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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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10:23am

Mon August 22, 2011
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Vote Smart Tests Candidates’s Courage

Candidates running in the 2011 gubernatorial race have aired ads across Kentucky stressing their toughness in recent weeks, and now a non-profit group is putting their political courage to the test.  The non-partisan group Project Vote Smart is sending Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Gailbrath its Political Courage Test this Wednesday to gauge their views on a number of issues.

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10:58am

Fri August 19, 2011
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Paul to Perform Volunteer Eye Surgery

Keeping up with his skills as a licensed ophthalmologist, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will briefly return to the operating room Sunday to perfom six free cataract eyes surgeries.  Because Senate ethics rules prohibit Paul from receiving pay for performing those surgeries, he will work as a volunteer for Surgery on Sunday, a non-profit group in Lexington that provides outpatient services for those who can’t afford health insurance and do not qualify for government assistance. From the Herald-Leader‘s Bluegrass Politics:

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10:48am

Fri August 19, 2011
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Rand Paul Speaks in Lexington

Senator Rand Paul walks and talks with aids after a speech to the Rotary Club of Lexington.
Josh James

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is traveling the state while congress is in recess.  In his speech to the Rotary Club, Paul again sounded the call for smaller government, lower taxes, and the repeal of President Obama's health care reform law. As for the 12-member super-committee formed as part of the deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling, the senator said he's confident it will find the necessary 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts, but expressed skepticism that the deal will have much effect. Asked what he's been hearing from constituents, Paul said economic frustrations continue to top the list.

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1:50pm

Thu August 18, 2011
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P'Pool Gains Support, Conway Needs It

Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool announced Thursday that former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and former University of Kentucky basketball player Travis Ford will headline a fundraiser for him in October. Grayson served as Kentucky Secretary of State from 2003 to 2011, before taking a position in January as the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

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1:48pm

Thu August 18, 2011
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Former GOP Congressman Endorses Beshear

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has picked up another endorsement from a noted Republican politician. Former Sixth District Congressman Larry Hopkins says he has nothing against GOP Challenger, David Williams, but he believes Beshear is doing a good job and should be re-elected.

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10:43am

Thu August 18, 2011
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Williams Won't Hire New Campaign Manager

A week after his campaign manager quit, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams announced plans to move forward with a committee of consultants for the remainder of the race.  Last week, Luke Marchant, who joined the campaign in May to help garner Tea Party support, stepped down to pursue other professional opportunities. Opponents have pounced on the resignation as a sign of Williams’s weakness as Democratic Governor Steve Beshear holds a commanding 24-point lead.

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10:42am

Mon August 15, 2011
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More KY Communities Talk Merger

Call it the urge to merge. Thanks to a 2006 law and perhaps the distressed economy, public discussion about the unification of city and county governments is under way in more Kentucky communities now than ever before.

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11:31am

Sun August 14, 2011
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Conway Campaign Slaps Back Against P’Pool

Responding to an attack ad released by the Republican Party of Kentucky on Friday, the campaign to re-elect Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway is scolding Republican challenger Todd P’Pool for taking money from universities that are under investigation.  The GOP released the YouTube video to mark 100 days of criticizing Conway for helping his brother, Matt, obtain legal counsel while he was the focus of a narcotics investigation.

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4:31pm

Fri August 12, 2011
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Economics and Politics

 

Guaging  public sentiment on a wide variety of issues is common practice today.   But, political surveys may top the list.  And, assessing Congressional performance is a question routinely put before likely voters.

“Congress tends to be unpopular and has been for decades really since we’ve done polling…there’s some ups and downs, but this we’re reaching new lows every day at this point,” said Joe Gershtenson

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