It's All Politics
6:53 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Study: States Did Better Job Running Elections In 2012

Voters line up in the dark to cast their ballots at a polling station on Nov. 6, 2012 in Miami, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:03 am

For all the criticism about long lines and other Election Day snafus, most states actually improved the way they handled elections between 2008 and 2012, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The report found that, overall, wait times at polling stations decreased by about three minutes over 2008, and 40 states and the District of Columbia improved their "election performance index" scores, which Pew calculated from 17 indicators that make up the index.

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Local News
11:28 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Kentucky Falls to Connecticut in NCAA Title Game, 60-54

Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating Kentucky 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.

Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies' 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun's retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season.

They came back strong in coach Kevin Ollie's second season, and the Huskies (32-8) went all the way to their fourth overall title.

Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Outskirts Festival Organizers Say Louisville's Finally Ready for a Women's Music Fest

Stephanie Gary, co-organizer of Outskirts Festival, plays with Julie of the Wolves.
Credit Marty Pearl

Stephanie Gary and Carrie Neumayer are one-half of the Louisville-based post-punk band Julie of the Wolves. They’re also co-organizers of the upcoming Louisville Outskirts Festival, a non-profit volunteer-run weekend celebrating music made by female-identified artists.

The inaugural Outskirts Fest is planned for October of this year. In addition to lots of live music, the event will include music workshops for girls and exhibit space for women business owners, artists and makers and social justice organizations.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Saturday's Thunder Over Louisville Will Have More Security 'Than Ever Before'

The 2012 Thunder Over Louisville
Credit Kentucky National Guard Public Information/Creative Commons

Security at this year’s Thunder Over Louisville  will be boosted like never before.  

More than 1,100 police officers from Louisville Metro Police Department and several other agencies will be working at the aircraft and fireworks show.

"More than ever before," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said Monday during a news conference.

Conrad is also asking parents to accompany their children to the event and report any missing children as soon as possible.

“Safety starts with proper parental supervision,” he said. 

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3:35 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Andy Beshear Raises Over $1 Million for Kentucky Attorney General Race

Andy Beshear (l) and his father, Gov. Steve Beshear (r)

Louisville attorney Andy Beshear announced Monday that he has raised $1.1 million for his Kentucky attorney general bid.

In the first three months of 2014, Beshear received $880,000 in contributions, but he has yet to file his campaign finance report.

Observers note that Beshear has been massaging donors across the state since announcing his candidacy last November to succeed incumbent Jack Conway, who is term-limited.

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12:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tired of Mitch McConnell's Attacks, Matt Bevin Supporters Believe Upset Possible

Matt Bevin speaking at FreePAC Kentucky
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

With the Kentucky primary election six weeks away supporters of Republican Matt Bevin believe the tea party-backed challenger to Mitch McConnell still has a chance to pull off an upset. 

McConnell leads Bevin by double-digits in every poll and has brutalized his challenger in attack ads, calling him a "con man" and "fraud" in campaign materials.

A Wenzel Strategies survey shows McConnell's negative attacks are working.

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Local News
10:39 am
Mon April 7, 2014

UK's Aaron Harrison 'Not Afraid to Miss' Game-Winning Shots

Aaron Harrison

The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Connecticut Huskies tonight for the men’s NCAA basketball championship.         

UK got by Wisconsin 74 to 73 Saturday night after Aaron Harrison put the Wildcats ahead with a long three-pointer with just under six seconds remaining.    It was Harrison’s third straight game-winning shot.

"The biggest thing is, he’s not afraid to miss.  He’s comfortable in his own skin, he knows how hard he’s worked," said Kentucky coach John Calipari.

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Code Switch
6:38 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Stereotypes Of Appalachia Obscure A Diverse Picture

Frank Cedillo fishes in a Greenville, Tenn., lake.
Courtesy of Megan King

Originally published on

Children in sepia-toned clothes with dirt-smeared faces. Weathered, sunken-eyed women on trailer steps chain-smoking Camels. Teenagers clad in Carhartt and Mossy Oak loitering outside of long-shuttered businesses.

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6:38 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Americans Are On The Move, But In The Wrong Direction

Moving to San Bernardino from Los Angeles may help with housing costs, but the area doesn't have much economic opportunity.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 7:05 pm

Jamika lives in a two-story apartment complex surrounded by a 10-foot-high security gate in San Bernardino, Calif. The yellow paint on the buildings' outside walls is peeling.

She doesn't want to use her full name. She doesn't want too many people to know about her situation.

Jamika and her siblings had to leave the house her family was renting in South Central L.A. when the property went into foreclosure. With money so tight, Jamika moved to San Bernardino, along with three of her siblings.

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