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.
Gov. Steve Beshear will push to put on the 2012 ballot a constitutional amendment to expand gambling if he's re-elected this November. Beshear, a Democrat, faces Republican challenger and state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, and independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith in the Nov. 8 election. The state needs to expand gambling so the horse industry can compete with surrounding states, Beshear said during an interview with The Enquirer's editorial board Tuesday.
Senator Rand Paul’s bid to take money from highway beautification projects and use it to repair bridges and other transportation infrastructure has failed on the senate floor. The Kentucky Republican proposed eliminating money for landscaping projects like walking and bike paths and re-directing the funds for bridge work.
With the gubernatorial election one week away, the campaign for Republican David Williams has released another ad that doesn’t feature the candidate in its final push. In the 30-second spot, former District Court Judge Robyn Williams criticizes Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear for “running a nasty campaign” and tells voters they aren’t being told the truth about his tenure in office.
The state budget, the economy and health care dominated a candidates’ forum last night between Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates. For only the second time, Democrat Steve Beshear, who’s asking for another four year term, debated G-O-P Challenger David Williams and Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith. The three gathered in the Lexington studio of Kentucky Educational Television.
About 100 individuals gathered Sunday to show their support for Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred, who temporarily stepped down from his office in September after a state panel that disciplines judges ordered him removed from the bench. In its decision, the Judicial Conduct Commission found him guilty of nine counts of judicial misconduct. Alred has appealed the decision to the Kentucky Supreme Court. William Clark Bailey, one of the organizers of the rally, described Sunday’s gathering as a movement among people in Harlan County taking a stand against the removal of a duly elected official.
The economy dominated an often contentious gubernatorial debate hosted last night by Kentucky Educational Television. For only this second time this year, all three candidates appeared together in a forum. Incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear repeated Kentucky’s economy may pick up quicker than other states.
Officials in the Fayette County Clerk’s office are gearing up for next Tuesday’s election. But, even after the vote is counted, the work there will continue. Many voters casting a ballot November eighth may find themselves in a different precinct in the next election. Local and state officials are redrawing district boundaries for city councils, school boards and the state legislature. When it comes to representation in the state legislature, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevin already knows some people will find themselves represented by someone new.
The vice presidential debate returns to Danville next October. The Commission on Presidential Debates today (Monday) announced the sites for next year’s forums. The presidential candidates will face off in Denver, at Hofstra University in New York and in Boca Raton, Florida. The vice presidential candidates will debate at Centre College on October 11th. Danville also hosted the vice presidential debate in 2000. The Commission rejected an application from Eastern Kentucky University, which hoped to host a presidential debate inside its new arts center. A total of one-dozen schools vied for that distinction.
Speaker John Boehner, R-Oh., emphasized the need for leaders in Washington to work together without compromising core principles during a speech delivered in Louisville on Monday. The Republican leader was the first U.S. Speaker of the House to address the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center for Political Leadership, which has hosted several high-profile figures, including former President George W. Bush.
For the last time, the candidates for governor of Kentucky will meet for a televised debate today. Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear has taken criticism for not showing up to debates and forums. He’ll appear on Kentucky Tonight with Republican challenger David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith.
In the race for Kentucky’s chief financial watchdog, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., endorsed Republican John Kemper, calling the Lexington developer a “constant thorn in the side” of the political establishment. Kemper is running against Democrat Adam Edelen in a race to succeed Crit Luallen, who cannot seek a third term. Edelen is the former chief of staff for Governor Steve Beshear, who released an blistering ad against the GOP contender this week for having personal financial woes.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told supporters of Republican Todd P’Pool that Kentucky’s attorney general race has national implications for health care and energy policy. Giuliani visited Louisville on Wednesday to back P’Pool, who is running against Democratic incumbent Jack Conway. The former Republican presidential candidate highlighted key parts of P’Pool’s platform, which nationalizes the race and seeks to tie Conway to President Barack Obama
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the the nation’s first African-American members of the United States Marine Corps, which includes six Louisville residents. The Montford Point Marines broke the color line in 1941, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order desegregating the Marine Corps, which was the last branch of the military to do so. At the time, more than 19,000 black marines trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, North Carolina between 1942 and 1949.
