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12:13pm

Wed December 4, 2013
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Vice Mayor's Retirement Opens Door For Lexington Councilman

A veteran Lexington Council member would like to put himself in position to take over as vice mayor.  Sixth district councilman Kevin Stinnett announced Tuesday he’ll run next year for an at-large seat.   Stinnett says the current council-mayor relationship is positive and worth maintaining.

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1:36pm

Thu November 14, 2013
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Governor's Son Announces Bid for Kentucky Attorney General

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Louisville attorney Andy Beshear, the son of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, announced he is running for attorney general in 2015. The younger Beshear has been a rumored candidate for much of this year to succeed incumbent Jack Conway, who is term-limited. Andy Beshear launched his campaign website on Thursday, and filed paperwork to run as a Democrat. He is the first candidate to declare his intentions two years ahead of the election. Read more...

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11:17am

Tue October 22, 2013
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Field Set for Special Senatorial Race in Lexington

A Lexington minister has been selected as the republican nominee in the race to fill a state senate seat.  Fayette County republicans chose Michael E. Johnson to run in the December tenth special election.  In a statement Johnson said, “Fifteen years of ministry in the 13th district has created this opportunity for me to serve all of the community and bring change for our next generation through the conservative values that I’ve learned as a member of the Republican Party.” 

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6:35am

Mon September 30, 2013
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Historic Designation Sought for Fancy Farm

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A rural church in Fancy Farm Kentucky, home to the state’s premier political event has been approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board approved the designation for the St. Jerome's Catholic Church complex on Friday. The National Park Service has final say, which is expected within a couple of months.

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11:09pm

Tue September 24, 2013
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Lexington Mayor's Re-Election Campaign Headquarters Opens

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With the opening of a campaign headquarters, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is officially starting his effort to secure a second term.  In explaining why he seeks re-election in 20-14, Jim Gray said ‘it’s a very rewarding job’ with ‘plenty of problems still to solve.’  While no one has formally announced a challenge, the mayor told supporters ‘this is America, somebody will run.’

‘I’m acknowledged that it’s part of America that we have campaigns and we have a vigorous engagement and you know often times a lot of candidates.  You can’t predict what’s gonna happen this time,” said Gray.

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6:00am

Mon August 19, 2013
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Back to Frankfort to Adopt New Legislative Boundaries

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Kentucky lawmakers will try once again to establish legislative boundaries this week in Frankfort.  A first attempt to redraw house and senate boundaries based on 2010 census figures was ruled unconstitutional.  Lawmakers tried again early in 2013 to no avail.  Now, the court’s ready to step in, if it’s not done to meet constitutional muster.

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1:42pm

Tue August 6, 2013
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Lieutenant Governor Says No to a Run for Governor

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Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor says he is taking a pass on running for governor in 2015.  Speaking Tuesday afternoon to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, Democrat Jerry Abramson said he wants to spend his remaining two-and-a-half years in Frankfort as an education advocate.

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5:58am

Mon August 5, 2013
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Fancy Farm Frenzy Over 2014 Race

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The 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic was held this past weekend in Graves County. Up until just a few weeks ago, many would have expected an off-year for the political event. But with high profile entrances into the 2014 U.S. Senate race,  it can perhaps be said now there are no “off-years” at Fancy Farm.

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10:03am

Fri August 2, 2013
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Six Suspects In Vote Fraud Freed While Awaiting Retrial

Former Clay County Circuit Judge Cletus Maricle.
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A former southeastern Kentucky judge and five others awaiting a retrial on federal charges that they engineered a vote-buying scheme that stretched across three election cycles have been released from prison on bond.

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10:32am

Thu August 1, 2013
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'Daily Show' Segment Challenges Kentucky Lawmaker

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Correspondent Jason Jones of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart challenged Kentucky lawmaker Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, in a segment Wednesday night titled "Can't Touch This." Jones interviewed Thayer about his plan to nullify federal laws in Kentucky because Kentuckians rejected President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Even after Jones pointed out that Thayer's plan is unconstitutional, Thayer persisted. Then Jones brought in LaRue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner, who told Jones that he and others had introduced a bill that would nullify Thayer's nullification law. The segment also contained a spot that was shot at the Chevy Chase Inn in Lexington, where Jones interviewed patrons about what laws should be nullified. Read more...

