Gerald Watkins

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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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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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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. 

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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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.

Parties Argue over Ethan Allen Carriage House Fate

Jul 11, 2012
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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. 

Paducah City Commission Opposes Flying Confederate Flag

May 16, 2012
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The Paducah City Commission disapproves of a local organization’s intention to fly the Confederate flag. 

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