All Politics are Local http://weku.fm en Centre College Proposes Senatorial Debate http://weku.fm/post/centre-college-proposes-senatorial-debate <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Centre College President John A. Roush announced Thursday that the college has formally proposed to host a debate for Kentucky's U.S. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:38:11 +0000 The Advocate Messenger 62574 at http://weku.fm Centre College Proposes Senatorial Debate 2014 Fancy Farm Lineup http://weku.fm/post/2014-fancy-farm-lineup <p><span style="color: rgb(33, 33, 33); font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe WP', 'Segoe UI WPC', Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">The 2014 Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete. But not quite.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:05:01 +0000 John Null 62540 at http://weku.fm 2014 Fancy Farm Lineup Lexington Likely to Lift Election Day Alcohol Ban Before Fall Election http://weku.fm/post/lexington-likely-lift-election-day-alcohol-ban-fall-election <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington city leaders will consider lifting an Election Day ban on the sale of alcohol this fall.&nbsp; The state cleared the way to remove the prohibition, but it still defers to each locality.&nbsp; Vice Mayor Linda Gorton doesn't think removing the alcohol sale ban on Election Day increases the chance of drunk voters.&nbsp; "I really don't think that's a legitimate issue.&nbsp; I think if somebody's that intent on going to the polls and being inebriated, they're gonna do it," said Gorton.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:41:27 +0000 Stu Johnson 61107 at http://weku.fm Lexington Likely to Lift Election Day Alcohol Ban Before Fall Election Virginia Shocker Shows Money Not Always 'The Name of the Game,' Says UK Political Scientist http://weku.fm/post/virginia-shocker-shows-money-not-always-name-game-says-uk-political-scientist <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A stunning loss for a congressional leader with years of experience and a cash-filled war chest may not signal disappointment with long time incumbency.&nbsp;&nbsp; So says Steve Voss, political scientist at the University of Kentucky.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:25:47 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 60887 at http://weku.fm Virginia Shocker Shows Money Not Always 'The Name of the Game,' Says UK Political Scientist UK Hopes to Land a Kentucky U.S. Senatorial Debate This Fall http://weku.fm/post/uk-hopes-land-kentucky-us-senatorial-debate-fall <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Kentucky is seeking to host a U.S. Senatorial debate in the next few months.&nbsp; So far, neither candidate has committed.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The official request for UK to host a debate went out May ninth.&nbsp; Although neither incumbent Mitch McConnell nor challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has said yes, the veteran senator has made format and scheduling suggestions.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:25:41 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 60633 at http://weku.fm UK Hopes to Land a Kentucky U.S. Senatorial Debate This Fall EKU Political Scientist Predicts Record Spending in U.S. Senate Race http://weku.fm/post/eku-political-scientist-predicts-record-spending-us-senate-race <p></p><p></p><p>Kentucky's&nbsp;2014&nbsp;U.S. Senate race could go down as a record breaker.&nbsp;&nbsp;That's the opinion of a professor in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Government regarding this fall's contest between veteran incumbent Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:11:55 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59973 at http://weku.fm EKU Political Scientist Predicts Record Spending in U.S. Senate Race Governor Confident House Will Keep Democratic Majority http://weku.fm/post/governor-confident-house-will-keep-democratic-majority <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There were myriad political races across the Commonwealth Tuesday including many legislative contests.&nbsp; House Republican leaders remain hopeful to pick up enough seats in November to move the majority into GOP hands.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:09:42 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59972 at http://weku.fm Governor Confident House Will Keep Democratic Majority Political Stalwart McBrayer Laments 21st Century Campaign Style http://weku.fm/post/political-stalwart-mcbrayer-laments-21st-century-campaign-style <p style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Long-time political stalwart Terry </span>McBrayer<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> expects a deluge of negative ads as a part of Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.&nbsp; The contest between incumbent Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> Grimes begins officially Wednesday.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Each of them won primary contests yesterday.