Latest Kentucky State General Assembly News

McGrath looks to win over supporters of primary opponent

Aug. 3, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky, (AP) — Looking to reclaim the progressive and minority voters who didn't back her during Kentucky's U.S. Senate primary, Democrat Amy McGrath has unveiled a social justice plan and touted voter registration efforts she hopes will help her topple Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, Rene Boucher, right, and his attorney Matt Baker listen to questions during jury selection in a civil trial in Warren Circuit Court in Bowling Green, Ky. Boucher, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s former neighbor, was resentenced Monday, July 27, 2020, to an extra seven months behind bars and six months in home detention for tackling and injuring the Kentucky lawmaker in anger over lawn care. (Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP, File)

Sen. Rand Paul's attacker receives longer prison sentence

Jul. 27, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s former neighbor was resentenced Monday to an extra seven months behind bars and six months in home detention for tackling and injuring the Kentucky lawmaker over a lawn care dispute. Rene Boucher originally was given a 30-day sentence after pleading...

FILE - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, in a Tuesday, June 30, 2020 file photo, in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's prominent role in the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic has become Topic A in his bitter campaign against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, providing fodder for both sides. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Federal coronavirus response dominates Kentucky Senate race

Jul. 21, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's prominent role in the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic has become Topic A in his bitter campaign against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, providing fodder for both sides. McConnell boasts about the billions in relief money...

FILE - In a Sunday, May 3, 2020 file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear walks through the state's Emergency Operations Center at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., on his way to a news conference to provide an update on coronavirus in the state. Gov. Andy Beshear has announced plans to bring back Kentucky's health insurance exchange. The exchange was dismantled by his Republican predecessor. Beshear notified federal officials of his plans to revive the state-based exchange at the start of 2022.  (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky announces single-day high of new coronavirus cases

Jul. 19, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A daily record of nearly 1,000 coronavirus cases was reported Sunday in Kentucky, a spike that the governor said should be a “wake-up call” for the state’s citizens to abide by mask and social distancing restrictions. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a...

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addresses the media at Deaconess Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Ky., Tuesday afternoon, July 14, 2020. McConnell was expressing his gratitude to healthcare workers for their sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic as well as discussing the Economic Security Act and coronavirus aid.  (Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)

McGrath outpaces McConnell in fundraising for Senate seat

Jul. 16, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic challenger Amy McGrath continued her blistering fundraising pace in the spring, outdistancing Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for another quarter in their bruising, free-spending campaign in Kentucky. Despite her prodigious pace, McGrath ended the quarter...

Workers prepare to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Saturday, June 13, 2020. A Kentucky commission voted to take down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the state Capitol. The panel supported a push from the governor as the country faces protests against police brutality following the deaths of African Americans in encounters with police. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

GOP lawmakers complain about Davis statue removal process

Jul. 14, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers in Kentucky complained Tuesday that a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was removed from the state Capitol last month by a firm with political connections to the governor without bids. Kentucky state Sens. Stephen Meredith and Paul Hornback argued...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, Republican state Sen. Max Wise sits at his desk on the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Wise, who heads a key education committee, says he tested positive for the coronavirus. In a Twitter post Monday night, July 12, Wise says he began experiencing “very mild symptoms” last Thursday and was tested the next day. He says both tests came back positive. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Kentucky lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker who heads a key education committee revealed Monday night that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. In a Twitter post, Republican state Sen. Max Wise said he began experiencing “very mild symptoms" last Thursday and was tested the next day. Both tests...

Judge won't toss evidence in Kentucky lawmaker's DUI case

Jul. 3, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A state lawmaker will face a jury trial in September after unsuccessfully trying this week to have evidence in his drunken driving case thrown out, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. State Rep. Derek Lewis was arrested near his home at 1:55 a.m. on April 16, just a few hours after the...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, state Rep. Charles Booker speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives in the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Looking to flex his newfound influence after his Senate campaign fell just short, Booker reached out Thursday, July 2, 2020 to help unite Kentucky Democrats behind Amy McGrath's uphill fight to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Booker reaches out to unite Democrats against McConnell

Jul. 2, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking to flex his newfound influence among Kentucky Democrats after his Senate campaign fell just short, Charles Booker reached out Thursday to unite behind Amy McGrath's uphill fight to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Booker, a progressive who lost to...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, June 30, 2020 fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

McGrath raises Russia bounty issue in Kentucky Senate race

Jul. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — Taking the offensive after her narrow primary win, Democratic Senate nominee Amy McGrath challenged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to disclose what he knows about intelligence assessments suggesting Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. McGrath, a...