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9:10am

Fri December 2, 2011
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Deep Defense Cuts Worry Appropriations Head

With the failure of the super committee to cut more than a trillion dollars from the nation’s debt, automatic cuts are scheduled to hit the federal budget. Kentucky lawmakers are still holding out hope that a new deal can be reached.

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10:26am

Thu December 1, 2011
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Tea Party Did Not Violate Election Laws

The Northern Kentucky Tea Party did not violate campaign finance laws by paying for a November 2010 newspaper ad that listed candidates that supported tea party values, the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance board decided Wednesday. The board dismissed a complaint filed by Hebron resident Jonathan Brown that alleged the ad endorsed candidates and therefore required the Northern Kentucky Tea Party to register as a campaign committee where it would have to report its contributions and expenditures.

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2:32pm

Wed November 30, 2011
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Yarmuth Rips GOP over Payroll Tax Cuts

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday in support of extending the payroll tax cuts, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., criticized Republicans, claiming they are putting wealthier Americans over working families. The current payroll rate is set to expire January 1, which would end the relief for about 160 million Americans.

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4:59pm

Tue November 29, 2011
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Department of Interior Delays Plan to Merge Offices

The U.S. Department of the Interior is delaying an order to merge certain parts of the office that regulates surface mining with another department. Last month, the Department of the Interior announced a proposal to merge parts of the Office of Surface Mining with the Bureau of Land Management. But concerns have been raised about both the idea itself and the way the department went about the plan.

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2:51pm

Mon November 28, 2011
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NRCC Blames Chandler, Obama for ‘Making Economy Worse’

 

The National Republican Congressional Committee is resuming its attack ads against U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., blaming the central Kentucky congressman for the woeful economy by supporting President Obama’s jobs plan.

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10:34am

Mon November 21, 2011
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Forum to Restrict Judicial Elections Funding Today

Various Kentucky advocacy groups are lining up in support of legislation that would take private money out of judicial races. The measure would block judicial candidates from taking contributions from individuals or companies, and would instead establish a fund to distribute campaign money to candidates. The money would come from voluntary income tax contributions, Kentucky Bar Association dues or nonpartisan fundraisers.

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2:33pm

Sun November 20, 2011
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Centre Gears Up for 2012 Debate, Uses 2000 Debate for Ideas

Cheney and Liberman go mano a mano at Centre College in 2000.
The Advocate-Messenger

“From historic Danville, Kentucky, good evening and welcome to this year's only vice presidential debate…” That simple introduction from CNN’s Bernard Shaw signaled the beginning of the 2000 vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman for the viewing public, but for the people who worked to make the event happen it signified the culmination of a whirlwind year. An idea few thought possible had become a reality. Both those at Centre and with the Commission on Presidential Debates will tell you the fact the school has many of the same people in place was big reason why the debate is coming back to Danville in 2012.

5:31pm

Thu November 17, 2011
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Kentucky Lawmakers Push for More Cuts in Debt

Some of the Commonwealth’s lawmakers are pressuring members of the so-called “super committee” to exceed their goal and cut more than one point two trillion dollars in debt.  However, as its deadline nears, the special panel remains gridlocked. The clock is ticking on Capitol Hill. The deadline for the super committee is less than a week away, but as of now the two sides remain far apart. Kentucky Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield says this is a time for Congress to make hard decisions and set aside party loyalty.

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11:09am

Thu November 17, 2011
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Beshear Announces Inauguration Committee Co-Chairs

On Dec. 13, Gov. Steve Beshear will become only the second Kentucky governor to be sworn in to a second consecutive term. To oversee the state's 59th inaugural celebration, the governor Wednesday named eight inauguration committee co-chairs.

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11:02am

Thu November 17, 2011
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Bowling Green Mayor Sworn In

Just one week after he prevailed in the city’s special election, Bruce Wilkerson was sworn in as Bowling Green’s mayor before Tuesday night’s regular commission meeting. “It’s been a long journey and I’m glad we came to the conclusion and can get back together and get down to business with the city,” Wilkerson said.

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12:39pm

Wed November 16, 2011
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Committee Prepares Second Beshear Inauguration

On December 13th, Governor Steve Beshear will become only the second governor in Kentucky history to be sworn into a second consecutive term. Governor Beshear has appointed eight committee co-chairs to oversee the state's 59th inaugural celebration.

