Residents of Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District will see a spirited primary Tuesday, but that won’t be the case elsewhere. While there are primaries in most of Kentucky’s five other congressional districts, none are as competitive or as closely-followed as the race in Northern Kentucky. In the Sixth District, Republican Andy Barr is expected to easily win the chance for a rematch with Congressman Ben Chandler.
Super political action committees, tea party loyalists and sitting members of Congress have taken sides in the campaign for Kentucky’s Fourth District congressional seat. What role each of them had in whoever wins or loses in Kentucky’s primary on Tuesday will likely be the major theme. This race will test the power of the super PAC, said Trey Grayson, who heads Harvard’s Institute of Politics, served as Kentucky’s secretary of state and ran against U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in 2010.
The most competitive primary in Kentucky will come to an end Tuesday. Seven Republicans are vying to replace retiring incumbent Geoff Davis in the Fourth Congressional District. County judge-executives Gary Moore and Thomas Massie and state representative Alecia Webb-Edgington are considered the frontrunners. Those three have raised the most money and former GOP operative Les Fugate says they have the best organizations. But he says outside help from two Super PACs has tilted the odds in Massie’s favor.
The races to watch in tomorrow’s primaries for General Assembly seats are in Louisville, Northern and Southern Kentucky. In Louisville, four Democrats are vying to replace retiring Democrat Tim Shaughnessy in the 19th district, where no Republicans are running. In the 37th District, former Republican Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins and political activist Chris Thieneman are vying to face state Senator Perry Clark. Republicans have made the seat a priority for the fall.
After taping One to One, host Bill Goodman talked with Al Cross about several topics, including Al's post at the University of Kentucky's Institute of Rural Journalism, where he is an extension professor. In this position, Al helps journalists in rural communities define and address issues that are important to their communities. He also persuasively argues that small newspapers should cover the national election, because it is an issue that he says everyone will be talking about and focusing on.
Several Democrats in the Kentucky Senate have held on to their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, despite national blowback against the group for its conservative model laws. ALEC has been criticized for drafting conservative state laws, such as Florida’s Stand Your Ground measure, and then helping lawmakers pass them. Until this year, 10 of the 15 Democratic state senators in Kentucky were members of ALEC. Six have recently allowed their memberships to be automatically renewed by the Legislative Research Commission.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and two of his freshmen Republican colleagues all had their budget proposals rejected on Wednesday. Paul’s budget would be a radical change for the U-S. It would balance the federal budget in the next five years. It turns Medicaid into a block grant. It sells off federal lands. And it ends the Departments of Commerce, Education, and Energy. On the Senate floor Paul decried Congress for racking up a fifteen trillion dollar national debt.
Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he had no idea what trouble his former gubernatorial running mate Richie Farmer was causing as agriculture commissioner. During an interview on Kentucky Sports Radio Wednesday, host Matt Jones asked Williams about the abuses of power and resources that were uncovered in a recent audit of Farmer’s time in office.
Vigorous discussion of the issues filled studio A at KET Monday night when the “Magnificent 7,” the field of 4th District Republican Primary candidates, filled the Kentucky Tonight table from one end to the other. It was the first time all seven candidates—Marc Carey, Thomas Massie, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Walter Schumm, Alecia Webb-Edgington, and Tom Wurtz—discussed the issues on state-wide television. From smaller and limited government to lower taxes and a jobs plan for the 4th district, all the candidates had an opportunity to persuade voters in the 4th why they should be the one to replace current Republican officeholder Congressman Geoff Davis.
With one week to go before Kentucky's primary, the seven GOP candidates vying to replace Congressman Geoff Davis are making their final pitch for votes. Gary Moore, Thomas Massie and Alecia Webb-Edgington are considered the frontrunners, based on endorsements and financial reports. Massie has earned Senator Rand Paul's endorsement, while Webb-Edgington's supporters include Davis and former Senator Jim Bunning. Moore, however, leads in fundraising.
Just over five months on the job Mike Phillips has resigned as Corbin city manager. Phillips, stepped into the position in January after an exhaustive search following the resignation of Bill Ed Cannon, notifed Mayor Willard McBurney and the city commissioners at the city commission meeting Monday night. If at least one city commissioner has his way, the days are numbered for the city manager's position. "We need to change Corbin's form of government to a council-mayor system," said Commissioner Joe Butch White.
Gary Moore still leads all seven Republican candidates with the most money raised overall for the 4th Congressional District primary and said he believes Thomas Massie to be his biggest competition. But Alecia Webb-Edgington gained some ground by raising the most money in April, Federal Election Commission reports released Friday indicate.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 4th Congressional District Republican primary. The program which airs "live" on Kentucky Educational TV Monday night at 8:00, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on 88.9 WEKU.
The Personnel Board will consider on Monday whether Richie Farmer broke the state merit law at the Department of Agriculture when he was its commissioner. It’s the first time the board will take action on the scathing audit by State Auditor Adam Edelen, but the Personnel Board has recently investigated hiring practices at the department.
