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Politics
7:12 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Felon Voting Rights Restoration "Unlikely" To Pass in Kentucky This Year

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A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year.

Lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.

GOP Senate Floor Leader Damon Thayer previously amended the bill to include a five year waiting period and not cover felons with multiple offenses. Supporters of the proposed legislation have criticized Thayer’s changes, which would not affect about half of the 180,000 Kentuckians the original bill was meant to help.

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5:14 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Legislation to Let Rand Paul Run for Senate and President Could Be On The Way

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A state Republican lawmaker is considering filing a bill that will permit U.S. Senator Rand Paul to run for re-election in Congress as well as President of the United States.

Senate GOP Floor Leader Damon Thayer is mulling legislation that would clarify a state law that prohibits candidates from holding or running for two offices simultaneously.

Thayer says that Paul discussed the issue with members of the Senate Republican caucus earlier this month, when Paul testified in Frankfort in support of a bill restoring felons’ voting rights.

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Politics
6:45 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Legislators React to U.S. Attorney General's Call to Restore Felon Voting Rights

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FRANKFORT — The push to restore felon voting rights has received a major endorsement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, but it's not clear what effect that may have in the state Capitol—where lawmakers are debating the issue.

As he called on states to lift rules that make it harder for felons to get their right to vote back, Holder singled out Kentucky. He said it's one of three states where a fifth of black adults are prohibited from voting because of a felony record.

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Politics
6:20 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky Senate Republicans: No Sentiment for Expanded Gambling This Year

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Expanded gambling may be dead for another year, according to Kentucky Senate Republicans.

A bill filed by Sen. Dan Seum, a Louisville Republican, would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot and let voters decide if they want casinos in the commonwealth.

But Seum says he doesn’t have the support in the Senate.

“At this point in time, I have no plans in putting it on the floor, obviously, until I have the necessary votes to pass a constitutional amendment," he says.

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Politics
7:45 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the legislature should be able to review regulations like the Affordable Care Act and Common Core school standards—both implemented by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear through regulatory means.

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