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10:26 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Explains Decision to Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

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FRANKFORT — Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn issued an opinion that Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in the state.

In an emotional press conference Tuesday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal Heyburn’s decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.” But at the same time, Governor Steve Beshear is seeking outside counsel to lead an appeal effort.

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12:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Are Recognized in Kentucky at the Moment. Here's What That Means.

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage certificate.
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 Update 5:26 p.m.: Conway's Statement

Here's word from Attorney General Jack Conway:  “I received Judge Heyburn’s final order and am in the process of reviewing it.  I have 30 days to determine whether or not to file an appeal in this case, which is why I asked Judge Heyburn for a stay of his order this morning.    I will be determining promptly, in consultation with Gov. Beshear, whether or not to file an appeal in this case.”

Update 5 p.m.: What This All May Mean

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7:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Judge to Soon Issue Final Opinion in Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Case

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A federal judge intends to issue on final ruling on whether Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages within the next day.

The action could mean that same-sex couples married outside of Kentucky would be officially recognized by the state immediately, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case—Bourke v. Beshear—said on Tuesday. But state Attorney General Jack Conway could appeal the case (he has 30 days) and then ask for a stay on recognizing out-of-state same-sex couples.

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Politics
9:31 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues

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Kentucky’s pension woes are putting a strain on the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Commissioner Hasan Davis told lawmakers on the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary this week that the Department of Juvenile Justice is struggling.

Years of employee attrition, program reductions and budget fluctuations have strained the agency.

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Politics
6:56 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear's Tax Plan Fails to Address Inequality, Economic Think Tank Says

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s tax reform plan fails to address issues of fairness in the state’s tax code, says a non-partisan economic think tank.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy doesn’t think the plan’s Earned Income Tax Credit will be enough to offset the new sales taxes for the less wealthy.

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Politics
7:45 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the legislature should be able to review regulations like the Affordable Care Act and Common Core school standards—both implemented by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear through regulatory means.

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Politics
6:22 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Makes Tax Reform Proposal

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's tax reform plan would raise an additional $210 million in revenue each year.

In announcing his proposal Tuesday, Beshear said the plan would make Kentucky’s economy more competitive with neighboring states by taxing services, lowering income taxes, and reducing the top corporate income tax by a tenth of a percent.

Newly taxed services would include auto and computer repair, landscaping, janitorial services and security systems, as well as luxury services like tanning salons, golf courses and marinas.

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6:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Kentucky's Kynect Health Exchange Tops 200,000 Enrollees

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Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, has topped 200,000 enrollees, according to the Governor’s Office.

New data says an average 1,600 people are signing up each day.

As of Friday, three-fourths of those who have signed up have enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program. And the remaining quarter have enrolled in new private plans.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky Retirement Systems Director: State's Pension Debt is $17 Billion

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Kentucky's state pension systems are slated to have to pay out more than $17 billion that the state doesn't have.

That's according to William Thielen, who is director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Thielen testified before lawmakers in Frankfort Monday. He says the state's various pension funds have only a fraction of what they need to pay all potential retirees.

Thielen says if lawmakers make good on a promise to fund the pensions with the recommend amount, called the ARC, it'll take a few years before the unfunded liability starts to drop.

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12:47 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Kentucky's Zombie of a Pension Problem

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“They was saying on the news, some kind of virus… things got crazy… man, you won’t believe the panic… the broadcasts stopped, and that was the last we heard.” —AMC's "The Walking Dead"

AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse melodrama "The Walking Dead" is a story about a deadly, shambling mass of cannibal undead that brings human civilization to its knees.

But Chris Tobe argues that the show is an apt metaphor for the financial Armageddon he believes the state is inching toward as a result of declining revenue and unfunded pension liabilities.

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