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. 

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Politics
4:21 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Katie Stine Selected as Legislative Co-Chair on Eve of David Williams Departure

Kentucky Senate Republicans have appointed President Pro Temp Katie Stine as the new legislative co-chair for their chamber as David Williams prepares to depart as Senate president.

The GOP cannot name a new president until lawmakers convene again in January, but current Stine will assume the duties and serve as temporary co-chair of the Legislative Research Commission.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

What to Expect in Kentucky's Congressional Races

There are competitive races this year for the U.S. House, but five of Kentucky's six races have heavy favorites the week before the election. 

The Sixth

This rematch between Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler and Republican attorney Andy Barr was suppose to be easier for Chandler than the 2010 campaign, which he won by less than 700 votes.

But the campaign has turned nasty over coal issues and independent polling has been non-existent. Both campaign claim they are ahead and will win on Nov. 6.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Campaign Ads From 3 Democratic Groups Contested For Inaccuracies

Wikipedia Commons

The campaign for control of the state House has taken a nasty turn, with radio and TV ads being pulled because of inaccuracies.

Republicans have successfully knocked radio ads attacking their candidates off the air in the Bardstown and Mayfield areas. And they are working on getting TV ads in Lexington pulled down as well.

The areas where the ads were pulled are considered hot spots for state legislative races, where either the GOP or Democrats are hoping to win seats. 

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Politics
4:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Should the Census Count Inmates Where They Live or Where They're Imprisoned?

A Kentucky state representative wants to change how prisoners are allocated when it comes to Census data.  Should the Census Count Inmates Where They Live or Where They're Imprisoned?

State Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, doesn’t want prisoners counted as residents of the counties where they are imprisoned.

But that’s currently how state law works. So Owens is proposing to change the law to let inmates be counted as residents of their last home address.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

GOP Spokesman: Campaign Attacks Focused on Williams Now Irrelevant

Since the campaign for control of the Kentucky House started, Democrats and supportive outside groups have used outgoing Senate President David Williams as an attack on GOP candidates.

For weeks, the outside group Kentucky Family Values has sent out political mail attempting to link GOP incumbents and challengers as "votes for Williams" in Frankfort. 

But now that Williams is set to become a judge, Republicans say the attacks aren't relevant.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

New Program Will Help Accused Veterans Suffering from Substance Abuse

District Judge David Holton

Kentucky veterans suffering from substance abuse who are charged with crimes will soon be able to enter a treatment program through a new statewide partnership.

The Veterans Treatment Court is starting in Louisville. It’s a partnership by the statewide drug courts, Morehead State University and the veterans’ administration.

A majority of veterans who commit crimes after ending their active duty do so because of substance abuse, District Judge David Holton said. So the state is setting up special courts to help.

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Politics
1:59 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Outgoing Kentucky State Senate President David Williams: "We Ran an Honest Senate"

The first ever Republican state Senate president will end his 12-year reign by taking a circuit court judgeship back home. 

David Williams will resign his leadership position and Senate seat next week to start a judgeship that he was appointed to by his chief rival, Gov. Steve Beshear.

It ends Williams' nearly 30-year legislative career, which included more than a decade as his chamber's leader. Williams leaves his party with a "super majority" in a Senate that's part of a divided state government. 

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Lawsuit Seeks to Remove State Senate Candidate Chris Thieneman from Ballot

A lawsuit filed in Jefferson Circuit Court seeks to kick Republican state Senate candidate Chris Thieneman off the ballot, citing residency issues.

Thieneman is a Louisville businessman and political activist who is running against Democratic incumbent Perry Clark for 37th State Senate District seat.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

State Auditor Adam Edelen Plans to Continue School District Reviews

State Auditor Edelen
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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen will continue to do special audits of school districts, after three turned up a variety of issues.

Reviewing education funding was one of Edelen's campaign promises last year. And so far, he’s made good by auditing Kenton, Mason and Breathitt County school districts. Those reports found poor documentation of funds and occasional misspending.  

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Politics
11:54 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Kentucky State Senate President David Williams Says He'll Take Judgeship If Picked

David Williams' tenure as president of the Kentucky State Senate -- and political adversary to Gov. Steve Beshear -- may soon end.

Williams is among three nominees selected Thursday by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the open 40th Circuirt Court judgeship, and he said he'd take the job if chosen. The other nominees are Angela M. Capps and Stephen Douglas Hurt.

"I am appreciative of the nomination and if the Governor appoints me, I will accept the position," Williams said in a statement released soon after the nomination was announced.

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