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Government
7:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Sponsor takes Tennessee Campaign Finance Bill off Notice

A bill seeking to lift a cap on contributions from political action committees in Tennessee has been withdrawn in the state House.  The bill sponsored by Republican Representative Glen Casada was taken off notice in the House State and Local Government Committee Tuesday without explanation.  State law limits legislative candidates to accepting no more than $107,200 per primary or general election.

From the Capitol
2:44 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Tax Commissions Hears Past Reports, Delays Picking A Consultant

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A commission tasked with coming up with elements of a new tax code for Kentucky held its second meeting in Frankfort today.

The group is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and is made up of business leaders from across the state.

During the all-afternoon meeting, the group received overviews of the dozen tax commissions that came before the current one.

And while giving the highlights, Greg Harkenrider, an economist in Governor Steve Beshear’s administration, told members that one change won’t cure all ills.

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Federal Funding for NPR
11:20 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Statement of NPR President & CEO Before US Senate Committee on Appropriations

Statement of Gary Knell, President and CEO, National Public Radio, Before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations in March, 2012.

Dear Chairman Rehberg, Congresswoman DeLauro and Members of the Subcommittee,

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2012 General Assembly
9:57 am
Tue April 10, 2012

KY Lawmakers still without agreement on road budget

Kentucky lawmakers still haven't reached an accord on appropriations in the state's transportation budget.  State Representative Sannie Overly says House and Senate lawmakers remain far apart on proposed construction projects to be included in a six-year, $10 billion road plan.  Legislators are scheduled to reconvene Thursday for the final day of this year's legislative session.  This only allows two more days for negotiators to work out differences in the competing proposals offered by the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate.  Overly is a leading Democratic negotiator

McCracken County Fiscal Court
9:55 am
Tue April 10, 2012

McCracken County Fiscal Court Meeting 4/9

The McCracken County Fiscal Court decided last night to schedule a workshop to discuss an advisory board for the county’s animal shelter. Judge-Executive Van Newberry says the current proposal outlines a governing body of five members. The Court will hold the workshop within the next few weeks. The court also voted to allocate $12,000 toward transportation for non-public school children in the St. John’s area. Newberry says for years, the state has given money to the Court for this purpose, and it has mainly helped transport children to the St. Mary’s School System.

Tennessee Legislature
9:25 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Haslam: Decision on evolution bill likely Tuesday

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says it will probably be close to the deadline before he decides whether to sign a proposal protecting teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.  The deadline is today.

Tennessee Legislature
9:23 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Tennessee Democrats Unhappy with "fast pace" of State Legislature

Tennessee House Democrats say the Republican majority is moving too quickly through the legislative process.  Toward the end of the House floor session Monday, Democratic Representative Jimmy Naifeh took exception to a Republican move to end debate on overhauling a judicial disciplinary panel.  Naifeh says the measure is a complex change, and lawmakers were unable to receive any details before the vote took place.  Republican Representative Curry Todd made the motion to head straight for a vote.  He says the final vote of 86-7 in favor of the bill showed no debate was necessary.  House Demo

2012 General Assembly
4:19 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Governor Beshear Signing Bills Passed in General Assembly

Governor Steve Beshear has signed more bills that passed the General Assembly this session.

Lawmakers will return to Frankfort Thursday to try and override any potential vetoes, but so far, the governor hasn’t vetoed anything. He has, however, approved more than a dozen bills since lawmakers left Frankfort late last month.

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Government
10:41 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Charter School Legislation Waits Another Year

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When the current Kentucky legislative session ends this week, many issues will be left on the table for future years.

One of those issues is charter schools. Kentucky is among nine states without charters, and the push to change that has been polarizing in Frankfort. A compromise to create a pilot charter project was close to passage last month, but it fell apart.

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GOP Primary
8:12 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Republican Primary Quietly Approaches in KY

Kentucky voters have watched from the sidelines as the Republican presidential primaries unfolded in other states.  And when they finally get their say a little more than a month from now, it may not matter.  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appears on course to collect the one thousand, one hundred and forty-four delegates he needs to wrap up the Republican nomination, despite the best efforts of top challenger Rick Santorum.  Santorum is also facing pressure to drop out of the race.  The candidates still have primaries in eleven other states, including Pennsylvania, New York, and

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