Bevin removes another Democrat from House via appointment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has removed another Democrat from the state House of Representatives as he tries to help his party seize control of the chamber for the first time since 1920.

Bevin has appointed Democratic state Rep. Tayna Pullin to an administrative law judge position in Bowling Green. She will replace William J. Rudloff of Bowling Green, whose term has expired. Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear had already appointed Tyra Latrice Redus to the position. But Bevin rescinded that order at Redus’ request and replaced her with Pullin.

Last week, Bevin appointed Democratic state Rep. John Tilley as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Both moves will trigger a special election, where Republicans will try to take the seats. They need to gain four seats to win a majority.