2012 election

Politics
10:57 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Election 2012: What to Know Going In

How Kentucky and Indiana side in the presidential election appears to be a foregone conclusion -- both states are likely to side with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to forecasters. But the states have races aplenty to watch on the state and local level.

Here are some of the things to keep an eye on:

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Politics
4:56 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Thieneman Says He Will Deliver Records to Prove Eligibility as Soon as Possible

State Senate candidate Chris Thieneman says he is an eligible resident of the 37th District, despite a lawsuit that calls his residency into question.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Judge Won't Rule on Thieneman Eligibility Until After Election

A Jefferson Circuit Court Judge will wait until after Election Day to decide whether Republican state Senate candidate Chris Thieneman is an eligible candidate.

Judge Charles Cunningham Jr. issued an opinion Friday that asked for more evidence from both parties in a lawsuit alleging Thieneman is not a legal resident in the 37th Senate District, which covers part of southwest Louisville.

(Read the order here.)

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Politics
2:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Looking at the State Legislative Contests: GOP Hopes to Gain 10 Seats and Majority

  There are no statewide races on the ballot in Kentucky this year: no Senate contests, no constitutional offices. But there are tight contests peppered throughout the commonwealth. Republicans are trying to take control of the state House this year. They need 10 seats to do so.

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Politics
1:42 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:36 pm

Campaign reporters spend a lot of time pointing at color-coded electoral maps like the one below, showing which states voted for Republican John McCain (in red) and Democrat Barack Obama (in blue) in 2008.

But these maps lie — visually speaking.

Red appears to be the clear winner, dominating a vast swath from the South to the Rockies. It's all geographically accurate, but electorally skewed. For example, Montana (three electoral votes) dwarfs Massachusetts (which had 12 electoral votes in 2008).

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Education
7:14 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Where JCPS Board Candidates Stand on Key Issues

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  • Full audio of WFPL's District 2 debates.

Jefferson County Public Schools is facing several issues that school board members will have to tackle in coming years, from the student assignment plan to improving student achievement. With some incumbents choosing not to seek re-election, the JCPS board will have new faces. Here's a look at where those potential new board members stand on key issues

Click here to listen to full audio from WFPL's District 2 debate.

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Education
1:57 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Indiana Schools Chief's Race Getting National Scrutiny

The campaign to lead Indiana's education department is being watched as a referendum on school policies pushed by conservatives across the country.

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is seeking a second term. Before being elected, Bennett was a longtime southern Indiana educator and former superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools.

He's opposed by Democrat Glenda Ritz, who is a suburban Indianapolis teacher and a former president of her local teachers' union.

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Politics
9:10 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Rand Paul to Speak to Rotary Club in Louisville

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will address the Rotary Club today amid a heated campaign season, with a closely contested presidential race and a heated race for U.S. Senate just north in Indiana.

Local News
1:32 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Mitch McConnell, Others React to Mourdock Rape Comment

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock ignited a national controversy during a debate last night when he said:

"I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have, to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother. I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

The fallout began soon afterward. Here's a rundown of what's happened since:

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Politics
11:01 am
Wed October 24, 2012

In House Races, Democrats Enlist Beshear for TV Ads

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky House Democrats are enlisting Governor Steve Beshear for electoral help.

In addition to fundraisers and public appearances with candidates, Governor Steve Beshear is now appearing in TV ads asking for broad support for House Democrats.

The airs are airing in Central Kentucky, where Democrats hope to win some seats from the GOP.

“The Republicans are throwing a lot of junk in your mailbox, on your TVs and radios, full of attacks and half-truths," says Beshear in the ads. "They did it to me last year and now they are doing it to my friends."

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