All Politics are Local

2:09am

Tue October 14, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell, Grimes Debate Minimum Wage, Coal, Health Care (Link to Video Included)

Political Supporters Gathered Outside KET to Watch the Debate.
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The highly anticipated debate between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is now history.  There were no obvious blunders or bombshell political revelations during Monday night's KET broadcast.

Read more

10:53pm

Sun October 12, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell, Grimes to Meet Face-to-Face Monday Night

Credit kentucky.com

The highly-anticipated debate between Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes takes place Monday night. 

By all accounts, the race is a close one.  Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government Professor Joe Gershtenson says Monday's KET appearance​ provides a setting where a political misstep can occur.  

Read more

11:51pm

Wed October 8, 2014
All Politics are Local

Candidates for Lexington Mayor Point to Jobs as Priority No. 1

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

Both candidates for Lexington mayor agree that employment must be a key focus of local government.   Incumbent Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty took center stage last night at Transylvania University, in a debate sponsored by the school and the Lexington Forum. 

Read more

9:58pm

Sun October 5, 2014
All Politics are Local

Fayette County Clerk: High Voter Registration Doesn’t Always Equal High Voter Turnout

Credit wtvq.com

The November general election is less than a month away and Monday is the last day to register to vote.  In Fayette County, Clerk Don Blevins says interested citizens have until 4:30pm to sign up at his downtown office. Blevins says applications sent via mail must be postmarked Monday. He says his office has received a large number of voter registration cards. 

Read more

5:25pm

Fri October 3, 2014
All Politics are Local

Lexington FOP Backs Former Police Chief in Run for Mayor

Lexington FOP President Jason Rothermund and Mayoral Candidate Anthany Beatty
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Lexington's Fraternal Order of Police is endorsing former police chief Anthany Beatty for mayor.  FOP President Jason Rothermund made the formal announcement Friday.  Rothermund says the decision is based on more than Beatty's public safety career. He says Beatty's leadership style and integrity are strong attributes.  "I don't expect any favors.  I don't think the Division of Police personnel expect any favors if Anthany Beatty were to be mayor.  The thing that I can say about him is he's fair," said Rothermund.

Read more

1:13pm

Fri October 3, 2014
All Politics are Local

Indicted Candidate Says He Won't Withdraw

Credit bgdailynews.com

A candidate running for a Kentucky House seat who was indicted by a federal grand jury says he is innocent of the charge and won't withdraw from the race.

Read more

11:56pm

Tue September 30, 2014
All Politics are Local

Public Safety, Local Taxation Discussed During Lexington Mayoral Forum

Left to right, Mayoral candidate Anthany Beatty, Lexington League of Women Voters Moderator Cindy Heine, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

    

During their first formal forum Tuesday night, the candidates for Lexington mayor gave their two cents on a number of topics.  One of those issues was the militarization of local police departments.

The use of military equipment by local police remains a national subject of discussion.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says citizens count on police to respond to criminal matters in an ever changing society.  "The expectations of our police, of our law enforcement, individuals and agencies has increased, so the expectation is greater," said Gray.

Read more

4:25pm

Tue September 30, 2014
All Politics are Local

The Two Candidates for Lexington Mayor Go Head to Head Tonight

Incumbent Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and former police chief Anthany Beatty meet up tonight for the first one-on-one appearance during the general election campaign.  Gray was the leading vote getter in the May primary by a substantial margin over Beatty and first time candidate Danny Mayer.  This evening's forum is sponsored by the Eastland Parkway Neighborhood Association and facilitated by the Lexington League of Women Voters.  The two men are scheduled to meet several more times in public forums before the November fourth election.

Tags: 

4:23pm

Tue September 30, 2014
All Politics are Local

KY Republicans and Democrats Agree: Female Vote Could Be Key in U.S. Senate Race

Credit usatoday.com

As we head into the final stretch of the 2014 election season, representatives from the state's two major political parties are making their predictions for Kentucky's most watched November race.  Appearing on KET's Kentucky Tonight program Monday, both sides agreed that female voters could play a significant role in the U.S. Senate race. 

