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Kentucky Lawmaker Aims to Bar Editorial Writers and Cartoonists from House/Senate Floor

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· Story link State Rep. Jim Gooch is pushing legislation which would classify editorial writers and cartoonists as lobbyists, who,…

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State Rep. Jim Gooch is pushing legislation which would classify editorial writers and cartoonists as lobbyists, who, under Kentucky law, are barred from the House and Senate floors while lawmakers are in session. Viewed largely as a vindictive action, Gooch’s proposal follows various editorial cartoons last year which ridiculed him. The Kentucky Press Association has called Gooch’s bill an obvious violation of the First Amendment. (2/07/08)

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