Gerald Watkins

Government
8:30 am
Fri November 28, 2014

McCracken Asst. Attorney Writes Law Proposal to Change Misdemeanor Trials

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A proposed bill could give prosecutors across Kentucky more teeth in convicting repeat DUI and domestic assault offenders.

3rd District State Representative Gerald Watkins is sponsoring the bill crafted by Assistant McCracken County Attorney Todd Jones. 

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Politics
11:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Watkins Holds onto 3rd District State House Seat

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Incumbent Democratic Representative Gerald Watkins held off Republican challenger Randy Bridges, winning Kentucky’s 3rd District State House seat. Watkins says it proved to be a tough race.

“I ran a very positive campaign, but it was very negative against me. And, you know, they felt like they could get control of the House by winning in the west and that’s why I was in the crosshairs,” he said.

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Politics
1:51 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

3rd District State House Debate: Gerald Watkins v Randy Bridges

State Rep Gerald Watkins (left); Randy Bridges (right);
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  The two candidates for Kentucky's 3rd District House seat met this morning in a debate hosted by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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Government
12:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Watkins Wants to Revise Parole Requirements for Attempted Murder Convicts

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State Rep. Gerald Watkins (D-Paducah) is looking to sponsor a bill that will change the penalties for violent and non-violent crimes under Kentucky law.

The Paducah democrat says he's currently in the pre-filing process of introducing legislation to revise Kentucky state law to re-classify attempted murder from a non-violent crime to a violent-crime. Violent crime offenders must serve a longer percentage of their sentence before being eligible for parole. 

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Government
8:04 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Watkins' Nuclear Bill Facing Coal Opposition

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Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah is pushing his bill through the house to lift the moratorium on nuclear power in Kentucky.

Watkins’ bill is a companion to Senator Bob Leeper’s bill that passed the senate in early February. Watkins is meeting with the state energy secretary Tuesday to get traction on the bill.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Two State Representatives Receive Challengers Before Filing Deadline

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Two Western Kentucky State House candidates have emerged just as the January 28th deadline approaches for candidates to file to run for political office. 

Republican Randy Bridges of Paducah has filed to run against Democrat Gerald Watkins for the 3rd district state house seat.  And Democrat David Harrington of Murray is running against Kenny Imes in the 5th district. 

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Politics
12:23 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Watkins Wins Third District House Seat in Ky.

Republican Jason Crockett failed to keep Kentucky's third district house seat republican Tuesday  night. Democrat Gerald Watkins won the third district seat which includes much of McCracken County. Current 3rd district representative republican Brent Housman didn't seek a second term.  Watkins won the race with 59 percent of the vote. Watkins is a Paducah native and has served on the Paducah city commission for six years. He says,

“I think the people of Paducah and McCracken County recognize the hard work that I have done and feel like and have the confidence that I’ll do a good job in Frankfort. So, I’m just really gratified at the kindness, support of the people, my family friends, and the people of the community.”

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Politics
1:51 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Watkins and Crockett offer differing visions on taxes in 3rd District Candidate Forum

KY 3rd District State House candidates Jason Crockett (R) and Gerald Watkins (D) with moderator Todd Hatton
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Kentucky 3rd District State House candidates, Republican Jason Crockett and Democrat Gerald Watkins, join moderator Todd Hatton for a discussion on their respective approaches to  making the Commonwealth more "business-friendly," improving regional infrastructure, and tax reform.

Local Government
9:05 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Parties Argue over Ethan Allen Carriage House Fate

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Two parties argued over the fate of the Ethan Allen Carriage House building during the Paducah City Commissioner’s meeting yesterday. 

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Society
6:53 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Paducah City Commission Opposes Flying Confederate Flag

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The Paducah City Commission disapproves of a local organization’s intention to fly the Confederate flag. 

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