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1:18pm

Tue September 27, 2011
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Lancaster, Garrard Officials Discuss Merger

Lancaster and Garrard County officials swapped opinions Monday about creating a commission to study a merged charter-county form of government. Representatives from the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, Bluegrass Area Development District and Department for Local Government attended Monday’s meeting at the request of the Lancaster City Council to offer answers and opinions.

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9:52am

Tue September 27, 2011
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Outside GOP Group Runs Ads for Williams

An Ohio-based organization is planning to run ads in Kentucky supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams, but it’s unclear who is funding the group. Restoring America registered with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Monday, but little else is known about the group other than its Ohioan supporters and a filing address listed at a UPS store in Lexington.

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9:42am

Tue September 27, 2011
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McConnell Reacts to Geithner's Kentucky Visit

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., issued a statement responding to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who visited Louisville on Monday to support President Obama’s jobs bill. Geithner toured the UPS air hub and said if Congress would pass the American Jobs Act it would help local companies by investing  $450 million in Kentucky railways, roads and aviation. But McConnell says if the White House is serious about job creation it will give up the jobs plan and go in the opposite direction.

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7:57pm

Mon September 26, 2011
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Paul Opposes Funds for Disaster Assistance

The US Senate passed a temporary spending bill that averts a government shutdown this weekend, but they did it without help from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.  One senator likened the deal to a “magic” happening at the last minute. Now the government will have its coffers refilled. This budget fight hinged on whether to pay for federal disaster assistance immediately after an emergency or put off those payments until a later date. 

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4:23pm

Mon September 26, 2011
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Treasury Secretary Promotes Jobs Bill in Kentucky

Louisville Public Media

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says President Barack Obama’s jobs bill would help business grow by investing in Kentucky railways, roads and aviation. Geithner toured the UPS air hub, Worldport, in Louisville on Monday and said in order to improve the struggling economy, business needs help. Geithner’s appearance to promote Mr. Obama’s American Jobs Act was the third by a White House cabinet member in the past week.

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4:01pm

Mon September 26, 2011
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Governor Skips Education Forum on KET

In the race for governor of Kentucky, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith will square off during a televised debate Monday focusing on education. The forum will air statewide on Kentucky Education Television, but will not include Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear, who declined to appear. Education advocates are pleased with the focus on education, but there are mixed reviews about the governor’s decision to skip the forum, which the Lexington Herald Leader derided as “arrogant” and showing a lack of respect for voters.

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1:41pm

Sun September 25, 2011
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Scott Magistrate's Dual Role is No Conflict

There is no conflict of interest between Scott County Magistrate Bill Parker’s position on fiscal court and his job with Georgetown-Scott County Parks and Recreation, said the state attorney general’s office. In an informal opinion written by Assistant Attorney General Aaron S. Ament, the attorney general’s office determined that because parks and recreation is a joint agency of the Georgetown and Scott County governments, Parker’s position on fiscal court and in parks and recreation did not violate the Kentucky Constitution.

4:58pm

Fri September 23, 2011
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KDP Demands P’Pool Discuss Domestic Incident

The Kentucky Democratic Party is calling on Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool to explain a decade-old 911 call made by the Hopkins County Attorney’s aunt. Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported about an entry in a police log that showed a caller accusing the GOP nominee of causing a disturbance.

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1:39pm

Fri September 23, 2011
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Senate Candidate Wants Super Committee to Focus on Jobs

U.S. Senate candidate and Indiana Congressman Joe Donnelly, D-In., is challenging the bi-partisan super committee to use their power to force action on job creation.  The 12-member panel is charged with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in debt savings over the next decade. If the committee fails to come up with a deficit reduction plan then $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts to domestic and military spending will kick-in.

