KET Legislative Coverage


  • Budget Shortfall Guessing Game; Horse and Political Races

    by John Gregory | 06/30/14 2:51 PM

    It's an old story that no one in Frankfort wants to hear again: a revenue shortfall that will force spending cuts in Kentucky's biennial budget. Read more.

  • Key Questions in the Campaign Finance Debate

    by John Gregory | 06/24/14 5:17 PM

    Earlier this month Senate Democrats took another crack at trying to address the flow of money through American political campaigns when Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) called for a constitutional amendment to give Congress authority to regulate contributions in federal elections, and state legislatures similar powers at the local level. Read more.

  • New Court to Focus on Mentally Ill Clients

    by John Gregory | 06/23/14 5:03 PM

    As governments have defunded mental health services around the country, the criminal justice system has increasingly become a caretaker for mentally ill individuals. Now Kentucky corrections officials estimate that as many as a quarter of the state's prison and jail population may suffer from a schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or other serious mental illness. Read more.

  • Next for Auditor's Team: N. Ky. Airport and Teacher's Pensions

    by John Gregory | 06/23/14 2:03 PM

    Democrat Adam Edelen ended speculation he might run for governor with the announcement last week that he would seek reelection to his post as state auditor instead. Edelen said he decided to focus on his family and coaching his young sons in baseball instead of running an all-consuming race for the state's highest office. Read more.

  • With Edelen Out, Where Does That Leave Governor's Race?

    by John Gregory | 06/23/14 11:49 AM

    The 2015 contest for Kentucky governor has shifted again as another high-profile Democrat opted not to run. Read more.

  • Changing How We Think About Architecture

    by John Gregory | 06/18/14 8:41 AM

    When Boston-based architect Stephen Chung found himself unemployed during the recession a few years ago, he conceived the idea of doing a television show that helps people understand the value of architecture. Most of our daily lives are spent in some kind of building, he reasoned, so why not guide viewers to a better appreciation for the work and creativity that goes into making those structures? Read more.

  • Kentucky Retirement System Has Problems yet "Fundamentally Sound"

    by John Gregory | 06/17/14 5:08 PM

    During the last legislative session, a teacher hoping to retire called Rep. Brent Yonts' office in Frankfort. The individual was crying because of being been told he couldn't retire because the state pension system was bankrupt. Read more.

  • Sex and Violence: Changing Attitudes and Speaking Up

    by John Gregory | 06/17/14 10:15 AM

    The term "rape culture" has been around for about 40 years, and refers to a society where sexual violence, especially against women, may be a normal, even tolerated, behavior. Read more.

  • State Budget Shortfall; Congressional Strategies

    by John Gregory | 06/16/14 2:21 PM

    It's news that nobody in Frankfort wanted to hear: State budget officials announced Tuesday that they expect a significant revenue shortfall in Kentucky's fiscal year 2014 budget. Read more.

  • Newscaster Jean Cochran Talks About Her NPR Days and More

    by John Gregory | 06/12/14 8:42 AM

    There's a certain kind of familiarity that develops when you wake up to the same voice year after year. Jean Cochran had the privilege of being one of those voices for three decades as a newscaster for NPR. Read more.