It got much closer than many expected but in the end not close enough. Everything that needed to happen seemed to fall into place for gubernatorial hopeful Phil Moffett and his running mate, state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County, to have a big upset in the Republican primary Tuesday. In the end, though, low turnout and what appeared to be a sizable response from the Tea Party movement that swept a number of state and federal officials into office last fall were not quite enough. In the Republican primary, Senate President David Williams and his running mate, Richie Farmer, ended up with about 48 percent of the vote to 37.9 for Moffett and Harmon.
Praising Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams, the Republican Governors Association issued a statement Tuesday in support of the GOP nominee that blasted Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and President Barack Obama. Williams beat Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in the May 17 primary with 48 percent of the vote, but lost to both challengers in the state’s most populous counties.
An area of rundown, vacant houses in Richmond faces a radical makeover. Mayor Jim Barnes Wednesday announced a plan to transform the Tipton Court neighborhood. “It’s dilapidated housing. And what we’re doing is we’re tearing up those houses, there’s like six or seven houses that are in bad shape,” said Barnes.
Tapping the roots of how the late Rosemary Clooney's family got to Kentucky and where her musical career traveled in her early days, author Malcolm Macfarlane has traveled from his home in England to Las Vegas and Augusta in a quest for answers. Spending Monday visiting Augusta, and interviewing Clooney's brother, Nick Clooney, on Tuesday afternoon, Macfarlane and his wife, Pat also toured Maysville.
Kentucky Republicans on Tuesday chose Lexington developer John T. Kemper III as their nominee to be the state's elected Auditor of Public Accounts. Kemper, 47, is in personal bankruptcy and preparing to lose his home in a foreclosure auction following the failure of his construction business. He defeated state Rep. Addia Wuchner of Florence. Kemper, who last year unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Congress in Central Kentucky, did not return phone messages left Tuesday night.
Last week a paper copy of the Ten Commandments once again found its way to a place of prominence: the front door of the Shelby County Courthouse. The 8-by-11-inch copy was taped to the inside of the door, next to the sign banning food and drink.
Spencer County farmers are getting a bit nervous as last month went down in the history books as Kentucky’s wettest on record, hindering crop and vegetable planting. Spencer County Agricultural Extension Agent Bryce Roberts said that although the situation hasn’t reached emergency status, the next couple of weeks could determine whether or not local farmers can plant crops that are in high global demand, such as corn and soybeans.
It'll be Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear against Senate President David Williams in the fall. The line up for the November general election was settled last night in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Beshear had no primary opposition, but he roused a crowd of several hundred in Frankfort, with a litany of his accomplishments in his first three and a half years in office.
FRANKFORT – Kentucky and other several other states teamed up this week with federal, state government officials, volunteer organizations and representatives of business and industry to kick off National Level Exercise 2011, a week-long simulation of a catastrophic earthquake centered on the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
He gave many college students in the area their first jobs. For years, he anonymously placed gifts on the doorsteps of poor people at Christmas. Recently, when he was lying in a hospital bed trying to beat leukemia, he prayed for visitors who had come to pray for him. Serur Frank Dawahare Jr., one of the principals in a former Kentucky retail clothing dynasty, died Monday at his home in Lexington, apparently of complications from leukemia. He was 83. Read more...
By Janet Patton and Jennifer Hewlett Lexington Herald-Leader
About 10 percent of Kentucky's registered voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's primary election, a turnout that at least one official called "abysmal." Late Tuesday, with 99.8 percent of precincts reporting, the statewide voter turnout was 10.3 percent. Out of 2,917,837 registered voters, just over 300,000 had voted."Voter participation was low, turnout was late and we weren't surprised by that in this election," said Lindsay Zoeller, deputy assistant secretary of state. Read more...
Even though Tea Party-backed gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett lost the Republican primary, his supporters are celebrating. Moffett was a political novice with little name recognition, and he lacked the fundraising power of the primary winner, state Senate President David Williams. But Moffett beat Williams in the state’s two most populous counties and finished about ten percent behind the favorite statewide. He credits the surprising performance to individual Tea Party groups across the state.
Two of the most politically powerful men in Frankfort begin their battle for the governor’s mansion today. Last night’s primary election results made it official. It was a given incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear would campaign to maintain his position as governor. Beshearr had no primary opposition. But, the other piece of the political puzzle...his Republican opponent... fell into place last night.
The Republican nominee for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner will be state lawmaker James Comer, who defeated Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger in the GOP primary. With 72% of precincts reporting in the Democratic primary for the office, Bob Farmer of Louisville led a five-person field with 30% of the vote.
