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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.