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7:04 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Chart: How Much Did Louisville Council District 9 Candidates Raise Per Vote?

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There's rarely any polling in Metro Council races, so the speculation about who will win is usually based on name recognition and fundraising.

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7:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Matt Bevin Bypasses Endorsing Mitch McConnell as Kentucky GOP Seeks Unity

Matt Bevin addresses supporters during a concession speech Tuesday
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Joined by his wife and nine children, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin accepted a 25-point thumping at the hands of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell in Tuesday's primary.

"This was never about winning a single seat," he told supporters. "This was never about new version of the same old thing. This was about the very heart beat of America. We've heard a lot about this somehow being a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. But every single one of us knows this is so much bigger than that."

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10:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: Results For Louisville Races

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Here are the full results of the 2014 primary for offices in Louisville. All the data is provided by the Jefferson County Clerk's Office.

To see our full coverage of stories from Tuesday's primary, go here. 

You can see the full document here.

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9:56 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell Wins

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Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell has earned his way to the fall election after winning Tuesday’s primary.

But Democratic attorney Karen Faulkner had an impressive showing for a first-time candidate who was out spent by a 5-to-1 margin.

O’Connell’s lead held steady the whole night and won by 10 points in the final tally, but he says that Faulkner receiving 45 percent of the vote is not a sign that people are unhappy with him.

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9:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: Bill Hollander Wins District 9 Race, Hopes to Win Opponents' Support

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After a crowded, 13-person primary, Bill Hollander has emerged as the Democratic candidate for the Louisville Metro Council's 9th District.

Hollander had Mayor Greg Fischer's endorsement and a fundraising advantage over most of his opponents.

“It takes some funds to get your name out and to get your message out, particularly in a field of 13 people, but I think the most important factor was direct contact with voters," he says.

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8:19 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Jessica Green Beats Attica Scott in Louisville Council District 1 Race: 'My Mother Has Spoken.'

The Louisville Metro Council's first district will have a new representative.

Jessica Green has defeated incumbent Attica Scott in the Democratic primary, and is the de facto winner of the general election, as she faces no Republican opponent.

Green won 55 percent to Scott's 45 percent, or 311 votes.

Green is the daughter of the late District 1 Councilwoman Judy Green, who was removed from office in 2011 for ethics violations.

“Many people tried to make this race about my mother," Jessica Green says. "My mother has spoken and she has gotten the last word.”

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7:19 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: Mitch McConnell Defeats Matt Bevin

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The Associated Press is calling the Republican primary election for incumbent Mitch McConnell over challenger Matt Bevin party challenger.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has also won her party's nomination and will face McConnell in the fall election.

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3:14 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Why 9 Louisville Residents Voted in the Primary Election

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It's election day in Kentucky, but fewer than 30 percent of registered voters are expected to actually vote.

But Tuesday afternoon, we talked to more than a dozen Shawnee area residents who weren't shying away from the polling stations.  By 1 p.m., more than 350 people had voted at the Academy at Shawnee near 39th and Market streets. 

Why did they make it to the polls when most registered voters will not? 

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1:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Promotes Herself as 'Independent Kentucky Woman' Ahead of General Election

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Joined by an overwhelming crowd, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes told supporters in Louisville she will protect the state's interests against either political party.

"I'm hoping that you will spread the word all across not just Jefferson County—but the Commonwealth of Kentucky—that this woman, well she’s not an empty dress, she’s not a cheerleader, she’s not a rubber stamp," Grimes said at her campaign office opening Monday.

"She’s an independent Kentucky woman that stands on her own two feet."

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7:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Kentucky Pension Is Worst In the U.S., Credit Rating Agency Says

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The credit agency Fitch Ratings has named one of Kentucky’s pensions as the worst in the U.S..

The non-hazardous pension under the Kentucky Employee Retirement System has about a quarter of the money it would need to pay out what will be owed to pensioners.

Todd Green is a senior actuary for Cavanaugh MacDonald, an accounting firm that examined five years’ worth of the state’s pension data. He says the pensions have been neglected and money hasn't been put in them and kept in them.

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