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Election 2012
12:07 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Conservative Group Supports Massie in 4th Congressional District

A national conservative organization has thrown its support behind Thomas Massie in Kentucky’'s Fourth Congressional District GOP Primary.

The Club for Growth announced its endorsement today, saying members believe Massie would best emulate U.S. Senator Rand Paul, one of the organizations most-loved lawmakers.

The club has not announced any plans for further involvement in the primary, but officials say they could send money to Massie if the race looks close, and the club may run TV ads if necessary.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
7:46 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Tennessee Lawmakers Try to Adjourn Again

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Heavy debate on a series of bills in the Tennessee House has delayed the conclusion of the General Assembly. The chamber recessed after 10:00 last night, but is scheduled to return at 8:00 this morning. Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell says the early start should give lawmakers every chance to conclude their business by the end of the day. The lower chamber had more than 45 bills remaining on its calendar, including a measure to require drug testing for welfare recipients and a proposed overhaul of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

Illinois Government
7:38 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Commission to Give Opinion on Illinois Facility Closure Plan

A legislative commission is scheduled to give its opinion on Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plans to close several state facilities, including the Tamms maximum security prison in southern Illinois. But the commission's vote is advisory only and the governor can close the prisons, mental institutions and offices no matter the findings. Quinn says closing the prisons would save money, while closing other facilities would lead to improved care for people with developmental disabilities. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability is scheduled to convene this morning.

Election 2012
7:11 am
Mon April 30, 2012

No One is Blocking the Path to Office

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Some 45 incumbent Kentucky lawmakers are running unopposed in both the spring primary and fall general elections this year. University of Louisville political scientist Laurie Rhodebeck says the lack of competition in this year's races may indicate candidates want nothing to do with the chaos of Frankfort politics. Out of 119 legislative seats up for election this year, only 36 will be on primary election ballots. In all, 40 state representatives and five senators are running unopposed. But it’s not that unusual in Kentucky.

Audit
6:56 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Edelen to Release Agriculture Department Audit

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State Auditor Adam Edelen is expected to release findings today from a financial review of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The review looks at agency operations under the administration of Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. Newly elected Commissioner James Comer asked for the special audit after he took office in January, saying it's needed to restore public trust to the agency. The Department was thrust into the center of state politics last year when Farmer, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor, was accused of misspending public funds.

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
6:28 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Tennessee Lawmakers Trying to Finish Up

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With Tennessee lawmakers on the verge of adjourning several weeks earlier than usual, end-of-session wrangling is as intense as ever. Budget disagreements between the two chambers led to the first conference committee on the spending plan since the acrimonious debate over the income tax more than a decade ago. And several contentious measures, including the guns-in-parking-lots bill, could still crop up before the Assembly concludes its business. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the "Don't Say Gay" bill will won't come back up though.

Election 2012
6:23 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Young Democrats Eye Legislature

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Two 24-year-old Democrats from opposite ends of the Commonwealth hope to be the newest and youngest members of the General Assembly next year.

Kendrick Bryan is from Elizabethtown and hopes to unseat longtime lawmaker Jimmie Lee. Tyler Murphy is from Greenup County and is challenging state representative Tonya Pullin.

Bryan and Murphy'’s bids for office come after a trio of young Republicans in their 20's successfully ran for the state House two years ago.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
8:44 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Tennessee House Approves Spending Plan

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The Tennessee House has passed Governor Bill Haslam's $30.4 billion dollar spending plan after rejecting several efforts to restore programs and make a greater reduction in the state's sales tax on groceries. The chamber voted 66-30 yesterday to pass the bill. Approval was delayed by more than an hour by a spirited debate over Haslam's plan to close a Youth Development Center in Bledsoe County. But after a break - and heavy lobbying by Republican leaders and Haslam staffers - the chamber moved on. The Senate has yet to vote on its version of the spending plan.

2012 Illinois General Assembly
8:42 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation Passes Senate

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A bill regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is advancing in the Illinois legislature. The state Senate unanimously passed a bill yesterday addressing the decades-old but debated technology used to reach previously inaccessible natural gas reserves deep underground. The bill comes as energy companies are pushing to prospect possible drilling sites using fracking in southern Illinois. The legislation allows the state's Department of Natural Resources to regulate fracking.

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ALEC has Little Influence in KY Legislation
4:42 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

State Co-Chair says ALEC bills Don't Go Far In Kentucky

A controversial national legislative group may not have the same pull in Kentucky as it does in other states.

For weeks, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been under fire for its work pushing model state laws. The group has been linked to "stand your ground" gun laws, which have been in the news since the shooting death of a Florida teenager in February.

Many of ALEC's corporate members, including Kentucky-based Yum Brands, have ended their association with the group.

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