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January 30, 2018

3 sign up to run for Coroner, Wilson not one of them; Hinkle running for state rep

LOUISA, Ky. -- The clock has run out on registering to run for public office in the May 22, 2018 Primary and after a slow start several new candidates have signed up.

In the 96th District State Representative's race four candidates, two on the last day, have filed to seek the position now held by Jill York (R-Grayson).

The lone Lawrence County candidate is Louisa Democrat Women's Club officer Kathy Hinkle, a state employee. Her husband, Lafe is the chairman of the Lawrence County Democrat party. He is a Louisa banker.

Other candidates include Brandon Music, a Democrat attorney from Grayson, Ky. and Charles "Chuck" Clark, a Grayson Republican. That's two in each party which always makes for a lively Primary election in Ky.

A race has cropped up for the 2nd division District Judge's position being vacated the retiring John Holbrook. Howe Baker, of Hagerhill, Ky will face off against David Brett Butcher of Paintsville in the three county (Lawrence, Martin, Johnson) non partisan race.

Division 1 District Judge John T. Chafin of River, Ky. has no opposition.

Anthony "Tony" Skeans, longtime assistant to Anna Melvin in the 24th district Commonwealth's Attorney office is the main man now after no attorney stepped up to register. 

In the 5th District U.S. Representative election there are four candidates including veteran Harold "Hal" Rogers who has served multiple terms in the position. In addition to Rogers (R-Somerset) are Republican - Gerardo Serrano, South Tyner, Ky. and Democrats Kenneth Stepp, of Manchester, Ky. and Scott Sykes, of Elkhorn, Ky.

Lawrence County ballot grows on final day

In Lawrence County, several new candidates have signed up on the last day especially for magistrate positions. 

Four Lawrence County officials have no opposition including PVA Chris Rose, County Clerk Chris Jobe, Circuit Clerk Jodi Webb Parsley and County Attorney Michael Hogan. Also District 1 Constable Paul Wells has no opposition.

Three candidates signed up to run for Coroner on the last day to register but Mike Wilson, who has been at the job for five terms was not one of them. Two Republicans, Jessica Perry and Jarrett Jay Hammond and Democrat Wesley Heston all signed up to run today (Tuesday) which was the last day to file.


The complete final list compiled by Crystal Osborne below.

 Ballot courtesy County Clerk Chris Jobe

April 23, 2018


More than 650,000 citizens have utilized

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 23, 2018) – Today, April 23, is the voter registration deadline, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians ahead of the Commonwealth's Primary Election next month.

"More than 200,000 applications have been submitted through Today, I hope all eligible Kentuckians who are not registered will go online before the 4 p.m. deadline and get registered," said Grimes. "We need a majority, not a minority of folks making their voices heard in our elections – and registering is the first step."

County clerks' offices throughout Kentucky will accept online and paper applications until 4 p.m. local time today. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 23.

To date, more than 650,000 people have used the tools available at, including voter registration, viewing sample ballots and locating a polling place.

To be eligible to vote, Kentuckians must:
· Be a U.S. citizen.
· Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election Day.
· Be at least 18 years old on or before the General Election.
· Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights.
· Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent.”
· Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

Kentuckians who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary.

Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 23, 2018. Pursuant to Kentucky law, voters who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.

Changes in party affiliation for the 2018 Primary Election were due by Dec. 31, 2017. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after Dec. 31, 2017, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election.

Voters may check their current registration status and where they vote at For questions, contact the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100.


Date: 04-13-2018

Gov. Matt Bevin: Jeff Hoover is to blame for 'chaos' in Kentucky House

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday blamed former House Speaker Jeff Hoover for the "chaos" in the chamber, saying his sexual harassment scandal "stopped everything." 

Ky. Governor Matt bevin, left, embraces then Senate leader Jeff Hoover during last year's legislative session. The two are now exchanging insults in the midst of the GOP split  this week. Ky. Governor Matt bevin, left, embraces then Senate leader Jeff Hoover during last year's legislative session. The two are now exchanging insults in the midst of the GOP split this week.

The comment came as teachers crowded the Capitol to call for the legislature to override Bevin's vetoes of the tax reform and budget bills.

With teachers chanting outside, Hoover rose to speak during the House’s debate over whether to override the tax reform veto. He criticized some of the governor’s recent comments, including some made on Twitter on Friday calling for a special session on the budget.

Hoover pointed out that the governor promised “for months upon months upon months” last year that he would hold a special session to tackle pension and tax reform but never did.

Bevin responded online, stating that "The only reason we did not have a special session last year is because Jeff Hoover, a married man, was sexually involved with a very young, single member of his staff and was paying hush money to hide his actions ... The result was chaos in the KY House that stopped everything."

Hoover was the subject of a sexual harassment scandal after signing a secret settlement with a legislative employee. On Tuesday, he reached another settlement behind closed doors to settle an ethics complaint against him. He was instructed to pay a $1,000 fine, admit to the transgression and receive a public reprimand. 

Hoover and the woman in the ethics complaint have both denied there was any sexual relationship.

“I will say that definitively, I’ve said that before. She has admitted that as well. Absolutely, 100 percent, nothing more than text messages," Hoover said Tuesday.

At the Capitol on Friday, Hoover added that Bevin had been making those "untrue statements" for months, calling them "absolutely false."

"But this is coming from a guy who can only get three or four Republicans ... to support his veto," Hoover said. "He needs to be focused on what's important." 

Bevin announced Tuesday morning that he would veto the tax reform and biennial budget bills that Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature passed, criticizing many legislators for a lack of good understanding of the state's tax and pension issues.

“They don’t understand finance,” Bevin said. “They don’t understand pensions, and yet they are the ones that are going to have to make decisions.”

On the floor Friday, Hoover reprimanded the governor’s comments and said that it was incumbent upon legislators to take action and not count on a special session to address the fiscal issues before them.

Hoover – who accused Bevin of telling “lies from the deepest pits of hell” about him when he resigned as House Speaker in January amid the sexual harassment allegations – said it disturbed him that the governor would say the state’s lawmakers don’t understand fiscal policy and the budget process.

“I think we understand that you can’t cut $600 million from public education, as the governor did, and expect our young people to not be adversely affected,” Hoover said. “Maybe the governor doesn’t understand that the General Assembly is a separate and equal branch of government.”

By Justin Sayers
Louisville Courier Journal