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Kentucky’s Secretary of State is encouraging eligible voters to register and participate in this year’s general election.  Secretary Alison Lundergran Grimes spoke Thursday at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. 

In addition to the very visible presidential election, every seat of the state’s House of Representatives, half of the Senate and some state Supreme Court races will be on the ballot November 8th.

GOP Dominates Fancy Farm 2016

Aug 6, 2016
heraldcourier.com

Democrats were heavily outnumbered onstage this year at Fancy Farm, which used to be dominated by the party. Republicans also made up most of the audience, taking a victory lap after a big year politically. 

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear declined his invitation to Fancy Farm this year. Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear wasn’t in attendance either.

During his speech, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin pounced on the opportunity. “Do we really miss papa bear and baby bear up here, spewing their anger?”

Fancy Farm Emcees Try To Keep Peace - Fan the Flames

Aug 5, 2016
courier-journal.com

    

In videos of Fancy Farm, the annual political throwdown in southwestern Kentucky, you’ll usually see little white ceiling fans spinning furiously above the speakers, who are all shouting and sweating profusely with their sleeves rolled up.

It’s one of the few events in U.S. politics where speakers address an audience made up of both supporters and opponents.

Unlike a debate, Fancy Farm attendees are allowed to heckle or cheer those on the stage — a practice that organizers, politicians and beyond have tried to limit, to little effect.

Filing Deadline for Independents Approaching

Aug 4, 2016
elect.ky.gov

  

The Secretary of State’s is reminding potential candidates that next week is the deadline for Third Party Candidates to submit paperwork. The aim is to file in a timely manner.

August Ninth is the final day for independents to file. The deadline doesn’t apply to candidates for President of the United States, or the Vice President.

The Law requires independent candidates to file a statement of candidacy form, no later than April first.  

salon.com

One of the first political speakers for this Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic is sure to be U.S. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  The sixth term senator from Louisville last weekend indicated he’s already looking forward to a seventh term in Congress. 

Sen. Paul Claims His GOP Vision Differs from Trump

Jul 27, 2016
Stu Johnson -WEKU News

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul admits his philosophy on expanding the Republican Party differs from its presidential nominee Donald Trump.  Paul held a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon in downtown Lexington. 

Afterwards, he said there are different approaches to growing the Republican Party.  Paul says he wants a bigger more inclusive Party, “I’m not saying he doesn’t, but I have a different way of approaching it, of trying to welcome people into the party."  "And, I’ll continue to be that distinct voice,” added the senator.

Gray Proposes Four Point Plan to Aid Coal Counties

Jul 26, 2016
wymt.com

    Kentucky U.S. Democratic Senatorial Candidate Jim Gray is offering suggestions on ways to deal with coal job losses in eastern Kentucky.  Gray outlined his proposal during a stop in Pikeville Tuesday.

 

GOP Convention Not Likely to Change Many Voters’ Minds

Jul 21, 2016
polisci.as.uk.edu

The Republican convention this week is being taken in by many Kentuckians, but a University of Kentucky political scientist doesn’t expect a major long term shift in presidential support.  Stephen Voss says political conventions tend to be ‘glorified advertisements’ for their parties.  “At least the ones who are discussing it, the ones who are doing more than just having it on in the background, still, judging from what I’m seeing, tends to be either the people who are republican or already hate Trump and know it and looking to see a train wreck.”

SLC Featured a Familiar Face from Years Past in Frankfort

Jul 14, 2016
lanereport.com

After serving in Kentucky’s general assembly for almost three decades, David Williams was back among a large contingent of state lawmakers this week in Lexington.  The former Senate President is now a circuit judge in southern Kentucky.  Williams attended this week’s Southern Legislative Conference.  In his private law practice, Williams says he was filtered from a great many defendants.  “And now I see all these people with various challenges, drug addiction, conflict in their lives.  And, it really gives me an opportunity, at my age to have a little sympathy and empathy for what they are

Donald Trump’s Lexington Fundraiser Brings Out Opposition

Jul 12, 2016
WEKU News

  

    A fund raising event for presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump in Lexington has prompted a reaction from a diverse group of citizens. it included remarks from a black pastor, a Muslim doctor, and a Latino businessman.

Stu Johnson
WEKU News

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is urging lawmakers from 15 southern states including his own to be competent, capable, and bold.  Bevin offered his thoughts to participants at the 70th Southern Legislative Conference meeting in Lexington.  “We have increasingly in this country become agnostic as it relates to any number of things, our mores, our values, our principles, our convictions, our love of liberty.  We’ve become fairly apathetic,” noted Bevin.

Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky's attorney general and state auditor will no longer be able to nominate members of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. That’s under a new executive order from Republican Gov.  Matt Bevin.

  

 

The governor appoints the members of the commission, which investigates allegations of state ethics code violations in the state's executive branch.  

Gray Calls for Action on Assault Weapon Legislation

Jun 15, 2016
cnn.com

U. S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says Congress should be doing more to prevent terrorist-related gun violence.  The Democratic challenger held a news briefing outside Senator Rand Paul’s Lexington office Wednesday. 

Gray told reporters he thinks people are distressed over continuing to see the headlines like they saw and heard on Sunday morning.  “We need to be doing something,” said Gray.

Could Trump Cost McConnell His Senate Majority?

