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12:48pm

Wed July 6, 2011
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Paul Called Extremist By Watchdog Group

A civil rights organization known for monitoring right-wing hate groups nationwide has listed U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on its list of “extremist” candidates who ran for public office in 2010. The Southern Poverty Law Center compiled the list of 23 candidates, which includes prominent neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates, white supremacists, Klu Klux Klansmen, militiamen and Holocaust deniers.

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7:55am

Wed July 6, 2011
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Council Weighs Budget Options

Last week, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray made good on a promise to veto parts of the city budget approved by the Urban County Council. This week it’s the council’s turn to respond. At Tuesday’s work session, council members received advice from attorneys on their options for overriding Mayor Gray’s vetoes, which took effect last Friday. Some of the items will require a simple up or down vote, but others, such as the restored 10% cut in arts and charitable programs, could be voted on individually, though the council lacks the authority to reduce the amount of the cuts. For now, Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says council members are remaining relatively tight-lipped about their plans.

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10:27am

Fri July 1, 2011
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KY GOP Refutes Re-organization Claim

The Republican Party of Kentucky's leadership on Thursday hoped to dispel concerns raised by some tea party members and said they don't have plans to delay the state GOP's re-organization from 2012 to 2013. Tea party activist David Adams this week released a statement urging tea party supporters to oppose efforts to delay Republican Party elections of local and state officers by a year. Adams said the delay would keep tea party supporters out of the GOP leadership until after the presidential election.

5:03pm

Thu June 30, 2011
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Paul, Mitch Back Budget Amendment

Kentucky’s Republican senators are joining forces with the rest of their conference and are planning to force a vote on a balanced budget amendment. Freshman Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says the nation’s more than fourteen trillion dollars in debt poses more of a risk to the U-S than terrorists.

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4:53pm

Thu June 30, 2011
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"Bluegrass Boondoggle" Alleged in Senate

Today on the US Senate floor, a lawmaker accused Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell of hypocrisy. As WEKU’s Matt Laslo reports, the Senate Minority leader was accused of giving special tax treatment to the thoroughbred industry.

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6:22am

Thu June 30, 2011
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McConnell Hammered For Ethanol Subsidies

In a press conference featuring several prominent Senate Democrats, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was urged to end tax breaks for ethanol subsidies as part of the debt ceiling negotiations.

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10:37am

Wed June 29, 2011
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Nunn's Plea Relieves Family and Friends

Friends and family of Amanda Ross expressed relief Tuesday that in pleading guilty to Ross's murder, former lawmaker Steve Nunn had taken responsibility for his actions and spared everyone a long and painful trial. "I hope this will bring some peace to Amanda's mother and family," said Terry McBrayer, a Frankfort lobbyist and a friend of the Ross family. "At best, the trial would have been long and sordid. This might be the first day to start healing."

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4:18pm

Tue June 28, 2011
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Kentuckians Firm on Debt Ceiling

The debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling continues to dominate discussions on Capitol Hill. And, as WEKU’s Matt Laslo reports from Washington DC, the Kentucky congressional delegation isn’t too keen on raising the nation’s borrowing limit unless serious spending cuts are included.

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3:55pm

Tue June 28, 2011
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Galbraith Campaign Manager Rips KRS Audit

Calling the report a “whitewash”, the campaign manager for independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith believes the audit of the Kentucky Retirement Systems leaves more questions unanswered. On Tuesday, State Auditor Crit Luallen found no evidence of wrongdoing in the retirement agency, but did raise concerns about the use of placement agents, who act as middlemen to secure investments from entities like the KRS. The report found New York placement agent Glen Sergeon had “an unusually close working relationship” with former KRS chief investment officer Adam Tosh, who resigned last summer.

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6:01am

Tue June 28, 2011
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Fancy Farm Emcee Named

For the 131st annual Fancy Farm picnic, organizers have plucked longtime Democratic Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller to host the event, which marks the unofficial start of the Kentucky general election this fall. The Graves County sideshow is scheduled for August 6 and is expected to be heavily attended due to the 2011 gubernatorial race between Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear and Republican challenger David Williams, but candidates in other statewide races have also been invited.