Read more

9:44pm

Thu September 18, 2014
All Politics are Local

Mayoral Candidate Beatty Weighs in on Downtown Traffic, New City Buildings

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

Lexington mayoral candidate Anthany Beatty doesn't believe increasing two-way traffic in the downtown area would be an improvement.  It's an issue that has been debated and studied over the past several years. 

Lexington’s Council has so far not acted to convert any two-way streets to one-way.  Beatty believes such a change would likely cause traffic gridlock, saying  "Two way streets are somewhat problematic as you're trying to expedite traffic, particularly with left turns and all the complicating things that back traffic up and cause more congestion.”

Read more

10:26am

Wed September 17, 2014
All Politics are Local

Obama Takes Center Stage in Kentucky's Senate Race

Credit kentucky.com

President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky's hotly contested Senate race despite Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' efforts to distance herself from him.

Read more

5:53pm

Tue September 16, 2014
All Politics are Local

Kentucky Ordered to Pay $160,000 in Redistricting Lawsuit

Credit File photo

 

The state must pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky more than $160,000 in attorneys’ fees because the legislature failed to enact new legislative district maps in a timely fashion, the group announced Tuesday.

Read more

3:37pm

Tue September 16, 2014
All Politics are Local

Berea Council Holding Forum on Gay Rights Law

Credit wikipedia.org

Berea's City Council is holding a forum to discuss an upcoming vote on an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against gays.

Read more

11:20am

Mon September 15, 2014
All Politics are Local

Senate Challenger Eyeing 2015 Governor's Race

Credit wtvq.com

Former Republican Senate challenger Matt Bevin said it's likely he'll run for governor in 2015. 

Read more

5:45pm

Tue September 9, 2014
All Politics are Local

James Comer Introduces Running Mate Chris McDaniel In Kentucky Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-Off

Credit Jonathan Meador / Kentucky Public Radio

TOMPKINSVILLE — Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and his running mate, State Senator Chris McDaniel, are framing their 2015 gubernatorial campaign around both conservative and liberal-leaning agenda items.

Read more

3:49pm

Mon September 8, 2014
All Politics are Local

Comer Navigates Richie Farmer Backlash

Credit Alix Mattingly, WFPL

 

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Tuesday amid a small but vocal Republican backlash over his handling of the investigation and indictment of his Republican predecessor, Richie Farmer.

Read more

3:15pm

Tue September 2, 2014
All Politics are Local

Kentucky GOP Unveils 'Handshake with Kentucky' Plan

Credit RPK.org

The Republican Party of Kentucky has a wish-list of legislative priorities ready to go if the State House were to flip and come under Republican control following this fall's elections.

Read more

12:51pm

Tue August 26, 2014
All Politics are Local

Centre College Withdraws Invitation for US Senate Debate

Centre College President John Roush
Credit www.centre.edu

Centre College will not host a debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. 

Read more

7:00pm

Wed August 20, 2014
All Politics are Local

Centre President Awaits Reply on Proposed Debate

Centre College President John A. Roush (center) is joined by AARP State President Jim Kimbrough (far left), AARP State Director Ron Bridges (left), WAVE3 News Vice President and General Manager Ken Selvaggi (right) and Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations.
Credit Pam Wright / Advocate Messenger

Organizers of a proposed debate between Kentucky's two leading senate candidates are awaiting a response from one of the campaigns.

Read more

5:54pm

Mon August 18, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell, Grimes Set to Appear Together on KET

Credit www.kentucky.com / Lexington Herald Leader

Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on Kentucky Educational Television in October. 

Read more

5:40pm

Fri August 8, 2014
All Politics are Local

Date Set For Hearing in Lawsuits Against Will Coursey and John Arnold

Credit Jonathan Meador / Kentucky Public Radio

Statehouse staffers who've filed lawsuits against a current state legislator and a former lawmaker want access to a report their attorney said may include allegations of improper behavior by other legislators.