</span></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:34:24 +0000 Stu Johnson 59896 at http://weku.fm Political Stalwart McBrayer Laments 21st Century Campaign Style Grimes Distancing Herself from Obama http://weku.fm/post/grimes-distancing-herself-obama <p style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;">Kentucky's expected U.S. Senatorial race is on with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;">Incumbent &nbsp;Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"> Grimes as the Republican and Democratic party choices. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Grimes easily outdistanced three fellow Democrats. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:15:59 +0000 Stu Johnson 59895 at http://weku.fm Grimes Distancing Herself from Obama McConnell to Face Grimes: Support from Bevin Uncertain http://weku.fm/post/mcconnell-face-grimes-support-bevin-uncertain <p>Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell defeated primary challenger Matt Bevin in the primary election Tuesday. But Bevin&nbsp;says he isn’t ready to back the senator.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 05:32:31 +0000 Philip Bailey, Kentucky Public Radio & Philip Bailey, Kentucky Public Radio 59894 at http://weku.fm McConnell to Face Grimes: Support from Bevin Uncertain Gray and Beatty to Compete in Mayoral Race http://weku.fm/post/gray-and-beatty-compete-mayoral-race <p style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;">The two-person field is set&nbsp;for&nbsp;Lexington's&nbsp;mayoral race.&nbsp; Incumbent Jim Gray and former police chief Anthany Beatty&nbsp;will compete&nbsp;for the top job in Lexington government.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 05:19:20 +0000 Stu Johnson 59893 at http://weku.fm Gray and Beatty to Compete in Mayoral Race Primary Election Updates http://weku.fm/post/primary-election-updates <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">LOUISVILLE, </span>Ky<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">. Tue, 20 May 2014 23:45:41 +0000 Associated Press & WEKU 59891 at http://weku.fm Primary Election Updates Despite Changes in Polling Places, Fayette Clerk Not Expecting Lower Turnout Due to Redistricting http://weku.fm/post/despite-changes-polling-places-fayette-clerk-not-expecting-lower-turnout-due-redistricting <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Legislature's re-drawing of political boundaries last year&nbsp;could impact Tuesday's&nbsp;voting activity.&nbsp; The 2013&nbsp;redistricting shifted many addresses into new State Senate and State House Districts.&nbsp; In some cases, precinct boundaries were moved. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:58:46 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59872 at http://weku.fm Despite Changes in Polling Places, Fayette Clerk Not Expecting Lower Turnout Due to Redistricting Sixth District House Democratic Candidates http://weku.fm/post/sixth-district-house-democratic-candidates <p>Two candidates will be on the May 20 Primary ballot for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky's Sixth District of the U.S. House of Representatives. WEKU reporter Stu Johnson spoke with both candidates.</p><p></p> Sun, 18 May 2014 16:28:06 +0000 WEKU 59764 at http://weku.fm Sixth District House Democratic Candidates Lexington Mayoral Candidates http://weku.fm/post/lexington-mayoral-candidates <p>In our series this week, all three candidates for mayor of Lexington responded to questions about the horse industry.</p><p></p><p><strong>Danny Mayer</strong></p><p>First, <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer who's making his first run for public office.&nbsp; </span><br /><br />Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 18 May 2014 15:51:16 +0000 WEKU 59684 at http://weku.fm Lexington Mayoral Candidates Candidate Q and A: Sixth Congressional Seat, Elisabeth Jensen http://weku.fm/post/candidate-q-and-sixth-congressional-seat-elisabeth-jensen <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington resident Elisabeth Jensen worked for a New York Clothing manufacturer in the 1980's and then Disney consumer products in the 90's.&nbsp; In 2000, she help found a non-profit organization to help under-privileged children with their education.&nbsp; Now, she's a candidate for the sixth Congressional seat in central Kentucky.&nbsp; Jensen spoke to WEKU'S Stu Johnson about the role of the federal government in helping those in need.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:30:56 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59667 at http://weku.fm Candidate Q and A: Sixth Congressional Seat, Elisabeth Jensen Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Danny Mayer http://weku.fm/post/candidate-q-and-lexington-mayors-race-danny-mayer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer is making his first run for public office.&nbsp; The former community newspaper publisher is vying for one of two spots in the fall race for Lexington mayor.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In our series this week, all three candidates have responded to questions about the horse industry.