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Statewide smoking ban not likely to make it out of house

Posted: 02/26/2013 - Legislation that would institute a statewide smoking ban in restaurants and other public places has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee for further review, making it unlikely it can pass in this legislative session.

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Proposal would give Gov. Beshear extra year in office

Updated: 02/26/2013 - Governor Steve Beshear would get an extra year in office and Kentucky's statewide elections would be aligned with national elections under an amendment that has passed the senate.

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Tax on lottery sales no longer being considered

Posted: 02/26/2013 - Lawmakers won't pursue a 6 percent tax on lottery tickets as a source of revenue to shore up Kentucky's financially troubled pension system for government retirees.

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Gay marriage supporters look to next session

Updated: 01/04/2013 - A Senate committee voted in favor of a measure to allow gay marriage Thursday. But Senate Democrats delayed a floor vote because three supporters needed for passage were absent.

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Barr to take oath of office Thursday in DC

Posted: 01/03/2013 - Barr, a Lexington attorney, won election in November over Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler in a bitter race to represent the 6th Congressional District.

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Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

Updated: 01/02/2013 - The tax package negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans and passed by Congress will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase.

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White House meeting a last stab at a fiscal deal

Updated: 12/28/2012 - A Friday afternoon meeting among congressional leaders and the president stands as a make-or-break moment for negotiations to avoid across-the-board first-of-the-year tax increases and deep spending cuts.

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Obama's 2nd inauguration to draw smaller crowds

Posted: 12/26/2012 - City officials are expecting 600,000 to 800,000 visitors for the Jan. 21 inauguration, far less than the 1.8 million people who flooded the National Mall four years ago.

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Grimes to explore early voting

Updated: 12/20/2012 - Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a news release Wednesday she plans to hold meetings statewide next year to discuss whether Kentucky should change its election laws to allow early and unexcused absentee voting.

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