Jonathan Meador

Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio.

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Kentucky General Assembly Still Reeling Two Months After Sexual Harassment Allegations Surface

State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr.

It’s been two months since allegations of sexual harassment against then-state Rep. John Arnold brought new attention to the issue of abuse and mistreatment of staffers in Frankfort. Since then, the Legislative Ethics Commission has found the claims have merit, and Arnold will essentially go on trial before the panel later this year. Continue Reading →

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Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause in John Arnold Sexual Harassment Claims

Kentucky Capitol Building at night

The state Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously found probable cause Tuesday in three formal complaints filed by female Statehouse employees against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis in western Kentucky. Continue Reading →

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Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Authorizes Audit, Appoints Acting Director

Kentucky Capitol Building at night

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission leaders on Wednesday elected a new acting director and authorized an audit of the nonpartisan state agency’s operations in the wake of the LRC’s handling of sexual harassment complaints. Continue Reading →

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Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman Resigns

Robert Sherman

In a letter sent Friday afternoon to House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers, LRC director Bobby Sherman announced his resignation following the conclusion of an internal probe into allegations that former state Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, sexually harassed Statehouse employees. Continue Reading →

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Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Lawmakers Expected in January

Kathy Stein (left), Joni Jenkins and Katie Stine

State Rep. Joni Jenkins plans to introduce a formal bill during the next meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for state lawmakers. Continue Reading →

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Third Woman Accuses Rep. John Arnold of Sexual Harassment, Says State Failed to Act

A third Kentucky Statehouse staff member has filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission, alleging that state Rep. John Arnold touched her inappropriately in 2009 and that a supervisor at the Legislative Research Commission, where she works, failed to act after she reported Arnold’s conduct. Continue Reading →

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