Senator Tim Philpot press articles Part two


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Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
February 6, 1998
Section: Main News
Edition: Final
Page: A1
HARD-FOUGHT BILL ON RACISM, DEATH PENALTY PASSES SENATE
Angie Muhs, Herald-Leader Frankfort Bureau
FRANKFORT – Defendants in death penalty cases could ask judges to decide whether prosecutors were motivated by racial concerns under a bill that passed the state Senate after two hours of contentious debate yesterday. In arguing their cases, each defendant could use statewide statistical evidence, such as a 1993 study that found that blacks who killed whites were more likely than other defendants to be sentenced to death in Kentucky.
The measure was sponsored by Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, the Senate’s only black member, who said after the vote that other senators were using “scare tactics” to attack the bill.
Sen. Tim Philpot, R-Lexington, argued that it was “ludicrous” to ask a judge to decide before a trial whether race played a factor in a decision to seek a death penalty. “It makes absolutely no sense,” he said.
But Neal said he thought it was better to act before the trial, rather than to reject a jury’s verdict.
“Yes, it is an impediment to the death penalty,” he said. “But if we’re seeking the death penalty, we shouldn’t do it lightly.”

Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
October 26, 1985
Section: CITY/STATE
Edition: FINAL
Page: B1
WAKE FUNDS LAUNDERED, PHILPOT SAYS
Jacqueline Duke Herald-Leader staff writer
Tim Philpot, the Republican candidate for Fayette County attorney, accused Democratic opponent Norrie Wake yesterday of accepting laundered campaign contributions, although he said he had no solid evidence to support the charge.
Philpot said Wake had received $25,000 from one contributor, money Philpot contended was channeled through different individuals.
Wake acknowledged that he received more than $20,000 before the May primary
from people connected with Conrad Chevrolet.
Richard Conrad, owner of Conrad Chevrolet and Wake’s campaign finance manager, contributed $3,000. His wife, Maxine Conrad, and several other employees of Conrad Chevrolet each gave $3,000 to the campaign, as did the wives of two of those employees, according to campaign finance reports.
But based on the size of the homes of several of the Conrad employees and the size of their mortgages, Philpot said, they could not afford to make contributions of $3,000.
“I’m making a presumption at this point,” Philpot said.

Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
March 27, 1998
Section: City and Region
Edition: Final
Page: B1
WOMEN’S HEALTH BILL PASSES AFTER ABORTION DEBATE
Angie Muhs, Herald-Leader Frankfort Bureau
FRANKFORT – A bill to require insurance coverage of certain women’s health procedures became the latest battleground yesterday in the contentious abortion debate that has gripped this session of the General Assembly.
An amendment that would have required doctors performing abortions to tell women that the procedure could increase their risk of breast cancer provoked debate among senators.
The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Tim Philpot, R-Lexington, eventually failed, with 13 senators supporting it and 18 opposing it. The bill went on to pass 37-0.
House Bill 864 would require insurers to cover reconstructive breast surgery for women with breast cancer and testing and treatment for osteoporosis, a bone disease, and for endometriosis, a painful uterine disorder that often causes fertility problems.
It also would forbid outpatient mastectomies and would prevent insurers from denying coverage of claims resulting from domestic violence, or from classifying domestic violence as a pre-existing condition.
Philpot’s amendment dominated the debate. Several senators questioned why Philpot hadn’t dealt with the issue during a previous debate on a bill to require women wanting an abortion to wait 24 hours after receiving information about the procedure, including its risks.
Senate Majority Leader David Karem, D-Louisville, said he didn’t want the amendment to endanger the entire bill.
“If someone wants to make a political statement, please use another vehicle,” he said.
Philpot contended that numerous studies had found that women who had an abortion were at higher risk for developing breast cancer – a conclusion that several other senators questioned.
“I’m interested in the health of women,” Philpot said. “Women who are seeking voluntary abortions should be made aware for their health and safety.”
But Sen. Nick Kafoglis, a retired obstetrician-gynecologist, questioned the validity of the studies Philpot cited. He noted that another study in the New England Journal of Medicine had found that there was no link between abortion and breast cancer.
“There is no agreement in he scientific community on this question,” said Kafoglis, D-Bowling Green. “That should be argument enough not to put something into law when there is a question about it.”
Other senators questioned the wisdom of letting the General Assembly dictate medical protocol.
Sen. Fred Bradley, addressing his remarks to the 35 other male senators, told them the matter was similar to making a blanket recommendation that men should automatically have their testicles removed if a test for prostate cancer came back positive.
“Do you want a legislator telling you that everybody should tell you to have their testicles removed if you have a high PSA test? No,” Bradley said.
Philpot, who was clearly frustrated by the debate, argued at one point that the American Medical Association was “pro-abortion” and that doctors couldn’t necessarily be trusted to tell women that abortion and breast cancer might be linked.
In an emotional speech after the amendment was defeated, Philpot accused some senators of abandoning their principles.
“I especially don’t understand the so-called pro-life members of this body who voted against this amendment, who voted with all the pro-abortion ladies,” he said. “I don’t understand the ladies in the back of this room that are celebrating that women won’t know about the connection between breast cancer and abortion.”
Philpot apparently was referring to a group of several female legislators and first lady Judi Patton, who had endorsed the bill.
Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo, D-Lexington, the bill’s sponsor, said she was happy that Philpot’s amendment did not sidetrack a valuable piece of legislation.
“The important thing is that this body didn’t fail to recognize the importance of women’s health,” she said.
Patton said that she was “surprised (the amendment) was put on” the bill.
“I thought they took care of that yesterday,” she said, referring to the 24-hour waiting period bill.
Tim Philpot’s abortion amendment failed, 18-13.
“My God preaches love, which is different than tolerance,”

Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
February 8, 1996
Section: MAIN NEWS
Edition: FINAL
Page: A1
REPUBLICAN RESURRECTS ANTI-RACISM AMENDMENT
Brenda Rios Herald-Leader Frankfort Bureau
FRANKFORT — After two days of partisan bickering, the Senate yesterday passed a measure that would allow Kentuckians to vote on eliminating segregationist language from the state
Sen. Barry Metcalf, R-Richmond, revived the measure after it had been defeated Tuesday because he did not think there should be a delay in removing the racist sections.
”The language in the constitution is so reprehensible it needs to be taken out,” Metcalf said.
Metcalf initially voted for the bill Tuesday, but changed his vote to an abstention after talking with other Republicans. He said yesterday that he was ”getting grief from my fellow Republicans” for his motion to call the bill up again.
Tuesday, all the Republicans abstained from voting on the constitutional amendment except for Sen. Walter Baker, R-Glasgow, who voted for it.
The measure got only 22 of the 23 voted needed to pass.
But yesterday, everyone voted for the bill except Sen. Charlie Borders, R- Russell, and Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London. Sen. Tim Philpot, R-Lexington, abstained.

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