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Redistricting Adds Chaos Into Already Jam-Packed Election Year

The legislative district boundaries have shifted in plans that likely await the Governor’s veto pen and subsequent General Assembly override, but for more than candidates and incumbents, this process will add a healthy dose of chaos to an already chaotic election season. If the districts move forward this year the shifts will mean additional work...

Open Seats Created in the House and Senate Under the Redistricting Plans

There are six new open and vacant districts created in the House and Senate redistricting plans, four seats are now open in the House and two seats have been created in the Senate. With the filing deadline delayed to Jan 25 at 4 pm candidates have time to file for all of the updated House...

Workin’ on the Weekend; Lawmakers Plan to Hold Saturday Session

In an effort to pass newly drawn legislative, congressional, and judicial maps, Kentucky legislative leaders have tweaked the 2022 session calendar and plan to gavel in on this Saturday. The Senate and House will both convene for the fifth day of the legislative session on Saturday, Jan. 8. The change will also alter the days...

Former Rep. Darryl Owens Dies at 84

Former Kentucky state Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, has passed away. Owens represented the 43rd House District from 2005 to 2018, where he served as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. In 2018, he opted not to seek re-election to the post he considered to be his highest honor. He carried and passed felony expungement for...

KY Lawmaker Who Urged Community Not to Get Vaccinated has History of Bankruptcies, Charge of Assault

An Eastern Kentucky Republican lawmaker who urged his congregation and community to not wear masks or take the vaccine has a checkered past. Lawmakers returned on Tuesday to the state Capitol to draw up a new two-year state budget, amid calls for the General Assembly to also revisit COVID precautions as a new variant spreads...

Dance Battle? SOS Adams Squares Off Against Libertarian Party of KY

A day after announcing he would not be seeking the GOP nomination for the 3rd District Congressional seat, Kentucky Secretary of State Mike Adams got into a spat with the Libertarian Party of Kentucky over a video he had released. The tiff is the latest exchange between the Libertarian Party and Republicans in Kentucky. In...

On the Move: Treasurer Allison Ball Names New Chief of Staff

Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball has promoted Lorran Hart Ferguson to the position of Chief of Staff and Deputy Treasurer. Ferguson previously served as deputy chief of staff, as the Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Treasurer, Ferguson will advise Ball on policy and legislative issues. “Lorran has expertise in every section of the Treasury’s functions...

Rep. Joe Fischer Announces Campaign for State Supreme Court

State Rep. Joe Fischer, R- Ft. Thomas, has now officially filed to seek the 6th District state Supreme Court seat currently held by Justice Michelle Keller, who is seeking another term. The news comes days after Kentucky Fried Politics first reported Fischer would likely file for the seat. “After spending over two decades in the...

Window Shrinking to Hold Redistricting Special Session

The window to hold a special session to redraw legislative districts before the upcoming session and candidate early January candidate filing deadline is shrinking by the day, and Republican lawmakers are continuing to point the finger at Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear for the delay.  At a press conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Monday, Senate...