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4:05pm

Tue December 16, 2014
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Ex-Kentucky Mayor Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison

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A former eastern Kentucky mayor who was convicted of intentionally violating voters' civil rights during the 2012 general election has been sentenced to 90 months in prison.

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3:03pm

Tue December 2, 2014
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Rand Paul to Run for Senate Re-election in 2016

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Kentucky Republican Rand Paul says he will seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

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3:24pm

Tue November 25, 2014
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KY Senate Republicans Nominate Leaders

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Senate Republicans have nominated a Greensburg business owner to become the second-highest ranking official in the state Senate.

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4:48pm

Fri November 14, 2014
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Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen Sworn In Before Packed State Capitol Rotunda

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A Kentuckian known for decades of public service in state government was publicly sworn inFriday as the Commonwealth's Lieutenant Governor.  A public oath of office ceremony was performed before a packed rotunda at the state capitol for Crit Luallen.  In her address to the audience, Luallen paid homage to the state's founding fathers.  "We are here to carry out the hopes of those who could only dream of what lay ahead for our state, but laid these stones and built the foundation of a state government that would serve every Kentuckian in every corner of the Commonwealth with quality and int

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4:53pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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KY Dems Maintain Control of House

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Following the mid-term election, the political makeup of Kentucky's 100 member House will remain the same.  The news is pleasing to House Democrats, but disappointing to GOP supporters.

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3:39pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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Stumbo to Press for Higher Minimum Wage

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he'll make another push to raise the state's minimum wage, but he faces the same skepticism from his Senate counterparts.

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2:37pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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McConnell Cites Trade Agreements, Taxes for Action

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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action.

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3:40am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Following loss, Grimes Pledges to Keep Fighting for Kentucky

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What had been a relatively tight race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky turned out to be a substantial win for the incumbent leader in the 100 member Senate. 

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3:31am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Conway: Grimes’ Loss Not a Setback for State Democratic Party

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Kentucky's attorney general says Alison Lundergan Grimes' decision about whether to run for another political office is a personal one. Jack Conway attended Grimes' post-election event in Lexington Tuesday night.

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3:28am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Lexington Mayor Easily Wins Second Term

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will now go about the business of setting an agenda for a second term in office. It appears the mayor would like to continue what he's started.

In his opening remarks to a celebratory crowd Tuesday night in downtown Lexington, the victorious incumbent sounded a familiar tune.

"Thanks to all of you and thanks for helping us all to get things done in Lexington," said Gray

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3:18am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Steve Kay to Become Lexington's Next Vice Mayor

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Come January, Lexington's new vice mayor will be Steve Kay.  The incumbent council member won top vote honors Tuesday night among the three at large winners.  Fellow council member Kevin Stinnett and former council member Richard Moloney also earned at large council seats.

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9:11pm

Tue November 4, 2014
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Barr Re-elected in Kentucky's 6th district

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has won his first re-election campaign in Kentucky's 6th congressional district.

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6:28pm

Tue November 4, 2014
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Election 2014 Coverage & Results

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WEKU and NPR's  live coverage of Election 2014 begins at 8 pm, continuing until 1 am. Below are some links to election returns and other useful information. 

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10:58pm

Mon November 3, 2014
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Alcohol Sales Return to Election Day in Lexington

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    A recent change in local law will allow alcohol sales in Lexington for the duration of this Election Day. Prior to September, the sale of alcohol in Lexington stores, bars, or restaurants was prohibited while polls were open.

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10:52pm

Mon November 3, 2014
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Future Prospects of Latino Representation on Urban County Council

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A longtime advocate for Lexington area Latinos sees governing board representation over the next decade.  Freddie Peralta came to America almost 30 years ago.  Peralta expects Hispanic interests to get a more thorough hearing at city hall in the years ahead. 

"Just also, a matter of numbers.  The number of Latino in our community keeps growing and the number of citizens that are Latino keep growing.  And I thought we're gonna have some sort of representation coming," said Peralta.

