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WFPL's reporters are everywhere, gathering news and information about this year's elections. Check here for information on the contests for Congress (Kentucky and Indiana), the Kentucky General Assembly, Metro Council, Jefferson County School Board.

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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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Politics
9:02 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Mourdock: Rape Pregnancies "Something God Intended"

During the final debate in the Indiana Senate race on Tuesday evening, Republican Richard Mourdock said that pregnancies resulting from rape should not be exempt from an abortion ban because they are the will of God.

During the hour-long debate against Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning, the GOP nominee appeared to fight back tears while answering a question about his stance on abortion and women's reproductive health issues.

"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," said Mourdock. "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."

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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
10:40 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Donnelly Holds 2-Point Lead in Indiana Senate Race

With two weeks until Election Day, Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly released an internal poll Tuesday showing a 2-point lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.

According to the survey of 603 likely voters, the race is a dead heat with Donnelly at 40 percent, Mourdock at 38 percent and Libertarian Andrew Horning with 8 percent. The memorandum underscores that Donnelly leads Mourdock among independent voters by 5 points in the face of a fundraising gap.

From Global Strategy Group:

"Despite spending millions—and outspending Joe Donnelly by nearly 2 million dollars—Richard Mourdock simply has not been able to convince Hoosiers that he is the right man for the job. Hoosier voters know that for Joe Donnelly, it’s about bringing people together to do what is best for the people of Indiana, not about divisive tactics that put politics ahead of what is best for Hoosiers."

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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
10:24 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Romney Appears in Ad Supporting Mourdock

In a new television ad, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock will be the needed vote in the Senate to repeal President Obama's health care law.

The 30-second spot features Romney telling Hoosiers that Mourdock worked with outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels to "balance the budget" and "make government more accountable" adding that his election will keep the Democratic agenda at bay. Romney has pledged that eliminating the Affordable Care Act will be one of his first acts if elected president, and the ad anticipates the Senate margin will be close.

"As Senator, Richard will be the 51st vote to repeal and replace government-run healthcare," says Romney.

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Politics
9:55 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Young Ad Targets Obamacare

In the race for Indiana's Ninth Congressional District race, Republican incumbent Todd Young has released a TV ad attacking President Obama's health care overhaul.

The 30-second spot criticizes the Affordable Care Act as "just one more way that Washington is trying to control" residents lives. It shows a series of doors in doctor's offices slamming in the viewers face to signify a barrier between physicians and their patients with Young opening the door for residents.

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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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