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5:59pm

Wed July 31, 2013
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Even With No Election, Fancy Farm Still A Political Essential

The Fancy Farm Band polices stump speeches at Fancy Farm. When politicians go long, the bluegrass band fires up.

Reporter Stu Johnson previews Saturday's political stump speeches at Fancy Farm.

Politicians and those Kentuckians intrigued with politics will gather at Fancy Farm this Saturday.  Most of the festival’s stump speeches will focus on next year’s senate race.  The Fancy Farm Picnic attracts all kinds of local, state, even national political figures.  But, this year, it’s a sure bet most of the focus will be on Kentucky’s race next year for the U-S Senate.  Joe Gershtenson directs the Kentucky Institute of Public Governance and Civic Engagement at Eastern Kentucky University. 

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8:57am

Wed July 31, 2013
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4th Senate Candidate Added To Fancy Farm Agenda

Democratic Senate Candidate Ed Marksberry.

Democrat Ed Marksberry, a longshot candidate for U.S. Senate, has been added to the roster of speakers at the annual Fancy Farm political picnic in western Kentucky. An Owensboro building contractor, Marksberry faces Democratic powerhouse Alison Lundergan Grimes in next year's May primary. Marksberry has been allotted five minutes to speak at the event on Saturday.

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2:36pm

Tue July 30, 2013
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Christie-Paul Feud Over Federal Funding Escalates

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
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New Jersey's pugnacious Republican governor doesn't appear to want his war of words with fellow GOP'er Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to end anytime soon. Gov. Chris Christie fired back at Paul on Tuesday for Paul's remark that New Jersey has a "Gimme, gimme gimme" attitude about federal aid for Superstorm Sandy.

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8:37am

Tue July 30, 2013
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Lt. Governor Still Unsure Of 2015 Run For Top Job

Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson (wearing tie), with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson says he's close to deciding whether he'll run for governor in 2015. Abramson said Monday he expects to decide in the next couple of weeks. The former Louisville mayor is among several potential Democratic candidates eyeing the governor's race. Others include Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and former Auditor Crit Luallen.

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8:26am

Tue July 30, 2013
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Lundergan-Grimes Officially Kicks Off Senate Campaign

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senate Candidate Allison Lundergan Grimes
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Almost a month after announcing she would run for the U.S. Senate, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will kick off her campaign in her hometown of Lexington. Grimes' campaign said Gov. Steve Beshear will join her for the event, scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday. The 34-year-old Democrat is seeking to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who will have served 30 years in the Senate when the election is held in November 2014.

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1:56pm

Fri July 26, 2013
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In Campaign Kick-Off, Lundergan-Grimes Calls McConnell's Leadership Spiteful, Petty

Speaking directly to Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she plans to hold the GOP accountable in next year's election. In a nearly four minute kick-off ad, Grimes says she doesn't always agree with President Obama, but that McConnell is blocking legislation that would've helped Kentuckians out of spite. "Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well I'm right here in Kentucky senator, where I'll be holding you accountable," says Grimes to McConnell.  Read More...

11:41am

Thu July 25, 2013
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Republican Official Files Ethics Complaint Filed Against US Senate Candidate

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A county clerk in southeastern Kentucky has asked the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to determine the propriety of a fundraising email sent to government email accounts by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week. Republican Laurel County Clerk Dean Johnson filed the complaint on Thursday, a week after receiving the email from Grimes, a candidate for U.S. Senate.

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10:37am

Thu July 25, 2013
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Three US Senate Candidates Will Face Off At Fancy Farm

Matt Bevin, Allison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell

Republican Matt Bevin will be in the tiny community of Fancy Farm next week when politicians gather for a heated afternoon of stump speeches. Bevin, a newcomer to the U.S. Senate race, will share the stage with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the top Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Aug. 3.

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9:10am

Thu July 25, 2013
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Beshear, Abramson To Skip Fancy Farm Politics

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Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will skip next week's church picnic in the western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm.  Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said Wednesday they're unable to go.

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10:48am

Tue July 23, 2013
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McConnell Will Face Tea Party Opponent in GOP Primary

Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.

A tea party activist who has signaled that he intends to begin a campaign to take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary in Kentucky has now removed all doubt. An aide to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin distributed a press advisory on Tuesday announcing stops on a statewide tour "announcing his candidacy" for Senate.

