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

From 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Primaries A Month Away

This week in Kentucky politics, Democratic candidates for governor finally appeared on stage for the first time ahead of next month's primary election. And a battle is waging over the votes of teachers, who held massive protests in Frankfort in recent years.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Bevin Vetoes The Pension Bill

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed the pension bill that passed on the last day of the legislative session. He says he'll call another session this summer for lawmakers to pass a new version of it. But Bevin has angered his typical allies in the Republican-led legislature.

Environmental Activists Heckle McConnell; Primary Season Begins

Mitch McConnell was hounded by hecklers in public once again, an appeals court upheld a state abortion law that had previously been struck down, and battles over Kentucky primary elections started to heat up.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Last-Minute Pension Bill

The Kentucky legislative session ended this week with lawmakers passing last-minute bills, including major financial legislation dealing with pensions and taxes. The Republican-led legislature also overrode the two bills that Gov. Matt Bevin had vetoed earlier this week. Bevin still has the opportunity strike down any of the legislation that passed on the last day, but lawmakers will not be able to override any more of his vetoes. The legislature is now finished passing bills for the year, unless the governor calls lawmakers back to Frankfort for a special session, which he says he won't do. Next year, the legislature will return to pass a new two-year state budget and tax plan.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Anti-Abortion Bills Signed By Bevin, Blocked By Judge

State lawmakers were off this week, but Gov. Matt Bevin has begun the process of signing bills that passed out of the state legislature. Bevin made news by signing two anti-abortion bills that were immediately blocked by a federal judge. And he made controversial comments about vaccinating children. Jean West from member station WFPL talked to Capitol reporter Ryland Barton for this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Anti-Abortion Bills Signed By Bevin, Blocked By Judge

Kentucky Politics Distilled: A Flurry Of Last-Minute Activity In the General Assembly

This week we look at the bills that passed this session — many of them late Thursday night. The bills include a requirement that public schools prominently display "In God We Trust," a decrease in the amount you can be compensated for the power your solar panels add to the energy grid, and four abortion-related bills. The bills will now head to the governor's office.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: A Flurry Of Last-Minute Activity In the General Assembly

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Teacher Protests, Time Running Out

This week in state politics, teachers descended on Frankfort again to protest a handful of education and pension-related bills. And for the first time in state history, a medical marijuana bill got a vote. Time is running out on this year's legislative session. WFPL's Jean West talked to Ryland Barton for this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Teacher Protests And Concealed Carry

This week in the Kentucky legislature, teachers descended on Frankfort again to protest a bill dealing with their pension system and lawmakers advanced bills to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. WFPL's Jonese Franklin talked to Capitol reporter Ryland Barton for this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: A New Pension Bill Emerges

Kentucky legislators were in full swing in Frankfort this week. There was more discussion about abortion restrictions, as well as a new pension bill. Jean West talks to capitol reporter Ryland Barton for this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Abortion, Guns and Solar Panels

Lawmakers advanced a flurry of conservative bills in the Kentucky legislature this week, including two major anti-abortion initiatives, a bill that would scale back the state's solar industry and a measure that would no longer require people who concealed carry weapons to get a permit. Jean West from member station WFPL talks to capitol reporter Ryland Barton for this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

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