Power Brokers

Call for Nominations: Kentucky Fried Politics Power Brokers

Kentucky Fried Politics is now accepting nominations for this year’s class of power brokers. Power comes in many forms and facets and there are many people with their hands on the levers of control in Kentucky, do you know who they are? Categories of power brokers in Kentucky include lobbyists, staffers, political and or campaign...

On the Move: Kevin Wheatley Joins Norton Healthcare

After nearly 5 years in the newsroom of WDRB in Louisville, Kevin Wheatley is joining Norton Healthcare. Wheatley, who covered the education beat for WDRB’s digital team, accepted a position with Norton as a communications project manager. “I have appreciated the responsibility this role has offered me and the people who have befriended me and...

Courier-Journal Reporters are Unionizing

Journalists at the Louisville Courier-Journal are unionizing in an effort to raise their salaries and morale at the newspaper. The Courier-Journal Guild shared the news on Tuesday, with a list of demands for their parent company Gannett. The journalists are asking for a system of pay raises “to reward institutional knowledge and commitment to Louisville.”...

Former Justice Secretary John Tilley Booked for Rape

Attorney, five-term state representative, and former Kentucky Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley has been booked for first degree rape. Tilley turned himself in on Monday morning at 9:15 am according to the Fayette County Jail website. He is currently being held without bond as he awaits a hearing in Fayette County. The charge of rape...

AshBritt Awarded Contract for Debris Clean Up in Eastern Kentucky

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a contract for debris removal in eastern Kentucky to a company also removing debris from the tornadoes in western Kentucky. AshBritt was awarded the debris removal contract on Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his Thursday press conference. Assigning a contractor to remove debris is a “big step,” Beshear...

Al Cross: As Beshear largely shuns Booker, Republicans prepare for first face-off at Fancy Farm

As we look forward (well, I do) to the political speaking at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County on Saturday, Aug. 6, I think about the 1994 picnic, which helped set the stage for Republicans’ takeover of the region once known as the Gibraltar of Democracy, with a capital D (as told in George...

KY Democratic Party Chair to Speak on Behalf of Dems at Fancy Farm

With Gov. Andy Beshear scheduled to be out of the country, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Colmon Elridge will take the Fancy Farm stage on behalf of Kentucky’s Democrats. Elridge is the latest addition to the speaking list for the annual Fancy Farm Picnic political speaking event that benefits St. Jerome Catholic Church. Event organizers have...

Legendary Louisville Democratic Ward Boss Clarence Yancey Dies

A prominent Louisville political activist and west end ward boss has died at 89. Clarence Yancey passed away on Sunday, according to his family. Yancey connected and helped elect numerous high-profile Democrats over decades. He served as the district chairman for Louisville’s West End Democratic Party. He became the 43rd Legislative District chair in 1982....

Ricky Lee Williams: One of a Kind in KY Politics

“Hey, honey. How you doin’,” an excited deep male voice says dripping with an eastern Kentucky drawl. “Now, don’t say nothin’ yet. Just listen, OK. I need you to listen and then you can talk.” When Ricky Lee Williams would call it would almost always start with what was on his mind. He had an...