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11:09am

Fri August 12, 2011
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School Urges Support for Conway's Opponent

A former admissions officer at the for-profit Spencerian College in Louisville  told the Lexington Herald-Leader Thursday that executives being investigated by Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway have urged employees to support his opponent in the fall election.  Campaign finance records show the chancellor of Sullivan University, which owns Spencerian, and his executives contributed $12,000 to Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool’s campaign.

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11:06am

Fri August 12, 2011
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Williams Campaign Manager Steps Down

The campaign manager for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is stepping down to pursue other professional opportunities, leaving the GOP nominee without anyone to run his day-to-day operations.  Luke Marchant joined the campaign in May to replace Scott Jennings, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, who stayed on as a consultant.

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11:04am

Fri August 12, 2011
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State Senator Calls for Obama's Resignation

Comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in a letter posted to former presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche’s website, state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, calls for the president to step down over what the Kentucky lawmaker calls the “unconstitutional” debt ceiling legislation.  Using official state letterhead, Clark says the recent agreement to raise the debt ceiling and create a 12-member super committee to reduce spending violates the U.S. Constitution. The south Louisville Democrat goes further, saying the bill is a “direct echo” of legislation that handed over power to the “murderous Hitler government” in 1933.

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5:45pm

Thu August 11, 2011
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Change in Williams' Campaign Staff

The campaign manager for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is stepping down to pursue other professional opportunities, leaving the GOP nominee without anyone to run his day-to-day operations.

Luke Marchant joined the campaign in May to replace Scott Jennings, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, who stayed on as a consultant.

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1:46pm

Thu August 11, 2011
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Poll Says Tea Party is Losing Support

Is the tea party movement shrinking? According to a recent New York Times poll, support for the tea party is at 18 percent, the lowest level since April 2010, before a wave of tea party candidates was elected in November and sent to Washington, D.C. Paul Keith, chairman of the local Bowling Green/SOKY Tea Party, said while the majority of local tea party supporters weren’t in favor of the debt deal reached in Washington last week, it hasn’t translated into a dip in support.

7:15am

Thu August 11, 2011
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Paul Duo Hit Iowa

Taking a road trip to Iowa, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., on the presidential campaign trail Wednesday to enliven supporters leading up to the August 13 straw poll. Congressman Paul is making his third attempt at the presidency, but this is the first time his Sen. Paul has joined his father on the 2012 election bid. The father and son congressional duo spoke to a crowd of about 50 people during a meet and greet in the city of Waterloo, where Kentucky’s junior Senator told the audience that both parties need to compromise to bring government spending down.

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1:46pm

Wed August 10, 2011
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Paul Speaks Out at Town Meeting

 For a moment Tuesday, it looked as if Steve Wiggins wouldn’t get to pose his question to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a packed town hall meeting in Ohio County. Wiggins stood through the meeting, listening to Paul speak against what he calls big government and the over-regulation of farms and small businesses, as well as the spending problem in Washington, D.C. Finally, Wiggins got to ask his question, and the exchange arguably offered the best illustration of the mood inside the room.

9:53am

Tue August 9, 2011
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DCCC Targets Barr for August Campaign

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continued to underscore Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr’s support for the Ryan budget plan in a new radio ad that began airing Monday.  Barr is challenging Congressman Ben Chandler, D-Ky., in a rematch from 2010, where he came within less than 700 votes of unseating the incumbent last fall.

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7:02am

Tue August 9, 2011
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Paul Hosts Town Hall Meeting

Returning from Washington for the congressional recess, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has scheduled his first town hall meeting with constituents on Tuesday. The event will be held at City Hall in Hartford, Ky., 116 East Washington Street at 2 p.m. CDT. It is expected Paul will address the contentious debt ceiling debate that embroiled Congress for the past month and the deal that was reached a week ago, which the Tea Party favorite voted against.

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8:13am

Mon August 8, 2011
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Bill Toughens Penalties for Assaulting ER Workers

Anyone who assaults a doctor or nurse in a hospital emergency room would be charged with a Class “D” felony under a bill proposed by Kentucky state Senator John Schickel. The Republican from Union spoke in support of his measure during a meeting today of a legislative panel. Schickel says the proposal has the support of the Kentucky Association of Emergency Room Nurses and the Kentucky Hospital Association.

