Kentucky Politics Distilled Kentucky Politics Distilled is our weekly rundown of the big news — and sometimes the odd news — happening in the state Capitol. With Kentucky's elected leaders all in one place for a limited time, the developments can break in a rapid-fire fashion. Kentucky Politics Distilled helps ensure you don't miss all the highs and lows coming out of Frankfort. We'll discuss the important issues facing Kentucky and add context to the headlines that flew by over the week. New episodes post on Fridays.
Kentucky Politics Distilled

Kentucky Politics Distilled

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Kentucky Politics Distilled is our weekly rundown of the big news — and sometimes the odd news — happening in the state Capitol. With Kentucky's elected leaders all in one place for a limited time, the developments can break in a rapid-fire fashion. Kentucky Politics Distilled helps ensure you don't miss all the highs and lows coming out of Frankfort. We'll discuss the important issues facing Kentucky and add context to the headlines that flew by over the week. New episodes post on Fridays.More from Kentucky Politics Distilled »

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Kentucky Politics Distilled: Rand Paul Defends Trump's Putin Summit

This week in Kentucky politics, Rand Paul was one of the few politicians to defend President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gov. Matt Bevin's administration restored vision and dental benefits to almost 400,000 people on Medicaid after taking them away earlier this month. And Kentucky's bourbon industry ramped up its warnings about how a trade war would impact the state's signature industry. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Andy Beshear Announces Run For Governor

This week in Kentucky politics, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced he's running for governor, the state auditor released a report finding a "pervasive lack of accountability" in Kentucky's courts administration, and a bunch of new laws go into effect this weekend.Capitol Reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Gov. Matt Bevin Blames School Shootings On Phones And Video Games

This week in state politics, federal education officials came to Kentucky to talk about ways to make schools safer and Gov. Matt Bevin said it all comes down to kids' cell phone use. One of the Republican lawmakers who helped make changes to the state pension system says they'll pass the bill again if it's struck down by the courts. And the state's new education commissioner talked about the potential costs of taking over Louisville's school system. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Gov. Matt Bevin Blames School Shootings On Phones And Video Games

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Pension Bill Struck Down

This week in Kentucky politics, a judge struck down Kentucky's new pension law, saying legislators broke the law by rushing the bill to passage. Kentucky's health secretary says the state will have to cut benefits if a federal court blocks Gov. Matt Bevin's changes to the Medicaid system. And Democrats no longer make up a majority of registered voters in the state. Capitol Reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Poor People's Campaign Goes To Frankfort

This week in Kentucky politics, Kentucky State Troopers shut protesters out of the state Capitol, allowing only two people to enter the building at a time. Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Walgreens, saying the company helped fuel the opioid epidemic in the state. And a high-powered lobbyist was in federal court as prosecutors try to prove he bribed a former state official to help a client get state contracts. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Poor People's Campaign Goes To Frankfort

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Pension Battle Goes To Court

This week in Kentucky politics, the lawsuit over the new pension law was argued in court. Kentucky's new commissioner of education laid out his priorities, which include helping charter schools open up and taking over Louisville's public school system. And Mitch McConnell continued to express concern about President Trump's tariffs leading to a full-blown trade war. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Medicaid Changes Coming; Braidy Breaks Ground

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin said he's partnering with a former Democratic congressman to help people navigate the state's new Medicaid rules. We found out that lobbyists set a new spending record at the state legislature as lawmakers made changes to the tax code. Plus, a state-funded aluminum mill broke ground in northeastern Kentucky and Gov. Bevin asked for a judge to recuse himself from the lawsuit over the new pension bill. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Medicaid Changes Coming; Braidy Breaks Ground

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Republicans' First Budget

This week in Kentucky politics, lawmakers retreated behind closed doors to begin hammering out a compromise on the state budget for the next two years. A bill that would shield personal cell phones and computers from records requests drew fire from open government advocates. And a common type of abortion would be banned under a bill that is nearing final passage out of the legislature. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Protests And Pensions

This week in Kentucky politics, students marched on the state Capitol to call for lawmakers to come up with solutions to school shootings; during a radio interview, Gov. Matt Bevin lashed out at teachers for protesting a plan that would take some of their retirement benefits away; and the pension bill that teachers have been protesting, well, it's on life support. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Town Halls, 'War On Louisville' And Bible Literacy

This week, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr came back home to jeering crowds of protesters at town hall-type meetings. Meanwhile the General Assembly advanced controversial bills including a bill giving more power to Louisville's metro council and another that would create a social studies course about the bible.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Town Halls, 'War On Louisville' And Bible Literacy

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