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Government
6:27 am
Mon August 11, 2014

State Government Audit Under Review

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An audit of state government by the National Conference of State Legislatures is currently under “review” by Kentucky political leaders but the report hasn’t been made public.

A spokesman for the NCSL says on April 25 a preliminary draft of their report was delivered to Marcia Seiler, the acting director of the Legislative Research Commission, and to members of state House and Senate leadership.

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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
9:09 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Mitch McConnell Expresses Outrage at Sexual Harassment 'Cover-Up' in Kentucky House

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 2:22 pm

Calling it a "cover up," Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky contrasted how he handled a sexual harassment scandal differently than likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes has in recent months.

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Government
8:16 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Arnold Ethics Hearing Starts Tuesday

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The ethics trial involving a former West Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually harassing female state employees will begin tomorrow.

Three of the women who brought formal ethics complaints against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, are expected to testify at Tuesday’s adjudicatory hearing that will determine whether or not Arnold violated state ethics laws. 

Thomas Clay is an attorney for the women, and he expects the proceedings to go by the numbers. 

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Government
4:18 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Inaugural House Session Hijacked by Arnold Committee Fallout

House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook (left), speaks with House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives prior to the start of the opening day of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
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The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly began Tuesday, but discussion was dominated by fallout from a committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker.

Members of the panel took turns speaking on the House floor, with Republican members saying that the committee had failed by not fully investigating the claims against Rep. John Arnold.  The panel disbanded after Arnold resigned.

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Government
10:17 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched House Colleague

Former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold allegedly inappropriately touched a House colleague, according to new filings in asexual harassment civil suit by two Statehouse staff members.
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In a pair of responses to discovery requests, Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege that Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, was inappropriately touched by Arnold.

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Government
3:37 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Arnold Committee Closes Shop

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After nearly four months without interviewing a witness or investigating a shred of evidence, the special House committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against a former state lawmaker voted Thursday afternoon to end its operations.

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Politics
11:47 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Western Ky. Voters Head to Polls Tuesday for 7th District Special Election

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The two women vying for a vacant seat in the Kentucky House both agree jobs are the foremost issue facing the 7th District that includes Union and portions of Henderson and Daviess counties.  How to create them is one way they differ from each other. 

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