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7:59am

Mon August 8, 2011
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Pols Spar Over Homeless Voters

Speaking at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, the candidates for secretary of state continued their debate about registering homeless people to vote in Kentucky. Declaring that people without an address should not be allowed to vote, Republican nominee Bill Johnson said allowing them to register opens the door to possible voter fraud. Last month, he filed an ethics complaint over a 2-page memorandum sent to county clerks by the 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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10:04am

Sun August 7, 2011
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Fancy Farm Turns Up the Heat in Campaigns

Gov. Steve Beshear on Saturday at the Fancy Farm Picnic spoke about his trip to the Middle East and drew the ire of his opponents, who criticized the governor for not talking about state issues. Beshear on Friday returned to Kentucky after he toured U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past week. He devoted his entire five-minute speech before the thousands assembled in Graves County to his experience in the past week overseas and praising the U.S. troops.

10:23am

Thu August 4, 2011
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Fancy Farm Gets Campaigns into High Gear

Politicians and political activists from around Kentucky will travel this weekend to the far western corner of the state and listen to candidates and political parties duke it out and set the tone for the rest of their campaigns. The 131st annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County on Saturday will feature speeches from all the candidates for statewide offices. The rowdy atmosphere and spontaneous cheers and jeers the candidates endure during their stump speeches draws people to the picnic from across the state.

1:43pm

Tue August 2, 2011
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Paul Prefers Penny Pinching to Compromise

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul was one of twenty six lawmakers to oppose a compromise that keeps the nation from defaulting on its debt. The legislation was passed with broad support in both chambers of Congress, but Senator Paul claims the more than two trillion dollars in budget cuts included in the deal are more fiction than fact.

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1:38pm

Tue August 2, 2011
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Former Candidate to Lead Bluegrass Institute

After an unexpectedly strong, but ultimately unsuccessful, showing in May’s Republican gubernatorial primary, Louisville businessman Phil Moffett had been looking for ways to capitalize on what he calls “political capital.” Moffett apparently found it. The Bowling Green-based Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions announced Monday that it has tabbed Moffett as its next president and CEO.

8:56pm

Mon August 1, 2011
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Most, Not All, KY Congressmen Compromise

A majority of Kentucky lawmakers assisted the US House in passing legislation to keep the government from defaulting on its loans. Lawmakers have gotten an earful from angry voters lately and that extended to the House floor.  Nine protestors were arrested in the Gallery after chanting their opposition to the compromise measure on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

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4:32pm

Mon August 1, 2011
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Rand Paul Vows No Compromise

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

House and Senate leaders prepared for possible votes Monday on the tentative deal to raise the government's debt ceiling and prevent a U.S. default. Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told NPR the votes could come as early as Monday evening, depending on the outcome of meetings with members. Both House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) pledged their support. However, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) promised to vote no.

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1:53pm

Mon August 1, 2011
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State Whistleblower Alleges Intimidation

A veteran state employee has alleged in a letter delivered to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office Monday that some government workers were threatened with termination if they did not contribute to Democratic Governor Steve Beshear’s re-election campaign.

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11:02am

Mon August 1, 2011
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Paper Slaps Beshear over "Snubgate"

The Louisville Courier-Journal concurred with Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams in a weekend editorial, chastising Democratic Governor Steve Beshear for pretending to snub President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Kentucky.

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6:55am

Mon August 1, 2011
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Beshear With Big Lead Over Williams

Less than a week before the annual Fancy Farm picnic, a new poll shows Democratic Governor Steve Beshear with a crushing 24-point lead over Republican challenger David Williams in the Kentucky 2011 gubernatorial race. According to the survey of 512 likely voters, Williams, who is the state Senate President, has a likability problem that is holding him back among likely voters.

