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GOP candidate for governor Savannah Maddox added to Fancy Farm lineup

Fancy Farm organizers are breaking with tradition and adding another GOP candidate for governor to speak at this year’s event. Organizers have added Rep. Savannah Maddox to the list of candidates speaking at the annual event. Maddox is running for governor and will join other gubernatorial candidates Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and Auditor Mike Harmon on the stage. The only Democrat confirmed to attend is U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker. (KY Fried Politics)

Former Kentucky GOP legislator Robert Goforth pleads guilty to domestic violence charge

Robert Goforth pleaded guilty to domestic assault last week, two months after also accepting a plea deal to federal fraud and money laundering charges. (Courier-Journal)

Proposed ordinance would force people, groups who lobby Louisville Metro to register, disclose funding

Louisville Metro Council is considering an ordinance that sponsors hope will generate more transparency from paid lobbyists and other businesses and interest groups that try to influence local legislation. The ordinance would also bar council members from profiting off of lobbying their colleagues immediately after leaving office.

Under the proposal authored by District 9 Council Member Bill Hollander, a Democrat, anyone who’s paid to influence the decisions of Louisville Metro Council would have to register as a lobbyist. That would involve filling out a registration statement listing their name, address and employment information, similar to what’s required at the state level. Law firms, businesses or interest groups that employ a lobbyist would also have to file a statement outlining what legislation they are trying to influence. (WFPL)

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