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By DEBORAH YETTER

Top House Republicans have filed a bill that would enact sweeping changes in Kentucky's system of public benefits — including Medicaid, food stamps and temporary cash aid for the poor — adding work requirements, drug tests and benefit cuts that opponents say would be disastrous.

By BRUCE MAPLES

At some point, you have to ask yourself: Do these legislators, mostly Republicans, just sit around and say to each other “What else can we do to hurt the poor and powerless of Kentucky?”

Because now the Republican leadership in the House has unveiled a bill that is being called the worst attack on the poor in any state this year. In fact, one advocacy group said they had NEVER seen a bill this bad, in any state, ever.

By JACK BRAMMER

Over objections by Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr., the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that would allow the governor, legislature or state agency being sued to demand a special judge to hear the case against them.

Thanks to Bill Londrigan for sending us this.

He’s not an institutionalist. He’s the man who surrendered the Senate to the president.

By ADAM JENTLESON

Mr. Jentleson is a former deputy chief of staff to retired Senator Harry Reid.

By BERRY CRAIG

It’s just a special election for one vacant state Senate seat.

But Kentucky Democrats seem to be going all out for their candidate, Darrell Pugh of Pikeville.

All six living former Democratic governors are set to stump for him Tuesday in Lexington. The Kentucky Democratic Party is touting the evening event an “historic gathering.” (If you want to attend, click here to RSVP.)

"Hail Mary" from the Bevin-aligned Super PAC comes with just over one week until the Kentucky Senate special election

PIKEVILLE, KY — An out-of-state Republican Super PAC funded by corporations, casinos, and coastal elites has dumped nearly $30,000 into the special election for Kentucky Senate District 31. The group, GOPAC, began running pro-Wheeler ads on Eastern Kentucky station WYMT this morning.

By R.G. DUNLOP and RYLAND BARTON

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

When a Kentucky legislative staffer first threatened to file suit over alleged sexual harassment, she sent a letter that laid out the specifics of her claim: that then-House Speaker Jeff Hoover made sexual comments and repeatedly groped her without her consent.

Frankfort, KY— The following is a statement from Marisa McNee, Spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party regarding the KyCIR investigation “Demand Letter Shows Rep. Hoover’s Accuser Alleged Groping, Coercion From Start Of Scandal”

“The report detailing GOP House Leadership’s knowledge of the alleged assaults from day one is shocking. This was a cover-up plain and simple. The question is how deep it goes within Republican leadership and how long they’re willing to continue the facade.