The closely watched showdown between incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has put a spotlight on Kentucky. And heading in to this Election Day, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins has received a little more attention than usual.
In a tight political race, voter turnout can mean the difference between a win and a loss. That could be the case in the battle for Kentucky's U-S Senate seat. Opinions vary on the factors which impact the process of moving a person from political spectator to participant.
The importance of voter turnout is not lost on either candidate running for Kentucky's U-S Senate seat. The impact of political ads on the number of people who show up at the polls on Election Day, may be a matter of opinion.
In less than a week, Lexington voters will go to the polls and decide who will lead Urban County Government for the next four years. Jim Gray wants to serve another term as mayor. Anthany Beatty would like to take over the reins.
Republican incumbent Andy Barr, left, listened as his Democratic challenger, Elisabeth Jensen, made a point during a televised debate Monday night in Richmond. They disagreed on almost everything, particularly the role of government.
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U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen took the stage at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts Monday, Oct. 27 in a debate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.
Televised live by WKYT-TV’s The CW Lexington (Channel 27.2) and moderated by Channel 27 news anchor and political editor Bill Bryant, the debate also aired on WEKU-FM (88.9).
The race for the Bluegrass Region's congressional seat pits a first term incumbent against a first time candidate. Republican Andy Barr is seeking a second term as Democrat Elisabeth Jensen works to take his seat on Capitol Hill.
The two candidates in Kentucky’s sixth congressional district race stand on opposite sides when it comes to health care reform. Incumbent Andy Barr and challenger Elisabeth Jensen appeared Monday night on KET'S Kentucky Tonight. Barr argues current reforms will leave states like Kentucky with unaffordable Medicaid costs. "The state simply doesn't have the capacity to fund, at this point, this massive expansion of Medicaid. This is going to crowd out our ability to fund education," said Barr.
Political Supporters Gathered Outside KET to Watch the Debate.
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The highly anticipated debate between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is now history. There were no obvious blunders or bombshell political revelations during Monday night's KET broadcast.
The highly-anticipated debate between Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes takes place Monday night.
By all accounts, the race is a close one. Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government Professor Joe Gershtenson says Monday's KET appearance provides a setting where a political misstep can occur.
Both candidates for Lexington mayor agree that employment must be a key focus of local government. Incumbent Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty took center stage last night at Transylvania University, in a debate sponsored by the school and the Lexington Forum.
The November general election is less than a month away and Monday is the last day to register to vote. In Fayette County, Clerk Don Blevins says interested citizens have until 4:30pm to sign up at his downtown office. Blevins says applications sent via mail must be postmarked Monday. He says his office has received a large number of voter registration cards.
Lexington FOP President Jason Rothermund and Mayoral Candidate Anthany Beatty
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Lexington's Fraternal Order of Police is endorsing former police chief Anthany Beatty for mayor. FOP President Jason Rothermund made the formal announcement Friday. Rothermund says the decision is based on more than Beatty's public safety career. He says Beatty's leadership style and integrity are strong attributes. "I don't expect any favors. I don't think the Division of Police personnel expect any favors if Anthany Beatty were to be mayor. The thing that I can say about him is he's fair," said Rothermund.
Left to right, Mayoral candidate Anthany Beatty, Lexington League of Women Voters Moderator Cindy Heine, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray
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During their first formal forum Tuesday night, the candidates for Lexington mayor gave their two cents on a number of topics. One of those issues was the militarization of local police departments.
The use of military equipment by local police remains a national subject of discussion. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says citizens count on police to respond to criminal matters in an ever changing society. "The expectations of our police, of our law enforcement, individuals and agencies has increased, so the expectation is greater," said Gray.
Incumbent Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and former police chief Anthany Beatty meet up tonight for the first one-on-one appearance during the general election campaign. Gray was the leading vote getter in the May primary by a substantial margin over Beatty and first time candidate Danny Mayer. This evening's forum is sponsored by the Eastland Parkway Neighborhood Association and facilitated by the Lexington League of Women Voters. The two men are scheduled to meet several more times in public forums before the November fourth election.
As we head into the final stretch of the 2014 election season, representatives from the state's two major political parties are making their predictions for Kentucky's most watched November race. Appearing on KET's Kentucky Tonight program Monday, both sides agreed that female voters could play a significant role in the U.S. Senate race.
Lexington mayoral candidate Anthany Beatty doesn't believe increasing two-way traffic in the downtown area would be an improvement. It's an issue that has been debated and studied over the past several years.
Lexington’s Council has so far not acted to convert any two-way streets to one-way. Beatty believes such a change would likely cause traffic gridlock, saying "Two way streets are somewhat problematic as you're trying to expedite traffic, particularly with left turns and all the complicating things that back traffic up and cause more congestion.”
The state must pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky more than $160,000 in attorneys’ fees because the legislature failed to enact new legislative district maps in a timely fashion, the group announced Tuesday.
TOMPKINSVILLE — Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and his running mate, State Senator Chris McDaniel, are framing their 2015 gubernatorial campaign around both conservative and liberal-leaning agenda items.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Tuesday amid a small but vocal Republican backlash over his handling of the investigation and indictment of his Republican predecessor, Richie Farmer.
Centre College President John A. Roush (center) is joined by AARP State President Jim Kimbrough (far left), AARP State Director Ron Bridges (left), WAVE3 News Vice President and General Manager Ken Selvaggi (right) and Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations.
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Organizers of a proposed debate between Kentucky's two leading senate candidates are awaiting a response from one of the campaigns.
Statehouse staffers who've filed lawsuits against a current state legislator and a former lawmaker want access to a report their attorney said may include allegations of improper behavior by other legislators.
In a Sept. 10 hearing, a Franklin Circuit judge will consider motions regarding lawsuits filed against Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, and former Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is touring eastern Kentucky in his campaign against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. Along for the ride, is veteran Republican U.S. Representative Hal Rogers.
Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers stumps for Senator Mitch McConnell in Middlesboro.
President Clinton and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes at the Carrick House in Lexington.
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Alison Lundergan Grimes is using a little star power on the campaign trail. Former President Bill Clinton Wednesday made two stops in Kentucky with the senate hopeful.
Immediately after taking the stage at the Carrick House in Lexington, Grimes made it clear to the large, enthusiastic crowd that she rejects any labels her opponent Senator Mitch McConnell has tried to give her. Grimes said there is a brand she will be gladly accept.
“One label, though that I will proudly wear is that of a Clinton Democrat. I am a Clinton Democrat,” said Grimes.