NextEra Energy gives big to McConnell superPAC

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC operated by close associates of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, continued to get more jumbo contributions in April from energy interests and Las Vegas. And it spent $773,000 in April successfully advertising for the election of GOP establishment-backed Rep. Todd Young in the Indiana…

GOP has $1.4 mil on hand, Dems only $100K

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – The Republican Party of Kentucky got $124,350 in April from the Rand Paul Victory Committee – a political fund that raised money for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign, U.S. Senate re-election campaign, and Paul’s own political action committee. Thanks to the transfer from the Paul Committee, the RPK was able to…

Dole listeria recalls grow Louisville lab

by Jere Downs, @JereDowns – When Eurofins microbiology manager Meghan Styke talks to food producers who send samples for testing to her new Louisville laboratories, chances are the sometimes deadly threat of listeria bacteria comes up. “The question I get is: ‘What should we be doing that we’re not?’” said Styke from the Eurofins facility that opened in…

Top paid lobbyists for 2016 session

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Through the first four months of 2016 many of Frankfort’s top lobbyists have already made much more money in lobbying fees than the $140,000 salary that Gov. Matt Bevin will make for the whole year. The nearly 700 corporations and associations that lobby the General Assembly are required to report exactly how much they pay each…

Contracts to test previously untested rape kits approved; 600 kits could be tested in next two years

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – After more than a year since 3,090 previously untested rape kits were identified, two contracts providing for the testing of 600 of what could be more than 5,000 untested rape kits has been approved by the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Since the audit performed by former Auditor Adam Edelen, kits have been collected…

Legislative primary race roundup: Jefferson County incumbents lose while Senate Democratic leaders, Speaker Stumbo take wins

by Pure Politics – Tuesday was not a good day for incumbents in Jefferson County, with two longtime lawmakers meeting their last legislative days in the primary. The election also revealed a close race for House Speaker Greg Stumbo and set up some interesting general election matchups. 33rd House District Twenty-year incumbent Rep. Ron Crimm, R-Louisville, will…

How Kentucky Democrats will handle presidential delegate distribution

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both claimed victory after Kentucky’s presidential election after the campaigns essentially split Kentucky’s 55 pledged delegates. The delegates are awarded by the Kentucky Democratic Party, and a spokesman for the party says the results will be split by congressional districts to determine exactly how many delegates will be…

Bevin names judge for Oldham district

by Sheldon S. Shafer, @sheldonshafer – Gov. Matt Bevin has named attorney Doreen Showalter Goodwin as Family Court judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit, Division 2, which covers Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties. She replaces Judge Tim Feeley, who has resigned.  The unexpired term runs through November 2016. Goodwin is a solo practitioner and served as the master…