9:26 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Representation Questions Arise from Redistricting in Kentucky

Kentucky lawmakers redrew state House and Senate boundaries this summer, but there are questions about who they represent.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports top lawmakers discussed Wednesday what to tell constituents wondering who represents their districts.

The new boundaries created a problem for legislative staff when constituents ask which lawmaker represents them -- the legislator last elected by the constituent or the lawmaker who lives in the constituent's redrawn district.

Legislative staff members say they need to know how they should list lawmakers and their districts on the legislative website and in the 2014 legislative directories.

Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer proposed that the LRC give constituents the names of lawmakers from newly drawn districts.  But House Speaker Greg Stumbo said constituents expect their lawmakers to be the ones they elected.

2:36 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Banker Rules Out Bid for Kentucky Governor

A prominent Kentucky banker mentioned as a potential candidate for governor in 2015 says he's backing someone else.  Stanford banker Jess Correll says he's urging former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner to enter the Republican primary.

Correll says the former Louisville mayoral candidate reflects Kentucky's conservative values and would lead the state in a new direction.  Heiner said Wednesday he's giving the race "careful consideration" but doesn't have a timetable for deciding whether to run for governor.

Correll's support for Heiner comes the same week Republican Phil Moffett ruled out another run for governor in 2015.  Moffett, the runner-up in the 2011 GOP gubernatorial primary, is running for a legislative seat next year.  Moffett says state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer would be the front-runner if he enters the GOP primary for governor.

12:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Judge Delays Trial Concerning Sexual Harrassment Charges Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker

The first hearing in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former state Rep. John Arnold and elements of Kentucky state government revolved Wednesday around determining which parties should be accused. 

The hearing resulted in a delay in the trial until later this month

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate heard a motion to dismiss filed in October by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who argued that the state is "legally indistinguishable" from the Legislative Research Commission, which is also a defendant in the suit brought by female LRC employees who allege Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted them. 

In their lawsuit, filed Oct. 1, Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper named the state and the LRC as defendants.

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10:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kaelin Says No to Sixth Term

First District Warren County Magistrate James "Doc" Kaelin announced Wednesday morning that he does not plan on running for another term after his current one ends next year.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports Kaelin is in his 20th year of service in county government. He told the newspaper he's proud of the fiscal court's role in the growth that Warren County has seen during that time and added, "I just feel it's the time."

Wednesday is the first day for candidates to file to run for office in 2014.

2:45 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

McConnell, Grimes Clash Over Right-to-Work Measure

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has picked up an endorsement from organized labor on the same day the Kentucky senator she wants to unseat is pushing a national right-to-work proposal opposed by unions.

The proposal being co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would prohibit requiring workers to pay union dues or fees.  McConnell and fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul want to attach it to legislation that would bar workplace discrimination against gays.

Grimes said Tuesday the right-to-work amendment is wrong for Kentucky. She said organized labor has lifted millions of people out of poverty and gives workers a bargaining voice. Grimes received the Kentucky AFL-CIO's endorsement Tuesday.

McConnell said his proposal would allow workers to join a union if they want to but would protect them from being forced to join.