Gerald Watkins

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On a night when Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a century, some local Democrats managed to retain their seats.

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According to recent postings on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance website, local state Representatives running for re-election this year are out-fundraising their opponents by a mostly wide margin.

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Candidates for the Kentucky House of Representatives 3rd District (part of McCracken County) squared off in a forum hosted by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Candidates outlined their positions on the Affordable Care Act, the pension system, regulations on business and more.

Trigg County Sheriff's Office, via Twitter

A western Kentucky sheriff is starting a social media push to urge federal and state lawmakers to implement what amounts to a “2 strikes, you’re out” policy on those who violate their probation in the commonwealth.

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Under a bill before the Kentucky General Assembly, those convicted of attempted murder on law enforcement officers or firefighters must serve a larger portion of their sentence before being considered for parole.

Kentucky House Democrats, via Twitter

Several presidents of Kentucky colleges and universities testified Thursday in Frankfort at a hearing aimed at getting their input on Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed cuts to higher education funding.

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Kentucky 3rd District state Rep. Gerald Watkins will run for a third term in Frankfort next year, as his Democrats seek to maintain their tenuous hold on the state House of Representatives.

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Both of Paducah’s state legislators are working on bills to lift Kentucky’s nuclear moratorium this upcoming legislative session.  

Republican State Sen. Danny Carroll says he’s working on a measure lifting the ban on construction of nuclear reactors within the state.  

A bill to eliminating the ban passed the Senate last session but stalled in the House.  

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After a week of mulling it over, State Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah says he will not vie for Ed Whitfield’s 1st District congressional seat.

Whitfield announced in September he wouldn’t seek a 12th term.

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State Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah says he’s 50/50 right now on the possibility of running for Ed Whitfield’s 1st District congressional seat.

Whitfield announced last month he would not seek a 12th term in Washington.

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