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5:34pm

Wed July 29, 2015
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Kentucky Senators Lead Charge to Defund Planned Parenthood

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are backing an effort to completely strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood.

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10:09pm

Tue July 28, 2015
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Bevin, Conway Clash Over Kynect, Education at Kentucky Chamber Debate

Republican Matt Bevin (left), and Democrat Jack Conway face off for Kentucky governor in November.
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Gubernatorial candidates Jack Conway and Matt Bevin again clashed over the expansion of the state’s Medicaid system and state-run health exchange, Kynect, at a debate Tuesday hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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4:02pm

Mon July 27, 2015
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Public Comment on Davis Statue in State Capitol Closes Wednesday

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The chance for the public to comment on whether the state should keep a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol rotunda closes on Wednesday.

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10:21am

Fri July 24, 2015
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Kentucky Government Pays $400,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Louisville attorney Thomas Clay filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Tuesday for legislative staffers Cassaundra Cooper, left, and Yolanda Costner against former state Rep. John Arnold.
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The state will pay $400,000 to settle two sexual harassment lawsuits against lawmakers and the state agency that runs administrative operations in the state Capitol.

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4:16pm

Thu July 23, 2015
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In Debate, Bevin and Conway Tout Rural Roots, Clash Over Kynect

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Kentucky’s major party candidates for governor squared off Thursday at a forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the first public appearance in which the two men directly responded to one another.

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3:39pm

Fri July 10, 2015
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State Republican Leaders Await Details on Possible Presidential Caucus

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Republican leaders in Kentucky are still figuring out whether a presidential caucus next year is feasible.

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2:27pm

Wed July 8, 2015
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Beshear Nixes Special Session for Same-Sex Marriage Concerns

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he will not call a special legislative session to address county clerks who have refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

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1:45pm

Wed July 1, 2015
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LRC Acting Director Announces She is Retiring Next Month

Marcia Seiler, Acting Director for LRC
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The acting director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission has announced her retirement, and the commission is searching for a permanent director.

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2:39pm

Thu June 18, 2015
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Lawsuit Challenges Ky. Ban on Corporate Political Donations

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Kentucky's ban on corporate contributions to political parties and state candidates is being challenged by a group pushing right-to-work legislation opposed by organized labor.

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2:28pm

Thu June 18, 2015
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Grimes: Gubernatorial Candidate Curtis Can’t Use E-Signatures for Kentucky Ballot Petition

Independent candidate for governor Drew Curtis needs to get 5,000 signatures by Aug. 11 in order to appear on the ballot in November’s general election.

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5:16pm

Fri June 12, 2015
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Appeals Court Throws Out 2014 Magoffin County Election

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The Magoffin County judge-executive's election last year was so corrupt that Kentucky's second-highest court declared Friday they don't know who won, throwing the results out and declaring the office vacant.

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12:35pm

Fri May 29, 2015
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Comer Concedes Governor's Race, Bevin is Republican Nominee

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James Comer has conceded the governor's race in Kentucky, ending a tumultuous Republican primary and handing the nomination to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.

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4:24pm

Thu May 28, 2015
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Review Shows Bevin Holding Lead in Kentucky GOP Primary

Matt Bevin (left) and James Comer (right)
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State election officials say there are no changes to the vote totals from Kentucky's Republican primary for governor.

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5:22pm

Tue May 26, 2015
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Bevin, McConnell Joint Appearances Will Have to Wait

Sen. Mitch McConnell (left), Matt Bevin (right)
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Kentucky Republicans waiting to see U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell put his arm around his political nemesis Matt Bevin will have to wait a little longer.

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4:37pm

Wed May 20, 2015
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Al Cross: Re-canvass Not Likely to Change Outcome in GOP Gubernatorial Race

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State Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer is asking for a re-canvass after he lost Tuesday's primary election to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin by only 83 votes.  Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues doesn't anticipate a re-canvass will change the outcome of the state GOP contest. Cross says there's little doubt about the vote count because it's almost entirely electronic.  "In the old days it was much easier to transpose numbers, put them in different columns and so on, and lots of mistakes were uncovered," said Cross.

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1:00am

Wed May 20, 2015
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High Ranking Democrats Rally For Conway in State's Capital City

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The state's most prominent democrats are rallying behind Jack Conway for Kentucky governor.  That sentiment was expressed during a Frankfort gathering Tuesday night, just minutes after the polls closed.