Incumbent Todd Hollenbach has easily defeated western Kentucky businessman Steve Hamrick in the Democratic primary for Kentucky Treasurer. Hollenbach will face Republican Lexington Councilwoman K.C. Crosbie and Libertarian Ken Moelllman in the November general election.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in a case out of Kentucky could give law enforcement officers more power to enter homes without warrants. The case came from Lexington, where law enforcement officers burst into Hollis King’s home after smelling marijuana and having reason to believe he was destroying evidence. The police, however, were not looking for King. They were chasing another suspect who had ducked into a different apartment.
FRANKFORT – Over 50,000 standard-issue license plates with the national motto “In God We Trust” have been sold since the plate was introduced in January. This year, for the first time, Kentucky motorists registering passenger vehicles are able to choose between two standard-issue license plates. Both feature the “Unbridled Spirit” brand, but one plate also bears the national motto, “In God We Trust.”
FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to memorialize the crash site of Trans World Airlines flight 128 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the 900 block of Petersburg Rd. in Hebron.
In today’s closely watched Democratic primary election for secretary of state, Governor Steve Beshear called voters on behalf of incumbent Elaine Walker, who faces Lexington attorney Alison Lundergan Grimes. Beshear appointed the former mayor of Bowling Green to fill the remainder of former Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s term in January, but had kept Walker at arm’s length up until now.
Claiming Democrats are staging a “dog and pony show”, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blasted plans to revoke billions in tax subsidies given to oil companies in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.
CNN Money has listed the worst-performing Fortune 500 stocks for the last decade. The top spots went to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, investment banks and other companies that are blamed for leading into the recession. At the end of the list, though, at number 18, is media giant Gannett, a victim of the recession.
As of 3 p.m. EDT, two calls have been received by the Kentucky attorney general’s election fraud hotline since the polls opened Tuesday morning. One call came from Fayette County and the other from Henry County. Both calls were characterized as general complaints and did not involve allegations of vote-buying.
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Election officials have been predicting low voter turnout for this primary election. But some people -- whether because of their strong belief in civic duty, a voting streak, or because their spouse made them -- found time to cast their ballot Tuesday. Here's what some voters in Lexington had to say, "The leaders will be chosen by the people who care enough to vote."
Three years ago, Winchester dentist Rankin Skinner was reading The New York Times when he came across an article that hit particularly close to home. According to the article, children in Kentucky suffered from more tooth decay than any other state in the country.
Lawmakers in Georgia have approved a system to track prescription drugs dispensed there, which could help put a dent in interstate pill trafficking that has fed drug abuse and overdose deaths in Kentucky. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the state's new prescription-monitoring program into law on Friday. That was a good step, said Boyd County Sheriff Terry Keelin.
The number of people getting credentials from Kentucky colleges and universities surged in 2010-11, rising 11 percent at the state's public and independent institutions to an all-time high of 62,681 graduates. Diplomas and certificates that target specific job areas are driving the growth more than associate and baccalaureate degrees, according to numbers released Monday by Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education.
Polls are open for Facebook users to select nonprofit organizations, including some with Scott County ties, to be awarded new Toyota vehicles. Toyota Motor Corp.’s 100 Cars For Good Program appears on the Toyota USA Facebook page. Each day, the company will feature five nonprofit organizations and the highest vote-getter will receive the vehicle of its choice. The company will give 100 vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations over 100 days.
Six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 9, through Sunday, May 15. All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Carlisle, Estill, Jefferson, Oldham, Perry, and Spencer counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Estill and Spencer county crashes, according to a Kentucky State Police press release.
Kentucky scientists will soon be analyzing cells that flew to space aboard the second-to-last U.S. space shuttle flight as part of their effort to determine whether the growth of brain tumors can be slowed. The space shuttle Endeavour, which lifted off Monday morning, is carrying a biomedical experiment that will investigate whether the combined effects of microgravity and ionizing radiation increase or decrease the survival rate of cancer cells affected by glioblastoma multiforme, said Kris Kimel of Kentucky Space, an independent company started by the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. in 2007.
Eric Ward announced Monday that he will step down as Georgetown College’s director of athletics, effective June 30. “I think it’s in my best interest and the best interest of the college,” he said. Ward has been director of athletics at Georgetown for 10 years. During his tenure, he has overseen improvements to the baseball field, hired full-time coaches in positions that had been only part-time, and put in countless hours with “the pedal to the floor,” he said.