Jonathan Meador http://wkms.org en Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-rep-jim-gooch-threw-womens-underwear-dinner-table-statehouse-staffers-allege <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:52:15 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39887 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege Arnold Accusers Plan to Appeal Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision http://wkms.org/post/arnold-accusers-plan-appeal-kentucky-ethics-panels-decision <p>Two women who made formal sexual harassment complaints against former Kentucky State Representative John Arnold have filed a motion with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission asking it to reconsider its ruling that cleared Arnold of ethics charges.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:31 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39869 at http://wkms.org Arnold Accusers Plan to Appeal Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision Sexual Harassment Training Bill To Become Kentucky Law http://wkms.org/post/sexual-harassment-training-bill-become-kentucky-law <p>A bill that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for Kentucky state lawmakers is poised to become law.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:22:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39787 at http://wkms.org Sexual Harassment Training Bill To Become Kentucky Law Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges http://wkms.org/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="John Arnold" data-attribution="Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/Arnold_1.jpeg" alt="" /><p>FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.<p>In considering witness testimony and evidence filed in <a href="/post/third-woman-accuses-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-says-state-failed-act">three ethics cas Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:57:49 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39770 at http://wkms.org Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges Arnold Ethics Hearing Starts Tuesday http://wkms.org/post/arnold-ethics-hearing-starts-tuesday <p></p><p>The ethics trial involving a former West Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually harassing female state employees will begin tomorrow.</p><p>Three of the women who brought formal ethics complaints against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, are expected to testify at Tuesday’s adjudicatory hearing that will determine whether or not Arnold violated state ethics laws.&nbsp;</p><p>Thomas Clay is an attorney for the women, and he expects the proceedings to go by the numbers.&nbsp; Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:16:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39735 at http://wkms.org Arnold Ethics Hearing Starts Tuesday KCEP Head Says State Budget Inadequate http://wkms.org/post/kcep-head-says-state-budget-inadequate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The director of one of Kentucky’s leading non-profit economic policy think tanks says the recently-passed state budget fails to address the state’s revenue problem.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:12:55 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39670 at http://wkms.org KCEP Head Says State Budget Inadequate Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year http://wkms.org/post/bill-aimed-curbing-kentucky-heroin-epidemic-likely-fail-year <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:04:17 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39668 at http://wkms.org Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year Fate of Heroin Bill Uncertain in Kentucky General Assembly http://wkms.org/post/fate-heroin-bill-uncertain-kentucky-general-assembly <p>A bill that would raise penalties for heroin traffickers and expand addiction treatment is on shaky ground in the Kentucky General Assembly.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:12:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39620 at http://wkms.org Fate of Heroin Bill Uncertain in Kentucky General Assembly Stumbo: State Defunding Won't Kill "Beshear Care" http://wkms.org/post/stumbo-state-defunding-wont-kill-beshear-care <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:15:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39615 at http://wkms.org Stumbo: State Defunding Won't Kill "Beshear Care" House Gives Final Passage to $20.3 Billion State Budget http://wkms.org/post/house-gives-final-passage-203-billion-state-budget <p></p><p>FRANKFORT—After a marathon negotiation session this weekend,&nbsp;the Kentucky General Assembly gave speedy passage to a slew of budget bills that gave raises to judicial employees and restored funding for K-12 education while also reducing safety inspections for mines and possibly prohibiting the commonwealth from funding local implementation of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo praised the Senate for its willingness to compromise with his chamber, and called the process — including the 14-hour closed-door session of budget talks this weekend — “democracy in its purest form.”</p><p>“You saw people of different convictions, different ways to view things," Stumbo said. "It was democracy in its purest form. But it worked. And that’s what made, to me, all these years here worth spending.” Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:07:42 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39606 at http://wkms.org House Gives Final Passage to $20.3 Billion State Budget