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10:11pm

Sun November 13, 2011
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What Does Beshear's Win Mean?

Some Republicans helped Gov. Steve Beshear win re-election. Beshear won predominantly Republican areas of Northern Kentucky, including Fort Thomas by 2 percent over Republican challenger and state Senate President David Williams, R- Burkesville. Republicans saw Beshear's victory and the Democrats' success Election Day as an anomaly and not foreshadowing 2012. Democrats saw this year's election, particularly Beshear's victory in conservative areas, as proof Democrats can win in the region.

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10:15am

Fri November 11, 2011
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2012 Hopefuls Filing for Next Election Cycle

Election Day 2011 is history though the official certification of results by the Kentucky State Board of Elections is scheduled for November 28. While most Kentuckians are moving into the advent of the holiday season and a new year, the election season rarely has a breather.

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7:46pm

Wed November 9, 2011
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David Williams-Post Election

Senate President David Williams meets with reporters to reflect on the election and look ahead
Stu Johnson Weku

Senate President David Williams says he has no second thoughts about how he conducted his campaign for Kentucky governor.   The G-O-P leader is not ready to talk about legislative issues—yet.  The Burkesville Senator  is reflecting on his 20 point loss to incumbent governor Steve Beshear.   Williams doesn’t believe his political agenda was a factor in his race.  “I don’t think my message was wrong.. I just think I was too unpopular to be elected..that’s the bottom line.. I don’t know how more candid that you can be than that is I was just too unpopular to be elected,” said Williams.

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1:49pm

Wed November 9, 2011
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Next Up: Ben Chandler and Andy Barr

US House of Representatives

When Democrats last night celebrated their victory in Frankfort, the master-of-ceremonies was US Representative Ben Chandler.  With Chandler facing a rematch next year with GOP challenger and Tea Party favorite Andy Barr, the Congressman’s appearance before the party faithful was no accident.  Political scientist Joe Gershtenson says Chandler should take no comfort in yesterday’s Democratic successes.

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10:29am

Wed November 9, 2011
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Grimes Wins Secretary of State

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Josh James Kentucky Public Radio

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes coasted to victory in the Tuesday night's election for Secretary of State. The Lexington lawyer took home more votes than any other Democrat on Tuesday's ballot. In her first bid for public office, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party chair Jerry Lundergan, won 61 percent of the vote. Grimes, who has said she would support automatic restoration of voting rights for felons and opposes a photo ID requirement at the polls, sounded a familiar note in her acceptance speech.

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10:02am

Wed November 9, 2011
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Kentucky Voter Turnout Better than Expected

A record 2,944,603 Kentuckians were registered to vote in Tuesday's general election, but just more than 28 percent made the trip to the polls. By about 10:45 p.m., with 99.61 percent of precincts reporting, 837,868 ballots had been counted. The percentage of voters was slightly higher than the 25 percent to 28 percent that Secretary of State Elaine N. Walker had predicted.

12:58am

Wed November 9, 2011
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Tea Party Impact?

David Williams and Phil Moffett have a few words following Williams concession speech.
Stu Johnson Weku

The atmosphere was pretty subdued last night (Tuesday) when Republicans gathered in Lexington to watch election returns.  By evening’s end, the lone G-O-P winner was Jamie Comer, who will be Kentucky’s next Agriculture Commissioners.  So the rest of the Republican candidates are left wondering, what happened?  Since the 20-10 general election, supporters of the ‘taxed enough already’ or ‘tea’ party have grabbed the attention of Kentucky’s politicians.  A year ago, Tea Party voters were credited with playing a significant role in the election of political novice Rand Paul to the U-S Senate.

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11:25pm

Tue November 8, 2011
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Democrats-5, Republicans-1

Democrats won five of the six statewide races on the ballot in Kentucky Tuesday.  At the top of the ticket, incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear beat Republican challenger David Williams by nearly 20 points.

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11:19pm

Tue November 8, 2011
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Election Leaves Political Fates Undecided

Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane after winning the election at the Frankfort Convention Center for the Democratic election party on Tuesday November 8, 2011 in Frankfort, Ky.
Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

It’s an ancient tradition.  An election immediately sparks speculation on the political future of losers and winners.  Even as the final votes were counted, pundits wondered about the Governor’s next step.  Will he run for US Senate?  And what will become of David Williams, the all powerful head of the Kentucky State Senate.

