2012 election

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4:01 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

The Election is Long Gone, but What Do the Result Mean Going Forward?

Jasmine Farrier
Credit University of Louisville

Jasmine Farrier, a political science professor for the University of Louisville, will speak about the "enduring impact of a presidential election" at noon Tuesday at the Filson Historical Society. Farrier talked recently to WFPL's Jonathan Bastian.

"Every single person in the House won their election they do not necessarily see the need for political compromise that the rest of us see," Farrier said.

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9:48 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republicans Keep The House; Democrats To Retain Senate

Democrat Elizabeth Warren takes the stage after defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race on Tuesday.
Michael Dwyer AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 6:45 am

Republicans have easily maintained their hold on the House, while missteps from Tea Party favorites helped Democrats retain a majority in the Senate.

That means the two chambers of Congress remain deeply divided, with prospects for agreement on such big-ticket items as deficits, tax rates and climate change unclear.

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It's All Politics
11:52 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Battleground States Carry Obama To Second Term

President Obama walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night in Chicago.
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Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 6:58 am

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Americans elected Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday, with the president capturing or on the verge of winning all of the key states that had been at the center of his hard-fought campaign against Republican Mitt Romney.

"Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you," Obama said early Wednesday at a speech before thousands of supporters in Chicago. "I have learned from you. And you've made me a better president.

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10:10 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

GOP Candidate Pence Elected Indiana Governor

Republican Mike Pence has been elected governor of Indiana. 

Pence is a current six-term U.S. Congressman who represents the district east of Indianapolis. He ran against former Indiana House speaker John Gregg, a Democrat, and Libertarian Rupert Boneham, who was once a contestant on the reality show “Survivor.”

The race was tighter than initially expected, with Gregg and Pence virtually neck-in-neck all evening.

9:42 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Clark Defeats Thieneman in District 37 Senate Race

Kentucky state Senator Perry Clark, a Democrat, has been reelected to the District 37 seat in southwest Louisville.

Clark beat Republican challenger Chris Thieneman with 58 percent of the vote. Thieneman outspent Clark in the race, but was plagued in the last weeks of his campaign with a lawsuit that questioned his residency. With Clark’s win, the lawsuit is essentially rendered moot, and Clark says he’s confident he would have won even without the legal challenge.

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3:28 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

What Did You Just Vote For? About That Soil and Water Conservation District...

If you’ve already voted, you may have been confused by the lineup of men vying for the position of Supervisor in the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. You aren’t alone.

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11:05 am
Tue November 6, 2012

How Will Today's Election Affect Energy, Environment Issues?

The National Journal has compiled responses from several environmentalists, businesspeople and politicians about what energy issues are at stake in today's election. Here are a few excerpts.

Former Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope:

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Arts and Humanities
10:52 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Kentucky Poet Pens NY Times Op-Ed on Conservatism

The New York Times published an op-ed by poet Maurice Manning yesterday on his understanding of conservatism. In the essay, the Kentucky native and Washington County resident explains how he exercises his conservative values through his work on his farm and in his rural community:

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8:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election 2012: Louisville Resident Explains Why He Won't Be Voting

Greg Hillis via NPR.org

NPR recently set out to explore an often over-looked segment of the American public -- those who can vote, but choose not to. The story provided brief explanations from several non-voters across the country. The people NPR talked to had a variety of reasons for not participating: a sense that their vote doesn't matter, a belief that money dictates policy more than votes -- and the knowledge that registering increases your chances of being called for jury duty.

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4:08 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Ackerson, Provancher Trade Sharp Attack Ads in District 26

In the race for the Louisville Metro Council District 26 seat, Democratic incumbent Brent Ackerson and Republican challenger Sarah Provancher are trading jabs in the final days of the campaign.

The two candidates released a series of mailers this weekend, including attack ads that questioned each other’s qualifications.

Ackerson’s mailer asks voters: "Would you elect somone who doesn't even vote?" It alleges that Provancher has only voted in 20 percent of elections since 2006, and missed last year's gubernatorial contest altogether.

Provancher said that like most Americans she does not have a perfect voting record on each election, but she is running to improve neighborhoods and city services.

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