Novelis completes $2 million expansion project

Berea mayor Steve Connelly and representatives from Congressman Andy Barr’s office and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office were among the dozens of people who gathered Wednesday morning to celebrate a recent expansion at Novelis, an aluminum recycling company in Berea. Despite the cold, attendees gathered outside the Berea plant as company representatives spoke of the company’s…

Law which prohibits legislators accepting “anything of value” from lobbyists has been ruled unconstitutional by U.S. district court judge

FRANKFORT – Kentucky’s ethics laws, passed in 2014, which states a member of the legislature can take nothing of value from a lobbyist, has been struck down as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman, who ruled in June 2017 that the laws were too vague to be enforced and violated lobbyists’ freedom of speech, issued a…

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announces bid for Democratic nomination in 6th Congressional District

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District, launching his campaign in several counties throughout the central Kentucky district on Tuesday. He enters a primary field with Amy McGrath, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marines; Reggie Thomas, a state senator from Lexington; and perennial candidate Geoff Young.…

Unpacking Kentucky’s pension crisis

Kentucky has a pension crisis; the amount of money the commonwealth expects to owe for state employees’ and teachers’ retirement outweighs the amount of money coming in. Gov. Matt Bevin has proposed a pension fix, but it’s been met with outrage by many of the state employees that would be affected. Meanwhile, a special session to address…