Capitol Gains

Could Biden Nomination of Bevin/Cameron Lawyer Shift Pardon Liability?

An attorney that helped issue one of the most controversial pardons from the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin is about to be nominated to a lifetime appointment for federal judge thanks to a deal between Sen. Mitch McConnell and President Joe Biden, according to the Courier-Journal. The newspaper reports Chad Meredith will be nominated by...

Increase in KY Voter Registration Continues

For the third straight month there have been more voters added to the rolls than removed, the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office announced on Wednesday. “Kentucky continues to see a bump in voter registration,” Secretary of State Mike Adams said. “After a sleepy primary election, I hope this indicates voter interest in the General Election.”...

Quick Bites: Fmr. State Rep. Charged With Public Intoxication; ‘Liberty’ Candidates Wanting Recounts Will Have to Pony Up

A former state Representative and current candidate for Scott County Judge-Executive has been charged with six infractions ranging from fleeing police to public intoxication. Charlie Hoffman, 66, was arrested on Friday in Georgetown, Kentucky, and charged with evading police, alcohol intoxication in a public place, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, prescription container substances not properly...

Gov. Beshear Files Emergency Order to Freeze Gas Tax

Gov. Andy Beshear has filed an emergency order effectively freezing Kentucky’s gas tax – preventing a 2-cent increase per gallon that would have taken effect July 1. The current tax rate of 26 cents was set to increase under a regulatory trigger, resulting in a price hike on both regular and diesel fuel. Beshear asked...

AG Cameron Names New Chief of Staff

Attorney General Daniel Cameron is announcing his new chief of staff as Derby week captures the attention of Kentuckians. Cameron, R-Kentucky, who is considering a bid for governor next year, has named Carmine G. Iaccarino as Chief of Staff. Cameron’s former Chief of Staff, Barry Dunn, joined Kosair Charities at the end of April. Iaccarino...

AG Cameron Names New Deputy AG; Barry Dunn Named President/CEO of Kosair Charities

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has named Victor Maddox as Deputy Attorney General as former Deputy AG and Chief of Staff has left the office for a new role. Dunn, who has been with Attorney General Cameron since the beginning of his term in 2019, has accepted a position as the new President and CEO of...

Ag Commish Quarles Adds RunSwitch VP as Comms Director

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has named a member of RunSwitch PR as the Communications Director of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Kirk Hilbrecht replaces Sean Southard, who left the Department of Agriculture in late January to become the spokesman for the Republican Party of Kentucky. Southard, and now Hilbrecht both joined the Department of Agriculture...

WSJ Praises GOP Income Tax Cut, Says Dems ‘Could Regret’ Being Against Plan

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board is praising the Kentucky General Assembly for a “tax-cut turnaround.” GOP-led lawmakers passed legislation this session that would incrementally reduce the income taxes in the state. The move drew Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto, but Republican supermajorities overrode the veto, making the legislation law. In the editorial, the Wall Street...

Legislators Adjourn 2022 Session After Final Two Days of Overriding Vetoes and Passing Bills

From LRC Public Information Officer Mike Wynn FRANKFORT – It wasn’t until 1992 that a constitutional amendment removed the lieutenant governor as head of the Kentucky Senate and made the General Assembly a fully independent branch of state government. Since then, few legislative sessions have demonstrated that independence more than the one that concluded this...