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
12:07 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Poll: McConnell in Close Races With Potential Opponents

A new poll shows Sen. Mitch McConnell with a precarious lead over potential Democratic challengers.

The survey from Public Policy Polling shows McConnell with a four point lead over Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes—45 to 41—and a five point lead over former Congressman Ben Chandler.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Wacky and Weird New Laws Thanks to the 2013 Session

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Now that the governor has acted on every bill passed in the 2013 session, some of the more interesting new laws are starting to stick out.

There are always a few bills that make lobbyists and lawmakers roll their eyes, and this year is no different. For example, a bill signed into law describes Ale-8-One as "an original" Kentucky soft drink. We also now have a law honoring Winchester as the birthplace of beer cheese. Another law re-classifies a handful of Kentucky cities as larger than they really are.

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Government
3:24 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill, Promises Changes to System

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Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo that would require prompt payment in the Medicaid managed care system. 

The governor was expected to veto the bill, claiming it would cost the state too much money.

But in turn, Beshear says he will implement the spirit of the bill, including allowing the Department of Insurance to investigate late payment claims. Beshear also promised the administrative side of the managed care system would work better.

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2013 KY General Assembly
12:22 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Hemp, Medi-Share Bills Become Law

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is allowing a bill regulating hemp in Kentucky to become law without his signature.

Supporters of Senate Bill 50 were concerned that the Governor might veto the bill after he continually expressed concerns that law enforcement groups had with the bill.

But those concerns apparently weren't enough to veto the bill, as the governor says he will let it become law.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Beau Biden to Speak at Kentucky Democrats' Annual Dinner

Credit Delaware Department office of Attorney General

Kentucky Democrats are bringing in a well-connected out-of-state politician to headline their annual state dinner. 

State Democrats aim for high-profile names to headline their annual Wendell Ford Dinner—this year they've booked Beau Biden, the Delaware Attorney General and the son of Vice President Joe Biden.

The Kentucky Democratic Party  was looking for a young, up-and-coming speaker for this year's event, Chair Dan Logsdon said.

Logsdon said the party reached out with the help of Kentucky's own attorney general, Jack Conway.

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Government
4:40 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Comer closes fuel testing lab to save money

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Kentucky will shut down an expensive fuel testing lab run by the Department of Agriculture. The lab was meant to test the quality of fuel from pumps across the commonwealth. It was the brainchild of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who promised other states would eventually sign contracts with the lab and generate significant revenue…but those contracts never materialized and so far, the lab has been a money guzzler.

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Government
12:31 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

For First Time, Kentucky Supreme Court Has Three Women Justices

In a historic appointment, Governor Steve Beshear has named Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Fort Mitchell to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The appointment increases the number of women on the state's highest court to three. It is the first time the state Supreme Court has had three female justices on the bench.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:26 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Major Bills Still Awaiting Governor's Signature

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Many of the bills Kentucky lawmakers passed in the final hours of this year's legislative session are still awaiting action by Gov. Steve Beshear. Beshear has not yet signed or vetoed high-profile bills that would prepare Kentucky to grow industrial hemp, allow alcohol sales on election day and simplify voting for military service members stationed overseas.

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Politics
7:15 am
Fri March 29, 2013

New Political Action Committee's Aim is for Republicans to Take Kentucky State House

With more than a year before the next elections, new political action committee has formed to help Republicans gain control of the Kentucky state House.

The PAC—Pro-Jobs, Pro-Kentucky—was formed earlier this month by Scott Jennings, a longtime Kentucky  GOP political operative and Mike Adams, a former political director for the Republican Governor's Association.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Lobbyists Spend $4.2 Million in First Months of Session

With the Kentucky General Assembly adjourned for the year, a look into lobbying spending during the session shows major dollars are still used to influence issues.

During the first two months of this year's session, a total of $4.2 million was spent lobbying. That's a 10 percent increase over the last 30-day session in 2011, according to Legislative Ethics Commission.

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