Latest Kentucky State General Assembly News

McConnell highlights leadership role in 2020 reelection bid

Nov. 25, 2019 5:10 PM EST

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Setting likely themes for his 2020 reelection bid, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that his leadership role in Congress allows Kentucky to “punch above its weight” in national politics. Speaking to a business group in London, Kentucky, the Republican...

Officials received calls about gas smell before explosion

Nov. 25, 2019 8:19 AM EST

CAMPTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials received calls complaining about the smell of gas before an explosion that killed two people at a home near the rural community of Campton on Saturday. Wolf County Emergency Management Director Marcus Stephens told WLEX-TV that someone at the home called twice about a...

2 found dead in Kentucky home after explosion; 4 injured

Nov. 24, 2019 6:59 PM EST

CAMPTON, Ky. (AP) — Police say a weekend explosion and fire at a home in Kentucky have left two people dead and four others injured. Kentucky State Police Sgt. Bret Kirkland told WLEX-TV the explosion occurred Saturday in Wolfe County near the rural community of Campton. Kirkland said two bodies were found...

Democrat Beshear looking for ways to bridge partisan divide

Nov. 23, 2019 12:08 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Preparing for his first encounters with an overwhelmingly Republican legislature as Kentucky’s next chief executive, Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear is looking for ways to bridge the partisan divide. Combating drug-abuse problems should be achievable because...

Kentucky bill aims to curb violence toward sports officials

Nov. 19, 2019 3:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three Republican lawmakers in Kentucky say they plan to introduce a bill that would make intimidating sports officials a misdemeanor offense. State Rep. Randy Bridges of Paducah said Tuesday that the measure aims to restore respect for sports officials. The bill would also create a...

Bevin sets special election for Kentucky state Senate seat

Nov. 19, 2019 4:39 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has set a special election to fill a state Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Dan Seum of Louisville. The special election will be Jan. 14 for the 38th District seat, which covers Bullitt County and part of Louisville. The 79-year-old Republican...

Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting

Nov. 18, 2019 2:25 PM EST

The re-election victory by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards over the weekend has assured Democrats of an all-important place at the table when political maps are redrawn after the 2020 census for future elections to Congress and the state Legislature. Edwards’ narrow triumph on Saturday marked the third...

Radio host says he won’t run to unseat Mitch McConnell

Nov. 15, 2019 10:43 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky radio host returned to the airwaves after a hiatus to announce he won’t enter the race to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020. Matt Jones left his popular sports talk show last week when the Kentucky Republican Party complained he was using it to...

Reaction to Bevin concession in governor’s race

Nov. 14, 2019 6:28 PM EST

Reaction from Kentucky officials to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s concession to Democrat Andy Beshear, ending the state’s bitterly fought governor’s race: —Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne: “With today’s concession announcement, the governor put the people of Kentucky...

Vote totals set to be double-checked in Kentucky gov’s race

Nov. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin could face a legacy-defining decision when the vote totals from the Kentucky governor’s race are double-checked Thursday — concede to Democrat Andy Beshear or contest last week’s election in a historic move that could put the outcome in...