Special Olympics rally had special advocates from NKy, including gymnast Danielle Blakeney

For the Northern Kentucky Tribune Published: Feb. 10, 2015 By: RAE HODGE FRANKFORT–Among the nearly 100 advocates gathered in the Capitol rotunda yesterday to support Kentucky’s Special Olympics were two Northern Kentuckians with a very special interest. Gymnast Danielle Blakeney of Erlanger will be one of three competitors from Kentucky… Continue reading

Children’s advocates rally in state Capitol building to promote ‘Blueprint’ for Kentucky’s most vulnerable

For the Northern Kentucky Tribune Published: Feb. 9, 2015 By RAE HODGE Filling up three floors of the state’s Capitol building, an estimated 700 [sic] Kentuckians from across the state came together last week to celebrate the 11th annual Children’s Advocacy Day. Parents, anti-heroin advocates, smoke-free activists, child abuse training… Continue reading

Red Zone Culture: Long-awaited LRC report lays bare research agency’s problems

For the Northern Kentucky Tribune Published: Jan 28. 2015 By RAE HODGE The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission might not be a household name around dinner tables in the Commonwealth. But the unsung organization is the state government’s official lawmaking tool chest: It draft bills, conducts studies, distributes legislative news, keeps… Continue reading

Bang per Buck: Declining returns could cost Kentucky another $168 million in pension assets


For the Northern Kentucky Tribune Published: Jan. 27, 2014 By RAE HODGE When it comes to solving the state’s complex pension problems, debt isn’t the only factor worth considering. State lawmakers were told Monday that among ten states with similar pension investment portfolios, Kentucky ranks 7th in getting its money’s… Continue reading

The 2015 NKyTribune Reader’s Guide to the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus

For Northern Kentucky Tribune Published: Jan 16, 2015 By RAE HODGE   Covering a wide swatch of upper-region counties, the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus has several prominent and powerful state legislators in its ranks. Each is listed below, along with those committees they sit on this year* and the bills… Continue reading