Barr reintroduces Horseracing Integrity Act

by Nick Storm, @NStorm_politics – Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-New York, co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus are introducing legislation to bring uniformity to medications within horse racing. The bill, filed on Thursday, is a revamped version of legislation brought in 2015. The legislation establishes an authority to create and implement…

State plans to close juvenile detention center where teenager died last year

BY: Morgan Watkins , @morganwatkins26 – The state government plans to close the juvenile detention center where 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen died last year, according to state Sen. Whitney Westerfield. Westerfield, a Hopkinsville Republican, told the Courier-Journal that the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice gave him a call Tuesday afternoon and told him they are closing the…

Sen. Thomas talks his interest in possibly challenging Congressman Barr in next year’s midterms

by Kevin Wheatley – LEXINGTON — As national Democrats look to wrest control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republicans in next year’s midterm elections, state Sen. Reginald Thomas believes the road to a majority must pass through Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. Thomas, in an interview with Pure Politics at his church Tuesday, said his…

Programs that help poor Kentuckians face big cuts under Trump’s budget plan

  BY BILL ESTEP bestep@herald-leader.com Federal spending on safety-net programs, such as food stamps and health care for poor Kentuckians, would see significant cuts under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. The budget has not been released, but parts have surfaced in national media reports. For instance, Trump proposes to cut spending on food stamps, formally called…