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
4:07 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Beshear Will Enact Key Part of Healthcare Law if Court Upholds It

A key part of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by executive order in Kentucky if the healthcare law is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Exchanges in which residents can purchase insurance are a major part of the law. Each state must have an exchange, and if states don't set them up, the federal government will.

Governor Steve Beshear says he will sign an executive order to create a state-run exchange if the law is upheld.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Drug Group Sets Record for Legislative Lobbying Expenses

 

A lobbying group for various drug manufacturers has set a record for money spent during a Kentucky legislative session.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association spent nearly half a million dollars between January and March lobbying against a bill aimed at curbing meth production by limiting pseudoephedrine purchases.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Kentucky ALEC Co-Chair Says Challenge to Tax Exemption Unlikely to Change IRS Status

 

A national battle between two legislative groups has reached Kentucky.

The advocacy group Common Cause is asking federal agencies to remove the non-profit tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.  ALEC provides lawmakers with sample legislation and talking points, often to promote conservative issues, and Common Cause says the organization is a lobbying group.

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Politics
12:50 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Northern Kentucky Super PAC's First Campaign Piece Draws Criticism

 

A campaign mailer from Northern Kentucky Super PAC AmeriGOP is raising the ire of one candidate in the Fourth Congressional District Republican primary.

AmeriGOP openly supports Tea Party candidate Thomas Massie. The super PAC's first campaign piece is a flyer that attacks the other two frontrunners in the race, Gary Moore and Alecia Webb-Edgington.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Kentucky Court Employees Will Be Furloughed for Three Days

 

For the first time in a generation, Kentucky courts will temporarily close due to budget cuts.

All state court employees will be furloughed on August 6, September 4, and October 15 of this year.

Chief Justice John Minton says except for holidays, this will be the first time since 1976 that the courts have closed.

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Politics
9:44 am
Wed May 2, 2012

National Club For Growth Endorses Massie in Fourth Congressional District Primary

 

A national conservative organization has thrown its support behind Thomas Massie in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District GOP Primary.

The Club for Growth announced its endorsement today, saying members believe Massie would best emulate U.S. Senator Rand Paul, one of the organization’s most-loved lawmakers.

The club has not announced any plans for further involvement in the primary, but officials say they could send money to Massie if the race looks close, and the club may run TV ads if necessary. 

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Politics
1:45 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Poll Shows Kentuckians Support Universal Healthcare, But Not Federal Healthcare Law

A new poll shows Kentuckians are becoming increasingly aware of the commonwealth’s health issues and willing to act on them.

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll is conducted annually by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The latest poll for last year was just released this week and found many Kentuckians worry about childhood obesity and depression.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Richie Farmer's Attorney Calls Audit "Political and Self-Serving"

 

An audit of former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer's administration has revealed multiple abuses of state resources.

The report says the former University of Kentucky basketball star illegally hired friends and family, used department resources for Christmas gifts and made state employees mow his yard and build a basketball court at his home on state time.

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Politics
11:12 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Audit Uncovers Richie Farmer’s Rampant Abuse of State Funds, Employees

An audit of Richie Farmer's two terms as Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner has revealed a toxic culture of entitlement and an extravagant misuse of taxpayer dollars, state employees and time.

Current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer requested the audit earlier this year. State Auditor Adam Edelen released his final report today, showing more than a dozen infractions by Farmer and a consistent abuse of state law.

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