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10:48pm

Mon November 3, 2014
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CNN Crew Spending Time This Week in Fayette County Clerk's Office

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins with CNN crew
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The closely watched showdown between incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has put a spotlight on Kentucky. And heading in to this Election Day, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins has received a little more attention than usual.

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9:41pm

Wed October 29, 2014
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The Impact of Voter Turnout in Kentucky's U.S. Senate Race

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In a tight political race, voter turnout can mean the difference between a win and a loss.  That could be the case in the battle for Kentucky's U-S Senate seat. Opinions vary on the factors which impact the process of moving a person from political spectator to participant.

The importance of voter turnout is not lost on either candidate running for Kentucky's U-S Senate seat. The impact of political ads on the number of people who show up at the polls on Election Day, may be a matter of opinion.

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12:31am

Wed October 29, 2014
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Different Philosophies by the Two Men Who Would be Mayor

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In less than a week, Lexington voters will go to the polls and decide who will lead Urban County Government for the next four years.  Jim Gray wants to serve another term as mayor. Anthany Beatty would like to take over the reins. 

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5:31pm

Tue October 28, 2014
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Barr, Jensen Debate Audio/Video

Republican incumbent Andy Barr, left, listened as his Democratic challenger, Elisabeth Jensen, made a point during a televised debate Monday night in Richmond. They disagreed on almost everything, particularly the role of government.
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U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen took the stage at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts Monday, Oct. 27 in a debate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.

Televised live by WKYT-TV’s The CW Lexington (Channel 27.2) and moderated by Channel 27 news anchor and political editor Bill Bryant, the debate also aired on WEKU-FM (88.9).

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11:38pm

Mon October 27, 2014
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Andy Barr & Elisabeth Jensen Battle it Out for KY's 6th District House Seat

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The race for the Bluegrass Region's congressional seat pits a first term incumbent against a first time candidate.  Republican Andy Barr is seeking a second term as Democrat Elisabeth Jensen works to take his seat on Capitol Hill. 

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9:48pm

Tue October 21, 2014
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6th District Congressional Candidates Talk Minimum Wage, Affordable Care Act, and Campaign Finance

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The two candidates in Kentucky’s sixth congressional district race stand on opposite sides when it comes to health care reform.  Incumbent Andy Barr and challenger Elisabeth Jensen appeared Monday night on KET'S Kentucky Tonight.  Barr argues current reforms will leave states like Kentucky with unaffordable Medicaid costs.  "The state simply doesn't have the capacity to fund, at this point, this massive expansion of Medicaid.  This is going to crowd out our ability to fund education," said Barr.

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2:09am

Tue October 14, 2014
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McConnell, Grimes Debate Minimum Wage, Coal, Health Care (Link to Video Included)

Political Supporters Gathered Outside KET to Watch the Debate.
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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.

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10:53pm

Sun October 12, 2014
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McConnell, Grimes to Meet Face-to-Face Monday Night

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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.  

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11:51pm

Wed October 8, 2014
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Candidates for Lexington Mayor Point to Jobs as Priority No. 1

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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. 

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9:58pm

Sun October 5, 2014
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Fayette County Clerk: High Voter Registration Doesn’t Always Equal High Voter Turnout

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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. 

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5:25pm

Fri October 3, 2014
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Lexington FOP Backs Former Police Chief in Run for Mayor

Lexington FOP President Jason Rothermund and Mayoral Candidate Anthany Beatty
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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.

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1:13pm

Fri October 3, 2014
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Indicted Candidate Says He Won't Withdraw

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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.

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11:56pm

Tue September 30, 2014
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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
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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.

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4:25pm

Tue September 30, 2014
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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.

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4:23pm

Tue September 30, 2014
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KY Republicans and Democrats Agree: Female Vote Could Be Key in U.S. Senate Race

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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. 

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