House Speaker Greg Stumbo

Government
7:24 am
Thu November 6, 2014

State House Democrats Unveil Agenda

Credit Bud Kraft, LRC Public Information

Less than 24 hours after Kentucky voters maintained the 54-46 Democratic majority in the state House of Representatives, the chamber’s leaders announced their agenda for the 2015 legislative session. 

“We want to thank the voters for their support and for giving us the opportunity to move ahead with those ideas that are important to them and that help all Kentucky families succeed,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.  “Our Democratic caucus has made an effort in recent years to distance itself from the policies and gridlock we have seen coming from Washington, and the voters rallied behind that.”

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Politics
12:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Jack Conway Raises $750,000 Towards Kentucky Governor's Race

Jack Conway

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:35 am

Attorney General Jack Conway has raised more than $750,000 since announcing his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor less than two months ago.

Conway has about $705,000 in cash on hand, according to the campaign's first report to the state election finance registry. He has donated only $1,000 of his own money to his campaign.

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Government
4:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Stumbo, Stivers Call New EPA Regulations A "Dumbass" Policy

Credit Kentucky LRC

The state’s top-ranking lawmakers have some choice words over proposed federal regulations governing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency this week announced new regulations that would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants 30 percent by the year 2030.

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Education
7:09 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Public School Teachers Mulling Pension Lawsuit Against Legislature

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A group of Louisville teachers are planning to file a class-action lawsuit against the governor and leaders in the Kentucky General Assembly, claiming they violated the state's contract with teachers by deliberately underfunding teachers' retirement fund by billions of dollars.

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Politics
8:56 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Once Again Cockfighting Is An Issue in Kentucky Politics

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 8:57 am

For the third time in as many months, leading Kentucky politicians find themselves addressing cockfighting.

A new federal case brings questions about the bloodsport to a top state Democratic lawmaker and puts the practice back into conversations about the U.S. Senate race.

Federal authorities filed charges against three Eastern Kentucky residents this week in a massive cockfighting ring run out of the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Ky.

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Government
2:09 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Local Sales Tax Option Passes Ky. House Committee

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Supporters of a local option sales tax in Kentucky have won their first victory in Frankfort, but the matter is still far from settled.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Stumbo Supportive of Heyburn Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Credit LRC Public Information

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he supports a federal judge's opinion that requires Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Stumbo doesn't think it will affect House elections this fall, where Democrats will defend a narrow 8-seat majority over Republicans.

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Government
3:33 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Comment On Minimum Wage Legislation

(left) Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) and House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonburg)
Credit Kentucky LRC

Leaders of the Kentucky Senate and House are exchanging words on minimum wage legislation.  The House yesterday approved a bill to raise the minimum wage 95 cents a year for three years, eventually reaching ten dollars ten cents an hour.  Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber is more interested in creating new jobs.

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Government
6:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Kentucky Legislators' Wait Almost Over for Governor's Tax Reform Details

Credit wikipedia.org

Leaders from both the Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear Monday to talk tax reform. 

Lawmakers have been waiting on details of a proposal. Beshear promised weeks ago he would come forward with a legislative proposal to reform taxes.  But, the particulars of how to change the state’s tax structure will likely be revealed in Monday's meeting. 

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Government
3:11 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Local Option Sales Tax Presents Dilemma for Ky. Republican Lawmakers

Credit Kentucky LRC

An effort in Kentucky to fund projects with a new local option sales tax is posing a dilemma for Republican lawmakers.

Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is backing the proposal, which would allow public votes on temporary sales tax increases to pay for new projects. But Republican State Senate President Robert Stivers says it's difficult to balance higher taxes against civic improvement.

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