Ben Waide

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Former state Rep. Forrest “Ben” Waide pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin Circuit Court to attempting to accept illegal campaign contributions and misspending campaign money.

Waide, a Republican from Madisonville, was indicted last summer related to his misuse of $10,000 in campaign contributions from Liberty Rehabilitation, a physical therapy clinic where he serves as president.

Waide Attorney: Indictment Is 'Politically Motivated'

Jul 30, 2014
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An attorney for Kentucky state Rep. Ben Waide says the indictment against his client is “politically motivated.”

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The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has announced the indictment of western Kentucky state Rep. Ben Waide on two counts of felony campaign finance violations.

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Kentucky’s 10th District state Rep. Ben Waide is still battling a civil lawsuit brought by former colleagues who say he misappropriated company money to fund his political career.

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A Madisonville lawmaker has filed a countersuit regarding allegations he misused $31,000 of his company’s money to fund campaign activities.

Rep. Ben Waide is the president of Liberty Rehabilitation. His fellow shareholders Lawrence Holmes and Jason Myers charged Waide with using company money to pay for travel and other expenses while pocketing his legislative reimbursement.

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll says he plans to file for re-election by the end of this week. Carroll, a Democrat, says there are several projects he will focus on if given a third term.

“We still would concentrate on our road projects,” Carroll said. “We’ve been fortune enough to build some new facilities for our road departments and our animal shelters and things like that. I still would concentrate on economic development.”

Republican State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke said he'll seek re-election in the 9th District, but new boundaries may pit him against his friend and Republican ally Ben Waide.

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo's bill that would transfer late payments claims in Medicaid managed care has cleared its first committee.

Education Committee Republicans Question Evolution on State Tests

Aug 16, 2012

A Hopkins County lawmaker is among some state house Republicans questioning whether evolution should be a part of Kentucky’s standardized science tests. The Kentucky interim joint Education Committee debated the topic this week during a discussion of “end-of-course testing.” Republican State Representative Ben Waide of Madisonville says test questions about evolution help promote it as scientific fact and not theory.

Kentucky House Passes Bill to Help Refugees Stay in School

Mar 20, 2012

Refugees can stay in Kentucky high schools after their 21st birthday under a bill that cleared the House Monday.  Democratic state Representative Jody Richards says the proposal is intended to help refugees who have fled to the U.S.  The divisive issue generated a lengthy floor debate with some critics, including Republican state Representative Ben Waide, questioning the wisdom of having people in their mid-20s sharing schools with teens.  Democratic Representative Steve Riggs urged colleagues to pass the measure so refugees can finish high school and become contributing taxpayers.