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9:44pm

Thu September 18, 2014
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Mayoral Candidate Beatty Weighs in on Downtown Traffic, New City Buildings

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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.”

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10:26am

Wed September 17, 2014
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Obama Takes Center Stage in Kentucky's Senate Race

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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.

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5:53pm

Tue September 16, 2014
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Kentucky Ordered to Pay $160,000 in Redistricting Lawsuit

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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.

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3:37pm

Tue September 16, 2014
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Berea Council Holding Forum on Gay Rights Law

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

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11:20am

Mon September 15, 2014
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Senate Challenger Eyeing 2015 Governor's Race

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

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5:45pm

Tue September 9, 2014
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James Comer Introduces Running Mate Chris McDaniel In Kentucky Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-Off

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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.

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3:49pm

Mon September 8, 2014
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Comer Navigates Richie Farmer Backlash

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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.

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3:15pm

Tue September 2, 2014
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Kentucky GOP Unveils 'Handshake with Kentucky' Plan

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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.

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12:51pm

Tue August 26, 2014
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Centre College Withdraws Invitation for US Senate Debate

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

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7:00pm

Wed August 20, 2014
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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.
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Organizers of a proposed debate between Kentucky's two leading senate candidates are awaiting a response from one of the campaigns.

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5:54pm

Mon August 18, 2014
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McConnell, Grimes Set to Appear Together on KET

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

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5:40pm

Fri August 8, 2014
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Date Set For Hearing in Lawsuits Against Will Coursey and John Arnold

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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.

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5:40pm

Thu August 7, 2014
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McConnell and Rogers Tour Coal Country

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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. 


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6:29pm

Wed August 6, 2014
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Clinton Rallies for Grimes

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

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10:49pm

Mon August 4, 2014
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Gov. Beshear, Sen. Gregory Reflect on 2014 Budget Cooperation

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

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9:40pm

Sat August 2, 2014
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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

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9:13pm

Sat August 2, 2014
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Hundreds Cheer, Jeer Kentucky's Senate Candidates

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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.

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12:59pm

Wed July 30, 2014
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McConnell, Grimes Camps Pledge Support for a More Positive Fancy Farm Picnic

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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.

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1:38pm

Thu July 17, 2014
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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.
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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.

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5:05pm

Wed July 16, 2014
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2014 Fancy Farm Lineup

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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. 


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4:41pm

Mon June 16, 2014
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Lexington Likely to Lift Election Day Alcohol Ban Before Fall Election

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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.

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5:25pm

Wed June 11, 2014
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Virginia Shocker Shows Money Not Always 'The Name of the Game,' Says UK Political Scientist

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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.   So says Steve Voss, political scientist at the University of Kentucky.

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4:25pm

Thu June 5, 2014
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UK Hopes to Land a Kentucky U.S. Senatorial Debate This Fall

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    The University of Kentucky is seeking to host a U.S. Senatorial debate in the next few months.  So far, neither candidate has committed.

The official request for UK to host a debate went out May ninth.  Although neither incumbent Mitch McConnell nor challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has said yes, the veteran senator has made format and scheduling suggestions. 

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10:11am

Thu May 22, 2014
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EKU Political Scientist Predicts Record Spending in U.S. Senate Race

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Kentucky's 2014 U.S. Senate race could go down as a record breaker.  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. 

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10:09am

Thu May 22, 2014
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Governor Confident House Will Keep Democratic Majority

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There were myriad political races across the Commonwealth Tuesday including many legislative contests.  House Republican leaders remain hopeful to pick up enough seats in November to move the majority into GOP hands.

But, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he is confident that won't happen. "We have some great candidates that are not gonna get ready for the fall.  I feel good about the probability that we'll be able to maintain control of the House and perhaps even add a couple of seats to that majority, so I'm looking forward to November," said Beshear.

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2:34am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Political Stalwart McBrayer Laments 21st Century Campaign Style

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Long-time political stalwart Terry McBrayer expects a deluge of negative ads as a part of Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.  The contest between incumbent Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes begins officially Wednesday. Each of them won primary contests yesterday.

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2:15am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Grimes Distancing Herself from Obama

Kentucky's expected U.S. Senatorial race is on with Incumbent  Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes as the Republican and Democratic party choices.  Grimes easily outdistanced three fellow Democrats.   

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1:32am

Wed May 21, 2014
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McConnell to Face Grimes: Support from Bevin Uncertain

Incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell defeated Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in Tuesday's Kentucky Primay

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell defeated primary challenger Matt Bevin in the primary election Tuesday. But Bevin says he isn’t ready to back the senator. 

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1:19am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Gray and Beatty to Compete in Mayoral Race

The two-person field is set for Lexington's mayoral race.  Incumbent Jim Gray and former police chief Anthany Beatty will compete for the top job in Lexington government. 

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7:45pm

Tue May 20, 2014
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Primary Election Updates

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has defeated millionaire businessman Matt Bevin in an expensive and bruising primary election in Kentucky. He'll face Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the fall as he pursues his sixth term.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Alison Lundergan Grimes has won Kentucky's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a highly anticipated race with Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in November.

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