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Coal's Role in Kentucky Elections

Nov 8, 2016
Washington Post

As Ohio Valley ReSource's Jeff Young reports, support for the ailing coal industry motivated voters in key races across the Ohio Valley region. 

Key races across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia went to candidates who showed strong support for coal.

Election Day 2016: 'Ad it Up'

Nov 8, 2016
Ohio Valley Resource

If it seems like your TV time has been carpet-bombed with campaign ads, some data shows that you’re right.

Jeff Young reports that parts of the Ohio Valley region stand out in analysis of big campaign spending and high volume TV spots.

Election Updates

Nov 8, 2016
Kentucky Secretary of State's Office

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In the 435 U.S. House races, the Republicans have won 172 seats

and are leading in the races for 49 seats. The Democrats have won 116

seats and are leading in the races for 20 seats. Independent and other

party candidates have won or are leading for 0 seats. If these trends

Campaign rhetoric (and a lot of political coverage) too often features more heat than light. The Ohio Valley ReSource put the spotlight on some of the important election issues for our region with these stories on coal’s collapse, trade’s effects, the addiction crisis, and more.

Marisa Hempel

A few weeks ago, we had a panel of reporters gives us a preview of this year’s election.  This week, they’ll be back for a post-election reporter’s roundtable.

After the dust of the 2016 election settles, we will discuss the results with the journalists and get feedback from listeners.

 


 

 

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Donald Trump will likely win big in Kentucky on November 8.

The FiveThirtyEight poll aggregator predicts the Republican nominee has a 99.6 percent chance of winning Kentucky’s eight electoral votes.

But what’s still unclear is how his popularity will affect the down ballot, especially in races for the hotly-contested state House of Representatives. Republicans are trying to win a majority in that chamber for the first time in nearly a century.

The Values Behind Your Vote on Eastern Standard

Oct 31, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Have you made up your mind about your vote for the Presidency, the US Senate seat and your representative to the U.S. House?  What about state legislators and county and local races.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, Why are you voting the way you are voting?

 


 

 

 

With the second presidential debate taking place this Sunday and the voting registration deadline approaching, we have the general election on our minds.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll gather reporters for a roundtable discussion of politics and the 2016 election.


NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest on this week's show. This program is the one recorded during the annual WEKU Day Sponsor event May 1 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington.     

This week's broadcast is an ENCORE of the original broadcast from May 28, 2015.

Don Gonyea talks about his career at NPR, reporting on 9/11 as well as his years covering political campaigns and elections on this program that features questions and comments from WEKU listeners in attendance.

Sanders Requests Ky. Primary Re-Canvass

May 24, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders has requested a re-canvass of votes cast in Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary, narrowly won by Hillary Clinton.    

Capitol reporter Ryland Barton says recent re-canvasses haven’t changed the outcome of elections in Kentucky. 

The re-canvass is essentially a re-tabulation of results from each precinct. It’ll be conducted on Thursday by the Secretary of State’s office.

  State officials are pressing the importance of easy access to voter registration. Recently, the Commonwealth launched GoVoteKentucky.com in attempt to do just that. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is optimistic about the new online system.  On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll be discussing voter participation, and voter turnout. Why is voter turnout so low?  How do we increase voter participation? We also venture into other topics about voting, including people's perceptions of voter fraud in elections.

Guests this week include:

WEKU brings you complete coverage of the 2015 Election throughout the evening. 

Stay with us for hourly updates from NPR followed by reports from Kentucky Public Radio at four minutes past each hour, starting at 7:04.

  Kentucky's "Constitutional Offices" are on the November 2015 ballot.  On Tuesday, voters statewide will elect a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as a Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture.

On this week’s show we discuss the election with journalists covering the campaigns and the election.

Listener Patrick, of Richmond, emailed us, “Great job on the election results synopsis on your 6 a.m. newscast this morning. Such a shame you didn’t bother to share the results from the city your station calls home."

Patrick continues, "Sure, it’s interesting to know that the incumbent Mayor of Lexington won re-election, but how hard would it have been to tell your loyal local listeners how the Richmond Mayoral race went? You went on and on about all the Lexington results, but didn’t mention one Richmond or Madison County result.

Lexington FOP Backs Former Police Chief in Run for Mayor

Oct 3, 2014
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Lexington's Fraternal Order of Police is endorsing former police chief Anthany Beatty for mayor.  FOP President Jason Rothermund made the formal announcement Friday.  Rothermund says the decision is based on more than Beatty's public safety career. He says Beatty's leadership style and integrity are strong attributes.  "I don't expect any favors.  I don't think the Division of Police personnel expect any favors if Anthany Beatty were to be mayor.  The thing that I can say about him is he's fair," said Rothermund.

Ky AG Encourages Voters to Report Fraud

May 19, 2014
ag.ky.gov

Federal and State law enforcement agencies are looking to the general public to report improper electioneering and voter fraud on Tuesday.  The state attorney general's office is taking calls at one-800-328-vote.  

Attorney General Jack Conway admits the anticipated low voter participation in this primary increases the chances of fraud,  "In a low turnout with a lot of local elections, that's where you tend to see a lot of the corruption problems."  "That's where those of us in law enforcement who are monitoring elections need to be the most vigilant," said Conway.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 election.  The program, which airs "live" on KET Monday night, will be re-broadcast on WEKU Tuesday morning at 11:00.

A special program from Kentucky's premier political speech-making event kicks off Kentucky Educational Television's coverage of the fall 2012 election. 

On this week’s edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 state and national elections.  The program which airs "live" on KET Monday evening at 8 pm is re-broadcast on WEKU Tuesday mornings at 11 am.

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 election.  The program that aired Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television, will be re-broadcast at 11:00 am Tuesday on the WEKU stations.

On this week's  edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 1st and 3rd Congressional District Democratic primaries.  The program which airs "live" on Kentucky Educational Television Monday evening, will be re-broadcast on the WEKU stations Tuesday at 11:00 am.

NPR's "live" coverage of South Carolina Primary results will be available online and on the air Saturday night.

Two of the most politically powerful men in Frankfort begin their battle for the governor’s mansion today.   Last night’s primary election results made it official. It was a given incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear would campaign to maintain his position as governor.  Beshearr had no primary opposition.  But, the other piece of the political puzzle...his Republican opponent... fell into place last night.

Polls Open, Record Low Turnout Expected

May 17, 2011

Kentucky elections officials are predicting the second-lowest voter turnout for a primary in more than 10 years. Secretary of State Elaine Walker predicts 10% of voters will go to the polls today.

For the few citizens who are projected to participate in the May 17 primary election, Secretary of State Elaine Walker has released a “Do’s and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters. “We want to make sure that people are informed about the upcoming election and their rights as voters,” says Walker.  “We hope more people participate in the upcoming election than we expect; and are trying to raise awareness about the primary election in every way possible.  This election is critically important and I encourage everyone to get out and vote.”

Secretary of State Elaine Walker is predicting low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky, even though voter registration numbers are up.  A record 2.9 million Kentuckians are now registered to vote. That’s 11,000 more than in the 2008 General Election, the previous record. But getting voters excited about Tuesday’s primary appears to be a tough sale, says Secretary of State Elaine Walker. She’s predicting voter turnout of around nine to ten percent.