Kentucky Politics Distilled

Ryland Barton

This week, the state legislature continued to preoccupy itself with a sexual harassment scandal in the House of Representatives. After saying he would resign, and then he wouldn’t, Rep. Jeff Hoover formally resigned his post as Speaker of the House.

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The Kentucky General Assembly was back in session this week and despite promises to come up with solutions to the state’s pension crisis, much of lawmakers’ attention has been on the sexual harassment scandal still unfolding in the House of Representatives. 

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This week in Kentucky politics, the president of the Senate filed a bill that would strip powers from the attorney general’s office and give them to the governor. Meanwhile, as the legislative session winds down, it’s anybody’s guess as to whether a charter schools bill will pass, and if it does, what it will look like. Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Reporter Ryland Barton has more.

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  This week, Kentucky was on the national stage as former Gov. Steve Beshear gave the Democrats’ response to President Trump’s first congressional address. And Gov. Matt Bevin went to the White House to give his assessment of the Affordable Care Act.

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Controversial proposals like the “blue lives matter” bill and a scheme to defund Planned Parenthood advanced in the General Assembly this week. Legislation stiffening drug penalties and changing public education also made their way through the Republican-led legislature.

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The Kentucky General Assembly was back in session this week and for the first time, Republicans were in charge of the House, Senate and the governor’s office.