Kenny Colston

Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief

Kenny Colston is based in the state capitol and files pieces for public radio stations across the commonwealth. Before joining KPR in 2012, he covered state government for Insight CN2. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kenny was a four-year staff member of the Kentucky Kernel, serving as editor-in-chief in his last year. 

Pages

Politics
7:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Democrats Keep Kentucky House, But Become a 2014 Target

Credit File photo

Kentucky Democrats successfully defended their control of the state House -- but they're now stranded on a political island.

It appears that Republicans will take control of the Arkansas House of Representatives, leaving Kentucky as the only southern state with a Democratic-controlled House.

And that will make Kentucky House Democrats a big blue target in future years.

Read more
Politics
11:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Jack Conway: Kentucky Democrats Suffer No Long-Term Damage After Ben Chandler Loss

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler's defeat in his re-election bid Tuesday  won't  hinder the Kentucky Democratic Party in future years, a party leader said.

But Attorney General Jack Conway also said he’s upset that Kentucky will have only one Democratic congressman for the next two years -- Rep. John Yarmuth in the Third District.

Read more
Politics
7:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republicans Pick Up Seats in Kentucky House, Fall Short of Majority

File photo

Overall, Tuesday provided a great night for Kentucky Republicans, who narrowed their minority Kentucky House of Representatives.

But the GOP fell well short of their goal of winning 10 seats and taking control of the state House. 

Even though they remain the minority, GOP spokesman Joe Burgan says his party has reason to celebrate.

Read more
Politics
4:18 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear Recovering from Minor Eye Surgery

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will be spending more time around the Capitol in the next few days. 

The governor is recovering from what he office calls "minor eye surgery" to repair a detached retina.

The governor’s office gave little other detail about the surgery or how the injury happened. The governor wasn't injured, his office said. Instead, the detached retina developed this past weekend.

The surgery will require a limited travel schedule for Beshear, which shouldn’t be much of a problem post-Election Day.

Politics
3:43 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Republican Write-In Candidate Says He'll Serve if State Rep. Horlander is Deemed Inelligible

A lawsuit questioning the residency of Democratic State Rep. Dennis Horlander is seeking to provide a surprise boost to the GOP’s goal of taking control of the state House. 

The lawsuit claims that Horlander, who represents a district in the Shively area, doesn’t even in live in Jefferson County.

If a judge agrees, Horlander would be thrown off the ballot. 

With no third party or GOP-nominated candidates challenging Horlander this year, that leave write-in James Howland as the only other candidate who could fill the seat.

Read more
Politics
12:29 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Stumbo: Hunting Amendment Should Pass, No Bonds for Pensions

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is predicting a wide margin of victory for the only constitutional amendment on the ballot.

The amendment was proposed by Stumbo and sailed through the General Assembly easily in 2011.

It would put the right to hunt and fish as a permanent right in Kentucky’s Constitution. Stumbo told WHAS radio host Mandy Connell that Tennessee passed the bill by an overwhelming margin and predicts Kentucky to do the same.

“ (Tennessee passed) by about 90 percent, and we’re a lot like Tennessee when it comes to that issue," said Stumbo, a Democrat.

Read more
Politics
9:00 am
Sun November 4, 2012

New Rule Continues Medicaid Burden on Independent Pharmacists

A recent decision on drug co-pays by a statewide Medicaid operator has independent pharmacists upset -- again.

In January, complaints from a group of pharmacists drew attention to problems in Kentucky’s Medicaid managed care system.

Back then, they were angry over a lack of co-pays on drugs. Now, managed care operator Coventry Cares has reversed course, claiming it will now charge co-pays.

But in doing so, Kentucky pharmacist Jason Wallace said the managed care operators are just moving money around, not actually compensating pharmacists any better than before.

Read more
Politics
2:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Looking at the State Legislative Contests: GOP Hopes to Gain 10 Seats and Majority

  There are no statewide races on the ballot in Kentucky this year: no Senate contests, no constitutional offices. But there are tight contests peppered throughout the commonwealth. Republicans are trying to take control of the state House this year. They need 10 seats to do so.

Read more
Politics
12:34 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Outside Republican Group Makes Last-Minute Ad Buy to Help Kentucky GOP

Wikipedia Commons

As the Nov. 6 election fast approaches, an outside Republican group is dropping a six figure ad buy to help the GOP in state legislative races.

The Republican State Leadership Committee is running television and radio ads in Louisville and western Kentucky and sending political mail to another 10 or so House races across the state. 

Read more
Politics
11:11 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Passport Files Formal Complaint over Louisville Medicaid Contracts

Kentucky officials are once again facing the prospect of lawsuits over efforts to expand managed health care within  Medicaid. 

This time, it's Passport Health Plan that is threatening to sue, based on what they call broken rules and promises made to them. 

(Read the letter here.)

Read more

Pages