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Former Legislative Director for Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, joins lobbying firm

07/26/2017 08:45 PM

Matt Niehaus, who served in Governor Matt Bevin’s administration as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Insurance and Executive Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Services in the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, has joined McCarthy Strategic Solutions. As Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Niehaus oversaw the day-to-day operation of over 115 employees and a multimillion-dollar annual budget, according to a news release announcing the hire. “Matt has been a highly-valued and trusted member of our team,... Read more 

Sen. Carroll won't resign seat in wake of sex allegations

07/26/2017 04:32 PM

FRANKFORT – Sen. Julian Carroll said Wednesday that he will not resign his seat in the wake of a Spectrum News report that he propositioned and groped a 30-year-old man in 2005. Carroll, D-Frankfort, told reporters outside the Capitol Annex cafeteria that there will be “absolutely no resignation,” according to a report by the Lexington Herald-Leader. When approached by a Spectrum News videographer at the Capitol Annex parking lot as he prepared to leave the campus, Carroll waved and drove... Read more 

Sen. Carroll skips Gallatin Co. check presentation

07/25/2017 12:55 PM

Embattled Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, skipped a check presentation in Gallatin County on Monday. Carroll, who represents all of Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen and Woodford, sent an email to the Gallatin County Health Department on Monday sending his regrets for not attending a check presentation to complete a local walking trail. The Frankfort Senator has not made any public comments or appearances since Pure Politics revealed an exclusive investigation into hidden recordings made in 2005 of Carroll propositioning photographer Jason... Read more 

KDP seeks "consistency" in responding to claims against Sen. Carroll

07/24/2017 07:24 PM

In two emails sent an hour apart on Sunday the Kentucky Democratic Party sought to bring county chairs and vice chairs in line with the party’s response to a Pure Politics Investigation into allegations that Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, groped and propositioned photographer Jason Geis, 30 years old at the time, for sex. Geis had sought Carroll’s help getting into art school in February of 2005. Carroll, who spoke in the secret recording about his connections to representatives at that... Read more 

RPK raises concerns over how police handled investigation into allegations against Sen. Carroll

07/24/2017 07:19 PM

FRANKFORT – Concerns over how investigators handled allegations made in 2005 against Senator Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, are being raised by Republican Party of Kentucky Communications Director Tres Watson. In 2005, photographer Jason Geis came forward with allegations that Carroll had groped and propositioned him for sexual favors. Geis recorded a conversation between he and Carroll and went to the police. The investigation halted after Carroll changed his story to police, and Lincoln Co. Attorney John Hackley said he saw... Read more 

Did the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation look into allegations against Sen. Carroll?

07/24/2017 04:51 PM

What did they know, and when did they know it? U.S. Sen. Howard Baker asked a version of that question in regards to President Richard Nixon’s involvement in a cover-up of a break in at the Watergate office building. The Republican Party of Kentucky has now posed a version of that question to those who were in power in 2005 when Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, allegedly groped and propositioned photographer Jason Geis, 30 years old at the time, for sex. Geis had... Read more 

Senate Democratic leaders call on Carroll to resign Senate seat

07/23/2017 02:06 PM

After an 11 month Pure Politics investigation into allegations that Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, groped and propositioned photographer Jason Geis for sex, Kentucky Democratic Senate leaders are calling on Carroll to resign immediately. “In light of recent media reports, the Senate Democratic Caucus has voted to remove Senator Carroll from his leadership position as minority whip. The Senate Democratic Caucus calls on Senator Carroll to resign his Kentucky State Senate seat, immediately,” a statement sent Sunday said. Read more 

Kentucky Democratic Party "terribly concerned" by allegations against Sen. Carroll

07/23/2017 11:06 AM

UPDATED: Following an 11 month Pure Politics investigation into allegations that Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, groped and propositioned photographer Jason Geis for sex, the Kentucky Democratic Party says the events are being taken “seriously.” Democratic Party spokesman Brad Bowman issued a statement following reporting from Pure Politics on Saturday. “We are terribly concerned by the events described in the Pure Politics piece concerning Sen. Carroll,” Bowman said. “While we acknowledge and greatly appreciate Sen. Carroll’s life-long career of public... Read more 

School for sex? A powerful Kentucky lawmaker's proposition caught on tape

07/22/2017 09:18 PM

More than 10 years ago budding photographer Jason Geis wanted to go to art school. He says a high-profile Kentucky lawmaker took an interest in his work and promised to help him. Instead of help, Geis said he was groped and propositioned for sex. And that’s not all. When he turned to police for help, he says the whole thing was swept under the rug. Relying on previously undisclosed police files, a hidden recording and interviews with Geis and the lawmaker,... Read more 

The Chatter: Ark Encounter could lose $18M state tax incentives, judge orders state to pay $224K in same-sex marriage legal battle

07/22/2017 10:30 AM

The Ark Encounter may lose its $18 million tax-incentive package from the state after the for-profit company transferred the Noah’s Ark-inspired attraction to a related nonprofit entity, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday. The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet informed Ark Encounter attorney James Parsons in a letter Tuesday that the Grant County attraction was suspended from receiving tax incentives after it transferred the $48 million property to Crosswater Canyon, a nonprofit connected to Answers in Genesis, which operates both the... Read more 

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