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3:50pm

Tue November 8, 2011
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Voters on Low Voter Turnout

Polling Officials at Tates Creek High School in Lexington.
Stu JOhnson Weku

Brilliant sunshine greeted voters across the commonwealth today .  Despite the fair weather, pre-election predictions suggest a light voter turnout as Kentuckians decide six statewide races.  Lexington voter Frank Byron worries that social studies have ‘gone downhill’  and suspects a lack of interest in civic affairs is behind a  voter turnout that could be below 30 percent.

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2:40pm

Tue November 8, 2011
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Republicans Challenge Chandler to Support Amendment

Putting political pressure on U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., the National Republican Congressional Committee is challenging the central Kentucky lawmaker to support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The new rule would require the federal budget be balanced and that the government cannot spend more than projected receipts and expenditures. The Republican-controlled House has pushed the measure as a way to limit spending and has scheduled a vote for November 14, but the language still hasn’t been finalized.

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10:25am

Tue November 8, 2011
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Voters Pick Statewide Officers

Voters in Kentucky pick a governor and other major statewide officers today. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. There are three choices for governor, including an independent; three choices for state treasurer, where a Libertarian is on the ballot; and three choices for state auditor, where there is a write-in candidate running. Other than that, though, the races mainly come down to Republicans and Democrats.

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10:06am

Mon November 7, 2011
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Voters Choose Statewide Offices Tuesday

Voters will help choose the entire range of state government's top elected officials on Tuesday, but have few choices when it comes to local races. The turnout is not expected to be all that great. "I think it will be better than it was in the primary (when it was about 7 percent), but it still will be low," said Webster County Clerk Valerie Franklin Newell.

6:18pm

Sun November 6, 2011
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Signs Point to Beshear Win, Low Voter Turnout

Barring a dramatic change over the next few days, political experts expect Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to handily beat Republican challenger David Williams Tuesday. Beshear, who holds a significant double-digit lead in recent polls, and Williams top a ballot that hasn’t generated much interest among voters across the state. Secretary of State Elaine Walker predicted Tuesday’s turnout somewhere between 25 and 28 percent based on absentee voting numbers, down from the 37 percent turnout when Beshear beat Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher in 2007.

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6:14pm

Sun November 6, 2011
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GOP's Williams Thanks Supporters

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams speaks Saturday at Republican headquarters in downtown Bowling Green.
Miranda Pederson Bowling Green Daily News

Eliminating the personal and corporate income tax and regulations that Republicans say overburden businesses are all part of state Sen. David Williams’ plans for the future of Kentucky. The Burkesville Republican and gubernatorial candidate was in Bowling Green on Saturday to thank those college and high school students who have been working to get out the vote for the Republican ticket.

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1:39pm

Fri November 4, 2011
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Palin Backs P’Pool for Kentucky Attorney General

Less than a week until Election Day, former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed Republican Todd P’Pool for Kentucky attorney general.  The Hopkins County Attorney is challenging Democratic incumbent Jack Conway and has sought to nationalize the race by promising to challenge federal environmental regulations and President Obama’s health care overhaul.

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10:19am

Fri November 4, 2011
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Low Voter Turnout Expected Tuesday

It's an election that just isn't getting a lot of talk. And with little talk, turnout at the polls for Tuesday's gubernatorial election is expected to be low. Secretary of State Elaine Walker is projecting a voter turnout of 25 to 28 percent, which compares to a 37.8 percent turnout in the 2007 election.

6:58am

Fri November 4, 2011
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Williams Plan on State Government Management

 

With less than a week until the election for governor of Kentucky, Republican David Williams has released a series of pledges regarding the management of state government, which the GOP nominee says put him in contrast to Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear.  Among the assurances is a promise that Williams will not furlough state workers, which was a cost-cutting measure that the governor ordered despite objections from House Democrats and vocal complaints from public employees.

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5:20am

Thu November 3, 2011
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Representative's Wife to Seek His Seat

 

Nearly a week after 82nd District Rep. Dewayne Bunch announced his resignation, his wife, Regina Bunch, has announced plans to seek her husband's seat during the upcoming special election, which won't take place before December.  Dewayne Bunch suffered a serious brain injury while breaking up a fight between students this past spring and resigned his position on Oct. 26.

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