Auditor – Bluegrass Politics Covering Kentucky politics and government Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:22:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UK Student Government sponsors Oct. 12 forum with down-ticket candidates Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:38:02 +0000 Auditor Edelen to hold statewide meetings on untested rape kits Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:13:20 +0000 Adam Edelen and officials with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs will hold 14 meetings across the state this summer to talk about the state’s problem with untested rape kits. Edelen, a Democrat who is seeking re-election this year, said the meetings are part of his office’s efforts to conduct a statewide count of untested sexual-assault kits. He also plans to make recommendations to the state legislature to reform how evidence in cases of sexual violence is handled. The statewide count was prompted by legislation sponsored this year by Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville. Senate Joint Resolution 20 calls on Edelen to count the number of untested sexual-assault evidence kits in the possession of law enforcement. Kentucky State Police officials have said there might be as many as 2,000 to 5,000 untested kits sitting on shelves in police stations and prosecutors' offices across the state. Edelen said the kits contain biological evidence collected from assault victims during investigations and might contain DNA from assailants who can be identified by comparisons with the national DNA database. “These meetings are an important part of our examination of the complex issues surrounding untested rape kits,” Edelen said in a release. “I hope to hear from law enforcement, prosecutors, survivors and others as we begin working toward recommending reforms to the system.” Edelen said he wants to talk to survivors, victims’ advocates, nurses, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and others who are involved in sexual assault investigations and gather testimony about the issues and challenges they face. He said his office is focused on issues such as how kits are logged, tracked and stored, how decisions to test kits are made, whether victims are notified of the status of their kits and whether law enforcement have sufficient policies, procedures and training to handle kits and deal with victims. Survivors, victims’ advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors and others who are involved in sexual assault investigations are invited to attend the meetings to voice their concerns and experiences. Persons who would prefer to share privately their concerns with the auditor’s office may request time in advance of the meetings to do so, Edelen said. Also, individuals may share their stories, concerns and opinions via email at Confidentiality may be requested. Here is the schedule of the meetings: June 23 2 p.m. CST New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services, 1716 Scherm Rd., Owensboro June 26 10 a.m. CST Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center, 1605 North Friendship Road, Paducah June 30 10 a.m. EST Women's Crisis Center, 3580 Hargrave Drive, Hebron July 1 11 a.m. EST Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services, 751 South Provident Way, Elizabethtown July 7 10 a.m. EST Cumberland River Behavioral Health, 1203 American Greeting Road, Corbin July 7 2 p.m. EST Adanta Sexual Assault Resource Center, 130 Southern School Road, Somerset July 8 1 p.m. EST Center for Women & Families, 927 S. 2nd Street, Louisville July 9 10 a.m. CST Economic Justice Institute, 2109 Old Louisville Road, Bowling Green July 9 2 p.m. CST Hopkinsville Municipal Center, 715 S. Virginia Street, Hopkinsville July 13 10 a.m. EST 145 Constitution Street, Lexington July 14 11 a.m. EST Mountain Comprehensive Care Center’s Healing Program for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, 104 S. Front Street, Prestonsburg July 14 2 p.m. EST The Rising Center, 637 Morton Blvd., Hazard July 21 10 am EST Mason County Health Department, 120 West Third Street, Maysville July 21 2 p.m. EST Park Place, 1701 Central Avenue, Ashland --Jack Brammer]]> KET schedules programs for May primary candidates Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:05:27 +0000 Candidates for state offices urged to file before Jan. 27 deadline Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:44:29 +0000 Alison Lundergan Grimes reminded Monday that persons interested in running for state office this year have until Jan. 27 to file. But she suggested filing earlier than that in case filing papers need to be corrected. Kentucky law does not provide an opportunity to correct or re-file paperwork after the filing deadline of 4 p.m. Jan. 27, said Grimes, the state's chief election official. The offices of governor and lieutenant Governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor of public accounts, state treasure and commissioner of agriculture are on the ballot in Kentucky in 2015. Candidates may access the filing forms required at --Jack Brammer ]]> Auditor-elect Adam Edelen Wed, 09 Nov 2011 01:07:59 +0000 Edelen stresses transparency in plans for auditor’s office Wed, 07 Sep 2011 20:33:36 +0000