Leadership stays the same for Senate GOP caucus heading towards 2017 session

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – Without much fanfare, the Senate Republican caucus re-elected their leadership team on Monday. The entire team of leaders includes Senate President Robert Stivers, Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, Majority Caucus Chair Dan Seum and Majority Whip Jimmy Higdon. All were unopposed in this round of leadership elections.…

FEMA authorizes federal funds to help battle more Kentucky wildfires

By WYMT – ATLANTA, Ga. (WYMT) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) authorized federal funds to help Kentucky with the costs of recent forest fires in Harlan, Knox, Letcher, and Pike counties. This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the…

Kentucky’s school accountability system receives high marks from think tank

by Mike James The Daily Independent – WASHINGTON D.C. — A new study rates Kentucky’s educational accountability system highly for its encouragement of high schools that nurture high achieving students. The study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute notes Kentucky’s system gives additional credit to students for high achievement. The system measures student growth by taking into…

Thomas More seeking university status

by Kate Murphy, kmurphy@enquirer.com – Thomas More College is pursuing university status to support a growing student population and new academic programs. Administrators say they expect it to be rolled out by 2018. “The name ‘university’ brings prestige to a higher education institution,” Thomas More College President David Armstrong said. “As we are trying to grow our regional, national,…

Like other health advocates, Ben Chandler waiting “with bated breath” to see what Trumpcare looks like

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – Like others in the health advocacy field, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President Ben Chandler isn’t sure exactly what changes will be made to the Affordable Care Act under President-elect Donald Trump or how his administration will handle Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver application. Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal and replace the health…

McConnell re-elected as majority leader

by Associated Press –  U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talked to reporters at the McConnell Center at University of Louisville on Thursday. Alton Strupp, CJ Senate Republicans have re-elected Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell to be majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January and starts working on Donald Trump’s agenda. McConnell is widely popular among Republicans and…