Jeff Hoover

4:01 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Ky. Tea Partyers Urge House Republicans to Block Local Option Sales Tax

Kentucky Minority Floor Leader Rep. Jeff Hoover
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After a local option sales tax bill failed last year in the state legislature, Kentucky tea party members are urging Republican lawmakers to block what House Democrats are calling their number one priority for the 2015 session.

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4:27 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Ky. Felon Voter Restoration 'Unlikely' to Pass

 A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year.

Lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.

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3:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

House Panel Rejects Right-to-Work Bill

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Kentucky lawmakers have killed a bill that would establish so-called “right-to-work” laws in the commonwealth. The Republican-backed bill would prohibit workers from paying union dues as a condition of employment.

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12:22 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Felon Voting Rights Bill Passes Ky. House Committee

Rep. Jesse Crenshaw

A bill that would restore voting rights for non-violent felons has passed a Kentucky House committee.

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.

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8:48 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Democrats and Republicans Sling Mud at Fancy Farm Picnic

While not many Democrats showed up to speak at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, one of the few who did unleashed a flurry of verbal assaults on the GOP. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo spoke on behalf of Governor Steve Beshear. In his remarks, Stumbo blamed U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for many of the nation’s problems. And he aimed his other taunts at Republicans at every level, from the statehouse to the top of the ticket, criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's business and tax returns.

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3:40 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Kentucky Gay Marriage Stance May Not Affect State Democrats

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The push to add support for gay marriage to the national Democratic platform this year is unlikely to affect elected officials in Kentucky.

Following President Barack Obama's recent statement in support of same-sex marriage, political observers expect the party to change the platform at this year's Democratic convention.

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2012 General Assembly
6:27 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Pseudoephedrine Bill Passes House Committee

After a week of negotiations, the House Judiciary Committee has passed an amended version of a bill that would regulate pseudoephedrine.

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