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

McConnell Kills Capitol Riot Commission

This week in Kentucky politics, Mitch McConnell blocked the commission investigating the January 6th Capitol riot. Several labor unions and nonprofits called on Gov. Andy Beshear to keep the $300 supplement to unemployment benefits. And Attorney General Daniel Cameron argued that courts can't waive the $300 fee to expunge felony records. We talk about it all on this week's edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

McConnell Resists Capitol Riot Commission

This week in Kentucky politics, Mitch McConnell came out AGAINST creating a commission to investigate the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. A Baptist adoption agency refused to renew its contract with the state because of a nondiscrimination clause. And a state legislator got his DUI dismissed due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling. Amina Elahi and Ryland Barton recap it all on this week's episode.

Feds Investigating Louisville Police

The Department of Justice launched an investigation into Louisville's police department. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he doesn't think the country is systemically racist. And the state found out it won't lose or gain any congressional seats during the reapportionment process. We cover it all on this episode.

McConnell Dismisses Latest Relief Package

This week in Kentucky politics, Mitch McConnell said the state doesn't need the most recent round of federal coronavirus aid. That's even though the Republican-led legislature already spent more than $1 billion of the relief funds. He also criticized companies boycotting Georgia after passing new election restrictions.

Legislative Session Ends With Spending, No-Knock Limits

This week in Kentucky politics, lawmakers overrode all of Gov. Andy Beshear's vetoes and passed dozens of bills during the final days of the legislative session. They also set aside more than a billion for infrastructure projects funded by the federal coronavirus package.

Last Days Of The Legislative Session

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Andy Beshear signed dozens of bills passed by the legislature, but vetoed several as well. Next week lawmakers will return to consider overriding vetoes on the last two days of this year's legislative session.

The Veto Period Rush

This week in Kentucky politics, lawmakers rushed more than 100 bills through the legislature ahead of Gov. Andy Beshear's veto period. The last-minute flurry included massive tax breaks, and more attempts to curtail Beshear's powers during the pandemic. But several high-profile bills didn't make it across the finish line.

Legislature Considers Criminalizing Insults Against Police

This week in Kentucky politics, the state Senate passed a bill making it a crime to insult a police officer and boosting penalties for protest-related charges. And on the eve of the anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death, lawmakers passed a watered-down version of a bill limiting no-knock search warrants.

Reforming Elections And No-Knock Search Warrants

This week in Kentucky politics, a bill limiting — but not banning — no-knock warrants across the state gained momentum in the legislature. Lawmakers finally unveiled a long-promised election reform bill. And the committee reviewing petitions to impeach the governor and attorney general recommended dismissing the requests.

Rand Paul & The Mysterious Election Reform Bill

This week in Kentucky politics, Rand Paul urged state lawmakers to pass a mysterious bill that would change the election system. The debate over historical horse racing machines divided Republicans in the legislature. And criminal justice reform bills have been gaining momentum in the statehouse.

Back To Top