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4:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Trey Grayson is Leaving Harvard and Hopes to Return to Kentucky

Trey Grayson
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Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is resigning his position as director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Grayson said he hopes to come back to Kentucky to explore “a couple opportunities,” but doesn’t have plans to enter the 2015 race for governor.

“Until my kids get older, I don’t have any interest in running for office in the near term," Grayson said. "So I’m just looking for a good opportunity, and maybe someday I’ll return to elective politics, but I don’t see that in the near term.”

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Politics
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)
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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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Politics
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
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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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Politics
8:30 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Republican Senate Contender Matt Bevin 'Called of God,' Says Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Republican Matt Bevin is a Heaven-sent choice for Kentucky voters in the upcoming U.S. Senate primary election.

That's according to conservative radio show host Glenn Beck, who gave a rousing speech at a rally for conservative grassroots  activists over the weekend.

Beck was the keynote speaker at FreePAC Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

The event that was organized by FreedomWorks and featured a number of tea party activists and candidates from across the country and state, including Bevin, who spoke on a variety of issues.

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Politics
11:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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In the wake of a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.

That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Republican Donors Set to Benefit Most from SCOTUS Removing Overall Campaign Gift Limits

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Republican donors are set to be the chief beneficiaries of a Supreme Court ruling that eliminates overall campaign contribution limits.

The justices sided with the plaintiff, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon, in a 5-4 decision that ruled government regulations on aggregate donations violate a donor's free speech rights.

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Politics
8:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

As Kentucky Enrollees Rise Don't Expect Alison Lundergan Grimes to Embrace Health Care Law

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky
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Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't likely to embrace the Affordable Care Act even as Kentucky is being heralded for a high volume of enrollees.

Earlier this week, Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced over 370,000 people have signed up thus far.

That includes over a quarter of a million Kentuckians who will be insured for the first time ever thanks to the law.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Rupp Arena Gets $1.5 Million in Kentucky State Budget

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FRANKFORT—The budget Kentucky lawmakers approved this week will give 1.5 million dollars to a costly renovation of the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena.

The money would be used to finance architects' and engineering fees and other planning costs for the $310 million project.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was "extraordinarily helpful" in the Supreme Court case overturning overall campaign gift limits, according to the lead attorney for the plaintiff in the groundbreaking case, which is likely to pour even more money into U.S. elections.

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the high court found that government regulations on aggregate contributions violate the First Amendment rights of donors.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year

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A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.

Under the current language of the bill, the dealers who sold drugs to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman could be charged with homicide, if they were in Kentucky. The same goes for the dealers' suppliers.

That has many state lawmakers concerned over the constitutionality of charging third and fourth-parties with homicide.

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