What To Look For In the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 Session

For WFPL News Published: January 5, 2014 By RAE HODGE The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly gets underway this week, and most of the high-priority bills state lawmakers will grapple with are re-incarnations of last year’s unresolved dilemmas. Here are the old battles that are scheduled to be… Continue reading

Is 2015 the Year Kentucky’s General Assembly Passes a Statewide Smoking Ban?

For WFPL News Published: December 18, 2013 By RAE HODGE   FRANKFORT — Could 2015 be the year a statewide smoking ban finally passes? With both House and Senate committee chairs ready to sign onto the ban, and a growing popularity among Kentuckians, the prospects are looking better than ever.… Continue reading

How Kentucky Handles Death Penalty Cases For Mentally Ill Inmates

For Kentucky Public Radio Published WED DECEMBER 10, 2014 By RAE HODGE A nationwide debate on the execution of mentally ill death row prisoners erupted across the country after a federal appeals court last week granted a last-minute stay of execution to convicted murderer and diagnosed schizophrenic Scott Panetti in Texas. Could a… Continue reading

In Support of Ferguson, Louisville Protesters Call For Police Changes

For Kentucky Public Radio Published WED NOVEMBER 26, 2014 By RAE HODGE   More than 400 protesters in downtown Louisville on Tuesday stood in solidarity with protests erupting in cities across the U.S. following a grand jury’s decision to not indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of Michael… Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Kentucky’s Next Lieutenant Governor, Crit Luallen

For Kentucky Public Radio Published SUN NOVEMBER 9, 2014 By RAE HODGE   Gov. Steve Beshear says his search for a new lieutenant governor started and ended with one candidate after Jerry Abramson got the call to serve in the White House. Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor, Crit Luallen, has near-bulletproof bonafides among… Continue reading