2014 election http://wfpl.org en Here's Who's Running for Louisville Metro Offices in 2014 http://wfpl.org/post/heres-whos-running-louisville-metro-offices-2014 <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have a Republican challenger in the 2014 election. And the Democratic primary for the Louisville Metro Council district being vacated by Tina Ward-Pugh will have 13 candidates. Four Council members will have no challenger at all, barring independents entering the races.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:58:40 +0000 Joseph Lord 8403 at http://wfpl.org Here's Who's Running for Louisville Metro Offices in 2014 Will Anyone Challenge Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer? http://wfpl.org/post/will-anyone-challenge-louisville-mayor-greg-fischer <p>Barring an unforeseen development, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have no serious Democratic primary or Republican challenger in the 2014 election.</p><p>The filing deadline for the primary elections closed this afternoon. It won't be known for sure who's in the race until the official rosters are released on Wednesday afternoon; as of Tuesday's last update, no candidates besides Fischer had filed to run for Louisville mayor.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:34:14 +0000 Joseph Lord 8391 at http://wfpl.org Will Anyone Challenge Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer? Former JCPS Board Members Imhoff and Hujo Jump Into Louisville Metro Council Race http://wfpl.org/post/former-jcps-board-members-imhoff-and-hujo-jump-louisville-metro-council-race <p>Candidates in Kentucky have a week left to file to run for office, and two former school board members have jumped in the race for the Louisville Metro Council .</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:09:20 +0000 Devin Katayama 8323 at http://wfpl.org Former JCPS Board Members Imhoff and Hujo Jump Into Louisville Metro Council Race Ken Fleming to Retire From Metro Council, but Says He's 'Not Stepping Away From Politics' http://wfpl.org/post/ken-fleming-retire-metro-council-says-hes-not-stepping-away-politics <p><strong>Updated: </strong>In an interview Tuesday with WFPL, Ken Fleming, a Republican, said he doesn't plan to support any candidates at the moment for his seat.&nbsp;</p><p>He added that he's likely not through with politics.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:38:52 +0000 Devin Katayama & Jacob Ryan 8310 at http://wfpl.org Ken Fleming to Retire From Metro Council, but Says He's 'Not Stepping Away From Politics' Alison Lundergan Grimes Files for Senate Election http://wfpl.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-files-senate-election <p>It’s official. Grimes is running for the senate.</p><p>After a ceremonial signing of her candidacy papers attended by Gov. Steve Beshear and four former Kentucky governors, Grimes told reporters that she intends to support a raise in the minimum wage and pay equity for women.</p><p>“I believe, especially on behalf of the women all across Kentucky, in closing the pay equity gap. Instead, Sen. McConnell votes against the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Kentuckians, especially the women of Kentucky, deserve better," she says.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:54:37 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8190 at http://wfpl.org Alison Lundergan Grimes Files for Senate Election Retired Army Medical Officer Files to Run Against Congressman Brett Guthrie http://wfpl.org/post/retired-army-medical-officer-files-run-against-congressman-brett-guthrie <p>A retired U.S. Army medical officer has filed to run against U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.</p><p>Democrat Ron Leach says Kentucky and the nation suffer from rampant income inequality, and a growing dependence on the social safety net is a symptom of that problem.</p><p>“Do you call the cost of that safety net, you know, food stamps, SNAP, Medicare, er, Medicaid, the problem and you just simply cut it?" he says. "Or do you realize it that it is the symptom. It is a symptom of an economy that simply doesn’t work for most people anymore.”</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:50:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8189 at http://wfpl.org Retired Army Medical Officer Files to Run Against Congressman Brett Guthrie Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Running for New State House Seat http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-jerry-miller-running-new-state-house-seat <p>Republican Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller is running for a newly drawn state House district seat in next year's election.</p><p>District 36 is an open seat that was created during the special legislative session as part of the long-delayed redistricting plan based on the 2010 census.</p><p>According to the map, District 36 covers parts of east Louisville such the Eastwood, Fisherville and Lake Forest areas, and extends to south Pewee Valley in Oldham County.</p><p>Miller says he will serve out the remainder of his council term, but wants to take his advocacy for more fiscal responsibility and lower taxes to the General Assembly.</p><p>"I really felt that the issues that I cared most deeply about, which are pension reform, education, ethics. And particularly if we move down the path toward the local option sales tax it’s got to go through Frankfort before it can happen. So I want to be there," he says. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:52:39 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6588 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Running for New State House Seat Ethics Complaint Filed Over Grimes Fundraising Emails http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-complaint-filed-over-grimes-fundraising-emails <p>A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week.</p><p>Republican Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson filed the complaint today (Thursday), a week after receiving the email from Grimes, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:15:40 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 6246 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Complaint Filed Over Grimes Fundraising Emails Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Backing GOP Incumbent Over Liz Cheney Primary Challenge http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-rand-paul-backing-gop-incumbent-over-liz-cheney-primary-challenge <p>Kentucky's two senators are backing Republican incumbent Mike Enzi of Wyoming for re-election over Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, who <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=M6bqsHcmJJA">announced she intends to run in the GOP primary</a> next year.</p><p>Cheney is a co-founder of the non-profit group "Keep America Safe" who moved to Wyoming last year with the hopes of running for Senate.</p><p>Enzi said Cheney told him she wasn't going to seek his seat unless he was retiring.</p><p>After hearing her announcement, Enzi, who made it clear he's running for re-eleciton <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/16/liz-cheney-will-challenge-sen-mike-enzi/">told <em>The Washington Post</em>: "Obviously that wasn't correct."</a></p><p>But the Cowboy State lawmaker can count Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul in his column.</p><p>Paul openly mocked Cheney's residency issues when asked about her running.</p><p>"When I heard Liz Cheney was running for Senate I wondered if she was running in her home state of Virginia," <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/rand-paul-liz-cheney-senate-bid-94308.html">Paul told Politico</a>. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:13:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6152 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Backing GOP Incumbent Over Liz Cheney Primary Challenge Congressman Brett Guthrie Announces Re-Election, Bypassing Governor's Race http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-brett-guthrie-announces-re-election-bypassing-governors-race <p>Kentucky Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie announced he is running for re-election next year, but made it clear he is bypassing a bid for governor in 2015.</p><p>Guthrie is a Republican from Bowling Green who has represented the district covering parts of western and central Kentucky since January 2009.</p><p>"We are fighting in Washington to balance the federal budget, to cut wasteful spending, and to create an environment where small businesses can create good paying jobs," he says. "My work in Congress is all about providing opportunity. I am passionate about improving the economy, cultivating educational opportunity for people of all ages, and getting our nation’s finances under control."</p><p>The GOP lawmaker was a top contender for the party's nomination in the 2015 gubernatorial contest. But Guthrie clarified he is not interested in statewide office and will keep his full attention on representing the state in Washington.</p><p>"I am not running for any state office in 2015, although I was humbled by the number of people who asked me to run for governor," he says. "I went to Washington solve big problems and to leave a better America behind for the next generation. I’ve spent every day doing that and I feel that my time and energy is best spent on solving the big financial and economic problems we face as a nation."</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:32:18 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6133 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Brett Guthrie Announces Re-Election, Bypassing Governor's Race