This week in Kentucky politics, Rand Paul dropped out of the presidential race to focus on his Senate re-election campaign. The first-term Kentucky senator finished fifth in the Iowa Republican Caucuses, taking just 4.5 percent of the vote.
The state lost two trailblazing politicians over the course of the week: state Sen. Georgia Powers, the first woman and African American elected to the legislature, and Sen. Marlow Cook, just the second member of Congress to call for President Nixon’s resignation.
And, as usual this session, the Kentucky General Assembly acted on anti-abortion bills.
All that, and more, in this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled. Listen to the latest episode with the player above.
- Georgia Powers, Kentucky Civil Rights Pioneer, Has Died
- Marlow Cook, Moderate Kentucky Republican Leader, Dies
- Rand Paul’s Presidential Bid Altered Kentucky’s Political Landscape
- Kentucky Senate Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood
- Path Forward Unclear For Louisville Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Services
Kentucky Politics Distilled is our weekly rundown of the big news — and sometimes the odd news — happening in the state Capitol.