Dems may back off special meeting request after law firm hired to investigate harassment allegations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Democrats may be backing off a call for a special meeting of the Legislative Research Commission after the Republican Caucus hired a law firm to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment against four members. The Majority Republicans announced on Tuesday that they have retained the Middleton Reutlinger law firm to conduct the investigation and advise...

Mike Denham: With new budget proposal on the horizon, two economic indicators provide good news

As Kentucky House leaders were putting the final touches on a proposed two-year state budget last week, legislators received not one but two reports of good economic news. On Thursday, state officials said that revenues have grown 4.3 percent so far this current fiscal year, all but guaranteeing a surplus with less than four months to go. The sales tax – one of the state’s major revenue sources...

Rep. Jim Gooch: Why I decided to change parties and run as Republican for re-election to 12th District seat

Today I sent an e-mail to House Speaker Greg Stumbo and House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover informing them that I will seek a twelfth term as State Representative for the 12th Legislative District as a Republican. This decision was made after weeks of deliberation, prayer and conversations with close personal friends and family. Jim Gooch Both Speaker Stumbo and Leader Hoover are learning of this decision...

Capitol Notes: Kentucky’s unfolding civic history largely written in 60 working days

By Scott Payton Legislative Research Commission   Let me have audience for a word or two … about this fair Assembly.   So said the Bard, in another context but it still applies.   For the next three and a half months, there’ll be lots more than a word or two written about the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly, including more than 16,000 in coming weeks right here. A poet like Shakespeare...

Rep. Carl Rollins resigns; governor will call
for special election June 25 to fill House seat

Kentucky Rep. Carl Rollins, who has served the House of Representatives’ 56th district for the past seven sessions, has resigned to take a full-time position with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corp.   Rep. Carl Rollins (Photo from LRC.gov) The 56th House district includes Woodford County and part of Fayette and Franklin...