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11:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Kentucky General Assembly Approves State Legislative Redistricting Bill; Governor Signs

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Update: Gov. Steve Beshear has signed the bill. In a statement, Beshear said:  “I’m pleased that our legislators have met the constitutional requirements for new districts and that this special session was held to the minimum five-day period, and I have signed the bill so these new districts take effect immediately.  I expect these maps will withstand legal scrutiny, so all Kentuckians can be assured of appropriate representation in the General Assembly.” 

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4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Document | Third Ethics Complaint Filed Against State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr.

A third Legislative Research Commission employee, Gloria Morgan, has filed an ethics complaint against state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr., alleging that he touched her inappropriately. Morgan's complaint follows those filed Friday by Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner.

Here's the story about Morgan's complaint.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Legislative Research Commission Director: Sexual Harassment Allegations Taken Seriously

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The director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission says sexual harassment claims are taken seriously by his agency, despite an employee's expressed disappointment of how her allegations against a state legislator were handled.

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Politics
10:27 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker to Propose Sexual Harassment Training After Allegations Against Colleague

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The allegations that a Kentucky state legislator sexually harassed and assaulted two statehouse staffers has led to an effort to impose required training onto lawmakers.

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat from Louisville, plans to introduce a measure in the House on Thursday that would include sexual harassment training in the mandatory ethics education that state legislators are required to undergo.

No such training is currently required, Marzian said.

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Politics
10:56 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Kentucky Statehouse Staffers Accuse Rep. John Arnold of Sexual Harassment, Assault

State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr.
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Two longtime Kentucky statehouse employees have filed ethics complaints against Democratic state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr., alleging a pattern of sexual assault and harassment dating back to early 2010.

Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, in separate complaints, allege Arnold inappropriately touched them and made lewd and vulgar comments in numerous incidents over several years. Arnold  is a veteran legislator from Sturgis.

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Politics
7:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kentucky General Assembly Returns to Frankfort for Redistricting

The opening day of a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly set the stage for the legislature’s latest attempt at drawing new legislative district maps amid uncertainty over the timeliness of that process as a result of recent federal court action.

After honoring Miss Kentucky 2013, Jenna Day, and recognizing Democratic Rep. James Kay, D-56, state representatives quickly got down to business by introducing a pair of redistricting bills that will determine new boundaries for members of the state House of Representatives.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Advocates Rally in Frankfort to Restore Funding for Child Care

With Kentucky lawmakers convening this week for a special session on redistricting, lobbyists are also gathering at the Capitol. 

Education is not on the special session agenda, but advocates today asked legislators to restore funding that was cut from child and kinship care programs.    The funding was slashed to offset a $86 million budget shortfall. 

Children’s Alliance President Michelle Sanborn says given Kentucky’s $70 million surplus at the end of the last fiscal year,  some funding should now be restored.

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Local News
3:34 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Some Kentucky Lawmakers Want to Consider Creation of Independent Restricting Panel

Kentucky lawmakers are back in Frankfort for what they hope will be a quick special legislative session devoted to creating new redistricting maps.

Both Republicans and Democrats have unveiled proposed maps, and leaders from parties say they believe an agreement can be reached by Friday.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Kentucky Senate Republican Leaders Unveil Redistricting Map

 

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers today revealed a new redistricting map that would split only three counties and create no new open seats.

In a press conference, Stivers said the map, which was crafted by Republican leadership in the Senate, represents “a process of mathematics and criteria, not politics,” according to spokeswoman Lourdes Baez, who added that Senate Democrats were also consulted on the plan.

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Politics
9:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky House Republicans Propose Redistricting Plan

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House Republican leaders are offering a legislative redistricting plan that would force eight incumbents to run against each other next year.

The map unveiled Thursday by House GOP Leader Jeff Hoover affects four Republicans and four Democratic lawmakers. Hoover says the GOP plan is very different from a plan put forth earlier this year by Democrats that had nine Republicans running against each other but no Democrats.

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