Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission

Government
5:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

So Far, Democratic Committee Maintains Fundraising Advantage in House Elections

State Republican and Democratic campaign committees are receiving scores of cash in advance of the fall Kentucky House elections.

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Government
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

$1.3 Billion in State Contracts Not Unusual, Says Ky. Lawmaker

Kentucky Sen. Sara Beth Gregory
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A Kentucky state government committee approved $1.3 billion worth of contracts this month. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission points out  that the contracts have been approved at a time when the state is experiencing a $91 million revenue shortfall.

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Government
10:58 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kentucky State Police Reopen Investigation Of Former LRC Director's Document Shredding

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Kentucky State Police has reopened its investigation into the document shredding by former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman.

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Government
5:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

In Reversal, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty

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After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.

It was the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.

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Government
5:05 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Ky. Ethics Panel Member to Resign after Arnold Controversy

Vernie McGaha plans to resign from the LEC.
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As the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission prepares to meet Wednesday to further discuss the allegations of sexual harassment against former state Rep. John Arnold, one member of the commission has announced his intention to resign.

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Government
6:54 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Jenkins Advocates for Ethics Bill Next Session

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Kentucky Representative Joni Jenkins says if a special legislative session is called for later this year, ethics reform should be on the agenda.

During the session, Jenkins filed an amendment to an unrelated bill that would reconfigure the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, which has come under fire after it found former lawmaker John Arnold not guilty of sexual harassment charges, but the Senate didn’t take up that bill.

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Government
6:42 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Arnold Ethics Trial May Continue

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The ethics trial against former lawmaker John Arnold may continue. Because the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission did not consider a motion to dismiss the case against the West Kentucky lawmaker in a hearing last week, the case may go forward.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege

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The two female statehouse employees who previously accused Kentucky Rep. John Arnold of sexually harassing them say another Democratic lawmaker acted inappropriately, this time on an out-of-state trip conducting official legislative business.

Legislative Research Commission employees Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner allege that Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, threw a pair of women's panties onto a dining table at a restaurant during the Southern Legislative Conference held in Mobile, Alabama last year. 

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Government
8:37 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Arnold Accusers Plan to Appeal Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision

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Two women who made formal sexual harassment complaints against former Kentucky State Representative John Arnold have filed a motion with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission asking it to reconsider its ruling that cleared Arnold of ethics charges.

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Government
9:17 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict

Cassaundra Cooper (l) and Yolanda Costner (r) filing an ethics complain against John Arnold with their attorneys

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 2:26 pm

The absence of African-American women in Kentucky's halls of power is why former state Rep. John Arnold hasn't been held accountable.

That's according to Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, two of the three statehouse staffers who have alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Arnold over a three-year period.

Since August, the Arnold scandal has put the treatment of women in the legislature front and center.

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