2012 election

Politics
4:17 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Kentucky Officials Watching for Vote Trading

Kentucky Secretary of State

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Booze has been traded for votes in the Appalachian region in years past, but at least one election official is raising prescription pills as a new worry.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief election official, voiced that concern at a Capitol press conference on Tuesday where she appeared with federal and state investigators to put unscrupulous politicians on notice that they'll be closely watched on Nov. 6.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Majority Rules: Kentucky State Legislative Races to Watch

Legislative Research Commission

Election day is two weeks away, and with only one competitive Congressional race (6th District with Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr) and no statewide races on the ballot, this year's politics will definitely be local.

Republicans are trying to take control of the state House this year. They need 10 seats to do so. Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to pick up a few Senate seats to bolster their slim minority. Below are the races to watch, by region, in these legislative contests. 

West Kentucky/Paducah

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mock Election: Which Presidential Candidate Will Students Relate To?

Courtesy of Alex Lee, Wikimedia Commons

Voter registration in Kentucky has closed for eligible voters, but Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging non-eligible voters to sign up for a mock election.

“From the moment I could read I was reading precinct lists and the moment I could walk, walking door to door to help get out the vote on Election Day,” said Grimes.

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Local News
5:21 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

After Redistricting, Voters Urged to Preview November Ballots

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is urging voters to check out prospective ballots at a state website before the November elections.

Lawson says voters should go online to see which candidates will appear on their ballots Nov. 6 and to check whether they were placed in a new district.

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Local News
11:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Indiana Gubernatorial Hopefuls Debate Tonight in Zionsville

Indiana's three candidates for governor are making final preparations for the first of their three debates tonight.

Democrat John Gregg, Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham are set to square off in an hour-long debate in Zionsville.

All three candidates have promised to cut taxes and support job creation and education if elected governor next month. But Pence has established himself as the front-runner with a large cash advantage that helped him dominate Indiana's airwaves.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Rand Paul Promotes Compromise As GOP Senate Takeover Chances Dwindle

U.S. Senate

As Election Day nears, it’s becoming less clear who will hold the Senate majority next year.

Earlier this year, most pundits were ready to hand over the keys to the U.S. Senate to Kentucky’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell.

But now, a GOP takeover looks less likely. “I know there are four or five seats we think we can pick up, there are two or three we have to hang onto. We might lose one or two of the ones we have to hang onto, but then we might pick up three or four," says Senator Rand Paul.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Anti-Abortion Candidate Plans Graphic TV Ads

Photo from candidateandrew.com

An anti-abortion activist who filed for Congress so he could run TV ads supporting his cause plans to air an especially graphic ad showing a dismembered fetus on nine stations.

Andrew Beacham is running in Kentucky's 2nd District but not with the intention of winning. Instead, he simply wants to use his candidacy as a bully pulpit.

Beacham is a supporter of longtime anti-abortion leader Randall Terry, the Operation Rescue founder who used his unsuccessful run in the Democratic presidential primary this year as a platform to attack abortion.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

National Republican PAC Plans to Get Involved in Kentucky House Races

A Republican group tasked with winning state-level races across the U.S. has its sights set on Kentucky.

The Republican State Leadership Committee is an independent Republican political action committee that has established itself as a major factor in state legislative races.

The group has been involved in Kentucky legislative races off and on for several years. But with House Republicans making a strong push to win Kentucky’s lower chamber, the committee is once again taking a long look at the Commonwealth.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

PAC is Formed to Combat Influence of Teachers Unions on School Board Races

A newly-formed political action committee is hoping to influence school board races across the commonwealth, embarking on territory usually dominated by teachers unions.

For decades, education policy and school board races across the commonwealth have been aided solely by teachers unions giving campaign donations through political action committees.

But a new group has just been formed to combat that influence on school board races. The Bluegrass Fund was created last week by Louisville develop David Nicklies, according to statements filed with the IRS.

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Politics
12:54 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Democratic Super PAC Plans to Influence State House Races

A Democratic super PAC that was active in last year’s governor’s race is taking part in legislative races this fall.  The Kentucky Family Values super PAC was started to help Governor Steve Beshear win re-election. The group has now re-formed under new leadership to influence state House races. 

“I hope we’re going to be successful and that is, elect enough family values oriented Democrats in the state House for the Democrats to retain control,” PAC chairman and retired Louisville lawyer Kevin Hable told Kentucky Public Radio in a phone interview.

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