John Arnold ethics case http://wfpl.org en Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-case-against-former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-may-not-be-over-just-yet <p>The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:44:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9168 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session http://wfpl.org/post/high-profile-bills-falter-last-day-kentucky-general-assembly-session <p>FRANKFORT—Kentucky lawmakers squabbled until midnight, turning the final day of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly into a last-minute dash that saw many promising bills fail to clear the House and Senate.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:57:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9148 at http://wfpl.org High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-rep-jim-gooch-threw-womens-underwear-dinner-table-statehouse-staffers-allege <p>FRANKFORT—The two female statehouse employees who previously accused Kentucky Rep. John Arnold of sexually harassing them say another Democratic lawmaker acted inappropriately, this time&nbsp;on an out-of-state trip conducting official legislative business.</p><p>Legislative Research Commission employees Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner&nbsp;allege that Rep. Jim&nbsp;Gooch, D-Providence, threw a pair of women's panties onto a dining table at a restaurant during the Southern Legislative Conference held in Mobile, Ala., last year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9140 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-expresses-outrage-sexual-harassment-cover-kentucky-house <p>Calling it a "cover up," Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky contrasted how he handled a sexual harassment scandal differently than likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes has in recent months.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:22:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9132 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House John Arnold's Accusers Plan to Appeal the Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision http://wfpl.org/post/john-arnolds-accusers-plan-appeal-kentucky-ethics-panels-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT—Two women who made<a href="/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault"> formal complaints</a> against former state Rep. John Arnold filed a motion Friday afternoon with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission asking it to reconsider its ruling that cleared Arnold of ethics charges.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:56:26 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9127 at http://wfpl.org John Arnold's Accusers Plan to Appeal the Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict http://wfpl.org/post/staffers-lack-african-american-women-decision-makers-kentucky-behind-arnold-ethics-verdict <p>The absence of African-American women in Kentucky's halls of power is why former state Rep. John Arnold hasn't been held accountable.</p><p>That's according to <span class="st">Cassaundra</span> Cooper and Yolanda Costner, two of the three statehouse staffers who have alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Arnold over a three-year period.</p><p>Since August, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault">the Arnold scandal</a> has put the treatment of women in the legislature front and center.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:55:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9106 at http://wfpl.org Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature http://wfpl.org/post/bill-requiring-sexual-harassment-training-kentucky-legislators-awaits-governors-signature <p>A bill that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for Kentucky state lawmakers is poised to become law.</p><p>Currently, such training isn’t mandatory for lawmakers. But an amendment to an ethics bill would change that. The bill has passed both chambers and awaits the governor's signature.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9105 at http://wfpl.org Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-mum-staffer-claims-war-women-kentucky-state-house <p>A statehouse staffer says there is a clear "war on women" being waged in the Kentucky legislature after a questionable decision cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of any ethical wrongdoing.</p><p>The scandal is also threatening to entangle U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is in a difficult spot due to her connections to state Democrats involved.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9098 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges <p>FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:44:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9094 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges Former Rep. John Arnold's Mental Competence Questioned as Kentucky Ethics Case is Delayed http://wfpl.org/post/former-rep-john-arnolds-mental-competence-questioned-kentucky-ethics-case-delayed <p>FRANKFORT—A hearing on the state ethics complaints against&nbsp;former state Rep. John Arnold was delayed Monday amid questions about his mental health.</p><p>In an ruling, Legislative Ethics Commission&nbsp;chairman George Troutman ordered that the trial be postponed because of continued uncertainty over Arnold's mental competence. The continuance was asked for in a motion by Steve Downey, Arnold's attorney,&nbsp;said&nbsp;LEC&nbsp;counsel John&nbsp;Schaaf&nbsp;in a statement.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:33:54 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8691 at http://wfpl.org Former Rep. John Arnold's Mental Competence Questioned as Kentucky Ethics Case is Delayed