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1:21pm

Thu September 22, 2011
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Thank Boehner, McConnell for Obama's visit

The fact that the Brent Spence Bridge sits squarely between the home states of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not just a coincidence -- it's the reason for the president's visit on Thursday, a White House spokesman said. "It says a lot that the bridge that would connect the states of two such powerful leaders would be considered functionally obsolete," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told the Enquirer in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

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4:32pm

Wed September 21, 2011
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New Williams Ad Addresses Likability, Toughness

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams released his third TV ad in the race for Kentucky governor Wednesday, which embraces his reputation for not “playing too nice” in Frankfort. The spot features two men discussing Williams’s platform to cut spending and reform the tax code, adding that he will stand up to President Obama. The state Senate president’s likeability have plagued him in the polls and the ad seeks to pivot that to Williams fighting for job losses to neighboring states. Check it out:

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4:26pm

Wed September 21, 2011
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McConnell Questions Obama's Motives

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., questioned the motives of President Obama’s planned visit to the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, alleging it’s more about his re-election than solving the country’s economic woes.

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8:35am

Wed September 21, 2011
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Panel Rejects Complaint Over Homeless Voters

The Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission decided will not take action regarding a complaint filed by Republican secretary of state candidate Bill Johnson over homeless people registering to vote. Johnson filed the grievance two months over a 2-page memorandum sent to county clerks by the Kentucky secretary of state’s office telling local officials to approve voter applications that have “homeless” or “place to place” listed as an address.

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8:24am

Wed September 21, 2011
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Thank McConnell, Boehner for Obama Visit

The fact that the Brent Spence Bridge sits squarely between the home states of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not just a coincidence -- it's the reason for the president's visit on Thursday, a White House spokesman said.

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11:50am

Tue September 20, 2011
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Candidates Discuss Homeless, Ex-Felon Voting Rights

The voting rights of Kentucky’s homeless citizens and convicted felons were key points of contention during last night’s election forum on Kentucky Educational Television.  KET hosted candidates in the race for secretary of state, who supervises the Commonwealth’s elections.  As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, they differed over the rules that govern voters.

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1:23pm

Mon September 19, 2011
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Harlan Circuit Judge Removed from Office

The Judicial Conduct Commission, a state panel that disciplines judges, has found Harlan Circuit Court Judge Russell Alred guilty on nine charges of misconduct and concluded that removal from office was warranted in the case. The decision was unanimous with the judges voting 6-0. In the commission’s ruling, which was released Monday morning, the judges stated that the actions of Alred “show a blatant and persistent failure to uphold the impartiality and integrity of the judiciary.” Several of the counts that Alred was found guilty of involve his failure to recuse himself from cases

12:41pm

Mon September 19, 2011
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Davis Battling Heritage Foundation Over Scorecard

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., is having a war of words with leaders of the Heritage Foundation after the Kentucky lawmaker slammed their legislative scorecard system.  The group Heritage Action for America is a more aggressive grassroots arm of the conservative policy organization that recently released its ratings of the 112th Congress.

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10:30am

Mon September 19, 2011
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KET Hosts Secretary of State Debate

The candidates for secretary of state will meet for a debate on Kentucky Educational Television Monday night.  Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Bill Johnson will discuss a variety of issues, including voting rights and business filings in the commonwealth. The campaign has been defined by their disagreement over whether homeless people should be able to register to vote without an address.

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10:13am

Mon September 19, 2011
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Covington Mayor Steps Down

Covington Mayor Denny Bowman at work in his office two years ago.
Patrick Reddy Kentucky Enquirer

The Internal Revenue Service wants to stay in Covington, keeping several thousand jobs in the city - and Covington Mayor Denny Bowman plans to step down from office Sept. 30, after 27 years working for the city. The two stories became interwoven Friday when Bowman, contacted for his comments about a proposed letter of intent between the city and federal government over the IRS facility, complained City Manager Larry Klein and other city staff had not kept him updated about the IRS plans.

11:49am

Sun September 18, 2011
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Cave City Mayoral Race Appealed to High Court

A contested mayoral election in Barren County is being appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The attorney for Cave City Mayor Bob Hunt filed a motion for discretionary review Thursday, urging the state’s high court to overturn the decision of two lower courts to declare the 2010 mayoral election in Cave City null and void. Hunt, the incumbent, garnered the most votes in last year’s election against Dwayne Hatcher and Larry Davidson, defeating Hatcher by two votes Nov. 4.