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12:55am

Wed May 20, 2015
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Following Big Loss to Conway, Young Vows to Fight On in Court

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The loser in Tuesday’s democratic primary for Kentucky governor remains intent on battling the overwhelming winner in court.  Jack Conway received almost 80 percent of the vote.  His opponent, Geoff Young, has maintained throughout the campaign that Conway and a few high ranking democrats rigged the election.  "They've done this before,” said Young. “This is not that a small, a very small group at the top of the Democratic Party has tried to dictate to all democrats in Kentucky how things are gonna be."

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3:05pm

Mon May 18, 2015
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Will T. Scott Embraces Longshot Role in Kentucky Governor’s Race

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Will T. Scott has trailed in the polls to be the next Republican candidate for governor, but he’s not giving up.

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2:59pm

Mon May 18, 2015
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Hal Heiner’s Long Campaign Pushes Jobs and Battles Accusations of Dirty Politics

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Hal Heiner has been on the campaign trail since March of last year—62 weeks crisscrossing Kentucky to try and become the next governor.

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2:52pm

Mon May 18, 2015
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James Comer’s Quest to ‘Pass a Bold Agenda’ Gets Bumpy

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Two weeks ago, the Comer-McDaniel campaign saw nothing but fair skies as the candidates flew to four Kentucky cities in one day, rolling out the final planks of their “Plan For All Kentuckians.”

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2:44pm

Mon May 18, 2015
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Matt Bevin Finds Himself in Striking Distance for Ky Gubernatorial Nomination

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Matt Bevin has done laps around Kentucky in a messy black suburban, searching for his big political break.

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10:53pm

Sun May 17, 2015
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Jack Conway Hopes Third Try for Higher Office is a Charm

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    Jack Conway, in his run for governor, is seeking to advance to a higher office for the third time in his career. The 45 year old Louisville native has been involved in politics for much of his adult life. 

Conway has a political past.  At age 25 he joined Paul Patton's gubernatorial campaign and served in the Patton administration.  The two term state attorney general also made unsuccessful runs for Congress in 2003 and the U.S. Senate in 2010.  Now, he has his eye on the governor's mansion.

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10:47pm

Sun May 17, 2015
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Geoff Young: Outspoken on Issues and Party Process

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Much of the media attention in the 2015 gubernatorial primary race for Kentucky governor has focused on the GOP contest.  But, there's also competition on the democratic side.  Retired state engineer Geoff Young is making his third run for public office.  The longtime social activist feels he's fighting an uphill battle.

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4:47pm

Thu May 14, 2015
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Ky. Secretary of State Says Fewer Campaign Ad Dollars Could Still Impact Turnout

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Although campaign advertisement spending this spring is well below last year, it still could impact voter turnout come Tuesday.  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts one out of 10 registered voters will go to the polls.  Grimes says money spent on political ads this year is also probably a tenth of what was paid last year.  "There is no question and no doubt that negative nasty ads, it doesn't have the impact of actually positively bringing folks out to vote, but rather deterring them from getting out on Election Day," said Grimes.

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4:53pm

Wed May 6, 2015
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New Ky. Electioneering Rule Approved Ahead of Primary

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Kentucky election officials have approved an emergency regulation banning electioneering within 100 feet of polling places.

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4:24pm

Wed May 6, 2015
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Comer, Bevin Accuse Heiner of Dirty Tactics During Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate

Top row: Hal Heiner, left, and James Comer. Bottom row: Matt Bevin, left, and Will T. Scott.
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Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer tag-teamed attacks against former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner on Wednesday during a debate of Republican gubernatorial candidates.

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4:34pm

Tue May 5, 2015
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Gubernatorial Candidate James Comer Denies Abuse Allegations

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Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Tuesday flatly denied published allegations that he abused a woman he dated in the early 1990s.

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4:07pm

Mon May 4, 2015
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Record Number of Voters Registered for May Primaries

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More Kentuckians are registered to vote than ever before ahead of the May 19 primaries as Republicans continue to close the registration gap with Democrats across the state.

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3:54pm

Tue April 28, 2015
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107 of 138 Kentucky Legislators Support State’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Of the 138 members of the Kentucky General Assembly, 107 have signed a brief in support of Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, which is part of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

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8:57am

Tue April 28, 2015
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Democratic Candidate for Governor Says He's Being Slighted in Ky Primary Race

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Geoff Young says he is being unfairly slighted in Kentucky's primary election.  The retired state engineer appeared Monday on KET'S Kentucky Tonight.  Young is suing his opponent Attorney General Jack Conway and other powerful state democrats, claiming he is illegally being dismissed as a candidate before voters have a chance to make their choice.  "I just strongly disagree with that idea," said Young. "It's not democratic.  It resembles more like an organized crime operation than it does a political party."

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