Patti Minter

Lisa Autry

Another Republican lawmaker in Kentucky has come out against the idea of Gov. Bevin contesting results of the Nov. 5 election in the state legislature. 

According to unofficial tallies, the GOP incumbent was defeated by 5,189 votes by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. 

Bevin claims there were voting “irregularities,” but has shown no evidence.  Republican state Senator Mike Wilson of Bowling Green says if the recanvass doesn’t change the results, Bevin should move on.

“You have to show clear, compelling evidence that there was fraud that would have changed the outcome of the election," Wilson said in an interview with WKU Public Radio.

Jody Richards: Reflections of a Kentucky Statesman

Jan 3, 2019
LRC Public Affairs

When Legislators convene the 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly on Jan. 8, one prominent Democrat will be absent.  After more than 40 years of service to the Commonwealth, Representative Jody Richards begins his retirement.  The former House Speaker and Democratic gubernatorial candidate says there are many challenges facing lawmakers, but one issue is critical.

"The most important issue facing the Commonwealth always is education  - elementary, secondary, and higher - that’s the main function of state government," Richards said. "We spend somewhere around 55 percent of the state budget on education, so to me that is such an important part of state government.”


Lisa Autry

A new class of state lawmakers is headed to Frankfort for the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly. 

Democrat Patti Minter is among 36 freshmen legislators who will be sworn into office on January 8.  She expects the 30-day session to be dominated by pension reform after the state Supreme Court struck down a law that passed in this year’s legislature. 

Minter says she was shocked by Governor Matt Bevin calling a special session this month that didn’t produce a new pension law.

"The idea that the governor would spend $132,000 of the taxpyers' money just to try to shovel through a bill that had been declared unconstitutional, because he doesn't think he can pass it during the general session, that's just subversion of democracy," stated Minter.

Minter who won an election for the 20th District House seat that represents part of Warren County.  The seat belongs to retiring State Representative and former House Speaker Jody Richards.  In an interview with WKU Public Radio, Dr. Minter looked ahead to her new term.


Patti Minter, Ben Lawson

Next January, Kentucky’s 20th District House seat will be occupied by someone other than Jody Richards for the first time since 1976.

The longtime Bowling Green Democratic Representative and former House Speaker is retiring after 42 years of service.

The two candidates hoping to replace Richards are running for office for the first time: Ben Lawson, a Republican, and Democrat Patti Minter.


When veteran State Representative Jody Richards announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek re-election, several political newcomers were waiting in the wings. 

Eight candidates are running for the Kentucky House in the 20th District, a seat that hasn’t been vacant in more than four decades. 

In the days leading up to the May 22 primary election, WKU Public Radio is profiling each of the candidates.

Jacob Dick

While thousands of Americans will be in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, thousands of others are expected to take part in the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21 in protest of what they see as Trump’s discriminatory views of many minority groups. Regional rallies in support of the Women’s March are being held across the nation.

Patricia Minter is an associate professor of history at Western Kentucky University. She says that shapes her perspective on why the local marches are so important.

Clinton Lewis/WKU

WKU is one step closer to offering a doctorate in Applied Psychology.

The school’s Board of Regents approved the degree program at its quarterly meeting Friday. The new Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) would be offered through the Department of Psychology in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

The Council of Postsecondary Education must now OK the program before the school could begin offering classes in the fall of 2015.

WKU

WKU History Professor Patti Minter, in an email to WKU faculty Thursday evening, says she will not stand for re-election for another term as faculty regent.

Minter's last day as regent will be Oct. 31, the same day as the fourth quarterly meeting of the Board of Regents.

"My seven years on the Board of Regents have been interesting, challenging, and often lively," Minter said in her email. "As the faculty’s voice and advocate on the Board, I have always done my best to strengthen WKU’s educational mission and to advocate for the interests not only of my faculty constituents but also for all employees and students of Western Kentucky University."

"I have also worked hard to abide by my oath of office and fiduciary responsibility to act in the University’s best interests, even when this meant voicing dissent. In closing, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks for your past support, without which any forward progress would not have been possible."