Shameka Parrish-Wright

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 […]

Candidates for governor quarrel over glory for winning opioid settlements

BY: - November 2, 2023

Opioid settlement cash is not inherently political. It’s not the result of a law passed by Congress nor an edit to the state budget. It’s not taxpayer money. Rather, it’s coming from health care companies that were sued for fueling the opioid crisis with prescription painkillers. But like most dollars meant to address public health […]