State probe of Longmeyer not yet started

by Tom Loftus , @TomLoftus_CJ – FRANKFORT, Ky. – The revelation by a federal prosecutor at Tim Longmeyer’s sentencing that the former state Personnel Cabinet secretary arranged for $100,000 or more in illegal straw campaign contributions could have significant implications for a state investigation of Longmeyer. But the special prosecutor heading the state investigation said Monday…

New RSLC TV spot connects Stumbo with national Democrats

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – The Republican State Leadership Committee is launching an advertising campaign on eastern Kentucky airwaves linking House Speaker Greg Stumbo with national Democrats. The 30-second television spot, titled “Changed,” features Stumbo expressing his support for President Barack Obama’s values and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s plan for eastern Kentucky’s economy juxtaposed with her…

Different portraits of Tim Longmeyer emerge in letters of support from family and friends, Personnel Cabinet statement ahead of sentencing

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – Dozens of friends and family members have implored U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell for leniency in letters of support for former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer ahead of his sentencing on federal bribery charges Thursday. The letters were unsealed Wednesday and include his wife, Lyn Longmeyer; parents, John and Janice Longmeyer; siblings…

Problems found in Kentucky’s police training and pay programs

by JACK BRAMMER, jbrammer@herald-leader.com – FRANKFORT – A special examination found several policy and financial problems with Kentucky’s criminal justice training program and an associated fund to provide training and incentive pay for officers. The exam of the state Department of Criminal Justice Training and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund, both of which are housed at Eastern…

Senate Race Debates Still TBD

by JOSH JAMES –  With less than six weeks remaining before Kentucky voters make their way to the polls, Senate candidates Rand Paul and Jim Gray have yet to debate. And the Democratic challenger has been working to make the incumbent’s still-unconfirmed schedule into a campaign issue. “I’ve agreed to do the debates and it’s regrettable…

Who are Frankfort’s highest-paid lobbyists?

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Here are the highest-paid lobbyists working the Kentucky General Assembly through the first eight months of 2016. The nearly 700 corporations and associations that lobby the General Assembly are required to report exactly how much they pay each lobbyist they retain. These reports are filed regularly with the Legislative Ethics Commission.…