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
2:11 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Kentucky Republicans Campaign Around Stumbo's Support for President Obama

Kentucky Republicans are ramping up their campaign to take control of the state house in this year's elections. 

The GOP has latched on to House Speaker Greg Stumbo's declaration that he will vote for President Barack Obama this fall.

Republicans are circulating video of the comments and asking for donations, but money isn't the main goal.

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Politics
12:30 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Rand Paul Says It's Unlikely He Would Serve in A Romney Administration

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Despite speculation of greater ambitions, U.S. Senator Rand Paul is likely to stay in his current position if Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is elected this fall. 

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12:30 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Spotlight on Rand Paul Gets Brighter With Convention Speech

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul will continue to build his national profile with a speech at the Republican National Convention later this month.

A speaking slot at a convention is usually a springboard for wider national appeal. Senator Paul is a rumored running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

But Paul may have been selected for another reason.

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Chandler's Presence in Fancy Farm Audience Draws Questions About His Future Plans

While the biggest ticket at every Fancy Farm political picnic is the speaking, the after the picnic chatter revolves around whoever was working the crowd.

One surprise this year was Congressman Ben Chandler, who’s locked into another re-election fight in his Central Kentucky district, miles away from Fancy Farm.

Kentucky Public Radio caught up with Chandler at the grounds, where he said he was just visiting with friends for the weekend.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Fancy Farm Speeches Focus on Missing Democrats

The absence of many Democrats gave Republicans plenty of fodder at this year's Fancy Farm Picnic.

Republicans from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell down to local legislative candidates took shots at state Democrats and President Barack Obama throughout the event.

“And so I think we ought to take a quick attendance check here as we get started. Governor Beshear are you here," McConnell said, with Republicans in the audience responding with a loud “No.”

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Politics
12:32 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

AARP Will Launch Bus Tour at Fancy Farm

The nation’s leading organization for seniors will use this year's Fancy Farm picnic to launch a nationwide tour to help voters be better informed about Social Security and Medicare.

The goal of the “You’ve Earned a Say” bus tour is to clear up what the AARP calls hype and spin around proposed changes to the nation’s biggest entitlement programs. 

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Politics
11:53 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Most Kentucky Democrats Will Not Speak at Fancy Farm

Most of Kentucky's elected Democrats will skip this weekend's annual Fancy Farm picnic.  As of Wednesday, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is the only high profile Democrat scheduled to speak. Stumbo is filling in for the governor, who’s on an economic development trip in Europe. Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and the four remaining statewide elected Democratic officials are opting not to speak. 

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Politics
1:10 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Gay Marriage Plank in DNC Platform Won't Likely Affect Kentucky Democrats

The push to add support for gay marriage to the national Democratic platform this year is unlikely to affect elected officials in Kentucky.

Following President Barack Obama's recent statement in support of same-sex marriage, political observers expect the party to change the platform at this year's Democratic convention.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Louisville Couple Files as Write-In Candidates for President and Vice President

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A Louisville couple is running for President and Vice President of the United States.

Dr. Louis Todd House, an anesthesiology doctor, has filed as the presidential candidate. His wife, Suzanne, has filed for the vice presidential slot. Both are running as write-in candidates.

There is some dispute as to whether candidates from the same state can share a presidential ticket. But the issue hasn’t been fully vetted in court.

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1:42 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Family Foundation Criticizes U of L Administration Over Chick-Fil-A Comments

The Family Foundation of Kentucky is criticizing members of the University of Louisville administration for their response to a controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A.

For weeks, criticism has been leveled at Chick-Fil-A because it’s CEO, Dan Cathy, said recently he believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Cathy and his company are well-known for their Christian beliefs. Notably, Chick-Fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays.

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