Hello! With the General Assembly doing Vote-A-Rama on Monday and Tuesday before leaving for veto days, there’s obviously a lot of KYGA21 news this week. We did a couple of summary stories of the important bills.
The Repubs in Frankfort passed a budget that basically takes what Beshear wanted to spend to help Kentuckians and puts it on in the rainy day fund. Even so, there is much to come on the budget, as negotiations are continuing.
Lots of good commentaries this week, plus some none-KYGA stories and photos. Enjoy!
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Commentary ● Marshall Ward ● March 19, 2021
Repubs are worried about being “called out” when they don’t deserve it. But, based on these hair-on-fire statements they’ve made through the years, they actually need to be called out regularly.
Action ● Guest Author ● March 19, 2021
LG&E has filed another case with the Public Service Commission asking to raise and restructure its gas and electric rates in regressive, anti-consumer ways. Learn more here, including what YOU can do.
Action ● Forward Kentucky ● March 19, 2021
State Representative Nima Kulkarni and other community organizations will be hosting a vigil at Louisville’s Waterfront Park at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 21st.
Commentary ● Guest Author ● March 19, 2021
Governor Beshear provided the legislature with a budget that would provide relief to so many in need of help right now. Republicans in Frankfort chose to abandon the people of this Commonwealth instead.
Media ● My Old Kentucky Podcast ● March 19, 2021
Jameson Cable of the KY History Podcast joined Robert this week to talk about his show and the importance of history education. And, LuTisha Buckner and Robert went through more than a dozen bad KYGA21 bills (as well as a few good ones).
News ● Forward Kentucky ● March 18, 2021
The Indivisible group in western Kentucky has put up another billboard in Padacuh, this timing raising support for HR1, the “For the People Act.”
News ● Bruce Maples ● March 18, 2021
Rep. Thomas Massie was among twelve Republicans who voted against awarding medals to law enforcement officers who defended the chamber during the Capitol riot.
General Assembly sends a resolution on emergency orders and several other pandemic-related bills to the governor
News ● Kentucky Health News ● March 18, 2021
The General Assembly has sent Gov. Beshear a list of which COVID-19 emergency orders should stay in place if the legislature wins its legal battle over the governor’s emergency powers.
News ● Bruce Maples ● March 17, 2021
Here are 18 bills that passed in the last two days. Some are good bills (in our opinion), some are bad bills (some are REALLY bad), and some are either a mix of good and bad or a “who knows?” situation.
News ● Bruce Maples ● March 17, 2021
As lawmakers rushed to pass bills over the final two days of the session before “veto days,” some bills just didn’t make it. Here are seven such bills.
Commentary ● Bruce Maples ● March 17, 2021
AG Daniel Cameron sent a letter to the chair of the Federal Reserve demanding that Kentucky be allowed to use the relief money for tax cuts. If not, he and 20 other Repub AGs are going to sue.
Media ● Del Ramey ● March 17, 2021
A memorial and demonstration was held on March 13 in Louisville to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville police. Del Ramey was there with his trusty camera, and gathered this story in pictures.
Commentary ● Marshall Ward ● March 17, 2021
The U.S. is again approaching a crucial point in our right to vote. The result will either be the biggest advance since the landmark Civil Rights Act, or the biggest setback since the start of Jim Crow in the 1870s.
Publisher’s Blog ● Bruce Maples ● March 16, 2021
And for heaven’s sake, let’s not stuff the money under the mattress, when so many people are hurting. People need help now. If ever there was a rainy day, this is it.
News ● Courier Journal ● March 16, 2021
The House and Senate gave final passage to a budget bill that keeps spending constant while restricting the governor from spending any of the COVID-19 relief that is headed Kentucky’s way.
Commentary ● Daily Kos ● March 16, 2021
Everyone, and especially the local media who will likely be getting those Republican press releases taking credit, needs to be clear: Democrats made this happen.
News ● Kentucky Today ● March 16, 2021
A House bill to make many of the election changes made due to the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 permanent passed a Senate committee on Monday.
News ● Kentucky News Connection ● March 16, 2021
A bill that would extend the statute of limitations for misdemeanor sex offenses involving minors from five to ten years after their eighteenth birthday is progressing through the Legislature.
Commentary ● Berry Craig ● March 16, 2021
McConnell called Merrick Garland a “straight-shooter.” But when it comes to McConnell himself, being a straight-shooter is the LAST term you would use. And it’s been that way for decades.
Commentary ● Guest Author ● March 15, 2021
The functions of government are precisely those which are not the functions of business or the markets. Here are four areas where government must step up and lead.
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