Rae Hodge

Rae Hodge is a freelance reporter.

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7:56 am
Wed November 26, 2014

In Support of Ferguson, Louisville Protesters Call For Police Changes

Protesters in Louisville on Tuesday.
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More than 400 protesters in downtown Louisville on Tuesday stood in solidarity with protests erupting in cities across the U.S. following a grand jury's decision to not indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, who was 18 and African-American.

Louisville demonstrators marched through downtown for over three hours, calling for a national report on police violence, body cameras for officers, a civilian police oversight board and other measures.

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Business
2:22 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Kentucky Economy Set to Close Strong in 2014

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As the year comes to a close, state economists say Kentucky’s economy is reaping significant gains due to a steep drop in unemployment and a boost in jobs.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development reports that manufacturing sector growth has had a big impact.

 

“The sector added 700 jobs from September to October and tallied more than 3,400 jobs since last year," according to Kim Saylor Brannock of the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. "That's a really good increase."

 

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Politics
7:00 am
Sun November 9, 2014

What You Need to Know About Kentucky's Next Lieutenant Governor, Crit Luallen

Lt. Gov.-designate Crit Luallen with outgoing Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Gov. Steve Beshear (speaking), Madeline Abramson and first lady Jane Beshear.
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Gov. Steve Beshear says his search for a new lieutenant governor started and ended with one candidate after Jerry Abramson got the call to serve in the White House.

Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor, Crit Luallen, has near-bulletproof bonafides among Democrats and Republicans in the state.

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Politics
8:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

What Should Alison Lundergan Grimes Do Next?

Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Half of Kentucky voters are against former U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes running for governor in 2015, according to a new poll released this week.

A third of the respondents said Grimes should run, according to the Bluegrass Poll from the Lexington Herald-Leader, The Courier-Journal, WKYT and WHAS-11.

Grimes, a Democrat who currently serves as Kentucky's secretary of state, has not said that she would seek the position.

On Thursday, James Comer, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, mused about a potential matchup.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Democrats Keep Kentucky's House. What Does That Mean for the State?

The Kentucky House's leadership
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Despite Republican promises to flip the House, Democrats in Kentucky’s House of Representatives won a slew of tight races to hold onto a majority in the chamber.

With a 54-46 majority and some wind in their sails, Democratic leaders wasted little time Wednesday in laying out an agenda for the 2015 legislative session.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo on Wednesday said the chamber's focus would be mostly economic.

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Politics
10:50 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Kentucky Democrats Keep Control of the State House

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Kentucky Democrats will retain control of the state's House of Representatives.

State Republicans had sought to end nearly a century of Democratic control in the House and complete a takeover of the General Assembly.

Democratic House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook believes U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergran Grimes helped bring Democrats to the polls.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Rand Paul Campaigns For Mitch McConnell In Louisville

Rand Paul, Elaine Chao and Mitch McConnell
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In his final Louisville campaign stop before Tuesday's election, Sen. Mitch McConnell appeared with his wife Elaine Chao and junior Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at Bowman Field hangar.

McConnell spoke as he enters an election day with his biggest lead in the latest Bluegrass Poll since the campaign began. The poll released Friday said that of likely voters, McConnell leads Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent.

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Politics
12:16 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Races to Watch as Democrats and Republicans Vie For Control of the Kentucky House

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Bloody campaign battles have broken out across Kentucky this year as Republicans vowed to wrest control of the state House from Democrats. Republicans have spent enormous amounts of PAC money to keep up with Democrats, who have continued spending at speed to maintain their advantage.

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Politics
9:30 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Kentucky Ranks Low in Number of Women in Legislature

The Kentucky state Captiol
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Six of Kentucky's 38 state senators are women. The ratio is only slightly higher in the House, where women hold 19 of the 100 seats.

And it's possible that after Election Day, the number of women in the Kentucky Legislature will drop even further.

As her first and only term in the Senate comes to a close, Republican Sara Beth Gregory talked about the widening gender gap that looms over the chamber in the coming election. It's an issue that Gregory and others are keeping an eye on.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

For the First Time in 40 Years, Kentucky's Circuit, Appellate Courts Will Be Redrawn

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As Kentucky's circuit judges' eight-year terms come to an end this year, the state legislature and Supreme Court have begun developing a strategy to redraw the state's appellate and circuit courts for the first time in more than 40 years.

In a recent legislative committee meeting, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton announced the start of the judiciary branch's massive redistricting undertaking, starting with an enormous study of each circuit's caseloads and responsibilities to be completed by January 2016.

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