After Brexit, Kentucky congressman wants ‘Amexit’

  by Elizabeth Koh, ekoh@mcclatchy.com – Rep. Thomas Massie thinks it’s time for “amexit.” The Republican congressman from Kentucky renewed his call for America to leave the United Nations Saturday, days after citizens in the United Kingdom narrowly voted to leave the European Union. Massie, referencing the Brexit vote, suggested it might be America’s turn in a post on…

Lexington prepares for lawmakers convention featuring Calipari, Carville

by Jack Brammer, jbrammer@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — State lawmakers from across the South will be in Lexington July 9-13 for a conference that will include speeches by University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and the dynamic political duo of Mary Matalin and James Carville. Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, who will preside over the conference in wrapping…

Ethics Commission OKs Crowdfunding For Legislative Campaigns

by Ryland Barton – The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has ruled that political candidates are allowed to use crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter to raise money for their own political campaigns. Crowdfunding websites help people raise money for projects or causes in exchange for a cut of the proceeds. In its formal opinion, the commission warned against promoting crowdfunding webpages…

Abramson: White House to push local gun laws

by Joseph Gerth, @Joe_Gerth – One question asked by Open Range owner Barry Laws was why not allow licensed gun dealers access the government’s stolen gun database. Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal Stymied by Congress on the issue of gun control, the Obama administration plans to push states and local governments to enact expanded background checks and other…

Grant County needle exchange program aims to prevent spread of disease related to drug use

by Don Weber, @DonWeber_cn2 – WILLIAMSTOWN – It’s been three months since the inception of a needle exchange program operated by the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District in Williamstown was launched, and department officials are already proclaiming the operation a success. Under the program, addicts bring in their dirty needles to the Grant County office on Wednesday’s between the…

Governor Unveils Medicaid Proposal (Updated)

by ASSOCIATED PRESS – The 400,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state’s expanded Medicaid program would have fewer benefits and would have to pay small premiums to keep their coverage under a proposal released Wednesday by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Premiums would range from $1 to $15 per month. Beneficiaries would lose vision and…

U of L faculty seeks to block Bevin order

by Andrew Wolfson, @adwolfson –   On Friday morning Governor Matt Bevin announces sweeping changes at the university including the resignation of U of L President James Ramsey and almost complete overhaul of the Board of Trustees. Citing the “immediate diminishment of the academic legitimacy and reputation of the University of Louisville,” a group of 47 faculty…