Kentucky House of Representatives

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  Veteran State Representative Jody Richards is aiming for a return to House leadership as Speaker Pro Tem.  The Bowling Green Democrat is among four others vying for the number two post. 

Richards, who spent 14 years as House Speaker, has been out of leadership since 2009, and says some things have changed since then.

A state lawmaker from Brandenburg plans to run for House Speaker Pro Tem when the Kentucky General Assembly convenes in January. 

Representative Jeff Greer is sending out letters Friday to his Democratic colleagues announcing his plans to run for the leadership post. 

Elected in 2007, he represents Meade and portions of Bullitt and Hardin counties.  Greer told WKU Public Radio that joining House leadership would be good for his constituents. 

"Normally, the leadership team gets the last look at the budget before it comes up for a vote," explained Greer.  "You get to negotiate with the Senate on the budget, and that's a huge responsibility."

The pro tem position became vacant this week when Representative Larry Clark of Louisville announced he’s stepping aside from the post he’s held since 1993.

Democrats maintained their 54-46 advantage in the Kentucky House in last week’s election.  Leadership elections will take place on the first day of the 2015 legislative session which is set for January 6.

Absentee Ballots Now Accepted in Most KY Counties

Apr 30, 2014

Most Kentucky counties are now accepting absentee ballots for the upcoming May primary. Those unable to make it to the polls in person may vote in this manner. Citizens can mail in or deliver their ballot to their local clerk’s office. 

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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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A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating. Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.

Stumbo raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp. 

Kentucky House Democrats have advanced their legislative redistricting plan today which would see Democrat and Republican incumbents competing in the same districts. This comes a week after GOP legislators revealed their proposal.  Democratic Representative Tommy Thompson said their plan follows the “one person, one vote” mandate.  But, he said he knows some of his colleagues will be unhappy with the idea of having to run against someone in their own party.

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Kentucky state Rep. Carl Rollins is resigning his House seat effective at the end of today, becoming the state first lawmaker to announce his retirement this cycle.

Rollins is resigning to become the Executive Director and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the CEO of the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

Bechler, Giannini Comment on Charter Schools

Oct 26, 2012

Fourth district Kentucky House of Representatives candidate Raymond Giannini says he’s opposed to charter schools in Kentucky. The Princeton Democrat says he wants to keep more money for public schools.

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Election day is two weeks away, and with only one competitive Congressional race (6th District with Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr) and no statewide races on the ballot, this year's politics will definitely be local. 

Nesler on Second District Candidate Endorsement

Aug 7, 2012
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While retiring western Kentucky legislators like Republican Senator Ken Winters and Democratic Representative Mike Cherry have publicly endorsed their party’s nominees, former Democratic Representative Fred Nesler has not. Nesler left his house seat in May to join Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s staff.

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