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3:32 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Rand Paul Set To Release Second Book In September

Kentucky’s junior senator is working on his second book.

Rand Paul has already penned one book while in office, called “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” It was mainly about his 2010 campaign victory.

Now, BuzzFeed reports that Paul is working on a book that outlines his opposition to the Transportation Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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3:32 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Principled Endorsement Gives Candidate Hope in Sixth Congressional District Primary

 

An outside Republican group is backing the long shot candidate in tomorrow’s Sixth Congressional District Republican Primary.

Patrick Kelly is running against Andy Barr. Barr won the 2010 GOP primary, and is expected to win this year as well.

But today, Kelly picked up a last-minute endorsement from the Republican Liberty Caucus, a Texas group that has endorsed in other Kentucky races this year.

The nod is unlikely to tip the race in Kelly's favor, and caucus chairman Dave Nalle says the endorsement is largely symbolic.

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3:31 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Political Observers Expect No Surprises in Kentucky's Presidential Primaries

 

Even though the presidential nomination process is effectively over, Kentuckians can still vote for candidates other than Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in tomorrow's primary.

Republicans can cast ballots for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, even though they're no longer in the running. And Democrats will be able to choose 'uncommitted' instead of President Obama.

But University of Louisville political scientist Dewey Clayton says those other names don't really matter.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

McConnell Camp Sets Forceful Tone in First Web Ad

The campaign to re-elect Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has released a strong web ad praising the Republican lawmaker for standing up against President Obama for the past four years.

The 3 minute video is entitled "Refuse to be Defeated", and documents McConnell's opposition to the president's agenda in a positive light. It begins with Mr. Obama's acceptance speech and finds several clips praising McConnell for blocking key legislation in the Senate.

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Politics
11:55 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Rash of Violence Impacts District 1 Race

A brazen shooting in the Parkland neighborhood is having an impact on the race for the Louisville Metro Council District 1 seat in the final days of the campaign.

Last week, six people were shot and three died in a spree of shootings in the west Louisville district that made national headlines. In the wake of the violence, community and elected leaders have called for unity and cooperation from residents, but the five-way Democratic primary race is still a horse race.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon May 21, 2012

No Surprises Expected in Most Congressional Primaries

 

Residents of Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District will see a spirited primary Tuesday, but that won’t be the case elsewhere.

While there are primaries in most of Kentucky’s five other congressional districts, none are as competitive or as closely-followed as the race in Northern Kentucky.

In the Sixth District, Republican Andy Barr is expected to easily win the chance for a rematch with Congressman Ben Chandler.
And Third District Congressman John Yarmuth's primary challenger is unlikely to take much of the vote.

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Politics
5:09 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Super PACs May Give Massie Edge in Fourth District Primary

 

The most competitive primary in Kentucky will come to an end Tuesday.

Seven Republicans are vying to replace retiring incumbent Geoff Davis in the Fourth Congressional District. County judge-executives Gary Moore and Thomas Massie and state representative Alecia Webb-Edgington are considered the frontrunners. Those three have raised the most money and former GOP operative Les Fugate says they have the best organizations. But he says outside help from two Super PACs has tilted the odds in Massie's favor.

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Politics
5:00 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Key Senate Primaries Are In Louisville, Northern and Southern Kentucky

 

The races to watch in tomorrow's primaries for General Assembly seats are in Louisville, Northern and Southern Kentucky.

In Louisville, four Democrats are vying to replace retiring Democrat Tim Shaughnessy in the 19th district, where no Republicans are running.

In the 37th District, former Republican Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins and political activist Chris Thieneman are vying to face state Senator Perry Clark. Republicans have made the seat a priority for the fall.

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Politics
11:48 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Several State Senate Democrats Remain ALEC Members

 

Several Democrats in the Kentucky Senate have held on to their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, despite national blowback against the group for its conservative model laws.

ALEC has been criticized for drafting conservative state laws, such as Florida's Stand Your Ground measure, and then helping lawmakers pass them. Until this year, 10 of the 15 Democratic state senators in Kentucky were members of ALEC. Six have recently allowed their memberships to be automatically renewed by the Legislative Research Commission.

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5:21 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Twelve Percent Turnout Expected for Kentucky Primaries

 

Kentucky elections officials once again expect most voters to ignore Tuesday’s primaries.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting turnout between 10 and 12 percent. Low turnout has plagued Kentucky elections for the last few cycles. About a third of voters cast ballots in the 2008 and 2010 primaries.

Grimes says the lack of competitive primaries for President, Congress and the General Assembly will keep most voters at home.

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