&nbsp; Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59609 at http://weku.fm Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Danny Mayer Comer Files Federal Lawsuit Over Impounded Hemp Seeds http://weku.fm/post/comer-files-federal-lawsuit-over-impounded-hemp-seeds <p><span style="font-family: Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:56:06 +0000 Jonathan Meador 59598 at http://weku.fm Comer Files Federal Lawsuit Over Impounded Hemp Seeds Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Jim Gray http://weku.fm/post/candidate-q-and-lexington-mayors-race-jim-gray <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the bluegrass horse industry defines the rural landscape.&nbsp; As part of our weeklong series on Primary 2014, the three candidates for mayor are being asked questions related to the equine industry.&nbsp; Gray told WEKU's Stu Johnson the Purchase of Development Rights property preservation program is a part of the equation.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 03:57:32 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59562 at http://weku.fm Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Jim Gray Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Anthany Beatty http://weku.fm/post/candidate-q-and-lexington-mayors-race-anthany-beatty <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A field of three in the race for Lexington mayor will be trimmed to two next Tuesday.&nbsp;&nbsp; Our weeklong series on the upcoming May primary continues with all three mayoral candidates weighing in on the equine industry.&nbsp; Here's WEKU'S Stu Johnson with former Lexington police chief and current candidate for mayor Anthany Beatty.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 03:57:41 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 59507 at http://weku.fm Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Anthany Beatty Lexington Forum Hosts Mayoral Candidates Debate http://weku.fm/post/lexington-forum-hosts-mayoral-candidates-debate <div>This is coverage of the mayoral candidates debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum in its entirety. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This broadcast was recorded Thursday May </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the Hilary Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.</span></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This program features three candidates running for the office of mayor of Lexington who will appear on the ballot for the 2014 Primary on May </span>20, 2014<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sat, 03 May 2014 03:35:38 +0000 John Hingsbergen 59084 at http://weku.fm Lexington Forum Hosts Mayoral Candidates Debate Leading Candidates “No-Shows” for TV Forums http://weku.fm/post/leading-candidates-no-shows-tv-forums <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second week in a row, a leading U.S. Senatorial candidate didn't participate in&nbsp;a broadcast&nbsp;forum produced by Kentucky Educational Television.&nbsp;&nbsp; Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell didn't take part in&nbsp;the&nbsp;Kentucky Tonight&nbsp;TV show&nbsp;last week and&nbsp;Monday&nbsp;night Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes passed on the program. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Democrat Burrell Farnsley also did not attend&nbsp;this week’sforum&nbsp;in Lexington.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:33:25 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58909 at http://weku.fm Leading Candidates “No-Shows” for TV Forums Lawmakers Return to Frankfort for Veto Session http://weku.fm/post/lawmakers-return-frankfort-veto-session <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve&nbsp;Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies. &nbsp;Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has vetoed a public-private partnership measure which gives state and local governments more leeway in using private companies to move forward with typically expensive construction projects. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:21:24 +0000 Stu Johnson, WEKU 58192 at http://weku.fm Perry Promotes State GOP in West Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/perry-promotes-state-gop-west-kentucky <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">Western Kentucky Republicans gathered at Murray State University’s Curris Center this weekend for the Calloway County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, themed around the prospect of flipping control of the Kentucky House of Representatives to Republican control</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:58:14 +0000 John Null Kentucky Public Radio 56908 at http://weku.fm Perry Promotes State GOP in West Kentucky Lexington Mayoral Race Becomes Three Person Field http://weku.fm/post/lexington-mayoral-race-becomes-three-person-field <div id="divtagdefaultwrapper" style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; color: black;">The contest to become mayor of Lexington is now a three person race.&nbsp; The field includes a former police chief and an English professor as well as the incumbent.