Ryland Barton

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A small state House race in Alabama gives Democrats hope for the November elections

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Democrats are celebrating after flipping a Republican state House seat in northern Alabama. Marilyn Lands rode to victory on abortion rights and access to IVF.


Republican-led states aim to advance their own immigration laws

Friday, March 22, 2024

A Texas law empowering state and local police to enforce immigration law is currently blocked, but lawmakers in other states including, Georgia and Iowa, are still passing similar legislation.


Lawmakers in more than a dozen states are considering fetal personhood bills

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

After the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos deserve legal protections, reproductive rights groups are worried about fetal personhood bills in several state legislatures.


As Congress lags, states have taken the lead in regulating the emerging AI industry

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Congress has been slow to regulate the artificial intelligence industry, but states have been plowing ahead, proposing and passing laws dealing with AI in elections, fake images and health care.


A recent bomb threat was a hoax. But it shows the vulnerability of state legislatures

Thursday, January 04, 2024

Though deemed a hoax, a bomb threat emailed to numerous state government offices across the country underscores the vulnerability of state legislatures to this kind of disruption.


Biden was in eastern Kentucky, touring damage after floods killed at least 37

Monday, August 08, 2022

President Biden toured flood damage in eastern Kentucky with the governor. The president promised increased federal aid and assistance to help the recovery. At least 37 people died in the flooding.


Kentucky Election Reform Effort Gets Bipartisan Backing

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Many states are seeing fierce partisan battles over voting proposals. But in Kentucky's Republican-led legislature, an election reform bill has gotten widespread support from both parties.


Bipartisan Bill In Kentucky Might Keep Voter Access Expansions After COVID-19

Friday, March 05, 2021

While lawmakers in other states battle over voting reforms, Kentucky may pass a bipartisan bill that would keep some of the policies put in place last year that expanded voting access during COVID-19.


2 Louisville Officers, Involved In Breonna Taylor's Death, To Be Fired

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Louisville Police Department is set to dismiss two more officers involved in the botched drug raid that killed Breonna Taylor. The move comes nine months after she was killed in her apartment.


The 2020 Kentucky Derby 'Unlike Any Other'

Saturday, September 05, 2020

The Kentucky Derby was delayed because of the pandemic, now demands are being made that Churchill Downs use this moment to make lasting changes and to take a stand against racial injustice.


Kentucky Says It Needs More Federal Aid To Survive Effects Of COVID-19

Monday, August 03, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, states have struggled with staggering revenue losses and budget shortfalls. Here's what is happening in Kentucky.


Voting In Kentucky Primary Goes Smoothly Despite Concerns

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lines at the voting polls moved smoothly around much of Kentucky, despite worries that pandemic safety measures would derail voting during state's primary on Tuesday.


Kentucky Democratic Primary To Decide Who Will Face McConnell Shows Split In Party

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Charles Booker, a Black progressive state representative, is mounting a strong challenge to Amy McGrath, the veteran recruited by top Democrats to run against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


Kentucky's Democratic Primary To Decide Who Takes On Senate Leader McConnell

Monday, June 22, 2020

Tuesday's Democratic primary to choose who takes on Sen. Mitch McConnell this fall is suddenly competitive. Ex-Marine pilot Amy McGrath faces Charles Booker, an African American progressive.


Should States Be Allowed To Declare Bankruptcy?

Sunday, May 03, 2020

States are in dire financial trouble because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some Republican leaders in Washington D.C. have suggested states declare bankruptcy, but is that a possible option?


Outgoing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Issues 428 Pardons, Many Which Are Controversial

Friday, December 13, 2019

Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who lost his seat in November, has issued 428 pardons in his final days in office. Many of those pardoned are controversial, violent felons. Prosecutors are dismayed.


Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin Concedes Race To Democrat Andy Beshear

Thursday, November 14, 2019

More than a week after the election, in which he was 5,000 votes behind, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin conceded the race to Democrat Andy Beshear, the state attorney general.


Kentucky GOP Gov. Bevin Officially Requests Recanvass Of Election Results

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's campaign has asked the state for a recanvass of the votes from Tuesday's gubernatorial election, in which he trails by about 5,000 votes.


Why These 5 States Hold Odd-Year Elections, Bucking The Trend

Monday, November 04, 2019

Why do five states hold general elections in odd-numbered years, when there isn't a presidential or congressional race? Some of our political reporters in those states dug in on that question.


'Moscow Mitch': Democrats Push McConnell, But Kentucky Loyalists Stand By Him

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Democrats criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to take up election security bills. But voters in his home state of Kentucky say that won't affect their support for him.