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10:37am

Mon June 27, 2011
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Harlan Dems Back Away from AG Candidate

The Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner in November’s election, Bob Farmer, should not expect any open arms if he comes to Harlan County, according to Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop, following the controversy that has caused several elected top Democratic officials in eastern Kentucky to declare Farmer unwelcome in their county.

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3:02pm

Wed June 22, 2011
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Yarmuth, Colleagues Urge “Sizable” Troop Withdrawal

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville is among a bi-partisan group of House lawmakers who signed a letter to President Obama urging him to begin a “significant and sizable” reduction in U.S. forces in Afganistan starting next month. The president will detail his troop drawdown plan in an address to the nation tonight. Defense officials have said that Mr. Obama plans to call for an initial withdrawal of 5,000 troops, followed by 5,000 more by the end of the year.

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10:46am

Wed June 22, 2011
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Voters OK Alcohol Sales In Clay

Manchester voters approved package alcohol sales in the city in a special election Tuesday. The measure passed by a margin of 381 votes to 249, according to County Clerk Michael Baker. Turnout for the controversial measure was about 42 percent — 630 of 1,495 eligible voters went to the polls.

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10:38am

Wed June 22, 2011
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Harlan Cntr Licensed for Alcohol

The Harlan Tourist & Convention Commission on Tuesday approved new guidelines and rental contracts for catered events at the Harlan Center. Earlier this month, the Harlan Center became the first establishment licensed to serve alcohol by the drink in the city.

6:11am

Wed June 22, 2011
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Lawmakers Question Mayoral Fund

Leaders of the Louisville Metro Council are voicing concern about purchases made from a discretionary fund by Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Abramson during his tenure as mayor. Council members have suggested a number of possible actions regarding the mayoral fund, from tighter restrictions on the current administration, calling Abramson to testify before the Government Accountability and Ethics committee and contacting state Auditor Crit Luallen to examine the account.

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1:58pm

Tue June 21, 2011
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GOP, Rural Residents Find Jokes Offensive

Leaders within the Republican Party of Kentucky are demanding Democratic Agriculture Commissioner candidate Bob Farmer apologize for a stand-up comedy routine where he made jokes about people who live in rural parts of the commonwealth. A YouTube video posted by Farmer’s opponent, state Rep. James Comer,  R-Tompkinsville, has hit the Internet showing the Louisville public relations executive lampooning residents in eastern Kentucky as barefoot, inbred and toothless.

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2:09pm

Mon June 20, 2011
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Religion May Play Role in Governor's Race

Candidates in the 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial race all agree religion shouldn’t play a role in the campaign, but that doesn’t mean former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson’s Jewish heritage won’t be an issue in rural parts of the commonwealth. With Kentucky’s Jewish population less than one percent, anti-Semitic sentiments in the state have been whispered behind the scenes as a potential handicap for the lieutenant governor candidate, who is running with Democratic Governor Steve Beshear in the fall election.

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2:04pm

Mon June 20, 2011
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Beshear Raises $1.5 Million for Election

Flexing their fundraising muscles, the campaign to re-elect Democratic Governor Steve Beshear announced it has raised $1.5 million for the general election, giving the incumbent a comfortable war chest in the contest against Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith.

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2:33pm

Fri June 17, 2011
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P’Pool Supports Moving Terror Suspects

Following other GOP nominees running for office in Kentucky this fall, Republican Attorney General candidate Todd P’Pool has voiced support for sending the terror suspects charged in Bowling Green last month to Guantanamo Bay. The Hopkins County attorney is hoping to mirror state Senate President David Williams’s success with the issue in the gubernatorial race by calling on his opponent, incumbent Attorney General Jack Conway, to explain his position publicly.

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1:51pm

Fri June 17, 2011
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McConnell Discussed Arrests of Iraqi Men

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was expected to be in Bowling Green today to discuss with local officials the recent arrests of residents on terrorism allegations, hours after Gov. Steve Beshear joined several state politicians in endorsing McConnell’s call to send the men to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a military trial.

5:48am

Fri June 17, 2011
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Beshear Wants Terror Suspects Out

A day after his Republican opponent charged he lacked the courage to do so, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has issued a statement calling for the two Iraqi nationals facing terrorism charges to be sent out of Kentucky. On Wednesday, state Senate President David Williams challenged Beshear and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, to join him and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky,, who initially demanded Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi be sent to the controversial military base to be tried as enemy combatants.