For the first time in this fall campaign season, the three candidates for lieutenant governor shared a ‘debate’ setting. It came during a series of forums broadcast statewide by Kentucky Educational Television. Taxes and jobs dominated much of the discussion.
State Sen. David Williams, R-Burkesville, made Northern Kentucky one of the first stops on his statewide bus tour, which kicked off in Louisville Monday morning. State Sen. David Williams, R-Burkesville, made Northern Kentucky one of the first stops on his statewide bus tour, which kicked off in Louisville Monday morning.
This political season, the topic of jobs is a high priority talking point. The three people running for Kentucky lieutenant governor answered questions about jobs and other topics on Kentucky Educational Television last night.
Deep cuts in federal spending are coming to Kentucky. The so-called ‘super committee’ is at work slashing more than a trillion dollars from the national debt. The state has two powerful leaders in Congress, yet neither sits on the special panel. Serving in Congress is more than just casting votes. Hoping to make a lasting imprint on the nation’s laws, legislators jockey for favored committee assignment.
Just over a fourth of registered voters are projected to cast ballots in next month’s election. Secretary of State Elaine Walker predicts between 25 to 28 percent of eligible voters will turn-out for the November 8th election. While Kentucky’s six-statewide campaigns are in the final stretch, there’s also a great deal of media attention focused on next year’s presidential race. Walker’s says it may be distracting voters. "You know, I’m not sure if the presidential race is having an impact on the local….it could…but…my feeling is more that people are not really angry with the state of the commonwealth,” said Walker.
While the number of registered Republicans in Northern Kentucky has increased in recent years, Democrats think Gov. Steve Beshear this year can repeat or exceed his success in Northern Kentucky four years ago. He won Kenton County by 10 percent and Campbell County by 11 percent and lost the heavily Republican Boone County by 1.5 percent in 2007 en route to unseating Republican Ernie Fletcher as governor. Both Beshear and his Republican challenger David Williams see Northern Kentucky as critical in winning statewide office and stumped last week in the region.
A year ago, “Aqua Buddha” made national headlines after Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and current Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway ran ads focusing on allegations that his opponent, eventual U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, was part of a group at Baylor University that worshipped a god called “Aqua Buddha.” The term has returned in this year’s election cycle, with the Republicans bringing it back. Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool, who is running against Conway in this year’s general election, started airing a statewide ad Tuesday reminding voters that Conway attacked Paul with “Aqua Buddha.”
Gov. Steve Beshear told supporters in Newport Wednesday he not only wants to win re-election, he wants to win by a landslide. “We’re going to win this race, but I don’t want to just win this race, I want to beat the socks of this guy,” Beshear said. “We need to beat him bad, because we need to send a strong message out here, and that message is this: ‘We don’t want the kind of dysfunctional politics going on in Washington D.C. right now.” Polls show Beshear ahead of GOP candidate and state Senate President David Williams by as much as 31 points.
If a proposed confidentiality ordinance passes in Fort Mitchell, council members with loose lips could serve time if they let secrets slip. Ordinance 2011-16, which received a first reading at Monday night’s meeting, details penalties that could be imposed if confidential information is discussed outside of executive sessions.
Responding to a new contract agreement between Ford Motor Company and Louisville’s local United Auto Workers, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., praised the automobile company and its employees for coming together.
A political group whose TV commercials were banned when a Franklin circuit judge issued a restraining order has now asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to hear the case. The group, Restoring America, was airing TV spots critical of Gov. Steve Beshear and urging people to vote for his GOP opponent, state Sen. David Williams. But Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Restoring America was violating Kentucky campaign finance law by not revealing the names of its monetary contributors.
Frankfort - Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate on Monday issued a restraining order to stop a group from airing TV commercials against Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. Wingate ruled the Restoring America group was not disclosing its donors -- a violation of Kentucky campaign law.