Latest Kentucky state government News

Kentucky governor wins round in legal battle with lieutenant

Sep. 9, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor won the first round of a legal fight with his former running mate Monday as a judge turned down Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton's request to immediately reinstate her top two aides. Hampton presented a "substantial legal question" in challenging the dismissal of her...

Attorney 'disappointed' he hasn't heard from McGrath over ad

Sep. 6, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath's Senate campaign missed a Friday deadline set by an attorney seeking a reply to demands from two retired Kentucky coal miners that their images be removed from a campaign ad attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McGrath's campaign said both men signed...

Kentucky sports radio host takes step toward Senate run

Aug. 29, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The host of a popular Kentucky sports talk show announced Thursday that he's taking a step toward running as a Democrat for the seat of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by forming an exploratory committee. Matt Jones said on his radio show that his decision on whether to enter...

Appeals court upholds ruling on fees in gay marriage case

Aug. 23, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal appeals judges have upheld a ruling that the state of Kentucky must pay $224,000 in legal expenses stemming from a former county clerk's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. News outlets report a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati...

Kentucky governor's remark stirs spat with ex-GOP challenger

Aug. 23, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin this week insulted the challenger he defeated in the May Republican primary, an unorthodox move that runs the risk of alienating a swath of voters he needs to win a second term. While attending the Kentucky Farm Bureau's country ham breakfast on Thursday,...

Printer who nixed gay pride shirt goes to Ky. Supreme Court

Aug. 23, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky print shop owner who refused to make a gay pride T-shirt argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court that he shouldn't be compelled to promote messages that go against his religious beliefs. Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands-On Originals in Lexington, declined a T-shirt order...

Printer who nixed gay pride shirt goes to Ky. Supreme Court

Aug. 23, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky print shop owner who refused to make a gay pride T-shirt argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court that he shouldn't be compelled to promote messages that go against his religious beliefs. Blaine Adamson is owner of Hands-On Originals in Lexington and declined to print a...

Gay pride T-shirt case going before Kentucky Supreme Court

Aug. 22, 2019 4:31 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case over a company's refusal to print T-shirts for a gay-pride festival due to religious beliefs. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the arguments on Friday will help the court decide whether or not the...

Kentucky governor looks for boost from Trump

Aug. 20, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The reelection campaign of Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin recently raised the ante in the November election, placing nearly $4 million worth of advertising on television and radio leading up to his showdown with Democratic challenger and Attorney General Andy Beshear. Now, the...

Kentucky's governor-lieutenant governor spat goes to court

Aug. 19, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An extraordinary legal fight between Kentucky's governor and lieutenant governor over a staffing dispute was described in court Monday by the governor's lawyer as a minor disagreement among friends. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, who attended the hearing in state court, disputed that...