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2:06pm

Thu June 16, 2011
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Government Defends Federal System

The U.S. Department of Justice released a statement this morning challenging a call by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to send the two Bowling Green men arrested on terrorism charges to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, instead of trying the men in federal court. “We are prosecuting these two alleged terrorists in federal court because it is the most proven method for keeping our country safe,” the Department of Justice statement said.

10:27am

Wed June 15, 2011
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Lynch Mayor, Harlan Judge Exec at Odds

Lynch Mayor Taylor Hall and several Lynch City Council members have accused Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop of criminal coercion. The accusations were aired at a special called city council meeting Tuesday and comes following a meeting between Hall and Grieshop, that was held Monday. “I plan on talking to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office about what was said at the meeting,” said Hall. “Criminal coercion is when you take or threat to omit action unless someone else is changing what they are doing or saying. When you say to us, that we will negotiate with the coal companies or not receive any money through the fiscal court, I think that is paramount to criminal coercion.” Grieshop denies the accusations.

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1:23pm

Tue June 14, 2011
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Weekly Mine Protests at Capitol

Author Wendell Berry has long protested mountaintop removal, the controversial coal mining method. When Berry spoke at a rally in February in Frankfort, he urged others to continue protesting beyond just one day a year. Little did he know, a local group would take his message to heart – and two months later do just that. For the past eight weeks, environmental activists have set aside one day a week to stage day-long protests outside the governor’s office in the Capitol.

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1:12pm

Tue June 14, 2011
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McConnell Urges Gitmo for Iraqi Suspects

Responding to the pending trial of two Iraqi nationals facing terrorism charges in Kentucky, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,  wants the duo shipped to Guantanamo Bay. In May, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested in Bowling Green and have been accused of attempting to provide cash and weapons to al Qaida in Iraq. The two men have been indicted on 23 counts and if convicted they could face life in prison.

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4:23pm

Mon June 13, 2011
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‘Curbstomper’ Sentenced to Probation

A former campaign volunteer for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., entered an Alford Plea in the case that he assaulted a liberal activist during last year’s general election. Bourbon County resident Tim Profitt was accused of wrestling MoveOn.org activist Lauren Valle to the ground before stepping on her neck and head outside the Kentucky Educational Television studios. Profitt said he thought the 23-year-old activist was trying to attack then-candidate Paul, who was headed to a debate with Attorney General Jack Conway.

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11:45am

Mon June 13, 2011
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New Mideast Offers Hope, Chaos

Returning from a week-long visit to the Middle East, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., met with leaders from the region and believes there’s a mix of optimism and anxiety across different countries. The congressman was joined by four other Democratic colleagues during the overseas trip and made stops in Jordan, Israel and the West Bank to hear from leaders and citizens who are seeking peace. The group sat down with Egypt’s foreign minister and the Palestinian prime minister to discuss U.S. involvement in the region.

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9:01am

Mon June 13, 2011
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Kentucky Lobbyist Merges with Ohio Firm

One of Northern Kentucky's top lobbyists is joining forces with one of the region's top law firms. Marc Wilson's Commonwealth Capitol Group will merge with Cincinnati-based Taft Stettinius & Hollister, they announced Friday. "It's exciting, and I think it'll be a good partnership," said Wilson, 43, of Florence. Wilson will contract with Taft's Focused Capitol Solutions, an affiliate that provides government relations services to the law firm's clients.

10:31am

Sun June 12, 2011
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Galbraith Thinks it's his Time

Thirty years after he proposed legalizing marijuana in Kentucky, it continues as the issue often associated with gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith. But Galbraith is slightly resentful that he’s been saddled as a one-trick pony. “I can give a speech talking about 10 different planks in my platform and I know that when the story comes out the next day the first thing that gets mentioned is marijuana,” he says.

1:55pm

Fri June 10, 2011
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Williams Campaign Disputes cn|2 Poll

Responding to a poll that showed them trailing significantly, the campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is disputing the numbers in the race against Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear.  The Williams campaign released a memorandum Thursday night, criticizing the cn|2 Pure Politics poll conducted by the Illinois-based Braun Research Group as inaccurate. Polling numbers showed Beshear holding a strong 21-point lead over Williams.

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