Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

 Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. 

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2:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky Felon Voting Rights Bill's Hopes Rest on Rand Paul's Support

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A bill to restore voting rights for non-violent felons has passed a Kentucky House committee.

The measure is Rep. Jesse Crenshaw's latest attempt to put about 130,000 felons back on the voting rolls.

Similar efforts have repeatedly stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. But Crenshaw says he hopes that his bill will fare better this year because of support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky State Rep. Joe Fischer: Abortion is 'Most Brutal Form of Domestic Violence'

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A Republican lawmaker has amended a bill expanding domestic violence protections for dating couples to include language limiting abortions.

Rep. Joe Fischer of Ft. Thomas says he believes abortion is a form of domestic violence.

“The most brutal form of domestic violence is the violence against unborn children. And, this particular bill would prohibit abortions after the fetus feels pain, which is 20 weeks and older," Fischer says.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Louisville Democrat Ashley Miller Files for Kentucky State House Seat

Democrat Ashley Miller is vying for a Kentucky House seat this year. If elected, Miller would be the first black woman to serve in the General Assembly since 2000.
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There hasn't been a black woman in the Kentucky legislature since 2000.

Louisville Democrat Ashley Miller wants to change that. The 30-year-old nurse practitioner is running for the House seat held by Republican Julie Raque Adams, who’s running for state Senate.

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Politics
6:52 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Kentucky House Members Hear Pleas for Medical Marijuana

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In 1994, Eric Crawford was rendered a quadriplegic following a traffic accident. Confined to a wheelchair, the Maysville resident says he has since developed glaucoma, and that his doctor told him that, while it could not be prescribed, marijuana could alleviate his pain.

But in the absence of legislation that would add Kentucky to the list of 20 states with some form of medical marijuana law, Crawford says he has to obtain his marijuana illegally.

Kentucky lawmakers are weighing a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

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Politics
8:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Files for Senate Election

Alison Lundergan Grimes

It’s official. Grimes is running for the senate.

After a ceremonial signing of her candidacy papers attended by Gov. Steve Beshear and four former Kentucky governors, Grimes told reporters that she intends to support a raise in the minimum wage and pay equity for women.

“I believe, especially on behalf of the women all across Kentucky, in closing the pay equity gap. Instead, Sen. McConnell votes against the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Kentuckians, especially the women of Kentucky, deserve better," she says.

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Politics
8:50 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Retired Army Medical Officer Files to Run Against Congressman Brett Guthrie

Ron Leach
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A retired U.S. Army medical officer has filed to run against U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.

Democrat Ron Leach says Kentucky and the nation suffer from rampant income inequality, and a growing dependence on the social safety net is a symptom of that problem.

“Do you call the cost of that safety net, you know, food stamps, SNAP, Medicare, er, Medicaid, the problem and you just simply cut it?" he says. "Or do you realize it that it is the symptom. It is a symptom of an economy that simply doesn’t work for most people anymore.”

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Politics
9:31 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky House Committee OKs Domestic Violence Protections for Unmarried Couples

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A bill that would extend domestic violence protections for unmarried couples in Kentucky has passed a state House committee.

The bill would expand domestic violence protections to couples who are or were in a romantic relationship. Currently, the law protects individuals who have been married to, have a child with or have lived with their abuser.

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association President Darlene Thomas must be expanded to protect all victims of domestic violence.

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Local News
5:43 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

No Legal, Legislative Backfire for Kentucky Lawmaker Whose Gun Went Off in Capitol

One day Kentucky after Gov. Steve Beshear praised the state for eschewing stereotypes, a state lawmaker accidentally discharged a gun in her office in the capitol building. 

Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, said in a statement that she accidentally fired her 380 Ruger semi-automatic pistol while attempting to unload it. The bullet struck a nearby bookshelf, according to Sgt. Jason Palmer of the Kentucky State Police's legislative detail unit.  

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Politics
12:54 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky Legislators Complete First-Ever Sexual Harassment Training

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky lawmakers have finished their first-ever training on sexual harassment.

More than 100 lawmakers heard a lecture from Aime McFerren, a Louisville attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She shared strategies for identifying sexual harassment, and the benefits of preventing it.

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Local News
8:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Issue Should Start With Constitutional Amendment

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FRANKFORT—Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says expanded gaming legislation would ideally begin with a constitutional amendment.

Stumbo told reporters Tuesday in the Capitol that by letting voters decide the issue first, the legislation could avoid the kind of horse-trading that Senate President Robert Stivers has warned will threaten his support for it.

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