1:03pm

Fri September 16, 2011
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Protestors Celebrate 7 Months of Sit-In

After staging a sit-in for about seven months at Gov. Steve Beshear’s office to protest mountaintop removal, some 20 people celebrated at Frankfort's Kentucky Coffeetree Café Thursday night. Organizers also brainstormed ideas on how to keep the protest of the controversial mining technique moving forward, said Andy McDonald, a participant and supporter of the sit-ins. The protesters are also looking at other forms of civil disobedience besides a sit-in.

9:59am

Fri September 16, 2011
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Obama To Visit Aging KY Bridge

For more than a decade, community leaders have been trying to make the case that replacing the aging Brent Spence Bridge is critically important for the entire nation, not just Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
They’ll get that chance next week, when President Barack Obama visits the bridge to tout the importance of it and other infrastructure projects.

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9:18am

Thu September 15, 2011
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Williams: No Income Tax in Kentucky

Kentucky would have no state personal and corporate income taxes under an economic plan released Wednesday by state Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams. The Burkesville Republican faces Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith in the November 2011 election. Williams' plan would eliminate state income taxes and suspend many other taxes on businesses to spur job growth. Some sort of sales tax or other tax on consumption could replace the revenue, Williams said.

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4:50pm

Wed September 14, 2011
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Paul Calls Bridge Repairs "Top Priority"

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., received an emergency briefing from federal officials regarding the Sherman Minton Bridge on Wednesday. The bridge was recently closed after an inspector found a crack in the main load-bearing portion of the 50-year-old span, which connects Louisville to southern Indiana.

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4:47pm

Wed September 14, 2011
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Williams Unveils Jobs Plan

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams wants to eliminate Kentucky’s personal and corporate income taxes as part of his jobs plan. The proposal released Wednesday holds a number of ideas and makes a number of short-term recommendations to spur economic growth in the commonwealth such as eliminating local tax options, curtailing federal regulations and suspending certain taxes. Williams says getting rid of certain taxes is a crucial part of making the state competitive and better at creating and retaining jobs.

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10:51am

Wed September 14, 2011
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McConnell Among Richest Members of Congress

An annual list of the richest members of Congress shows lawmakers have continued to prosper while the recession and unemployment rate immobilizes the economy.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was ranked among the wealthiest elected officials.

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10:25am

Wed September 14, 2011
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'Don't Ease Up' Jane Beshear Tells Democrats

Jane Beshear asked Northern Kentucky Democrats not to rest just because her husband has a sizable lead in the polls. Kentucky's first lady visited on Tuesday the newly opened Northern Kentucky Coordinated Campaign Office in Newport. The office at 515 Monmouth St. will house the campaigns in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties for all statewide Democratic candidates. Polls have shown Gov. Steve Beshear leading his Republican opponent David Williams by as much as 27 percentage points.

1:06pm

Tue September 13, 2011
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Danville Begins City Manager Search Again

It looks as if the first part of the Danville city manager search will be conducted by a body of citizens and commissioners, but much of the process still remains uncertain. Mayor Bernie Hunstad’s proposal Monday would have included hiring an outside executive search firm as well as naming a seven-person citizens committee to provide oversight of the process. After a lengthy discussion, though, commissioners opted to start the search process without hiring a firm, instead leaving the initial search up to the committee.

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11:53am

Tue September 13, 2011
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Treasurer Candidates Debate

The incumbent with a well known political lineage, an outspoken Lexington government official, and a Libertarian with computer skills are vying to be Kentucky’s next treasurer.  The three made their positions known last night on Kentucky Educational Television.  One of the responsibilities of the state treasurer is to return unclaimed property to taxpayers.  The office has long published lists on-line of such misplaced funds and property.  But GOP candidate K.C. Crosby claims returning those assets to the rightful owners still takes too long.

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10:11am

Tue September 13, 2011
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Bus Crash Survivors Against Alcohol Sales

As the Oct. 4 elections approach, two survivors of the deadly Carrollton bus crash will speak out today against expanded alcohol sales in Hardin County. The May 14, 1988, bus crash resulted in 27 deaths and many more injuries when a drunken driver collided head on with a Radcliff First Assembly of God bus. Most of the victims were teenagers from Hardin County returning home from a trip to Kings Island. The special election for expanded alcohol sales is scheduled for Oct. 4 in separate elections in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove.

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