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Lobbyist convicted of Kentucky deputy attorney general bribe

Jun. 18, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Democratic lobbyist has been convicted of bribing Kentucky's No. 2 law enforcement officer in a case voters are likely to see in political ads for next year's race for governor. A federal jury said James Sullivan was trying to bribe Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer in March of...

Jury still deliberating in bribery trial of former lobbyist

Jun. 16, 2018 7:15 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a jury hasn't reached a verdict in the Kentucky trial of lobbyist James Sullivan in a federal bribery investigation involving state contracts. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andy Boone said deliberations will continue Monday. The investigation has already netted...

Lobbyist says payments to state official were friendly loans

Jun. 15, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A veteran lobbyist says his multiple cash payments to a high-ranking state official were loans between friends and not bribes meant to maintain a lucrative state contract for his corporate client. James Sullivan is on trial this week accused of bribing former Personnel Secretary Tim...

Ex-political consultant testifies in Kentucky bribery trial

Jun. 14, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Veteran Democratic political consultant Larry O'Bryan was given simple instructions: Meet lobbyist Jim Sullivan in a parking lot to pick up a $5,000 bribe and deliver it to a high-ranking state official to win favorable treatment in the complex government contracting process. They...

Ex-Kentucky official testifies in lobbyist's bribery trial

Jun. 13, 2018 8:01 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — In 2016, Kentucky's No. 2 law enforcement official gave a lobbyist a ride to his car. Tim Longmeyer had known Jim Sullivan for years, back when Longmeyer was the secretary of the Personnel Cabinet under former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. When offered the ride, Longmeyer was the...

Prosecutors: Kentucky consultant gave bribes for contract

Jun. 11, 2018 7:53 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a veteran Democratic consultant and lobbyist gave "Christmas presents" to a high-ranking state official as part of a pay-to-play scheme that "attempted to reach the highest levels of state government." But an attorney for James Sullivan says the lobbyist is...

Judge throws out settlement in Kentucky foster care case

May. 31, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a legal settlement that would require Kentucky to monitor faith-based foster homes to make sure they don't use public money to evangelize children in the state's care. The ruling is part of a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit challenging state funding of...

Bevin announces partnership to implement Medicaid changes

May. 30, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Republican governor is partnering with a former Democratic congressman to help implement the nation's first work requirements for Medicaid. On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin announced a partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a nonpartisan health policy...