2014 election

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2:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Here's Who's Running for Louisville Metro Offices in 2014

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have a Republican challenger in the 2014 election. And the Democratic primary for the Louisville Metro Council district being vacated by Tina Ward-Pugh will have 13 candidates. Four Council members will have no challenger at all, barring independents entering the races.

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Politics
5:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Will Anyone Challenge Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer?

Greg Fischer
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Barring an unforeseen development, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have no serious Democratic primary or Republican challenger in the 2014 election.

The filing deadline for the primary elections closed this afternoon. It won't be known for sure who's in the race until the official rosters are released on Wednesday afternoon; as of Tuesday's last update, no candidates besides Fischer had filed to run for Louisville mayor.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Former JCPS Board Members Imhoff and Hujo Jump Into Louisville Metro Council Race

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Candidates in Kentucky have a week left to file to run for office, and two former school board members have jumped in the race for the Louisville Metro Council .

Former JCPS school board chair Steve Imhoff is so far up against eight other Democrats in the primaries for retiring Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s seat in District 9, which includes parts  St. Matthews and Crescent Hill.

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Local News
11:38 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Ken Fleming to Retire From Metro Council, but Says He's 'Not Stepping Away From Politics'

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Updated: In an interview Tuesday with WFPL, Ken Fleming, a Republican, said he doesn't plan to support any candidates at the moment for his seat. 

He added that he's likely not through with politics.

“I’m not stepping away from politics," he said. "I’m definitely keeping my options open for the future and have some things in mind I might want to do down the road. Right now, I just want to focus on the Kilgore and my family.”

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Politics
8:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Files for Senate Election

Alison Lundergan Grimes

It’s official. Grimes is running for the senate.

After a ceremonial signing of her candidacy papers attended by Gov. Steve Beshear and four former Kentucky governors, Grimes told reporters that she intends to support a raise in the minimum wage and pay equity for women.

“I believe, especially on behalf of the women all across Kentucky, in closing the pay equity gap. Instead, Sen. McConnell votes against the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Kentuckians, especially the women of Kentucky, deserve better," she says.

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Politics
8:50 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Retired Army Medical Officer Files to Run Against Congressman Brett Guthrie

Ron Leach
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A retired U.S. Army medical officer has filed to run against U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.

Democrat Ron Leach says Kentucky and the nation suffer from rampant income inequality, and a growing dependence on the social safety net is a symptom of that problem.

“Do you call the cost of that safety net, you know, food stamps, SNAP, Medicare, er, Medicaid, the problem and you just simply cut it?" he says. "Or do you realize it that it is the symptom. It is a symptom of an economy that simply doesn’t work for most people anymore.”

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Politics
4:52 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Running for New State House Seat

Republican Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller
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Republican Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller is running for a newly drawn state House district seat in next year's election.

District 36 is an open seat that was created during the special legislative session as part of the long-delayed redistricting plan based on the 2010 census.

According to the map, District 36 covers parts of east Louisville such the Eastwood, Fisherville and Lake Forest areas, and extends to south Pewee Valley in Oldham County.

Miller says he will serve out the remainder of his council term, but wants to take his advocacy for more fiscal responsibility and lower taxes to the General Assembly.

"I really felt that the issues that I cared most deeply about, which are pension reform, education, ethics. And particularly if we move down the path toward the local option sales tax it’s got to go through Frankfort before it can happen. So I want to be there," he says.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Ethics Complaint Filed Over Grimes Fundraising Emails

Alison Lundergan Grimes

A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week.

Republican Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson filed the complaint today (Thursday), a week after receiving the email from Grimes, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Backing GOP Incumbent Over Liz Cheney Primary Challenge

Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky
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Kentucky's two senators are backing Republican incumbent Mike Enzi of Wyoming for re-election over Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, who announced she intends to run in the GOP primary next year.

Cheney is a co-founder of the non-profit group "Keep America Safe" who moved to Wyoming last year with the hopes of running for Senate.

Enzi said Cheney told him she wasn't going to seek his seat unless he was retiring.

After hearing her announcement, Enzi, who made it clear he's running for re-eleciton told The Washington Post: "Obviously that wasn't correct."

But the Cowboy State lawmaker can count Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul in his column.

Paul openly mocked Cheney's residency issues when asked about her running.

"When I heard Liz Cheney was running for Senate I wondered if she was running in her home state of Virginia," Paul told Politico.

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Politics
10:32 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Congressman Brett Guthrie Announces Re-Election, Bypassing Governor's Race

Congressman Brett Guthrie, R-Ky.,

Kentucky Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie announced he is running for re-election next year, but made it clear he is bypassing a bid for governor in 2015.

Guthrie is a Republican from Bowling Green who has represented the district covering parts of western and central Kentucky since January 2009.

"We are fighting in Washington to balance the federal budget, to cut wasteful spending, and to create an environment where small businesses can create good paying jobs," he says. "My work in Congress is all about providing opportunity. I am passionate about improving the economy, cultivating educational opportunity for people of all ages, and getting our nation’s finances under control."

The GOP lawmaker was a top contender for the party's nomination in the 2015 gubernatorial contest. But Guthrie clarified he is not interested in statewide office and will keep his full attention on representing the state in Washington.

"I am not running for any state office in 2015, although I was humbled by the number of people who asked me to run for governor," he says. "I went to Washington solve big problems and to leave a better America behind for the next generation. I’ve spent every day doing that and I feel that my time and energy is best spent on solving the big financial and economic problems we face as a nation."

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