A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Keven Moore: Office holiday parties are fun, but businesses need appropriate safeguards

It’s that time of year again – when office and businesses all across the country get together to eat, drink and be merry for their annual Holiday Party. Hollywood has scripted multiple classic movies with Christmas office parties into the plot from the 1947 classic “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart, the 1988 thriller “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Willis, and the most recent...

Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Leadership Conference set for Oct. 24-25

The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet will present the 32nd annual Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Leadership Conference Oct. 24-25 at the newly renovated Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. Held each fall, the conference is one of the longest running of its kind in the country, celebrating the diversity represented among the people of the Commonwealth, and serving as a premier...

Pew Trusts: #MeToo in the Statehouse; at least 16 men are gone, but the harassment culture isn’t

By Jen Fifield Pew Trusts In March, former Minnesota state Rep. Tony Cornish made a surprise visit to the state Capitol, where he attended committee hearings and talked to former colleagues. His presence was enough to put at least a few women on edge. Sarah Walker, a lobbyist, said she heeded texted warnings to avoid certain areas of the building. State Rep. Erin Maye Quade said she made a point of...

Richard Nelson: Despite drama, 2018 legislative session was a successful production in many ways

The 2018 General Assembly was incredibly productive and even took positive steps to shore up the state pension system, but incessant negative news reports by major media outlets implying Republicans were sticking it to protesting teachers and unfortunate comments by our Governor left many with another impression. It’s funny how high drama and a few entertaining if not painful moments receive...

Kentucky GOP will not seek immediate replacement for former House speaker Jeff Hoover

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Leadership of the House Republican Caucus said there will not be an election to replace Jeff Hoover as speaker when lawmakers convene either in a special session this month on pension reform, or when the regular session convenes in January. A statement was issued by Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect; Majority Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster; Majority Whip Kevin...

Bil Straub: It’s about time to talk about sexual harassment; but not all instances are the same

WASHINGTON – I just informed my glorious wife that, with Thanksgiving upon us, I would rather suffer through a barium enema than write the column that follows. But the odious subject of sexual harassment/abuse, and the new public standards for judging such crude and loutish behavior that appear to be falling into place, simply cannot be ignored. Why the dread? Because no matter how heartfelt one...

Richard Nelson: On sexual harassment, we need a cultural assessment, and each of us must stand up

Sexual harassment and allegations of abuse by high profile politicians are dominating the news and as distasteful the details and disappointed we may be in our political candidates and leaders, we’re forced to process this cultural moment and how to appropriately respond. Where to begin? How about with empathy toward the women who’ve come out of the shadows to share their stories? It takes...

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...

Gov. Bevin issues strong statement on sexual harassment allegations, without mention of Hoover

Staff report Gov. Matt Bevin added fuel to the fire of sexual harassment allegations in Frankfort without mentioning House Speaker Jeff Hoover’s name. Bevin held a news conference on Saturday at the state Capitol and his communications office issued this statement late Saturday afternoon: “These alleged actions, which haven’t been denied, are reprehensible, indefensible and unacceptable....