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5:48 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Independent Ed Marksberry Ends U.S. Senate Bid

Independent Ed Marksberry
Credit Hillbillyreport.org

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is ending his effort to be on the Kentucky ballot this fall.

In a Thursday announcement, Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor, said he will stop collecting the needed signatures to run as an independent against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

Citing health problems, Marksberry said he doesn't have the energy to continue and also lacks the funds to hire a team to get the required 5,000 signatures before the Aug. 12 filing deadline.

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Local News
10:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Democrats Mike O'Connell and Karen Faulkner Lash Out in Jefferson County Attorney Race Debate

Karen Faulkner
Credit http://faulknerforjca.com/

Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the policies of current Jefferson County attorney, Mike O’Connell. 

Faulkner criticized O’Connell during a debate on Friday hosted by the Louisville Bar Association.  The two are opponents in the May primary.

Faulkner said O’Connell has displayed unethical behavior, making him unfit to serve the people of Jefferson County.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Kentucky Democrats Broil Mitch McConnell Over Rand Paul's 'Southern Avenger' Aide

Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul at a Kentucky Tea Party rally
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

The chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party is calling on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to condemn an aide in Senator Rand Paul's office who was once a member a neo-Confederate group.

In a story the Washington Free Beacon reported Paul's social media director Jack Hunter, 39, belonged to a group that advocates southern secession.

It also found that up until Hunter was hired by Paul last year, he worked as a radio shock jock dubbed the "Southern Avenger" who praised Abraham Lincoln's assassination and said a non-white majority in the country would "simply cease to be America."

The aide's comments have put Paul's judgment for hiring him—and his potential 2016 presidential candidacy—under harsh scrutiny form critics. But state Democrats took the story as a chance to take quick swipe at Paul and link McConnell to his junior Kentucky colleague.

"The shameful history of Senator Rand Paul's senior staffer is embarrassing and I call on Senator Paul to condemn him immediately," says KDP Chairman Dan Logsdon. "Unfortunately, we're seeing more and more of this bizarre extremism, not just from Senator Paul, but also from Senator Mitch McConnell, as he caters to the radical fringe of his party."

The McConnell campaign says racism has no place in politics, but stopped short of denouncing Hunter and instead pivoted to criticize Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"If Dan Logsdon would look up from the disaster that is Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign long enough to notice, he would see that Rand Paul has done more to reach out to African American and Hispanic communities in the past six months than Logsdon has done his entire career," says McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton. "We would hope everyone agrees that racism has no place in politics, which is why it was particularly disappointing that Secretary Grimes failed to condemn a liberal Super PAC’s racist tweets targeting Senator McConnell's wife."

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Politics
12:34 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Senate Candidates Decry Kentucky Democratic Party E-mail Promoting Alison Lundergan Grimes

The three other Democrats running for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat are criticizing their party for promoting Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in a message to supporters.

When Grimes announced earlier this week she intends to seek the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Mitch McConnell next year the state party quickly sought donations.

The Grimes campaign has yet to set up a fundraising operation, but the party can receive political contributions towards the 2014 campaign.

In a July 1 e-mail sent out by KDP finance director Jared Smith, the party says defeating McConnell "won't be easy" and asks state Democrats to help them building a grassroots effort to "make sure Alison wins."

But Owensboro contractor Ed Marksberry, Louisville music promoter Bennie J. Smith and U of L professor Greg Leitchy argue the message violates Democratic Party by-laws to stay out of primary elections, adding the party has effectively endorsed Grimes over them.

"To be honest with you it’s just a very amateurish, sophomoric move on their part. And they need to be called out for it," says Marksberry, who has officially filed to run for Senate. "And we need to move forward and get past this, and figure out what we’re going to do to give everybody else equal access, equal time and equal resources like they’ve done for Mrs. Alison Lundergan Grimes."

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Politics
12:30 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Beau Biden to Speak at Kentucky Democrat's Annual Dinner

Beau Biden
Credit Beau Biden campaign

Kentucky Democrats are bringing in a well-connected out-of-state politician  to headline their annual state dinner. 

State Democrats aim for high-profile names to headline their annual Wendell Ford Dinner—this year they've booked Beau Biden, the Delaware Attorney General and the son of Vice President Joe Biden.

The Kentucky Democratic Party  was looking for a young, up-and-coming speaker for this year's event, Chair Dan Logsdon said.

Logsdon said the party reached out with the help of Kentucky's own attorney general, Jack Conway.

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Politics
8:55 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Democrats Divided on Ashley Judd, But Supporters Becoming More Vocal

Ashley Judd
Credit Salon

Parallel to the divide between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the Tea Party, Kentucky Democrats are vocally split over actress Ashley Judd running the GOP leader.

Democratic officials, lawmakers and operatives have voiced opposition to Judd, suggesting the Hollywood star is too liberal and would hurt down-ticket candidates. Judd has been described as a "catastrophe" for not only state House candidates but gubernatorial ones in 2015.

But Judd supporters are pushing back.

Former state treasurer Jonathan Miller tells WFPL that Judd could actually defeat McConnell next year, and that her critics represent the Democratic establishment who are trying to repel a threat to their pocketbooks.

"Ashley Judd would be what we call a change agent, she would be someone very new on the scene. And folks in the status quo who are everyday active in politics sometimes fear change, and I think that’s what you’re seeing here," he says.

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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
11:53 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Most Kentucky Democrats Will Not Speak at Fancy Farm

Most of Kentucky's elected Democrats will skip this weekend's annual Fancy Farm picnic.  As of Wednesday, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is the only high profile Democrat scheduled to speak. Stumbo is filling in for the governor, who’s on an economic development trip in Europe. Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and the four remaining statewide elected Democratic officials are opting not to speak. 

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Politics
1:10 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Gay Marriage Plank in DNC Platform Won't Likely Affect Kentucky Democrats

The push to add support for gay marriage to the national Democratic platform this year is unlikely to affect elected officials in Kentucky.

Following President Barack Obama's recent statement in support of same-sex marriage, political observers expect the party to change the platform at this year's Democratic convention.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Kentucky Democrats Focusing on State House Campaigns

With no statewide races on the ballot this year, the Kentucky Democratic Party is focusing its efforts on the General Assembly. 

Republicans have made taking over the state House a priority and have pledged to raise one million dollars to do so. But KDP spokesman Matt Erwin says Democrats have already raised near that amount and they plan to do more than protect incumbents. 

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