voting rights http://wkms.org en Felons Voting Rights Proposal Clears Ky. House http://wkms.org/post/felons-voting-rights-proposal-clears-ky-house <p>A bill seeking to amend Kentucky's Constitution to restore voting rights for non-violent felons sailed through the state House Thursday.</p><p>Unlike past years, the proposed ballot issue may have a chance in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer says it may be an issue "whose time has come," with some changes.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:59:43 +0000 The Associated Press 38097 at http://wkms.org Felons Voting Rights Proposal Clears Ky. House Felon Voting Rights Bill Passes Ky. House Committee http://wkms.org/post/felon-voting-rights-bill-passes-ky-house-committee <p>A bill that would restore voting rights for non-violent felons has passed a Kentucky House committee.</p><p>The measure is Rep. Jesse Crenshaw's latest attempt to put approximately 130,000 felons back on the voting rolls. Similar efforts have repeatedly stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. But Crenshaw says he hopes that his bill will fare better this year due to support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:22:09 +0000 Jonathan Meador 38023 at http://wkms.org Felon Voting Rights Bill Passes Ky. House Committee Advocates Hopeful About Restoring Voting Rights to Ky. Felons http://wkms.org/post/advocates-hopeful-about-restoring-voting-rights-ky-felons <p>Advocates who have pushed unsuccessfully for years to restore voting rights to convicted felons after they've completed their sentences are hopeful that support from Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will provide a needed boost.</p><p>Lexington resident Tayna&nbsp;Fogle had her voting rights restored by former Govs. Paul Patton and Ernie Fletcher. Fogle said the initiative seems to be energized heading into January’s legislative session.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:09:28 +0000 The Associated Press 35941 at http://wkms.org Advocates Hopeful About Restoring Voting Rights to Ky. Felons Opposition to Felon Voting Rights Thawing, Kentucky Lawmaker Says http://wkms.org/post/opposition-felon-voting-rights-thawing-kentucky-lawmaker-says <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201210/800px-Voting_in_Hackney.jpg" alt="" /><p>Saying Kentucky state senators have been the historical roadblock, Democrat Gerald Neal of Louisville has pre-filed a bill to restore voting rights to certain former felons.<p>Movement on the proposal comes weeks after U.S. Sen. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:53:35 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 35910 at http://wkms.org Opposition to Felon Voting Rights Thawing, Kentucky Lawmaker Says Paul Backs Sentencing Flexibility for Judges http://wkms.org/post/paul-backs-sentencing-flexibility-judges <p>U.S. Sen. Rand Paul found a receptive audience in a mostly African-American Louisville neighborhood as the tea party favorite spoke in favor of giving judges more sentencing flexibility and restoring voting rights for felons.</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:29:26 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 34923 at http://wkms.org Paul Backs Sentencing Flexibility for Judges