Jonathan Miller http://wfpl.org en Ag Commissioner James Comer Says Hemp-Promoting Trip to Washington Was A Success http://wfpl.org/post/ag-commissioner-james-comer-says-hemp-promoting-trip-washington-was-success <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A trio of&nbsp;</span>Kentuckians<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;who favor the legalization of hemp says a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers and executive branch officials was beneficial.</span></p> Sun, 12 May 2013 10:59:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 5342 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner James Comer Says Hemp-Promoting Trip to Washington Was A Success Kentucky Republicans Beef Up Campaign Army for U.S. Senate Race; Democrats on Standby http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-republicans-beef-campaign-army-us-senate-race-democrats-standby <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Mitch McConnell's next election is a year and a half away, yet he doesn't have a serious opponent. But this hasn't stopped him from amassing significant money and personnel for his re-election. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each week, the effort to re-elect McConnell adds new field directors, political staff and fundraisers. </span></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 15:25:10 +0000 Kenny Colston 5270 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Republicans Beef Up Campaign Army for U.S. Senate Race; Democrats on Standby Noise and Notes: With Ashley Judd Out, Where Do Kentucky Democrats Go From Here? http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-ashley-judd-out-where-do-kentucky-democrats-go-here <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F86841556" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Now that Ashley Judd is out, Kentucky Democrats are scrambling for a legitimate contender to take on Republican Senator Mitch McConnell next year.</p><p>The speculation is on Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, whose every word is being examined.</p><p>But what if Grimes also forgoes a 2014 Senate bid?</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 21:02:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4878 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: With Ashley Judd Out, Where Do Kentucky Democrats Go From Here? Ashley Judd Adviser Says Kentucky Democrats Helped Push Her Out http://wfpl.org/post/ashley-judd-adviser-says-kentucky-democrats-helped-push-her-out <p>Former Kentucky treasurer Jonathan Miller is blaming fellow state Democrats for helping push actress Ashley Judd out of the upcoming U.S. Senate race.</p><p>Judd announced last week <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/ashley-judd-says-twitter-shes-not-running-us-senate">she is declining to run against Republican Mitch McConnell in 2014</a>, citing a need to focus on family. The speculation on other reasons why Judd isn't making a bid are plentiful, but supporters are speaking up.</p><p>In an editorial, Miller says a "dizzying blur of false testimony" promoted by a handful of Democratic consultants and strategists in national stories was part of the reason Judd declined.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/01/how-kentucky-democrats-duped-the-msm-and-helped-elbow-out-ashley-judd.html"><em>The Daily Beast</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>While many may legitimately believe that (Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan) Grimes is the better candidate, many of those who have been quoted impugning Judd, or have done so on background, also have personal motives: some stand to profit from a Grimes campaign, some may have been trying to <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/278977-kentucky-dems-not-sold-on-possible-judd-senate-run" target="_blank">redress perceived&nbsp;“disses”</a> by the actress, and some may be aiming to keep Grimes out of the 2015 gubernatorial race, where she could undermine their preferred candidates.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:45:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4772 at http://wfpl.org Ashley Judd Adviser Says Kentucky Democrats Helped Push Her Out