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9:42 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Clark Defeats Thieneman in District 37 Senate Race

Kentucky state Senator Perry Clark, a Democrat, has been reelected to the District 37 seat in southwest Louisville.

Clark beat Republican challenger Chris Thieneman with 58 percent of the vote. Thieneman outspent Clark in the race, but was plagued in the last weeks of his campaign with a lawsuit that questioned his residency. With Clark’s win, the lawsuit is essentially rendered moot, and Clark says he’s confident he would have won even without the legal challenge.

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8:33 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Live Blog: Battleground

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:11 pm

**Refresh this page often for the latest updates.**

A quick head's up on what this is. The Battleground is an aggregation of NPR member stations' content produced during election night. It's curated by the staff at NPR Digital Services, including Eric Athas, Teresa Gorman, Will Snyder, Kim Perry and Erin Teare Martin. The list of participating stations and states is posted at the bottom.

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Politics
7:01 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election 2012 | What Happened In Kentucky, Indiana on Election Night

Joseph Lord

Update 12:09 a.m.: Here's a rundown of what happened tonight, with updated stories.

Democratic Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly was elected to the U.S. Senate. 

Meanwhile, Republican Mike Pence will be Indiana's next governor.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting in the Age of Instagram: Is It Really Illegal to Take a Picture of My Ballot?

This is not okay in Kentucky or Indiana.

If you're into social media, maybe you've noticed them -- photos of other people's ballots from today's election, posted on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Perhaps you've also noticed the comments that followed, warning that such postings are  illegal. And articles have popped up throughout Election Day saying those posters could be photo-sharing their way to jail.

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4:18 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear Recovering from Minor Eye Surgery

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will be spending more time around the Capitol in the next few days. 

The governor is recovering from what he office calls "minor eye surgery" to repair a detached retina.

The governor’s office gave little other detail about the surgery or how the injury happened. The governor wasn't injured, his office said. Instead, the detached retina developed this past weekend.

The surgery will require a limited travel schedule for Beshear, which shouldn’t be much of a problem post-Election Day.

Politics
4:16 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Paul Says Some Senate Races Tough to Pick

U.S. Senate

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are just as anxious to know the outcome of their races as they are for the White House. A Senate takeover is highly important to conservatives who want to repeal the federal health care law. U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky says it's tough to predict tonight's results.

"We've got three or four that we're trying to hang on to and we've got three or four more that we could win. I think it's truly an election where you could go to bed tonight and wake up and still not know, and in the end you could be surprised," he said.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

No 'I Voted' Stickers for Jefferson County

Creative Commons

Sondra Powell thought it a harmless promotion -- a free small cup of coffee for customers who showed up to her coffee shop, Red Hot Roasters at 1403 Lexington Road, wearing an "I voted" sticker.

It became apparent soon after she opened the coffee shop at 7 a.m. that Jefferson County polling stations were handing out no such stickers.

Powell said she quickly adopted an honor system approach, giving free small coffees to those who simply told her that they'd voted.

The customers were still disappointed, she said.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Hearing Off To Slow Start

Shanklin's attorney Aubrey Williams speaks to the Ethics Commission.

The ethics hearing for Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, is underway and prosecutors have laid out the road map for the next few days.

A few stumbles in the first few hours of the hearing--including delays by both prosecuting and defending representatives--could push the hearing into Friday. 

Shanklin has been accused of allocating discretionary spending (Neighborhood Development Funds) council members receive to programs that benefited her relatives.

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11:13 am
Tue November 6, 2012

The Battle For Congress: Senate And House Races To Watch

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., shakes hands with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren at their Oct. 1 debate in Lowell, Mass. The race is one of a handful of contests that could determine party control of the Senate.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:02 pm

For Republicans itching to regain control of the Senate, Tuesday's election presents a rare opportunity. Only 10 GOP incumbents are on the ballot, compared with nearly two dozen Democrats and independents who caucus with them.

That means the magic number for Republicans is low. They need only a net gain of three or four seats to take over the Senate — and, assuming they keep the U.S. House of Representatives, consolidate their influence on Capitol Hill. Democrats need to pick up 25 seats to seize the House, a goal that political analysts consider all but out of reach.

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Politics
8:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election 2012: Louisville Resident Explains Why He Won't Be Voting

Greg Hillis via NPR.org

NPR recently set out to explore an often over-looked segment of the American public -- those who can vote, but choose not to. The story provided brief explanations from several non-voters across the country. The people NPR talked to had a variety of reasons for not participating: a sense that their vote doesn't matter, a belief that money dictates policy more than votes -- and the knowledge that registering increases your chances of being called for jury duty.

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