During this last week before the election, the tone of political ads in central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District race is expected to change. Throughout most of the campaign, Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler and Republican challenger Andy Barr have endorsed attack ads. But many highly-critical campaign commercials come from outside the Commonwealth.
Louisville attorney and columnist John David Dyche, right, speaks Monday as Al Cross, journalist and director of the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, jots notes.
Kentucky State Representative Darryl Owens wants to change how prisoners are counted in census data. Currently, inmates are counted as residents of the county they're imprisoned in. But Owens wants inmates to be listed as residents at their last home address. Owens says the current method inflates the populations of rural areas where prisons are and skews federal funding and redistricting.
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, predicts a statewide voter turnout for Tuesday's presidential election at between 62 and 64 percent. That could be a record turnout, she said. But the early onset of winter weather and its impact on Eastern Kentucky could affect turnout there, Grimes said.
Since the campaign for control of the Kentucky House started, Democrats and supportive outside groups have used outgoing Senate President David Williams as an attack on GOP candidates. For weeks, the outside group Kentucky Family Values has sent out political mail attempting to link GOP incumbents and challengers as "votes for Williams" in Frankfort.
All three candidates for the KY Sixth District congressional race are scheduled to participate in this week's Kentucky Tonight.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 6th Congressional District race. WEKU will simulcast the "live" KET broadcast Monday evening at 8:00 and repeat it, in its usual time, Tuesday morning at 11:00.
Scheduled guests are: Garland "Andy" Barr, Republican Party; U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, Democratic Party; and Randolph Vance, independent.
Gov. Steve Beshear on has appointed his rival David Williams, the state Senate president, to the 40th Circuit Judgeship. Williams, of Burkesville, was nominated onThursday by the Judicial Nominating Commission, alongside Angela M. Capps and Stephen Douglas Hurt. Capps is the Clinton County public defender and Hurt is a senior judge who retired in 2009 from a district judgeship, a state news release said.
David Williams' tenure as president of the Kentucky State Senate -- and political adversary to Gov. Steve Beshear -- may soon end. Williams is among three nominees selected Thursday by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the open 40th Circuirt Court judgeship, and he said he'd take the job if chosen. The other nominees are Angela M. Capps and Stephen Douglas Hurt.
Kentucky House Democrats are enlisting Governor Steve Beshear for electoral help. In addition to fundraisers and public appearances with candidates, Governor Steve Beshear is now appearing in TV ads asking for broad support for House Democrats. The airs are airing in Central Kentucky, where Democrats hope to win some seats from the GOP.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 4th Congressional District race. The program, which airs "live" Monday evening on KET, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on WEKU.
Potential ‘write-in’ candidates have less than a week to decide if they want to enter the political frey. The deadline to be a write-in candidate in the November sixth General Election is this Friday. Under state law, write-in candidates for any office must file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in and pay a statutorily prescribed fee.
A Super PAC that is helping defend Democrats is Kentucky state House races has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Kentucky Family Values is helping Democrats beat back the GOP’s attempt to take control of the House. And one month before the election, the group reported raising $236,000. It still has $190,000 cash on hand.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 3rd Congressional District race. The program, which airs "live" Monday night on KET, will air on the WEKU Stations Tuesday morning at 11:00 am.
Even though the candidates for vice president met at Centre College in Danville for their debate Thursday night, Kentucky issues such as coal and the auto industry weren’t heavily addressed. Kentucky is affected by many of the national issues that were discussed, but Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had little to say on topics specific to the commonwealth, such as coal and the auto industry.
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Last night's vice presidential debate offered a reminder about American politics. It can be infuriating, misleading and irrelevant, but at its best politics becomes a spectacle - a highly informative show - which is what the vice presidential candidates delivered last night in a debate in Kentucky.
Students and faculty from Centre College today quizzed a panel of local, national and international journalists. The panel, convened in the Old Centre Building by WEKU Radio, was a preview of this evening's vice presidential debate. Participating journalists were Don Gonyea, NPR; Simon Wilson, BBC; Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers; and Centre political scientist Benjamin Knoll. They were hosted by WEKU's John Hingsbergen.
The program, broadcast live in Kentucky, was carried by public radio stations from Washington DC to Washington State. Comments and questions were also accepted from a national audience via twitter. It airs again at 8:00 pm Thursday on 88.9 WEKU.
The one and only vice presidential debate is garnering a great deal of attention in central Kentucky, but its impact in the voting booth is a tougher issue to gauge. A reporter roundtable discussion was held this morning at Centre College, home of tonight’s debate. National Public Radio veteran reporter Don Gonyea says vice presidential debates don’t tend to move the support needle very much. He says the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin also attracted interest. “And I recall it being pretty entertaining. She had the ‘say it ain’t so Joe line and all that. But again, it probably didn’t have any effect on the outcome. This one I think it’s reasonable to assume the same thing going in unless, of course, something happens. And that’s why we are all here,” said Gonyea.
A Republican Super PAC that helped Republican Thomas Massie win the 4th Congressional District primary is looking to expand. Americans for Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity, or Ameri-GOP, was founded by two Northern Kentucky businessmen who wanted to help elect Massie. And after tasting success in that venture, the group is now looking to expand its scope of influence.
Danville’s proving it takes a community to put on a vice presidential debate.’ Many eyes across the nation will be focused on Centre College for Thursday’s meeting between the vice presidential candidates. Not that long ago, Main Street was where people gathered to talk politics. Today, much of the conversation is electronic, but, in downtown Danville, first person politics is still practiced. Brenda Willoughby heads the ‘Heart of Danville Main Street Program. “You won’t see vacant buildings. You will see artwork and flags and ribbons and we’re encouraging all the residents in the surrounding and in the businesses to do window displays,” said Willoughby.