FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of people have flocked to a small Kentucky town to cheer and jeer Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes as they take pokes at each other in an annual bit of political theater.
The 134th Fancy Farm picnic is a fundraiser for the St. Jerome Catholic Church and marks the official start of Kentucky's campaign season.
The Republican leader of the Senate, McConnell is locked in one of the closest Senate races in the country.
The Fancy Farm Picnic’s political chair Mark Wilson says Democrats and Republicans offered positive feedback following a conference call to encourage a more civil atmosphere at this year's picnic.
Wilson, along with St. Jerome Parish pastor Darrell Venters, orchestrated the phone call last week that included Kentucky Democratic Party chair Dan Logsdon, Republican party chair Steve Robertson and the campaign managers for both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Centre College President John A. Roush (center) is joined by AARP State President Jim Kimbrough (far left), AARP State Director Ron Bridges (left), WAVE3 News Vice President and General Manager Ken Selvaggi (right) and Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations.
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Centre College President John A. Roush announced Thursday that the college has formally proposed to host a debate for Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.
The announcement came at a news conference in front of Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, where both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates took place.
Lexington city leaders will consider lifting an Election Day ban on the sale of alcohol this fall. The state cleared the way to remove the prohibition, but it still defers to each locality. Vice Mayor Linda Gorton doesn't think removing the alcohol sale ban on Election Day increases the chance of drunk voters. "I really don't think that's a legitimate issue. I think if somebody's that intent on going to the polls and being inebriated, they're gonna do it," said Gorton.
A stunning loss for a congressional leader with years of experience and a cash-filled war chest may not signal disappointment with long time incumbency. So says Steve Voss, political scientist at the University of Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky is seeking to host a U.S. Senatorial debate in the next few months. So far, neither candidate has committed.
The official request for UK to host a debate went out May ninth. Although neither incumbent Mitch McConnell nor challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has said yes, the veteran senator has made format and scheduling suggestions.
Kentucky's 2014 U.S. Senate race could go down as a record breaker. That's the opinion of a professor in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Government regarding this fall's contest between veteran incumbent Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
There were myriad political races across the Commonwealth Tuesday including many legislative contests. House Republican leaders remain hopeful to pick up enough seats in November to move the majority into GOP hands.
But, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he is confident that won't happen. "We have some great candidates that are not gonna get ready for the fall. I feel good about the probability that we'll be able to maintain control of the House and perhaps even add a couple of seats to that majority, so I'm looking forward to November," said Beshear.
Long-time political stalwart Terry McBrayer expects a deluge of negative ads as a part of Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. The contest between incumbent Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes begins officially Wednesday. Each of them won primary contests yesterday.
Kentucky's expected U.S. Senatorial race is on with Incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes as the Republican and Democratic party choices. Grimes easily outdistanced three fellow Democrats.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has defeated millionaire businessman Matt Bevin in an expensive and bruising primary election in Kentucky. He'll face Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the fall as he pursues his sixth term.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Alison Lundergan Grimes has won Kentucky's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a highly anticipated race with Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in November.
The Kentucky Legislature's re-drawing of political boundaries last year could impact Tuesday's voting activity. The 2013 redistricting shifted many addresses into new State Senate and State House Districts. In some cases, precinct boundaries were moved.
Two candidates will be on the May 20 Primary ballot for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky's Sixth District of the U.S. House of Representatives. WEKU reporter Stu Johnson spoke with both candidates.
Lexington resident Elisabeth Jensen worked for a New York Clothing manufacturer in the 1980's and then Disney consumer products in the 90's. In 2000, she help found a non-profit organization to help under-privileged children with their education. Now, she's a candidate for the sixth Congressional seat in central Kentucky. Jensen spoke to WEKU'S Stu Johnson about the role of the federal government in helping those in need.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer is making his first run for public office. The former community newspaper publisher is vying for one of two spots in the fall race for Lexington mayor.
In our series this week, all three candidates have responded to questions about the horse industry. Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week.
The DEA says the agriculture department could apply for a special permit to get the seeds, but Holly Harris, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, says the permit would put serious restrictions on the state’s pilot hemp programs, which would research and cultivate the crop for industrial use.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the bluegrass horse industry defines the rural landscape. As part of our weeklong series on Primary 2014, the three candidates for mayor are being asked questions related to the equine industry. Gray told WEKU's Stu Johnson the Purchase of Development Rights property preservation program is a part of the equation.
A field of three in the race for Lexington mayor will be trimmed to two next Tuesday. Our weeklong series on the upcoming May primary continues with all three mayoral candidates weighing in on the equine industry. Here's WEKU'S Stu Johnson with former Lexington police chief and current candidate for mayor Anthany Beatty.
Members of the audience were invited to ask questions as part of the Mayoral Candidates Debate May 1, 2014, hosted by the Lexington Forum
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This is coverage of the mayoral candidates debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum in its entirety. This broadcast was recorded Thursday May 1st at the Hilary Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
This program features three candidates running for the office of mayor of Lexington who will appear on the ballot for the 2014 Primary on May 20, 2014. They are: incumbent Jim Gray and challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.
The two top vote-getters in the primary will face each other on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
For the second week in a row, a leading U.S. Senatorial candidate didn't participate in a broadcast forum produced by Kentucky Educational Television. Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell didn't take part in the Kentucky Tonight TV show last week and Monday night Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes passed on the program. Democrat Burrell Farnsley also did not attend this week’sforum in Lexington.
Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies. Beshear has vetoed a public-private partnership measure which gives state and local governments more leeway in using private companies to move forward with typically expensive construction projects. The bill, approved by the General Assembly, would prohibit the use of tolls to help finance a bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio.
Western Kentucky Republicans gathered at Murray State University’s Curris Center this weekend for the Calloway County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, themed around the prospect of flipping control of the Kentucky House of Representatives to Republican control
Former police chief Anthany Beatty said he will run for Lexington mayor, challenging incumbent Jim Gray. Beatty said he will issue a "special announcement" immediately after he submits required election papers to the Fayette County clerk's office just after noon Tuesday.
Credit CHARLES BERTRAM — Lexington Herald-Leader file photoFormer Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty, shown in 2008 in his subsequent job as assistant vice president for campus services, said Tuesday he is running for mayor in the 2014 election.Edit | Remove
A veteran state lawmaker is concerned the growing number of Kentuckians with health insurance could stress those who care for the mentally ill. Jimmy Lee chairs the Budget Subcommittee on Human Resources. The committee met Monday to begin reviewing Governor Beshear’s recommended budget.