In a Sept. 10 hearing, a Franklin Circuit judge will consider motions regarding lawsuits filed against Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, and former Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis.

Read more

5:40pm

Thu August 7, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell and Rogers Tour Coal Country

Credit www.usatoday.com

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is touring eastern Kentucky in his campaign against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. Along for the ride, is veteran Republican U.S. Representative Hal Rogers. 


Read more

6:29pm

Wed August 6, 2014
All Politics are Local

Clinton Rallies for Grimes

President Clinton and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Carrick House in Lexington.
Credit Jonese Franklin

Alison Lundergan Grimes is using a little star power on the campaign trail.  Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday made two stops in Kentucky with the senate hopeful. 

Immediately after taking the stage at the Carrick House in Lexington, Grimes made it clear to the large, enthusiastic crowd that she rejects any labels her opponent Senator Mitch McConnell has tried to give her. Grimes said there is a brand she will be gladly accept.

“One label, though that I will proudly wear is that of a Clinton Democrat. I am a Clinton Democrat,” said Grimes.

Read more

10:49pm

Mon August 4, 2014
All Politics are Local

Gov. Beshear, Sen. Gregory Reflect on 2014 Budget Cooperation

Credit frequency.com

Efforts to maintain a legislative majority can sometimes create surprising political bedfellows.  That was exemplified this past weekend during the Fancy Farm picnic.

Read more

9:40pm

Sat August 2, 2014
All Politics are Local

KET Videos from Fancy Farm

Follow this link to videos of speeches during Saturday's Fancy Farm political picnic.

Videos from Fancy Farm, courtesy of KET

Read more
Tags: 

9:13pm

Sat August 2, 2014
All Politics are Local

Hundreds Cheer, Jeer Kentucky's Senate Candidates

Credit Wikipedia Commons

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of people have flocked to a small Kentucky town to cheer and jeer Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes as they take pokes at each other in an annual bit of political theater.

The 134th Fancy Farm picnic is a fundraiser for the St. Jerome Catholic Church and marks the official start of Kentucky's campaign season.

The Republican leader of the Senate, McConnell is locked in one of the closest Senate races in the country.

Read more

12:59pm

Wed July 30, 2014
All Politics are Local

McConnell, Grimes Camps Pledge Support for a More Positive Fancy Farm Picnic

Credit http://www.fancyfarmpicnic.org/

The Fancy Farm Picnic’s political chair Mark Wilson says Democrats and Republicans offered positive feedback following a conference call to encourage a more civil atmosphere at this year's picnic.

  Wilson, along with St. Jerome Parish pastor Darrell Venters, orchestrated the phone call last week that included Kentucky Democratic Party chair Dan Logsdon, Republican party chair Steve Robertson and the campaign managers for both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Read more

1:38pm

Thu July 17, 2014
All Politics are Local

Centre College Proposes Senatorial Debate

Centre College President John A. Roush (center) is joined by AARP State President Jim Kimbrough (far left), AARP State Director Ron Bridges (left), WAVE3 News Vice President and General Manager Ken Selvaggi (right) and Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations.
Credit Pam Wright / Advocate Messenger

Centre College President John A. Roush announced Thursday that the college has formally proposed to host a debate for Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

The announcement came at a news conference in front of Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, where both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates took place.

Read more

5:05pm

Wed July 16, 2014
All Politics are Local

2014 Fancy Farm Lineup

Credit http://www.fancyfarmpicnic.org/

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. 


Read more

4:41pm

Mon June 16, 2014
All Politics are Local

Lexington Likely to Lift Election Day Alcohol Ban Before Fall Election

Credit kentucky.com

Lexington city leaders will consider lifting an Election Day ban on the sale of alcohol this fall.  The state cleared the way to remove the prohibition, but it still defers to each locality.  Vice Mayor Linda Gorton doesn't think removing the alcohol sale ban on Election Day increases the chance of drunk voters.  "I really don't think that's a legitimate issue.  I think if somebody's that intent on going to the polls and being inebriated, they're gonna do it," said Gorton.

Read more

Pages