franklin Circuit judge will consider motions regarding lawsuits filed against Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, and former Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis.

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Government
2:54 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kentucky's Uninsured Rate Drops to Second-Lowest in Nation

The percentage of people without health insurance in Kentucky has dropped to the second-lowest rate in the nation.

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Government
8:39 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Kentucky and 3 Other States Get Unprecendented Appeals Hearing

Timothy Love, left, and Larry Ysunza are one of the couples from Kentucky challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 4:01 pm

CINCINNATI—In oral arguments Wednesday before a federal appeals court, Gov. Steve Beshear's attorney re-emphasized a stance that same-sex should not be allowed because the couples cannot procreate, raising issues for Kentucky's population growth and economy.

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Government
2:45 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Kentucky Drug Court Conference Opens in Louisville

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Drug court judges and attorneys from across the commonwealth are gathering in Louisville this week to discuss best practices and applying new research into brain science to better serve the state’s 115 drug courts, which offer an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. 

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Government
11:16 am
Tue August 5, 2014

The Fight to Allow or Prevent Same Sex Marriages Continues This Week for KY and TN

The legal arguments for and against gay marriage bans in Kentucky and three other states are set for hearings this week in Cincinnati’s 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Government
3:57 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

State Lawmakers Rally to Raise Minimum Wage

Louisville Congressman John Yarmuth and a handful of Democratic state lawmakers rallied today in support of raising the minimum wage in Kentucky from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

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Politics
8:51 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Fancy Farm: Ag Commissioner James Comer Officially Enters 2015 Governor's Race

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer beside his wife, T.J., as he announces his bid for governor.

Originally published on Sat August 2, 2014 11:49 pm

  FANCY FARM—Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer officially announced his bid for governor Saturday at the 134th annual Fancy Farm political picnic. He's the third candidate to launch an gubernatorial bid in the 2015 race.

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Politics
1:47 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

On the Eve of Fancy Farm, Remembering Gatewood Galbraith and an Old Kentucky Oratory Tradition

It’s Fancy Farm, 2011. Gatewood Galbraith, clad in his trademark fedora, takes the stage. 

“Thank you very much folks," he tells the applauding crowd. "Gatewood Galbraith here. First of all, I’m gonna go away from my regular speech for just a second and tell you Gov. Beshear, that was the worst darn speech I ever heard anybody give!”

The audience cheers.

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1:41 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

On the Eve of Fancy Farm, Remembering Gatewood Galbraith and an Old Kentucky Oratory Tradition

Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley during their campaign for governor and lieutenant governor.

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 11:00 am

It’s Fancy Farm, 2011. Gatewood Galbraith, clad in his trademark fedora, takes the stage. 

“Thank you very much folks," he tells the applauding crowd. "Gatewood Galbraith here. First of all, I’m gonna go away from my regular speech for just a second and tell you Gov. Beshear, that was the worst darn speech I ever heard anybody give!”

The audience cheers.

Dubbed by many Kentucky political observers as one of the best stump speakers in recent history, Galbraith’s populist oratory style and steely resolve was a perfect match for the event.

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