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5:45pm

Fri September 9, 2011
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Lawmakers Try to Learn History's Lessons

On 9-11, Hal Rogers, R-KY, watched as an airliner rammed the Pentagon. Then, he helped fund enhanced homeland security.

The September eleventh terrorist attacks have had an enduring impact on Kentucky’s congressional delegation. In a roundabout way it spurred one member to run for Congress and it also changed the duties of the state’s lawmakers.  

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3:20pm

Thu September 8, 2011
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Beshear, Williams Share Higher Ed Podium

Two months from today, Kentuckians choose their next governor.  A pair of candidates stood together Wednesday during a higher education event in Frankfort.  Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear believes his lead in the polls is a ‘reflection of how he’s tried to lead’.

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2:59pm

Thu September 8, 2011
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Bold Ideas Wanted in Obama Jobs Speech

Joining fellow members of Congress, U.S. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is eager to hear President Barack Obama’s jobs plan Thursday night, which could entail at least $300 billion in tax cuts and federal aid to local communities.  The proposal is being called “The American Jobs Act” and includes a two percent payroll tax cut, extending unemployment benefits and spending $100 billion on infrastructure projects. It is expected Mr. Obama will put an emphasis on states hit hardest by the recession and cities still dealing with a sluggish economy.

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10:56am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Kentucky FOP Endorses Williams

The Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Republican state Senate President David Williams in the race for governor. The union represents more than 9,300 law enforcement officers across the state and their nod is coveted among political candidates. Earlier this week, the state FOP endorsed Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool over Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who had received their endorsement in previous races.

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9:45am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Congressional Help for Postal Service Long Shot

The U.S. Postal Service is on the brink of defaulting on its employee pension obligations and is asking congressional leaders for assistance, but U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says lawmakers may have too much on their plate to help the ailing agency. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told a Senate committee Tuesday the agency was likely to run out of cash before the end of the month. The Postal Service faces a $10 billion deficit for the fiscal year and must make a $5.5 billion payment to retiree benefits due on Sept. 30.

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9:44am

Thu September 8, 2011
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Conway Bypasses P’Pool to Rip Walker Visit

In a message to supporters, Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway slammed Republicans for inviting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to campaign in Kentucky later this month. Walker is scheduled to headline two rallies and a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams, who has praised the Wisconsin governor’s brief tenure in radio interviews.

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12:27pm

Tue September 6, 2011
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Williams Launches Second TV Ad

After going over a month without running any television ads, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams released his second commercial Tuesday. The spot entitled “Better” takes swipes at Democratic Governor Steve Beshear for job losses and pledges Williams will stand up to President Obama and other “Washington liberals.” The ad alsocites an online newsletter that says the state is one of the “worst-run” in the country.

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11:17am

Tue September 6, 2011
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Civil Rights Group Faces Shutdown

Three years after the death of its founder, the Justice Resource Center is at risk of losing its non-profit status.The civil rights organization was founded by the late Reverend Louis Coleman in 1972 to address racial discrimination, gun violence and police brutality. Coleman died in 2008 after suffering a series of seizures. The social justice group has been led by the Rev. James Tennyson of New Golden Star Baptist Church since then.

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6:25am

Mon September 5, 2011
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Fall Campaign Season?

In a little over two months, Kentucky voters decide who will hold a series of statewide offices, including governor.  But, between now and then, there will likely be a whole lot of politics to sort through. Traditionally, the political season begins with Labor Day. But, that’s changing.  Political ads are now common in the summer.…Governor Steve Beshear launched a new one just before the holiday.  Republican challenger David Williams is also advertising. These days, Transylvania University political scientist Don Dugi says campaigns start whenever the candidate things the timing is right.

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4:00pm

Fri September 2, 2011
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Rand Paul Draws Large Crowd, Some Protest

Few political figures incite more interest than U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and his appearance Thursday in Danville didn't fail to draw crowds of both supporters and detractors. Paul was the featured speaker at the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Series luncheon at the Danville Country Club. He drew easily the largest crowd yet — well over 100 people — as well as the first throng of protestors to show up for one of the events.

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10:08am

Fri September 2, 2011
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State Senator Won't Seek Re-election

Jack Westwood didn't have much political experience in 1996 when he decided to take on Democratic incumbent state Sen. Joe Meyer. He served one term on the Erlanger/Elsmere school board and, about three decades earlier, won an election as class president at Lloyd High School, where he later taught English for 27 years. Westwood, armed with the campaign slogan, "One man can make a difference," pulled off what some at the time called one of the biggest upsets in Northern Kentucky political history when he beat Meyer with 54 percent of the vote. He will enter his 16th and final year next year as state senator from Erlanger.

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7:31am

Fri September 2, 2011
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KY Gov. Candidates Slated for KET Forums

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has agreed to participate in one of two planned televised forums with his opponents in the November Election. Beshear faces Republican state Senate President David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith. The incumbent Democrat has a significant lead in the polls and has declined to attend several forums with his rivals, citing various scheduling concerns. Williams has criticized Beshear for not facing the voters of Kentucky. The two appeared together for the first time in the general election at a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in July. They also both spoke at the annual Fancy Farm picnic last month. Beshear will participate in a forum sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters, but has declined to appear at an AARP-sponsored event with Williams.

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4:12pm

Thu September 1, 2011
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P’Pool Ad Focuses on Crime, Corruption

Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool focused on fighting crime and political corruption in his second television ad released Wednesday. The 30-second commercial will run over Labor Day weekend and bypasses any swipes at Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, even though the two have traded barbs through the media as of late.

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10:42am

Wed August 31, 2011
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Hubbard Files Letter of Intent for Senate

Former state senator and U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard has filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Board of Elections to run for the First District Kentucky Senate seat now held by Sen. Ken Winters. Hubbard, D-Mayfield, challenged Winters, R-Murray, for the seat in 2008.