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1:14pm

Mon July 22, 2013
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Aide to Rand Paul, Confederate Sympathizer Resigns

Jack Hunter
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An aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who spent years working as a radio shock jock has resigned because of some of his past comments, including one that President Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth's heart was "in the right place."

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1:00pm

Sun July 21, 2013
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Early Fancy Farm Meeting Of Senate Candidates Surprises Some

United States Senator Mitch McConnell speaking at the 130th annual Fancy Farm picnic in Fancy Farm, Kentucky.
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When Senator Mitch McConnell faces off against prospective general election opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic, it will be the first time the Republican has met his Democratic challenger this far in advance at the event.

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9:15am

Fri July 19, 2013
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Lundergan-Grimes/McConnell Fancy Farm Meeting Live On KET

Kentucky's public television network KET will broadcast live from the tiny community of Fancy Farm when politicians gather Aug. 3 for a heated afternoon of stump speeches. Headliners for the Saturday afternoon event are Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his top Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

2:32pm

Thu July 18, 2013
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Third Central Kentucky Democrat Enters Race for Congress

Lexington Attorney and Congressional Candidate Joe Palumbo.
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Another Democrat has announced a run for Congress in Kentucky's 6th District. Lexington businessman Joe Palumbo, who heads a lumber and building supply company, says in a statement he wants to fight partisan gridlock that is holding the country and central Kentucky back.

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2:29pm

Tue July 16, 2013
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McConnell/Lundergan-Grimes Both Confirmed For Fancy Farm

Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes have both confirmed they will speak at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. The event will mark the first face-to-face confrontation between Republican and Democrat  since Grimes declared her candidacy for senate earlier this month. The pair join Attorney General Jack Conway, State Senator Stan Humphries and State Represenative Richard Heath among confirmed speakers. This year’s event is Saturday August third and is the one hundred and thirty-third annual Fancy Farm Picnic.

1:23pm

Mon July 1, 2013
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Alison Lundergan Grimes to Make Run for US Senate

Allison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that she will challenge U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. In May, a poll stated that Grimes—Kentucky's Secretary of State—was evenly matched against McConnell, who was first elected in 1984. Grimes, an attorney, was elected Secretary of State in 2011. "I agree with thousands of Kentuckians that Kentucky is tired of 28 years of obstruction," she said in her announcement. Read more...

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2:20pm

Fri June 7, 2013
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Republican and Democratic Campaigners Pounce on Kentucky US Senate Race

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes are being scrutinized by each others national political parties in a pair of stinging messages this week. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee put out dueling press releases on Friday, going after Grimes and McConnell respectively. Grimes is being chastised by the GOP for comments made at the state Democratic Party's annual Wendell Ford Dinner. During her speech, Grimes alluded to need Democrat's support in the "coming months" and said voters are tired of McConnell's obstruction and misleading politics. Read more...

9:18am

Thu June 6, 2013
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Pro-McConnell Ad links Lundergan-Grimes to Obama/Pelosi

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes remains undecided about challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell next year, but a pro-McConnell group is running newspaper ads linking her with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, an independent super PAC, ran a full-page ad Sunday in The Paducah Sun that showed photos of Grimes, Obama and Pelosi, all Democrats. Read more...

1:42pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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Poll Gives McConnell Edge in 2014

A new poll of Kentucky voters shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell with a slight edge over two potential Democratic challengers in a 2014 match-up. The Ohio-based firm Wenzel Strategies conducted the survey and released the results on Tuesday. It gives McConnell a 7-point lead over Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is considered the top contender. Those are very different results when compared to a Public Policy Polling survey that had McConnell and Grimes tied last week. McConnell's re-election campaign raked the PPP survey for what it called "laughable poll questions," saying it should be dismissed. Read more...

1:43pm

Mon June 3, 2013
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Northern Kentucky Key to McConnell Re-election

Northern Kentucky Republicans see their votes as crucial to US Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid in 2014. And if their showing Saturday night is any indication, the tea party will play a large role in determining the outcome in this region. Tea Party activists accounted for 150 of the 450 people at the Fourth Congressional District GOP Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner where McConnell spoke on Saturday in Hebron.  Read more...

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