Representative John Arnold

Government
8:05 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Shredded Documents Raise Suspicions In Frankfort

A Louisville attorney on Tuesday called for a criminal investigation into the former head of the Legislative Research Commission who told a Kentucky newspaper that he returned to the Capitol on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents.

Thomas Clay wants state police or the attorney general's office to open a probe into what kind of documents former LRC Director Bobby Sherman destroyed.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Adkins: Democrats Screening Candidates for Rep. Arnold's Former Seat

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 12:09 pm

Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins is predicting that Democrats will hold onto the 7th District House seat vacated earlier this month when John Arnold resigned from the post.

Arnold stepped down as state representative for the western Kentucky district after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Adkins says while it’s a serious matter, the scandal should not be made into a campaign issue, although he expects Republicans to do so.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Investigative Kentucky House Committee Meets on John Arnold Case Despite Limited Options

Credit Legislative Research Commission Public Information

A special Kentucky House committee has begun the job of investigating sexual harassment claims against Rep. John Arnold.

The committee was formed earlier this month after Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a petition of censure or expulsion against Arnold. But now that Arnold is no longer a member of the legislature, the committee is limited in its options should its investigation find Arnold guilty.

Stumbo said that he believes the Kentucky constitution will permit the House to vote in favor of fining Arnold despite his resignation should he be found guilty. Rep. Arnold Simpson, a Democrat from Covington, said the amount of the fine should be used to offset the costs of the investigation.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Harassment Resigns

Credit Legislative Research Commission Public Information

A state representative legislative staffers have accused of sexual harassment has resigned.

Democratic State Rep. John Arnold submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear today. A special legislative committee that’s investigating the charges against the Sturgis lawmaker was scheduled to have its first meeting next week and could have recommended Arnold’s censure or expulsion from the Legislature.

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Government
2:26 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Legislative Ethics Commission Considers Sexual Harassment Training

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The Legislative Ethics Commission will consider bringing in an expert on sexual harassment to train Kentucky lawmakers.   The commission has discussed a request from House lawmakers to include sexual harassment as part of annual ethics training provided to lawmakers.

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Politics
11:58 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Kentucky Legislator

House Speaker Greb Stumbo
Credit LRC Public Information

A special Kentucky legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against Democratic State Representative John Arnold of Sturgis will meet for the first time September 17th in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting today. Stumbo said the committee will elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation.  Three female legislative workers have filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.

The special committee could ultimately recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.

Government
3:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Stumbo Calls for Investigation of Rep. John Arnold, Could Lead to Censure or Expulsion

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 5:51 am

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed a petition that would allow the House to investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct against Democratic Representative John Arnold, D-Sturgis.

State lawmakers could then vote to censure or expel the Western Kentucky lawmaker.

In addition to the petition, the House Committee on Committees is sending Arnold a letter saying that he will be suspended as chairman of the Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection.

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Government
11:10 am
Tue August 27, 2013

State Rep. John Arnold's Accusers File Complaint Against Employer Alleging Race Discrimination

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 6:46 pm

Two women who filed formal ethics complaints against Kentucky state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. have also filed complaints with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The complaints allege both Arnold and the women’s employer, the Legislative Research Commission, discriminated against them on the basis of race and gender.

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Government
7:57 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Legislative Research Commission Director: Sexual Harassment Allegations Taken Seriously

Robert Sherman

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 8:45 am

The director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission says sexual harassment claims are taken seriously by his agency, despite an employee's expressed disappointment of how her allegations against a state legislator were handled.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kentucky House Democratic Leaders Knew of Sexual Harassment Claims, Filing Says

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 8:15 pm

A Democratic state lawmaker says some of his colleagues told him to keep quiet allegations of sexual harassment and assault against a fellow legislator to protect the party's majority in upcoming elections

After WFPL News reported the accusations against state Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, early Wednesday, Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, took to the House floor to speak out against what he described as a culture of intimidation and sexism in the legislature.

In separate ethics complaints filed last week, two longtime Frankfort staffers, Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, outline a pattern of alleged harassment by Arnold dating back to 2010.

According to both women, they brought these issues to the attention of the Legislative Research Commission and top House Democratic leaders.

In a statement to ethics officials, Cooper alleges that on Feb. 14 Arnold walked up behind her and slapped her buttocks. She said she told House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and his chief of staff about the incident, but Arnold continued visiting her office and attempted to hug Cooper, the complaint said.

Costner's statement alleges that Arnold grabbed her underwear in March 2010, but that House Majority Whip Rep. John Will Stacy told her "(Arnold) was harmless."

Riner said a third woman is coming forward and that protecting staffers, who have little job security, matters more to him than who controls the state House.

"You cannot put this off until the next election," he said. "You cannot put this off until tomorrow. There are some things that are more important than which party gets in power. And one of those things is how we treat people that we have power over."

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