5:04pm

Tue August 30, 2011
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Survey Shows Beshear With Crushing Lead

A new poll shows Democratic Governor Steve Beshear pummeling Republican opponent David Williams in the 2011 gubernatorial race and raises questions if the growing lead is having a negative affect on the rest of the GOP ticket. But the Williams campaign says the GOP nominee is gaining ground and support for his issue-oriented candidacy and that things will pick up after Labor Day.

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1:04pm

Tue August 30, 2011
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Galbraith Blasts Papers over Coverage

In a terse press release, Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith’s communications director Nicole Bartlett criticizes the state’s two major newspapers for ignoring the independent gubernatorial candidate’s campaign. Bartlett says Kentucky news outlets of focusing only on the major party candidates–incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear and Republican state Senate President David Williams.

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12:20pm

Tue August 30, 2011
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P’Pool Campaign Responds to Sullivan Probe

The campaign for Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool released a statement in response to news that Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway’s office has named a special prosecutor to investigate possible campaign finance violations by Sullivan University.

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12:18pm

Tue August 30, 2011
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Special Investigation into Sullivan University

The office of Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway has named a special prosecutor to investigate Sullivan University for potential violations of Kentucky campaign finance laws after school executives encouraged employees to support his opponent in the general election. Earlier this month, a former admissions officer at Spencerian College in Louisville, which is run by Sullivan University, accused officials of urging them to contribute to Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool this November. Spencerian is among several for-profit colleges that are currently being probed by the attorney general.

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2:52pm

Mon August 29, 2011
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Beshear Advertises, Williams "Prays"

Pummeling Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams on the airwaves, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has released his fifth television ad of the general election, which highlight cuts to pending and reducing the size of state government.

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2:35pm

Mon August 29, 2011
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Fewer Candidates Test "Political Courage"

Every election year Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan voter education organization, conducts what's called the Political Courage Test, asking candidates to go on the record on hot button issues. But fewer candidates are choosing to take the test. 

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1:31pm

Mon August 29, 2011
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Paul Says GOP Candidates Down to Four

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., understandably has some bias toward the Republican presidential candidates. “I like that Ron Paul,” Paul said last week about his father, a Texas congressman and GOP presidential hopeful. Paul said he believes the race is down to four candidates: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

10:23am

Mon August 29, 2011
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Fewer Candidates Taking Courage Test

Every election year Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan voter education organization, conducts what's called the Political Courage Test, asking candidates to go on the record on hot button issues. But fewer candidates are choosing to take the test.

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1:15pm

Thu August 25, 2011
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Galbraith Claims 2nd Place in Unknown Poll

Discussing his views on the banking system and legalizing marijuana in Kentucky, independent Gatewood Galbraith told libertarian filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones he is in second place in the race for governor.

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8:38am

Thu August 25, 2011
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Yarmuth on CBO, Super Committee

During an hour-long discussion Wednesday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., demanded more transparency from the 12-member super committee and encouraged President Barack Obama to make a more forceful argument that the federal government has a role in fixing the economy. The Congressional Budget Office released its updated report early Wednesday). It paints a dire economic picture and forecasts the country’s jobless rate will remain above eight percent until 2014.

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7:32am

Thu August 25, 2011
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Wives Emerge as Force in Governor's Race

Judge Robyn WIlliams at a GOP campaign event with her husband, Senate President and gubernatorial candidate David Williams.
Williams-Farmer Campaign

The spouses of the leading candidates in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race are especially visible this election season.  Instead of standing in the background as their husbands campaign, First Lady Jane Beshear and Judge Robyn Williams travel the Commonwealth alone, talk policy and present their spouses in a more human light. 

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4:04pm

Wed August 24, 2011
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Rand Paul for President?

A piece in the U.S. News & World Report speculates the presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., could pave the way for his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to run for the White House in the coming years. The article points out Congressman Paul came in second in the Iowa straw poll and is above 10 percent in two prominent polls, which it estimates might give Paul the younger a chance in a future presidential contest.

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4:02pm

Wed August 24, 2011
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Conway Campaign Slams P’Pool Backer

Telling supporters it’s “time to fight back” the campaign for Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway criticized the “outrageous agenda” and prominent backers of his general election opponent. Conway’s campaign is trying to raise $10,000 online by September 15 and are highlighting the big name conservatives who are headed to Kentucky to campaign for Republican challenger Todd P’Pool in the coming months.

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12:05pm

Wed August 24, 2011
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P’Pool Says Mine Inspections ‘Go Too Far’

In an interview with cn|2 Pure Politics, Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool said he thought government inspection and regulation of coal mines in Kentucky has “gone too far.” P’Pool grew up in western Kentucky and is the son of a coal miner and the grandson of a federal mine inspector. The Hopkins County Attorney discussed his upbringing in the coalfields, and said he thinks the United Mine Workers of America has outlived its usefulness in Kentucky.

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1:44pm

Tue August 23, 2011
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Danville Hires Another Temp

The Advocate Messenger

Danville has another interim city manager. After almost two hours in executive session Monday, the City Commission unanimously approved hiring Ron Scott to take over the position left vacant when John W.D. Bowling resigned last week. Scott, who moved from Frankfort to a farm on U.S. 127 in 1993, worked for the Kentucky League of Cities for 26 years, including 15 years as the assistant executive director and director of insurance and risk management. Since retiring from KLC in 2001, he has worked as a contract lobbyist for Preservation Kentucky.

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11:48am

Tue August 23, 2011
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Huckabee to Campaign for P’Pool

Raising more eyebrows in Kentucky’s race for attorney general, Republican candidate Todd P’Pool announced Tuesday that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will headline a campaign fundraiser in October.

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