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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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3:58pm

Tue May 20, 2014
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Despite Changes in Polling Places, Fayette Clerk Not Expecting Lower Turnout Due to Redistricting

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The Kentucky Legislature's re-drawing of political boundaries last year could impact Tuesday's voting activity.  The 2013 redistricting shifted many addresses into new State Senate and State House Districts.  In some cases, precinct boundaries were moved.  

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12:28pm

Sun May 18, 2014
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Sixth District House Democratic Candidates

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Two candidates will be on the May 20 Primary ballot for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky's Sixth District of the U.S. House of Representatives. WEKU reporter Stu Johnson spoke with both candidates.

Elisabeth Jensen

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11:51am

Sun May 18, 2014
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Lexington Mayoral Candidates

In our series this week, all three candidates for mayor of Lexington responded to questions about the horse industry.

Danny Mayer

First, Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer who's making his first run for public office. 

Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.

Danny Mayer's campaign website

Anthany Beatty

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9:30pm

Thu May 15, 2014
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Candidate Q and A: Sixth Congressional Seat, Elisabeth Jensen

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Lexington resident Elisabeth Jensen worked for a New York Clothing manufacturer in the 1980's and then Disney consumer products in the 90's.  In 2000, she help found a non-profit organization to help under-privileged children with their education.  Now, she's a candidate for the sixth Congressional seat in central Kentucky.  Jensen spoke to WEKU'S Stu Johnson about the role of the federal government in helping those in need.

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6:00am

Thu May 15, 2014
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Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Danny Mayer

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Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer is making his first run for public office.  The former community newspaper publisher is vying for one of two spots in the fall race for Lexington mayor. 

In our series this week, all three candidates have responded to questions about the horse industry.  Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.

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5:56pm

Wed May 14, 2014
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Comer Files Federal Lawsuit Over Impounded Hemp Seeds

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week. 

The DEA says the agriculture department could apply for a special permit to get the seeds, but  Holly Harris, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, says the permit would put serious restrictions on the state’s pilot hemp programs, which would research and cultivate the crop for industrial use.

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11:57pm

Tue May 13, 2014
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Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Jim Gray

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the bluegrass horse industry defines the rural landscape.  As part of our weeklong series on Primary 2014, the three candidates for mayor are being asked questions related to the equine industry.  Gray told WEKU's Stu Johnson the Purchase of Development Rights property preservation program is a part of the equation.

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11:57pm

Mon May 12, 2014
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Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Anthany Beatty

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    A field of three in the race for Lexington mayor will be trimmed to two next Tuesday.   Our weeklong series on the upcoming May primary continues with all three mayoral candidates weighing in on the equine industry.  Here's WEKU'S Stu Johnson with former Lexington police chief and current candidate for mayor Anthany Beatty.

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11:35pm

Fri May 2, 2014
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Lexington Forum Hosts Mayoral Candidates Debate

Members of the audience were invited to ask questions as part of the Mayoral Candidates Debate May 1, 2014, hosted by the Lexington Forum
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This is coverage of the mayoral candidates debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum in its entirety.  This broadcast was recorded Thursday May 1st at the Hilary Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

This program features three candidates running for the office of mayor of Lexington who will appear on the ballot for the 2014 Primary on May 20, 2014.  They are: incumbent Jim Gray and challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.

The two top vote-getters in the primary will face each other on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

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1:33pm

Tue April 29, 2014
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Leading Candidates “No-Shows” for TV Forums

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    For the second week in a row, a leading U.S. Senatorial candidate didn't participate in a broadcast forum produced by Kentucky Educational Television.   Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell didn't take part in the Kentucky Tonight TV show last week and Monday night Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes passed on the program.    Democrat Burrell Farnsley also did not attend this week’sforum in Lexington.

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9:21am

Mon April 14, 2014
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Lawmakers Return to Frankfort for Veto Session

Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies.  Beshear has vetoed a public-private partnership measure which gives state and local governments more leeway in using private companies to move forward with typically expensive construction projects.   The bill, approved by the General Assembly, would prohibit the use of tolls to help finance a bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio.

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6:58am

Mon March 17, 2014
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Perry Promotes State GOP in West Kentucky

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Western Kentucky Republicans gathered at Murray State University’s Curris Center this weekend for the Calloway County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, themed around the prospect of flipping control of the Kentucky House of Representatives to Republican control

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9:44pm

Tue January 28, 2014
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Lexington Mayoral Race Becomes Three Person Field

Anthany Beatty and wife Eunice Beatty at the Fayette County Clerk's office Tuesday
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The contest to become mayor of Lexington is now a three person race.  The field includes a former police chief and an English professor as well as the incumbent.

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10:28am

Tue January 28, 2014
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Former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty Will Try to Unseat Mayor Jim Gray

Former police chief Anthany Beatty said he will run for Lexington mayor, challenging incumbent Jim Gray. Beatty said he will issue a "special announcement" immediately after he submits required election papers to the Fayette County clerk's office just after noon Tuesday.

Credit CHARLES BERTRAM — Lexington Herald-Leader file photoFormer Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty, shown in 2008 in his subsequent job as assistant vice president for campus services, said Tuesday he is running for mayor in the 2014 election.Edit | Remove

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7:44am

Tue January 28, 2014
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Budget Subcommittee Chair Concerned about Mental Health for Newly-Insured

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A veteran state lawmaker is concerned the growing number of Kentuckians with health insurance could stress those who care for the mentally ill.  Jimmy Lee chairs the Budget Subcommittee on Human Resources.  The committee met Monday to begin reviewing Governor Beshear’s recommended budget.  


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9:14pm

Thu January 9, 2014
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Federal Promise Zone Created For Appalachian Kentucky

Southeast Kentucky Representative Hal Rogers broke with the Commonwealth's other congressional Republicans in endorsing the Obama Administration's "Promise Zones."

Eastern Kentucky has just one of five communities across the US included in the first phase of an initiative the Obama Administration hopes will spur economic growth. So-called Promise Zones are intended to give depressed communities a leg up in securing federal dollars. According to U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation won out in part because it’s spread across eight counties in central Appalachia.  


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6:29am

Thu December 12, 2013
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Recanvass Sought in Western Kentucky Special Election

Kim Humprhey-Democrat in Senatorial Race
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Democrats are seeking a recanvass in a western Kentucky legislative race in which a Republican has already claimed victory.  Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro had 3,568 votes, narrowly besting Morganfield Democrat Kim Humphrey's 3,436 votes in western Kentucky's 7th District. Humphrey requested the recanvass.

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6:50am

Mon December 9, 2013
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New Mayoral Portraits at Lexington City Hall

Lexington Council Member Bill Farmer
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A series of additional portraits now decorate the walls of Lexington’s Council Chambers. Paintings of four former mayors were retrieved by Mayor Jim Gray and Council member Bill Farmer from an old storage site

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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.

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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