Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in her capacity as chair of the State Board of Elections and the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, continues monitoring compliance with the state's election laws.
Indications are this year’s voting in the Fayette County area is bringing out a lot of voters. At a southwest Lexington precinct just after noon, more than 50 percent of registered voters had cast a ballot. County Clerk Don Blevins hopes familiarity with voting machines keeps the lines moving.
Most of America’s polling places remain open. Still, some media outlets are already reporting results. Exit polling combined with the computation power of computers often offer accurate predictions, even in close races. However, University of Kentucky Political Scientist Stephen Voss sees some flaws with exit polling.“Exit polls are a way to get the answers more quickly and we tend to be an inpatient society, it’s not surprising we do it. But, it’s a very vulnerable enterprise because you’re essentially taking a survey of a survey. You first sample places and then at the places, you’re attempting to survey the people walking out to see how they voted,” said Voss.
Frankfort - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in her capacity as chair of the State Board of Elections and the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, said she and her staff are closely monitoring compliance today with the state's election laws.
Kentucky Tonight airs Tuesdays at 11:00 am on 88.9 FM WEKU and the network of WEKU stations across Central and Southeastern Kentucky.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 election. The program, which airs "live" on KET Monday night, will be re-broadcast on the WEKU Stations Tuesday morning at 11:00.
State officials and local police promise to be watchful tomorrow for acts of voter fraud. Over the years, votes have been bought in Kentucky with the promise of cash, favors and liquor. More recently, prescription pills may have been used as currency. But, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway believes such voting buying is rare.
The Republican who’s assumed the duties of Kentucky’s Senate President is content with her current position in G-O-P leadership. Her colleagues last week picked northern Kentucky Senator Katie Stine to take-over until January. That’s when the full senate will pick a permanent replacement for David Williams…who’s taken a judicial appointment. Stine says she’s not interested in that job now.
Coal is playing a major role in this year's political battles both nationally and locally. To understand that in Kentucky, just turn on the T-V during a commercial break. From President Obama touting his support for so-called "clean coal" to Mitt Romney declaration "I like coal”… the jet black fossil fuel is witnessing a political resurgence. In 2008 the national debate revolved around curbing pollution, but this year politicians embrace one of the dirtiest burning fuels.
As the Nov. 6 election fast approaches, an outside Republican group is dropping a six figure ad buy to help the GOP in state legislative races. The Republican State Leadership Committee is running television and radio ads in Louisville and western Kentucky and sending political mail to another 10 or so House races across the state.
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.