Savannah Maddox

Celebrity rescue Ethan supports bill to make animal torture a felony in Kentucky 

BY: - February 21, 2024

FRANKFORT — In early 2021, Ethan the dog became a Louisville and Kentucky celebrity as the city rallied behind his recovery from horrific neglect. Ethan’s human, Jeff Callaway, told lawmakers Wednesday that after being sold as a puppy, he was traded for drugs and endured a “hellish” chapter of his life that ultimately led to […]

No statues to be removed or added to Rotunda without legislative OK under advancing bill

BY: - February 15, 2024

FRANKFORT — Almost four years after the Beshear administration removed a Confederate statue from the Capitol Rotunda, the House State Government Committee forwarded a bill that would give the General Assembly final say over what may be permanently displayed there. House Bill 513, sponsored by Rep. David Hale, R-Wellington, would give the General Assembly approval power […]


GOP supermajority: Silly, unserious, unconcerned by Kentuckians’ real problems

BY: - February 1, 2024

On Jan. 31, I began my day reading a story that opened with a stunning sentence. “Some residents of a county in Kentucky are going on two weeks without running water, forcing them to use public toilets and catch rainwater to bathe.” As I was reading this news, a 7:31 a.m. tweet popped up from […]

Kentucky Republicans lining up with Texas governor in border fight with Biden

BY: - January 29, 2024

FRANKFORT — The controversy over control of the U.S. border has invaded the Kentucky Capitol as Attorney General Russell Coleman and other Republicans voice solidarity with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in his showdown with the Biden administration.  Coleman joined 25 other Republican attorneys general on Monday in sending a letter to President Joe Biden similar […]

Sweeping GOP bill increasing criminal penalties, outlawing ‘street camping’ clears Kentucky House

BY: - January 25, 2024

FRANKFORT — A sweeping anti-crime bill pushed by Louisville Republicans won approval Thursday in the Kentucky House after much debate and a few changes to the legislation.  In a 74-22 vote, the House approved House Bill 5. The bill already had 50 Republican co-sponsors before the House voted on the measure. The only Democrat to […]

GOP bill stiffening criminal penalties, targeting homeless campers clears House committee

BY: - January 18, 2024

FRANKFORT — Lawmakers moved a Republican anti-crime bill out of committee Thursday afternoon after hearing more than two hours of testimony, including support from crime victims and warnings from opponents that the measure “criminalizes poverty” and will drive up Kentucky’s already high rate of incarceration. The committee adopted a substitute version of House Bill 5 […]


‘Having a conversation is not an act of aggression.’ Especially when lives are at stake.

BY: - January 9, 2024

Kentucky’s 2024 regular session opened with lawmakers insisting leadership consider rules changes to make the legislative process more transparent. Rep. Savannah Maddox, R-Dry Ridge, was one of those lawmakers, saying, “Proposing rules changes, having a discussion in this body, having a conversation, is not an act of aggression.” She was right. And yet this is […]

Kentucky House leaves its rules unchanged, despite calls for less control, more transparency

BY: - January 2, 2024

FRANKFORT — Despite recent calls by several Republicans to loosen House leadership’s control of the legislative process, the House voted Tuesday to make no changes in its rules. Four Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the rules resolution, which was sponsored by House Speaker David Osborne and adopted by a vote of  72-23. The only […]

Budget, charter schools and abortion: What to watch for as Kentucky legislature convenes

BY: - December 29, 2023

Lawmakers will gather in Frankfort Jan. 2  to begin work on a state budget in a year when they will face voters at the polls. The 60-day session will see the Republican-led General Assembly consider constitutional amendments to put on the November ballot, as well as pass a two-year state spending plan. It will also […]

Republican backs bill to remove guns from Kentuckians at risk of hurting selves or others 

BY: - December 15, 2023

This story mentions suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. A Republican-backed draft bill aimed at temporarily removing firearms from Kentuckians at risk of harming themselves or others garnered mixed reactions from the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary Friday morning.  Sen. […]


Kentucky lawmakers should heed lesson from Louisville mass shooting

BY: - December 4, 2023

The day before he killed five people and injured several others, the Old National Bank shooter wrote, “OH MY GOD THIS IS SO EASY. Seriously, I knew it would be doable but this is ridiculous. Walked in and bought a gun, 4 mags, and 120 rounds for $700. Got some glasses and earplugs…” On April […]


3 months after Louisville massacres, GOP silence echoes as gun violence keeps killing Kentuckians

BY: - July 10, 2023

Today, July 10, marks three months since the Old National Bank shooting in Louisville that killed five and injured eight, including a young police officer who was shot in the head.  And yet when was the last time you heard elected Kentucky Republicans, the ones who love to brag about their powerful supermajority, mention this […]