Influencer Spotlight: Julie Denton goes on independence streak

03/01/2011 07:17 AM

Our latest “Influencer Spotlight” segment features Republican Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville, who has raised some eyebrows in the state Senate lately.

Denton has spoken out against several bills being supported by members of the Republican caucus.

Last week, for instance, she was the only Republican to vote against a resolution calling for a U.S. constitutional convention to take up an amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. On Friday, she spoke out in a GOP caucus meeting against a bill regarding chiropractors, which delayed a vote on the legislation.

Before that, she raised concerns about a bill that expanded the practice of optometrists to perform certain surgeries that had been done only by ophthalmologists who have medical degrees. Denton expressed concerns that the bill was moving too fast without enough consideration.

All this comes after she challenged Senate President David Williams for the top post in the chamber. (Denton dropped out of that race just before the Republicans took a vote in November.)

View our previous profiles on the Influencer Spotlight page.

(Programming note: Pure Politics features the “Influencer Spotlight” segment every Monday night. Tune in March 7 at 7 p.m. on Insight’s Channel 2 to see who the next influencer is. Don’t have Insight? We’ll post the segment on the site the following morning.)

- Ryan Alessi

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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