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Petition filed with state House asks for impeachment of Gov. Beshear for actions related to pandemic

Staff report Four “citizens of the Commonwealth” have filed a petition with the Kentucky House of Representatives asking for the impeachment of Governor Andy Beshear over the handling of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House has set up a committee to consider the petition, as required by law. Gov. Andy Beshear K.R.S. § 63.030 provides: (1) Any person may, by written petition...

Emily Postel: Kentucky voters deserve another opportunity to decide on Marsy’s Law

In this time of significant uncertainty, we commend the Kentucky General Assembly for moving forward on an effort to once again allow voters to decide what rights should be afforded to victims of crime. Following successful bipartisan Senate adoption and House committee approval, SB 15 (Marsy’s Law) is poised for passage by the full House of Representatives in the coming days. House members should...

Opinion: Marsy’s Law will give crime victims a much-deserved voice in Kentucky’s justice system

By Dorislee Gilbert and Caroline Ruschell Special to KyForward Sometimes simply having a voice in the process and being treated with respect makes all the difference. That’s something we’ve heard time and again from survivors as they navigate the criminal justice system. It’s also quite often the defining factor in whether they feel justice was rendered or if the very system in place to protect...

John Schaaf: White House defense suffers from lack of teamwork; let witness testify to what they know

The impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives has moved into a new phase in which witnesses are testifying publicly in front of the House Intelligence Committee and being questioned by members of both political parties. However, the White House has tied one hand behind its back and is not putting its best witnesses forward. If this was a basketball game, it’s like one team keeping...

Bill Straub: Trump doubles down on congresswomen of color who ARE already where they belong

“This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast.” — Donald J. Trump, Fox News, May 20, 2015 Enough. Enough already. President Donald J. Trump, better known in these parts as President Extremely Stable Genius, appears to be morphing into Lester Maddox, telling a quartet of progressive Democratic congresswomen with darker skin than his own that they should return to whence they came if...

Kentuckians for Better Transportation names former State Rep. Leslie Combs as executive director

Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), a statewide transportation association that has a long history of educating and advocating for all modes of transportation in Kentucky, has announced the hiring of Leslie Combs as its executive director. “KBT has found an experienced leader not only in transportation but a leader for all of Kentucky,” said Rod England, KBT Chair, “Leslie brings legislative...

Belcher sworn-in as Board of Elections certifies results of 49th House District special election

Linda Belcher The State Board of Elections on Tuesday certified the results of the Feb. 20 special election for state representative in the 49th House District and issued a certificate of election for Rep.-elect Linda Belcher of Bullitt County. Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. administered the oath of office to Belcher in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon. Also...

BCTC student Jeffery Ishmael selected for the U.S. Department of State scholarship to study abroad

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and the U.S. Department of State have announced that Jeffery Ishmael, BCTC student, and state legislative intern, is one 1,000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year. “I’m...

State Representative Sannie Overly, of Paris, announces she will not seek re-election in 2018

After serving as a Kentucky state representative for ten years, Sannie Overly announced today she will not be running for re-election in 2018. Sannie Overly “It’s been an honor to serve the people of Bath, Bourbon, Fayette and Nicholas counties,” Overly said. “I’ve traveled across the district and the commonwealth and met many outstanding people, but the best feeling is coming home to my...

Mitch McConnell: Judicial nominees don’t grab headlines, but remain key to administration’s agenda

There’s an important issue that hasn’t gotten a lot of headlines, but it’s a key part of President Trump’s agenda. In fact, it will have a significant and beneficial impact on the future of our country for generations to come. This crucial issue is the confirmation of well-qualified individuals to serve as federal judges. Unlike the House of Representatives, it is the Senate’s responsibility...

27-year veteran Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, announces early that he won’t seek re-election

Longtime state lawmaker Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, has announced that he will not seek re-election to another term in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Wayne said he was announcing his retirement from the House a year before the next election so that interested candidates would have time to plan their campaigns. Wayne has served in the legislature for 27 years, championing social justice issues....

Jeff Hoover resigns as Speaker of the House, will keep his seat in the legislature

Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover announced he will resign as speaker effective immediately but keep his seat in the House at a press conference Sunday afternoon at the State Capitol. The press conference came 24 hours after Gov. Bevin called for the resignation of anyone involved in secret coverups of sexual harassment. The Courier-Journal first reported that Hoover settled an allegation by a woman...

Abuse-deterrent opioid drug bill moves to Senate; EMS death benefits law moves to governor

Kentucky health insurers would be required to have abuse-deterrent opioid painkillers in their formulary under a bill that passed the state House Friday. House Bill 330, sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, is designed to encourage the prescribing and use of “abuse-deterrent” opioid analgesic drugs which Wuchner said cannot be crushed, snorted or injected...

Bevin sets special elections for four state House of Representative seats for March 8

Gov. Matt Bevin filed four writs of election Tuesday with the Secretary of State to schedule special elections on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The special elections will fill the following vacancies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives: — House District 8 in Christian & Trigg counties vacated by the resignation of Rep. John Tilley — House District 98 in Boyd &...