Mitt Romney en Obama, Romney Offer Differing Facts on Energy Production <p>Much like the first presidential debate, there was no mention of climate change in the second match-up between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But there <em>was</em> more talk about energy than during the first debate.</p><p>And, predictably, there was lots of work to be done by fact-checkers in the day following.</p><p>One of the most intense exchanges of the night was over oil and gas production on federal lands. Romney said production of oil on government land is down 14 percent, and production of gas is down nine percent.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:45:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 2055 at Obama, Romney Offer Differing Facts on Energy Production Campaigns Focus on Ohio Coal...But How Much Can a President Help the Industry? <p>Coal's role in this year's presidential election isn't going ignored by national media. Marketplace Morning Report had an <a href="" target="_blank">interesting story this morning</a> by Adriene Hill about the fuel's prominent role in President Obama and Mitt Romney's Ohio campaign strategies...even though there are less than 3,000 coal miners in the state. As the industry is always quick to point out, that doesn't include jobs that are related to and reliant on the coal industry. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 1942 at Campaigns Focus on Ohio Coal...But How Much Can a President Help the Industry? Group Calls for Obama, Romney to Commit to Climate Change Summit in 2013 <p>Groups in Kentucky and around the country are calling for the winner of next month’s presidential election to hold a summit on climate change during his term’s first 100 days.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:39:43 +0000 Erica Peterson 1903 at Climate Change, But Not Energy, Absent From First Presidential Debate <p>Coal and renewable energy weren't absent from the presidential debate last night, but environmental groups are bemoaning the fact that climate change wasn't brought up.</p><p>The Hill's E2 Wire <a href="" target="_blank">notes that a petition</a> was delivered to debate moderator Jim Lehrer with more than 160,000 signatures, asking the PBS host to ask the candidates about climate change.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:47:11 +0000 Erica Peterson 1895 at Rand Paul Joins "Skewed Polls" Bandwagon, But Says Romney Needs Strong Debate Performances <p>Senator Rand Paul has joined many of his fellow Republicans in doubting the accuracy of polls in this year’s presidential race.</p><p>In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has seen his lead widen significantly in two battleground states that border Kentucky: Ohio and Virginia. Obama's lead is also widening in national polls and in other battleground states.</p><p>In response, Republicans have dismissed the polls, saying they aren’t accurately reflecting changes in the country’s voting blocs since 2008.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:43:23 +0000 Kenny Colston 1874 at Rand Paul Joins "Skewed Polls" Bandwagon, But Says Romney Needs Strong Debate Performances Coal and the Presidential Election <p>In some states, the 2012 presidential election is turning into a race of who can support coal more.</p><p>That's not really in Kentucky, or in West Virginia, where voters will reliably lean Republican in national elections. But as <a href="" target="_blank">McClatchy Newspapers reports,</a> both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are focusing on nearby Ohio.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:52:13 +0000 Erica Peterson 1694 at Coal and the Presidential Election Kentucky Voters Will See A Handful of Options When Voting for President <p></p><p>The two-party system may dominate politics, but Kentuckians will still have a host of options when it comes to voting for a presidential candidate this fall.</p><p>In addition to the two major party candidates, two other political parties have qualified their candidates in Kentucky.</p><p>The Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein will join well-known candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama on the ballot.</p><p>Also listed will be at least three other write-in slates and Independent candidate Randall Terry of West Virginia.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:24:01 +0000 Kenny Colston 1618 at Paul Concerned About Romney’s Electoral Map <p>U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is worried that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not have enough Electoral College votes to beat President Obama this fall.</p><p>National polls show <a href="">the race is a statistical tie</a> in a popular vote with a slim margin of undecided voters, but the winner of the White House is the candidate who captures 270 electoral votes. A review of most interactive <a href="">maps show Mr. Obama edging out Romney</a> in November by winning key swing states.</p><p>Paul says there are a handful of states that are evenly divided and Romney will have to win most of them, adding the GOP will have to examine its electoral map strategy in future races.</p><p>"It’s tougher and tougher for Republicans because we don’t compete very well in the west coast (and) we don’t compete very well New England. Once you give up all those votes then you got to win pretty much the rest of the country," he says. "And that’s one of the messages I’ve had to the national Republican Party. You know what? Those areas where you’re not competing maybe a libertarian Republican would do better in California or New York state."</p><p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 19:16:18 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1562 at Paul Concerned About Romney’s Electoral Map Observer Says Kentucky's Small Role in Presidential Elections Leaves Local Speakers Off DNC Stage <p>Unlike their GOP counterparts, zero Kentucky officials will be taking the main stage to speak at this week’s Democratic National Convention.</p><p>Democrats hold the majority of statewide offices in Kentucky, including the governor’s office. But that’s not enough to get any of those elected officials onto the DNC stage this week.</p><p>Last week, Republicans heard from three&nbsp;Kentuckians&nbsp;during their convention: Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and congressional candidate Andy Barr.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 16:00:02 +0000 Kenny Colston 1512 at Kentucky's Senators Give Back-to-Back Speeches at RNC <p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:11:58 +0000 Kenny Colston 1497 at