Democratic political consultant pleads guilty to bribery scheme with Longmeyer

by Nick Storm, @NStorm_politics – Lexington based Democratic political consultant Samuel McIntosh was charged and admitted to paying kickbacks to former Secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, Timothy Longmeyer in federal court on Wednesday. The 58 year-old McIntosh pleaded guilty to four counts of bribery of a public official and one count of mail fraud before U.S. District…

Needle exchanges spread in heroin-riddled Ky.

by Morgan Watkins , @morganwatkins26 – A quick look at the staggering statistics regarding the impact of heroin and opioid abuse, both nationally and in Kentucky. Video by Jeff Faughender One woman relied on old needles used by her friend’s diabetic husband. Another settled for whatever syringes she could find. But for the first time since they started using…

Grimes: “No room for alternative facts” when it comes to election administration

by Nick Storm, @NStorm_politics – Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is firing back against claims of massive voter fraud by President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, the White House said President Trump believes millions voted illegally in the November election. By Wednesday, Trump dug in on the position asserting that illegal immigrants gave former Democratic rival Hillary…

Ky. environmental body faces potential demise

by James Bruggers , @jbruggers – Without any support from the Energy and Environment Cabinet or the Kentucky General Assembly, some question whether environmental advisory panel should continue to exist STORY HIGHLIGHTS Environmental Quality Commission has helped Kentucky navigate hot environmental topics since 1972. Commission has suffered from budget cuts and lack of political support. Commissioner says…

Judge rules against $37B buy of Humana by Aetna

by Grace Schneider , @gesinfk – A federal judge in Washington D.C. has dealt a huge blow to health insurer Aetna’s $37 billion bid to acquire Louisville’s Humana, backing regulators who’d argued that combining the companies will stifle competition in hundreds of markets around the country. Although Aetna and Humana can appeal Judge John Bates’ decision, a delay,…