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: 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

Kentucky Politics Distilled: 'Blue Lives Matter' And Planned Parenthood Gets Dinged

Controversial proposals like the "blue lives matter" bill and a scheme to defund Planned Parenthood advanced in the General Assembly this week. Legislation stiffening drug penalties and changing public education also made their way through the Republican-led legislature. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: 'Blue Lives Matter' And Planned Parenthood Gets Dinged

Kentucky Politics Distilled: State Of The Commonwealth

Lawmakers returned to Frankfort this week after a month-long break in the legislative session. Governor Bevin announced that the state might have to raise taxes to fix the state's ailing pension system. Plus, a sweeping criminal justice reform proposal was proposed and a bill making it a hate crime to attack police officers is making its way through the legislative process. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Budget Compromise

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Budget Compromise by KY Politics Distilled

Benefind Problems Explained

A little over a month ago Gov. Matt Bevin unveiled Benefind, a one-stop shop for entitlement benefits like food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid. The rollout of the program has had huge problems, with thousands of people losing services and thousands more getting false notices that they had lost services. There's been a lot of confusion over what caused the problems and who's to blame. In this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled, capitol reporter Ryland Barton tells us what happened.

Budget Talks Run Aground

This week in the Kentucky General Assembly, budget negotiations ground to a halt. But Gov. Matt Bevin still cut higher education budgets for the current fiscal year. In the latest edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled, capitol reporter Ryland Barton recaps what happened and what could be next.

Final Budget Negotiations Begin

This week in Kentucky politics lawmakers started the final negotiations of the state budget. At stake is how to fix the state's ailing pension systems, whether to start funding state universities based on "performance metrics" and how much money to leave aside for the future. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has the latest edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: House Passes A Budget

This week in Kentucky politics the state House of Representatives finally presented its version of the state budget, restoring some spending cuts proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin. The Kentucky Senate is considering a bill that would some people clear felonies from their records. And the Senate also passed a bill that would allow business owners to deny services based on their religious beliefs. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

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