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1:08pm

Fri July 29, 2011
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Balanced Budget Amendment Added to Bill

The US House and Senate still haven’t reached a deal on how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, which has some Kentucky lawmakers worried that the nation is headed towards its first default. Kentucky Democratic Congressman Chandler says the far right wing of the Republican Party is to blame for the current impasse. 

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3:36pm

Thu July 28, 2011
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Sojourners Hit McConnell over Debt Ceiling

A Christian social justice group is running radio ads targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for neglecting Biblical teachings and the poor during the debt ceiling negotiations. The minute-long spot is paid for by Sojourners, a progressive coalition of Christians led by Rev. Jim Wallis, who led hunger strikes to oppose budget cuts earlier this year. The group produced three ads that are running in Kentucky, Ohio and Nevada to target congressional leaders. The group criticize GOP leaders over neglecting the needy while “protecting tax cuts for the rich and powerful” but also challenges Democrats to do more to protect social programs.

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3:33pm

Thu July 28, 2011
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Paul, Tea Party Pile On McCain

After mocking the Tea Party while discussing the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations Wednesday,  Sen. John McCain, R-Az., is being pummeled by freshman members of Congress and activists for the remarks. The former Republican presidential candidate called activists associated with the movement “tea-party hobbits” while dismissing the possibility of a Balanced Budget Amendment passing the Senate.

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11:45am

Thu July 28, 2011
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Daniels Endorses Debt Ceiling Package

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is urging members of his state’s federal delegation to support Speaker John Boehner’s plan aimed at averting the first default in U.S. history.  What’s interesting is that Daniels, who served as Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under former President George W. Bush, indicts his former administration when criticizing “past…overspending and future overpromising (sic)” in the federal government.

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3:31pm

Tue July 26, 2011
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Disability Protesters Picket Rand Paul

A group protested outside Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Louisville office on Tuesday. The protest was meant to raise awareness of a bill being considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions, which Paul sits on. The legislation was drafted by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). It will help protect youth with disabilities from sub-minimum wage employment and will help them into the competitive workforce, Harkin wrote in an email.

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2:46pm

Tue July 26, 2011
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Moffett Heads Conservative Think Tank

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett will be named the new president and CEO of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, a conservative think tank in Kentucky. The Louisville businessman was heavily backed by tea party activists during the campaign and came in second to Republican nominee David Williams in the GOP primary, but not after upsetting the state Senate President in the state’s most populous counties.

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5:36pm

Mon July 25, 2011
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Paul Opposes Both Debt Deals

Dismissing both plans as insufficient, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., quickly released a statement opposing the dueling debt ceiling deals being proposed by House Republicans and Senate Democrats on Monday.  The proposed deals being discussed today by House Republican and Senate Democrat Leaders do not make cuts to our debt. They do not solve our debt problems. They do not balance the budget, ever,” says Paul.

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11:33am

Mon July 25, 2011
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Ad by GOP Governors Stresses Williams’s Grit

Keeping the pressure on Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, a group fronted by the Republican Governor’s Association has launched a second advertisement in support of gubernatorial candidate David Williams, highlighting the state Senate president’s toughness and personalizing unemployment in the state.

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9:50am

Mon July 25, 2011
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Pay Day Loan Opponent Undeterred

The newly-formed federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has the power to regulate payday loans. But a Kentucky lawmaker who has repeatedly attempted to cap payday loans says the feud in Congress over the bureau doesn’t make him confident that any progress will be made. State Senator Gerald Neal, D-33, has spent years trying to cap the annual interest for payday loans at 36 percent. That’s something the protection bureau could theoretically do…if it had a director. Currently, a Republican-led effort in the U.S. Senate has kept the president’s appointment to the bureau unconfirmed.

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3:18pm

Thu July 21, 2011
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Galbraith Makes it Official—Almost

Independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith filed the necessary paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office Thursday to be on the November ballot, but the perennial contender forgot to bring his campaign treasurer with him. Independent candidates must turn in at least 5,000 signatures to be placed on the general election ballot and Galbraith, who has run for governor four times before, carried 7,396 signatures with him. But state law also requires a candidate’s treasurer sign the proper documents as well.

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