Frankfort is a "mess," Democratic lawmaker says

With talks of a special session still lingering, allegations of sexual misconduct facing numerous members of the legislature, the Speaker of the House resigning, state...

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Rep. Dan Johnson rejects calls for resignation, denies sexual abuse allegations

State Rep. Dan Johnson rejected calls for his resignation from Kentucky’s House of Representatives on Tuesday and denied allegations from a 21-year-old woman that he...

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House Bill would help students and families better deal with dyslexia

FRANKFORT – How to better address the needs of students with dyslexia is the goal of the Ready to Read Dyslexia RTI bill, which will...

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GOP Rep. Dan Johnson accused of molestation, political party's call for his resignation

The Republican and Democratic Party of Kentucky are calling for the resignation of Republican Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, after a news report from the...

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State lawmaker proposes $1 assessment per pack of cigarettes, other tobacco products to generate Medicaid dollars

Don’t call it a tax. That’s the message state Sen. Stephen Meredith hopes to convey in next year’s legislative session as he tries to pass a...

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2018 candidate filing update: Get ready for another battle in the 91st

Get ready for what could be round three as former Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, has filed paperwork to once again vie for the 91st House...

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Frankfort is a "mess," Democratic lawmaker says

12/12/2017 02:55 PM

With talks of a special session still lingering, allegations of sexual misconduct facing numerous members of the legislature, the Speaker of the House resigning, state Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, says Frankfort is a “mess.” The Democratic lawmaker was elected during the 2015 cycle, and when he came on Pure Politics last week Harris said that it seems unlikely lawmakers can produce results if a special session is called by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky. “To me, it doesn’t make a lot of... Read more 

Rep. Dan Johnson rejects calls for resignation, denies sexual abuse allegations

12/12/2017 02:09 PM

State Rep. Dan Johnson rejected calls for his resignation from Kentucky’s House of Representatives on Tuesday and denied allegations from a 21-year-old woman that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17. Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, faced mounting pressure from leaders in the state’s Republican and Democratic parties following a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting detailing Maranda Richmond’s account of New Year’s Eve 2012, in which she said Johnson forcibly kissed her and fondled her beneath her clothes... Read more 

House Bill would help students and families better deal with dyslexia

12/11/2017 05:38 PM

FRANKFORT – How to better address the needs of students with dyslexia is the goal of the Ready to Read Dyslexia RTI bill, which will be introduced during the upcoming 2018 legislative session. The bill, is sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, who told members of the Interim Joint on Education on Monday that some of the bill mirrors legislation which she has sponsored in the past on the subject, but it also adds several new pieces in the area of... Read more 

GOP Rep. Dan Johnson accused of molestation, political party's call for his resignation

12/11/2017 05:35 PM

The Republican and Democratic Party of Kentucky are calling for the resignation of Republican Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, after a news report from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting that included revelations that he was accused of molesting a 17-year old girl in 2012. Johnson faced a swift rebuke from his party, which had already previously turned their back on him as a candidate in 2016. “Last October, after local media reports about reprehensible and racist posts on his... Read more 

State lawmaker proposes $1 assessment per pack of cigarettes, other tobacco products to generate Medicaid dollars

12/08/2017 01:26 PM

Don’t call it a tax. That’s the message state Sen. Stephen Meredith hopes to convey in next year’s legislative session as he tries to pass a bill that would create a $1 health care reimbursement assessment on every pack of cigarettes sold in Kentucky starting Oct. 1. Meredith pre-filed the bill on Thursday. That would also apply to sales of dip, chew and snuff tobacco, and distributors would also have to pay a dollar per unit sold. Meredith, R-Leitchfield, said in a phone... Read more 

2018 candidate filing update: Get ready for another battle in the 91st

12/08/2017 12:36 PM

Get ready for what could be round three as former Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, has filed paperwork to once again vie for the 91st House District seat, a position he’s held and lost. This week’s roundup also features some intraparty scrapes as candidates line up to fight for Frankfort. State House 6th Dist. Republican Randall Fox, of Benton, has filed paperwork to enter the GOP primary for the district which encompasses all of Lyon, Marshall, and part of McCracken County. The... Read more 

Judge-executive says original pension reform proposal would create a huge obstacle to overcome for his county

12/08/2017 12:15 PM

LAWRENCEBURG – While it might be uncertain when pension reform will be dealt with by the General Assembly, many local government officials are certain that if anything close to what Gov. Matt Bevin has proposed is passed, there will be brutal effects to the local budgets of county and city governments, as well as school districts. Anderson County Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton says count his county as one which would definitely be put into dire financial straits if no changes are made... Read more 

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