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
3:31 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Political Observers Expect No Surprises in Kentucky's Presidential Primaries

 

Even though the presidential nomination process is effectively over, Kentuckians can still vote for candidates other than Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in tomorrow's primary.

Republicans can cast ballots for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, even though they're no longer in the running. And Democrats will be able to choose 'uncommitted' instead of President Obama.

But University of Louisville political scientist Dewey Clayton says those other names don't really matter.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon May 21, 2012

No Surprises Expected in Most Congressional Primaries

 

Residents of Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District will see a spirited primary Tuesday, but that won’t be the case elsewhere.

While there are primaries in most of Kentucky’s five other congressional districts, none are as competitive or as closely-followed as the race in Northern Kentucky.

In the Sixth District, Republican Andy Barr is expected to easily win the chance for a rematch with Congressman Ben Chandler.
And Third District Congressman John Yarmuth's primary challenger is unlikely to take much of the vote.

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Politics
5:09 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Super PACs May Give Massie Edge in Fourth District Primary

 

The most competitive primary in Kentucky will come to an end Tuesday.

Seven Republicans are vying to replace retiring incumbent Geoff Davis in the Fourth Congressional District. County judge-executives Gary Moore and Thomas Massie and state representative Alecia Webb-Edgington are considered the frontrunners. Those three have raised the most money and former GOP operative Les Fugate says they have the best organizations. But he says outside help from two Super PACs has tilted the odds in Massie's favor.

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Politics
5:00 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Key Senate Primaries Are In Louisville, Northern and Southern Kentucky

 

The races to watch in tomorrow's primaries for General Assembly seats are in Louisville, Northern and Southern Kentucky.

In Louisville, four Democrats are vying to replace retiring Democrat Tim Shaughnessy in the 19th district, where no Republicans are running.

In the 37th District, former Republican Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins and political activist Chris Thieneman are vying to face state Senator Perry Clark. Republicans have made the seat a priority for the fall.

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Politics
11:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Several State Senate Democrats Remain ALEC Members

 

Several Democrats in the Kentucky Senate have held on to their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, despite national blowback against the group for its conservative model laws.

ALEC has been criticized for drafting conservative state laws, such as Florida's Stand Your Ground measure, and then helping lawmakers pass them. Until this year, 10 of the 15 Democratic state senators in Kentucky were members of ALEC. Six have recently allowed their memberships to be automatically renewed by the Legislative Research Commission.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Twelve Percent Turnout Expected for Kentucky Primaries

 

Kentucky elections officials once again expect most voters to ignore Tuesday’s primaries.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting turnout between 10 and 12 percent. Low turnout has plagued Kentucky elections for the last few cycles. About a third of voters cast ballots in the 2008 and 2010 primaries.

Grimes says the lack of competitive primaries for President, Congress and the General Assembly will keep most voters at home.

Politics
1:02 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Minton Re-elected Chief Justice

 

Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton has been elected to a second term.

“With this re-election, the justices have expressed their appreciation for the hard work and leadership of Chief Justice Minton,” says Mary C. Noble, deputy chief justice for the Supreme Court in a statement. “We have an unusually close court that works together on all major issues under the guidance of our chief justice.”

In Kentucky, Supreme Court justices are elected by popular vote. The court then appoints its own chief justice.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Williams Says He Had "No Idea" About Farmer's Alleged Misdeeds

 

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he had no idea what trouble his former gubernatorial running mate Richie Farmer was causing as agriculture commissioner.

During an interview on Kentucky Sports Radio Wednesday, host Matt Jones asked Williams about the abuses of power and resources that were uncovered in a recent audit of Farmer's time in office.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

In Kentucky's Fourth District, Candidates Make Final Push for Votes

 

With one week to go before Kentucky's primary, the seven GOP candidates vying to replace Congressman Geoff Davis are making their final pitch for votes.

Gary Moore, Thomas Massie and Alecia Webb-Edgington are considered the frontrunners, based on endorsements and financial reports.

Massie has earned Senator Rand Paul's endorsement, while Webb-Edgington's supporters include Davis and former Senator Jim Bunning. Moore, however, leads in fundraising.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Outside Medicaid Managed Care Company Attempting to Gain Foothold in Louisville

State officials have not yet given private Medicaid operators permission to do business in the Louisville area, but that hasn’t stopped one company from trying to make inroads.

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