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3rd Annual Nellie Horlander Democrat-Labor Award

From: State Rep. Reginald K. Meeks

It’s not the stuff of rabid public interest -- and it will probably garner only passing notation from reporters, but those who have been around Frankfort for some time are not likely to stop talking about yesterday’s end to this Special Session for some time. Call it the Politics of Procedure or the Procedure of Politics, but be sure to call it “Mission Accomplished!” -- well, partially. Governor Steve Beshear called the General Assembly back to address two matters: the Graduation/Drop Out bill and the Medicaid budget.The Senate completely dismissed consideration of the former.

That bill was saddled with a big, bright bull’s-eye from the start given the Governor’s and the First Lady’s personal investment in it. Senate President David Williams -- the Governor’s potential foe in the November General Election -- had no intention of allowing the Graduation/Drop Out bill to see the light of day in that chamber; some would say for obvious reasons. And so, for yet another year, some 6,500 children under age 15 will be able to hit the bricks and hightail it out of Kentucky schools and on to – well, let’s see…hmmmm, not much except maybe the welfare rolls, or the justice system…Either way, you and I will continue paying for children who are allowed to flush themselves out of any possibility of contributing to our schools, or society…Way to go, Senate?

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Session Pay by Sen. Denise Harper Angel

From the desk of Senator Denise Harper Angel

Senator Denise Harper AngelOver the past several weeks, there have been considerable discussion and media coverage on the legislative compensation for the recent special session, as called by Governor Beshear, immediately following the 2011 Regular Session.

Since I correspond with you regularly, I wanted to let you know that I have issued a personal check to reimburse the Kentucky State Treasury for the Special Session pay and daily expenses, in which I received for March 25th through April 6th, days we did not meet in Frankfort.

Each legislator will make his or her independent decision in this regard. My decision to reimburse the Treasury is the best choice for me, and one that I feel has the support of the taxpaying constituents that I proudly represent in Frankfort

With the regular and special sessions behind me, I have returned home in Louisville, but I will continue to serve on committees, and work on legislation for the 2012 Session. During the interim, should you need my assistance or wish to share any ideas or concerns with me, please feel free to contact me at my home e-mail address ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or on my home telephone (502-452-9130).

Best regards for a wonderful summer,


Senator Harper Angel, District 35

Statement from John Yarmuth on Arizona Tragedy

Yarmuth Statement on Shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

(Louisville, KY) - Today, Congressman John Yarmuth released the following statement after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

“This was a shocking and cowardly act of violence against a dedicated public servant and a dear friend. Gabby is a member of our extremely close class of 2006 and we are devastated by this tragic event. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and her staff - as well as with the loved ones of the other innocent victims who were also shot today.

-Full Article at WHAS-

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