Bevin: U of L accreditation woes board’s fault

Scenes from Saturday’s Kentucky General Assembly, where state lawmakers debated passing legislation that would allow Gov. Matt Bevin to appoint a new U of L board of trustees. Jan. 7, 2017Frankie Steele/Special to CJ FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Matt Bevin on Monday blamed the probation status of the University of Louisville’s accreditation on the “infighting,” “disagreement”…

House bills may threaten Ky.’s NCAA, ACC events

by Jon Hale and Jeff Greer , The Courier-Journal – The NCAA is relocating seven championship events, including the opening two rounds of the men’s basketball tournament, out of North Carolina over the state’s controversial bathroom law.Time_Sports Kentucky’s ability to host college athletic championships could be at risk if NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference precedent stands and should…

State will audit KFC Yum! Center

 by Morgan Watkins and Phillip M. Bailey , The Courier-Journal – On a radio interivew with WLOU 104.7, the University of Louisville athletics director says U of L is tired of being portrayed as the ‘bad guys’ in downtown YUM Center arena deal. Audio courtesy: WLOU 104.7 State Auditor Mike Harmon has agreed to audit the Louisville Arena Authority…

GOP bill to disclose legislators’ pensions advances to full Senate

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Latonia, is sponsoring a bill that would allow people to learn how much legislators are collecting from their state pensions. Legislative Research Commission BY JOHN CHEVES, jcheves@herald-leader.com – FRANKFORT — Republicans are taking another shot at revealing lawmakers’ state pensions to the public, a transparency effort that Democrats blocked for at least the last four…

RPK targets 5 Democratic lawmakers with robocalls before floor votes Thursday

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – FRANKFORT — Five Democratic lawmakers who voted against Republican priority legislation in committee on Wednesday are being targeted with robocalls in their home districts in an attempt to change their vote before the bills come for a full vote before the House on Thursday. The calls, which started Thursday morning, specifically reference three bills.…

Bathroom bill filed in Ky – by a Democrat

by Tom Loftus , @TomLoftus_CJ  FRANKFORT, Ky. — Two controversial social conservative bills that many top Republican leaders have de-emphasized in recent months were filed in the Kentucky House on Tuesday by a Democrat. Rep. Rick Nelson, a Democrat from Middlesboro, filed the transgender bathroom bill (House Bill 106) that would require public schools, state universities, state government and…

Trump’s commerce pick opened his wallet for McConnell, Kentucky Republicans

BY CURTIS TATE, ctate@mcclatchydc.com – WASHINGTON — Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, who is Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department, has been a generous contributor to the fundraising committees of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party of Kentucky. According to a questionnaire posted by the Senate Commerce Committee this week, Ross contributed $35,200 to…