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

McGrath To Take On McConnell

This week in Kentucky politics, Amy McGrath won Kentucky's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. She'll now try to unify the party with the help of her former opponent, state Rep. Charles Booker. And Mitch McConnell gave us a taste this week of how he'll be campaigning, releasing a new ad that drums up images of a culture war.

Underdog Democratic Senate Candidates Nab Endorsements

This week in Kentucky politics, big endorsements came in for underdog candidates in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. But Mitch McConnell and Democratic frontrunner Amy McGrath are already looking toward the general election. And the deadline to register to vote in the primary is Tuesday.

State Prepares For Budget Cuts

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Andy Beshear asked state agencies to come up with plans to significantly cut their budgets over the coming months. Mitch McConnell said he still doesn't support sending more money to states unless business are shielded from lawsuits during the pandemic. And calls are mounting for an independent investigation into a Louisville police raid that killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.

More Testing Needed As State Reopens

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new schedule of business reopenings during the coronavirus pandemic. Beshear has moved on from his initial statement that the state wouldn't open up until it sees a two-week decline in confirmed cases. And the governor revised his restrictions on traveling to the state during the pandemic after a judge struck them down. Donate to support this and future seasons of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Attorney General Cameron Threatens To Sue Beshear

This week in Kentucky politics, Attorney General Daniel Cameron threatened to sue Gov. Andy Beshear for not allowing in-person church services during the coronavirus pandemic. The state got its first glimpse at how much tax revenue has dropped off amid business closures. And Kentucky's senior Senator Mitch McConnell has new conditions for helping states out with their budget problems. Donate to support this and future seasons of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

McConnell Calls For Letting States Declare Bankruptcy

This week in Kentucky politics, Mitch McConnell said that states shouldn't expect help shoring up their budgets during the coronavirus pandemic and that they should be allowed to file for bankruptcy. And Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order allowing every Kentuckian to vote by mail during this year's primary elections. Donate to support this and future seasons of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Legislature Wraps Up With Veto Overrides

This week in Kentucky politics, the legislature wrapped up its 2020 session with a flurry of veto overrides, abortion bills and constitutional amendments. Gov. Andy Beshear said he's working with a group of neighboring states to coordinate when and how to ease coronavirus restrictions. And protestors gathered at the capitol to protest business closures. Erica Peterson talked to capitol reporter Ryland Barton for this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Legislature Returns Next Week

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Andy Beshear urged churches to not hold Easter services during the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that banning drive-in church services violates first amendment rights. And the legislature returns next week to consider overriding Gov. Beshear's vetoes.

Coronavirus Looms Over Budget

This week in Kentucky politics, the legislature finally passed a budget, but they have little idea of how much money the state will make during the coronavirus epidemic. A legislative staffer has contracted the disease. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continued his quest to fill judicial vacancies with conservative judges.

The Coronavirus Relief Bill

This week in Kentucky politics, the state legislature still met during the coronavirus pandemic. They passed an emergency bill to help provide some relief to workers and businesses dealing with the virus, and they advanced a slew of other measures. And Kentucky's 4th district Congressman Thomas Massie received America's ire for threatening to block a federal coronavirus bill. Donate to support this and future seasons of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

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