</span></div> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 02:44:36 +0000 Stu Johnson 54899 at http://weku.fm Lexington Mayoral Race Becomes Three Person Field Former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty Will Try to Unseat Mayor Jim Gray http://weku.fm/post/former-lexington-police-chief-anthany-beatty-will-try-unseat-mayor-jim-gray <div class="entry-content story_body"><p>Former police chief Anthany Beatty said he will run for Lexington mayor, challenging incumbent Jim Gray. Beatty said he will issue a "special announcement" immediately after he submits required election papers to the Fayette County clerk's office just after noon Tuesday.</p><div class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper card_280 look1" contenteditable="false"><div attribution="" caption="Former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty, shown in 2008 in his subsequent job as assistant vice president for campus services, said Tuesday he is running for mayor in the 2014 election. " class="wysiwyg-asset-image" contenteditable="false" fid="4794" image_style="card_280" uri="public://201401/Beatty.jpg"><img alt="" class="pi_assets-image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/weku/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/Beatty.jpg" /><div class="image-meta-wrapper"><div class="cp-si-credit">Credit CHARLES BERTRAM — Lexington Herald-Leader file photo</div><div class="cp-si-caption">Former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty, shown in 2008 in his subsequent job as assistant vice president for campus services, said Tuesday he is running for mayor in the 2014 election.</div></div><div class="actions"><a class="wysiwyg-asset-image-edit" href="#edit">Edit</a> | <a class="wysiwyg-asset-image-delete" href="#remove">Remove</a></div></div></div><p></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:28:39 +0000 Lexington Herald Leader 54863 at http://weku.fm Budget Subcommittee Chair Concerned about Mental Health for Newly-Insured http://weku.fm/post/budget-subcommittee-chair-concerned-about-mental-health-newly-insured <p>A veteran state lawmaker is concerned the growing number of Kentuckians with health insurance could stress those who care for the mentally ill.&nbsp; Jimmy Lee chairs the Budget Subcommittee on Human Resources. &nbsp;The committee met Monday to begin reviewing Governor Beshear’s recommended budget. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:44:50 +0000 Stu Johnson 54858 at http://weku.fm Budget Subcommittee Chair Concerned about Mental Health for Newly-Insured Federal Promise Zone Created For Appalachian Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/federal-promise-zone-created-appalachian-kentucky <div style="color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: 'Segoe UI WPC', 'Segoe UI', Tahoma, 'Microsoft Sans Serif', Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 15.600000381469727px; margin-top: 14pt; margin-bottom: 14pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Eastern Kentucky has just one of five communities across the US included in the first phase of an initiative the Obama Administration hopes will spur economic growth.&nbsp;</span></font><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">So-called Promise Zones are intended to give depressed communities a leg up in securing federal dollars. According to U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom </span>Vilsack<span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation won out in part because it’s spread across eight counties in central Appalachia. &nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:14:42 +0000 Matt Laslo & WEKU News 54183 at http://weku.fm Federal Promise Zone Created For Appalachian Kentucky Recanvass Sought in Western Kentucky Special Election http://weku.fm/post/recanvass-sought-western-kentucky-special-election <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; line-height: 150%;">Democrats are seeking a recanvass in a western Kentucky legislative race in which a Republican has already claimed victory. &nbsp;Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro had 3,568 votes, narrowly besting Morganfield Democrat Kim Humphrey's 3,436 votes in western Kentucky's 7th District. Humphrey requested the recanvass.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:29:33 +0000 Associated Press 53058 at http://weku.fm Recanvass Sought in Western Kentucky Special Election New Mayoral Portraits at Lexington City Hall http://weku.fm/post/new-mayoral-portraits-lexington-city-hall <p></p><p><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">A series of additional portraits now decorate the walls of Lexington’s</font><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</font><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Council Chambers.&nbsp;Paintings</font><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</font><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">of four former mayors were retrieved by</font><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</font><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Jim Gray</font><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</font><font face="Arial Black" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">and Council member Bill Farmer from an old storage site</font></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:50:37 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 52901 at http://weku.fm New Mayoral Portraits at Lexington City Hall