Kentucky House of Representatives

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A new crop of committee chairs will wield gavels in the state House of Representatives starting Jan. 3, when Republicans assume control of the chamber for the first time in 95 years.


The results of the only state House race to unseat an incumbent Republican this November will be recanvassed on Thursday, with initial returns showing a 259 vote difference between the candidates.

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Lurking beneath the headlines of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s bids for president, there’s a battle waging for Kentucky’s state House of Representatives. Democrats have much to lose — it’s the last legislative chamber controlled by the party in any Southern state. Republicans have everything to gain — if they net four more seats, they’ll have power over the entire legislative process in Frankfort.

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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Gov. Matt Bevin is calling on Kentucky lawmakers to pass charter school legislation next year. Charters operate independently of many public school regulations, but receive taxpayer funding. They can be shut down if they don’t meet certain academic requirements.

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Governor Matt Bevin is laying out a conservative legislative agenda he hopes to see accomplished during the next General Assembly.  

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There are 65 contested races in the Kentucky House of Representatives this year, and the political stakes are high.

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After four special elections for vacant state House of Representatives seats on Tuesday, the chamber is still controlled by Democrats.


Major party candidates have been selected for the special election for the Kentucky House of Representatives 8th District seat vacated by new Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary John Tilley.

Christian County Democratic Party chair Jeff Taylor was elected unanimously Thursday as his party’s nominee by the Christian and Trigg County executive committees. Taylor will face Republican businessman Walker Thomas, a former Hopkinsville city councilman.

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Local Democratic and Republican party heads are zeroing in on their candidates for the special election to replace Kentucky state Rep. John Tilley, now set for March 8.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Tilley, a Democrat last month as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.