The Secretary of State’s Office reports more Kentuckians than ever are registered to vote in the May 22nd Primary Election. Since November, the number of registered voters has increased by just over one-percent. Voter turnout in the 2008 Presidential primary was about 32 percent. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says concern over partisan politics is just one factor driving turnout.
Attorney General Jack Conway is calling on Congress to increase the cap on the Crime Victims Fund to at least $1 billion so victims can access the services they need. Conway was among 51 state and territorial attorneys general to sign a letter delivered to Capitol Hill Tuesday from the National Association of Attorneys General. The Crime Victims Fund was created as part of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) and is funded entirely through collections from criminal fines, special assessments and other penalties paid by federal criminal offenders.
Kentucky officials are once again planning to crack down on voter fraud in the May 22 primary. Attorney General Jack Conway and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced their partnership on the issue Tuesday, giving details of this year's Election Integrity Task Force.The task force investigates allegations of fraud. Some allegations come from state investigators, but many come from voters.
The first ad attack in Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District Republican primary is hitting the airwaves to contrast the political backgrounds of two candidates. Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore released the ad district-wide Tuesday, attacking Lewis County Judge Executive Thomas Massie for increasing spending in his local budget and high unemployment.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 4th and 5th Congressional District Democratic primaries. The KET program which airs "live" Monday evening will be re-broadcast on WEKU Tuesday morning at 11:00.
Two competing gun rights organizations have made conflicting endorsements in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District Republican primary. The National Rifle Association has endorsed Alecia Webb-Edgington, while the less well-known National Association for Gun Rights is backing Thomas Massie. The NRA, in a statement, praised Webb-Edgington’s support of the Second Amendment as a state lawmaker.
Republican congressional candidate Gary Moore now has endorsements from two major pro-life groups. Moore received the endorsement of Kentucky Right to Life today. Moore is also the Boone County Judge-Executive, and he previously received the Northern Kentucky Right to Life endorsement. “Now having sole endorsements from Kentucky Right to Life, along with the sole endorsement from Northern Kentucky Right to Life, Gary Moore has the exacta on pro-life issues and is the only proven social conservative in this race," says Moore's campaign manager Jonathan Duke.
A campaign mailer from Northern Kentucky Super PAC AmeriGOP is raising the ire of one candidate in the Fourth Congressional District Republican primary. AmeriGOP openly supports Tea Party candidate Thomas Massie. The super PAC‘s first campaign piece is a flyer that attacks the other two frontrunners in the race, Gary Moore and Alecia Webb-Edgington. The flyer calls Moore a tax-and-spend Republican because of a parks initiative he championed in his role as Boone County Judge-Executive. The super PAC calls out Webb-Edgington for missing votes as a state representative.
A national conservative organization has thrown its support behind Thomas Massie in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District GOP Primary. The Club for Growth announced its endorsement today, saying members believe Massie would best emulate U.S. Senator Rand Paul, one of the organization’s most-loved lawmakers. The club has not announced any plans for further involvement in the primary, but officials say they could send money to Massie if the race looks close, and the club may run TV ads if necessary.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 6th Congressional District Republican primary. The program, which airs on KET Monday night at 8:00, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU stations.
A controversial national legislative group may not have the same pull in Kentucky as it does in other states. For weeks, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been under fire for its work pushing model state laws. The group has been linked to “stand your ground” gun laws, which have been in the news since the shooting death of a Florida teenager in February.
Newly-released documents show that a Northern Kentucky businessman is the primary donor and a significant fundraiser for a super PAC that’s involved in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District race. But super PAC officials say the man has no official role with the group. Richard Knock of Union is a frequent Republican donor and he supports Thomas Massie in the seven-way GOP primary for the Fourth District Seat.
In a push to younger voters, President Barack Obama is touring college campuses this week to discuss the problems of student loan debt. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is blaming the president for the poor job market that college graduates enter. Interest rates for subsidized Stafford Loans are set to double this summer, going from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The White House projects more than 7.5 million students will face steeper debt if lawmakers don’t act to freeze the interest rate.
Counting their regular and special session, it took lawmakers 65 days to finalize funding for road construction and to escalate its battle against prescription drug abuse. Joe Gerschtenson, who directs the Center for Kentucky History and Politics Director at Eastern Kentucky University, says many voters wonder why no agreement could be found during the regular session. “This is something that…they were so close..during the regular session…why could they not have just finished it at that point in time and..that frustration is probably exasperated by the fact that this seems to be a real ongoing pattern now,” said Gershtenson.
Centre College will reprise its role as the smallest school to host a vice presidential debate in October, but additions to the campus over the last 12 years will be vital to both staging the event and accommodating an increasing enrollment. Preparations for the debate are in full swing at the school that likes to tout its reputation for punching above its weight, but some of the work that helped secure the event for the second time includes permanent additions to the campus.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 1st and 3rd Congressional District Democratic primaries. The program which airs "live" on Kentucky Educational Television Monday evening, will be re-broadcast on the WEKU stations Tuesday at 11:00 am.