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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.