Kenny Colston (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Yarmuth Says Kentucky Delegates Wanted to Show Unified Support for President Obama

John Yarmuth
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As the Democratic National Convention wraps up, Kentucky Democrats are trying to present a more unified front for President Barack Obama.

In this year’s primary, 42 percent of Democrats who cast ballots voted uncommitted rather than for the president. That created a problem for delegates to the party’s national convention, since uncommitted isn’t a candidate.

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Government
2:40 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Lawmaker Seeks to End Legislators' Pensions

A Kentucky Republican lawmaker is attempting to end the pension program for legislators.

State Representative David Floyd says Kentucky’s part-time lawmakers shouldn't get pensions. But currently they do, and some lawmakers are able to fatten their pensions by taking higher-paying jobs elsewhere in government, then collecting a pension for the higher salary after they retire.

Science
1:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Next Step for Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange: Picking a Model Plan

The confusing process of setting up Kentucky’'s health insurance exchange should get clearer later this month.

The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up exchanges in which residents can compare and purchase health plans. Governor Steve Beshear choose to set up the state exchange earlier this year, rather than let the federal government operate the system.

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Politics
9:25 am
Tue September 4, 2012

KY state auditor heads for this week's DNC

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As Democrats head to Charlotte, North Carolina this week for the Democratic National Convention, many Kentucky delegates will be going for the first time.  Auditor Adam Edelen is one of those first-timers. Edelen says he thinks his party will show why they truly are the best representatives and supporters of the middle class.  Edelen says former President Bill Clinton will likely be the best messenger for that campaign at the convention.

Politics
7:37 am
Mon September 3, 2012

No Kentuckians to speak at Democratic National Convention

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Democratic National Committee

Unlike their GOP counterparts, zero Kentucky officials will take the main stage to speak at this week’s Democratic National Convention.  Last week, Republicans heard from three Kentuckians at their convention: Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and congressional candidate Andy Barr.  University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton says Republicans extended their arms to Kentucky speakers, most notably Paul, to bolster up Mitt Romney’s support with the tea party crowd.  Clayton says Democrats don’t need Kentucky officials to speak because they know President Barack Oba

Politics
3:20 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Observers: Paul's RNC Speech Forceful

Rand Paul
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U.S. Senator Rand Paul may not have received a prime time speech slot at  this week's Republican National Convention, but he still managed to get attention.

Observers like University Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton say the younger Paul is seen as a potential bridge between the current GOP establishment and they loyal followers of his father, Congressman Ron Paul.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Revised RNC Schedule Still Gives Kentuckians Speaking Slots

The schedule shuffling at this year’'s Republican National Convention won'’t cost any Kentucky politicians their speaking slots.

With the first day'’s events canceled due to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac, at least two Kentucky speakers were in danger of being knocked off the schedule.

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Politics
11:50 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Yarmuth Says Several Democrats Could Unseat McConnell in 2014

John Yarmuth
LRC Public Information

One of Kentucky'’s two Democratic Congressmen believes his party has a good shot at unseating U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

So far, many of the state’'s top Democrats have announced plans to avoid challenging the Senate Minority Leader.

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Government
3:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Yarmuth Says Democrats Could've Better Sold Health Care Law

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Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville says his party dropped the ball on promoting the Affordable Care Act.

Yarmuth is one of the few public officials in Kentucky who has supported the health care law, and he actively defends it from criticism. But he says his fellow Democrats could have done a better job explaining the legislation.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Despite Akin Controvers​y, McConnell Still Says GOP Chances at Senate Majority Are "50-50"

A recent controversy over a Missouri Senate candidate’'s comments on rape has not diminished U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell'’s outlook for November.

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