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Bobby Sherman, John Arnold must also pay as part of LRC lawsuit settlement

07/28/2015 12:00 AM

Former Legislative Research Commissioner Director Bobby Sherman and former lawmaker John Arnold will pay undisclosed sums to plaintiffs who recently settled sexual harassment lawsuits against the Legislative Research Commission. Louisville attorney Thomas Clay, who represents the three current and former LRC staffers who sued the agency and others in October 2013, declined to discuss terms with Sherman and Arnold, a former Democratic representative from Sturgis. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Monday that the pair, who both left their positions a month after... Read more 

LRC ponies up $400K to settle sexual harassment lawsuits by current, former employees

07/23/2015 07:56 PM

Three women who sued the Legislative Research Commission after a wide-ranging sexual harassment scandal have received $400,000 in an agreed settlement, their attorney announced Thursday. Louisville lawyer Thomas Clay said he had not yet received the check, which also includes attorneys’ fees, or the agreement itself pending signatures from the involved parties. “This amount of money was determined as a result of a long mediation,” Clay said in a phone interview with Pure Politics. “I think the mediation went 13 hours, so... Read more 

As clerks fight back against same-sex marriage ruling Beshear says no special session needed

07/07/2015 07:33 PM

As the House Speaker contemplates the need for a special session and more county clerks are planning on speaking out against an order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Gov. Steve Beshear says the issue has already been resolved and a special legislative session is not needed. On June 26, Beshear directed county clerks in the state to follow the U.S. and Kentucky Constitutions and issue licenses to same-sex couples regardless of deeply held beliefs. With a 5-4 to... Read more 

Rowan County clerk sued by ACLU after denying new marriage licenses while U.S. Rep. Yarmuth and Chief Justice Minton weigh in

07/02/2015 06:59 PM

As a handful of county clerks continue their refusal to issue new marriage licenses in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling last week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says those who continue to balk at the high court’s decision “ought to leave or do their job.” Inaction by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has already prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky to file suit on behalf of two homosexual couples and two heterosexual couples who were denied... Read more 

Attny. General Jack Conway files lawsuit against EPA over Waters of the U.S. rule

06/30/2015 11:27 AM

Fresh off the heels of a multiyear fight against the Environmental Protection Agency over coal regulations, Attorney General Jack Conway is announcing another suit against the federal EPA over waterways. In late May the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rule regulating waterways of the United States, which some farmers and Republican lawmakers have openly worried could turn into a federal land grab. Conway, who is running for governor, announced on Tuesday that he was joining eight other... Read more 

Supreme Court blocks coal fired power plant rule, calling on costs to be taken into account

06/29/2015 02:04 PM

UPDATED: With another split decision the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must take cost into account while calling on a limit to emissions of mercury and other toxins from coal fired power plants. The case stems from a 2011 rule to reduce airborne pollutants from coal fired plants. The case, Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, decides the matter. Monday’s decision will reverse a federal appeals courts upholding of the tougher standards. In the 5... Read more 

Former Rep. Keith Hall convicted of bribing state mine inspector

06/26/2015 06:31 PM

Former state Rep. Keith Hall has been convicted of bribing a former state coal mine inspector to win favor at his Pike County mining operations. Multiple media outlets are reporting that a Pikeville jury brought back a guilty verdict after 90 minutes of deliberation. Hall, a Democrat who represented the 93rd House District until his defeat in the 2014 primary against Rep. Chris Harris of Forest Hills, faces up to a decade behind bars and a $250,000 fine for the... Read more 

Supreme Court rules gay marriage legal in all 50 states, striking down Kentucky's ban

06/26/2015 10:25 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTIONS: In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5 to 4 that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states striking down bans in more than a dozen states, including Kentucky. The court ruled on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which includes Kentucky’s “Freedom to Marry” lawsuit, Bourke v. Beshear with liberal leaning justices in favor of same-sex marriages and conservative justices dissenting. Read the full 103 page ruling here. Six couples from... Read more 

Florida nonprofit pushing local right-to-work ordinances sues KREF

06/18/2015 11:13 PM

FRANKFORT — A Tampa, Fla., nonprofit focused on enacting local right-to-work ordinances sued the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance in federal court Thursday, claiming the state’s ban on corporate political donations violates its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The Goldwater Institute filed the action in U.S. District Court in Frankfort on behalf of Protect My Check Inc., a 501(c )(4) formed in September that’s involved in defending right-to-work ordinances passed by local governments in Kentucky. The Kentucky Constitution bans contributions by corporations... Read more 

Charter Communications announces acquisition of Time Warner Cable

05/26/2015 10:06 AM

Charter Communications is announcing an acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The deal, valued at more than $55 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable comes as Charter also seeks to acquire a majority share in Bright House, a small cable provider, for $10 billion. Including Time Warner’s debt the deal is valued at nearly $79 billion. The news comes after a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable fell apart under scrutiny from the FCC and... Read more 

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