Father of Alison Lundergan Grimes seeks dismissal of campaign finance charges

  Jerry Lundergan’s attorney, J Guthrie True, speaks to press outside of federal courthouse downtown after both Lundergan and Dale Emmons made their first court appearance. By Marcus Dorsey by BILL ESTEP, bestep@herald-leader.com –  Federal campaign finance charges against well-known Kentucky Democrats Jerry Lundergan and Dale Emmons violate constitutional protections and should be dismissed, defense attorneys…

State advocacy groups want more time to review graduation requirements

by Mandy McLaren, Louisville Courier Journal – Hours before the Kentucky Board of Education is scheduled to vote on new high school graduation requirements, statewide groups are continuing calls for the board to table its decision. The Kentucky School Boards Association, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky State Conference of NAACP Branches said the 11-member board should…

Charter schools, 3rd grade retention among education department’s 2019 priorities

by Mandy McLaren, Louisville Courier Journal – The Kentucky Department of Education will push for several controversial pieces of legislation next year, according to a list of priorities made public Wednesday. The department’s main priorities include: Securing a permanent funding mechanism for charter schools. Obtaining the power to retain third-graders who are not proficient in reading…

Legislative leaders expect to make small changes to tax reforms, say they likely won’t tackle many huge issues in 2019

by Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line – Legislative leaders wrapped up the Kentucky Chamber 2019 Legislative Preview Conference on Monday with a panel where they discussed election results, the rulings of the Kentucky Supreme Court on many of their key priorities, and what they plan to tackle during the 2019 session. Senate President Robert Stivers, Senate Majority Leader…

Lawsuit that alleges Wall Street duped Kentucky pension plan will proceed

by Tom Loftus, Louisville Courier Journal – FRANKFORT — The high-profile lawsuit alleging that Wall Street money managers and others caused Kentucky Retirement Systems to gamble as much as $1.5 billion on risky hedge fund investments will proceed. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Friday rejected motions of three big hedge fund firms and most other defendants to dismiss…