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August 4, 2008

Last-minute Republicans make judicial nominating commission

By Samantha Swindler / Managing Editor

Two Republicans assigned to the 27th Judicial District Nominating Commission (serving Laurel and Knox counties) were both — until two weeks before their appointments — former Democrats, one of whom donated to Gov. Steve Beshear’s primary campaign.

Judicial nominating commissions are chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and consist of two representatives of the Kentucky Bar Association and four lay members of the local counties represented — two from each major political party. When a judicial vacancy occurs, the local nominating commission chooses three nominees to submit to the governor, who has 60 days to appoint a replacement.

Ruthie Hoskins and Everett Morgan were both appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear on Jan. 4 to serve on the 27th Judicial Nominating Commission as lay members representing the Republican party.

Both will serve for terms expiring Jan. 1, 2012.


Ruthie Hoskins of London was registered as a Republican on her first Laurel County filing in 1973.

But in December 2007, Hoskins made two changes to her party affiliation. On Dec. 6, she changed from Republican to Democrat, then changed back from Democrat to Republican on Dec. 20.

Though she spent a brief time as a registered Democrat, the Hoskins have contributed financial to campaigns of solely Democratic candidates.

According to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (KREF) Web site, Ruthie Hoskins contributed a total of $3,200 to four different Democrat’s campaigns. In 2000, she gave $1,000 to Lawrence Kuhl’s campaign for State Senator; in 2003, she gave $1,000 to A. Chandler’s campaign for the governor’s race; and in 2004, she gave $200 to Democrat J. Ridley’s race for a state senate seat 4th District in Western Kentucky. She also gave $1,000 to Steve Beshear’s primary campaign in April 2007.

Her husband, James Hoskins, has given to five campaigns, those of Kuhl, Chandler, Greg Stumbo, Beshear and Scott Alexander — all of them Democrats. Alexander was running in a special election in western Kentucky for the seat vacated by now Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo.

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