President of coal association: Best-case scenario for E. Ky. may be ‘maintaining what we have’

BY TOM MARTIN, Contributing columnist – Many Kentuckians have either directly or indirectly depended on the coal mining industry to make a decent living. Others argue that burning coal is harming our health and that the extraction method known as mountaintop removal has brought major destruction to the natural areas of Eastern Kentucky. Still others point out…

Kentucky education bill might surprise you

by Allison Ross, @allisonSross – C-J Education reporter Allison Ross talks to Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Stephen Pruitt.Jeff Faughender, CJ Much ado is being made over a sweeping education bill filed in the Kentucky Senate this session, with some saying the wide-ranging bill contains “fundamental changes” to education assessment and accountability in the Bluegrass State. Talk…

Expanded gambling pushed as pension remedy

by Tom Loftus – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Two Louisville senators – one a Democrat, the other a Republican – are hoping to boost support for expanded gambling in Kentucky by dedicating profits from the games to Kentucky’s beleaguered pension funds. A proposed constitutional amendment legalizing casino gambling proposed Tuesday by Sen. Morgan McGarvey, the Democrat, and Sen. Julie Raque Adams, the Republican,…

Money keeps flowing from out of state for Kentucky House Republican candidates

by Jack Brammer, jbrammer@herald-leader.com – FRANKFORT — More Republican dollars are flowing into Kentucky to help GOP candidates in the four special House elections on March 8. GOPAC, which works to elect Republicans to state and local offices throughout the country, announced Tuesday that it is putting more than $100,000 into the Kentucky House special elections called by…