Jun 1, 2016
US Senate

In his attempt to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and send a Republican to the White House this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is walking an awkward line when talking about presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has more.

In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, McConnell was asked if Trump would drag down Republican candidates for Senate during the November general election.

Update: Bernie Sanders’ campaign says it accepts the results of the recanvass and will not contest Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary.

The outcome of last Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Kentucky is unchanged after a recanvass of votes in the state.    

The recanvass was requested by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost the race by fewer than 2,000 votes to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In a statement, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said the review ensures the result was right all along.

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.

Mayor’s Fall U.S. Senate Bid Not Likely to Impact City Hall

May 23, 2016
lexingtonky.gov

    Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s Primary win in the U.S. Senate race will likely mean a heavy dose of speaking engagements across the Commonwealth the next five months.  Lexington’s vice mayor doesn’t expect that to impact his work at city hall substantially.

 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Wins U.S. Senate Primary

May 18, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is hoping to move from City Hall to Capitol Hill.  The Glasgow native took the first step in the race for U.S. Senate Tuesday with a Primary win over six competitors.

Barr/Kemper Race Set for House Seat

May 18, 2016
kentucky.com

    A Central Kentucky pastor is set to take on a two-term incumbent in the Sixth District Congressional race.  The contest pits a first-time candidate against a relatively young congressman with years of political involvement.

Nancy Jo Kemper bested retired state energy engineer Geoff Young.  She believes it’s important to send people to Congress who are not, as she puts it, "beholden to corporations or other institutions."  

The former director of the Kentucky Council of Churches says current Congressman Andy Barr fits in with professional politicians.  

Atypical May Weather Doesn’t Dissuade These Lexington Voters

May 17, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Rainy and cool conditions greeted many Kentucky voters today as they cast their ballots. 

In south Lexington, Claire Hundley said it’s important to make her voice heard.  And yet, she labeled this primary a "scary election."  “None of the candidates we’re voting for right now is liked by people.  Nobody seems to trust any of the candidates and yet, that’s what we are faced with.”

Debbie Morris, a native of Germany, and her husband Gary cast their ballots.  Gary says voter participation in Germany seems higher with more political parties.

kentuckycountyclerks.com

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says projecting voter turnout in the Lexington area for the Primary Election is a difficult task.  He joins other experts in the field in projecting a light voter response as Democrats pick their presidential candidate and Republicans and Democrats both choose their U.S. Senate nominees. 

Bernie Sanders Supporters Pack Paducah Convention Center

May 16, 2016
Lance Dennee / WKMS Radio

Bernie Sanders supporters began lining up for his rally in Paducah before sunrise Sunday to secure a seat close enough for a handshake from the presidential hopeful.  

Sanders needs 65 percent of the remaining delegates to receive a nomination before the convention. The Vermont Senator believes if he can manage to win the majority, super-delegates aside, he can not only maintain the spirit of the democratic process “one person one vote” but he can also beat Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Twenty-nine year old Alia Clement is a “die hard Bernie fan.”

Democratic Presidential Candidates Focus on Kentucky

May 16, 2016
ket.org

    Kentucky will experience a Primary Election slightly different than others Tuesday.  More eyes will likely be on Democratic races.

Republicans in the state conducted their primary caucus in March with Donald Trump taking the presidential nod.  On the Democratic side, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been visibly campaigning for the backing of the Bluegrass state. 

WEKU News has produced a series of reports featuring the candidates competing for the Democratic and Republican nominations for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 6th District in Kentucky.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Central Kentuckians will go to the polls next week to select Republican and Democratic nominees for the Sixth District U.S. House seat.  Today we conclude our review of the four candidates with the thoughts of retired state energy engineer Geoff Young. 

Young, who is making his fourth run for political office since 2012, is straightforward about what he believes to be the most important issue in this congressional race.  He says it’s “war and peace.” 

apps.sos.ky.gov

    In advance of next week’s Kentucky Primary Election, WEKU is profiling candidates for the Sixth District U.S. House race.  Today we hear from a minister with a long history of social advocacy.

Running for political office may be a new experience for Nancy Jo Kemper, but keeping abreast of issues before politicians is not.  The Lexington native has for years spoken out on matters ranging from tax reform and racial justice to gambling expansion. 

The Lane Report

Kentucky Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking a judge to throw out Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of the state's $68 billion operating budget.

 

Stumbo alleges Bevin improperly filed the vetoes with the House clerk last month. He said the state constitution requires the governor to deliver legislative vetoes to the Secretary of State's office when the legislature is not in session.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Our examination of the Sixth District House race continues with the views of a first-time candidate.  There are two Republicans and two Democrats vying for votes in next Tuesday’s primary.  

67-year-old Roger Brill decided at the last-minute to challenge GOP incumbent Andy Barr.  Brill, who has owned a steel fabrication company for close to four decades, says he filed because it appeared no one else would take on Barr.

Hillary Clinton Talks Child Care During Lexington Visit

May 10, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Child care issues were on the agenda for Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton during a visit to Lexington Tuesday.  The former Secretary of State held an almost hour-long round table talk with parents and staff at Lexington’s Family Care Center.

Clinton told those gathered that she wanted to elevate the challenge of attaining quality child care, which is not typically a high profile presidential campaign issue. 

Candidates for U.S. Senate Weigh-In on Issues

May 10, 2016
wkms.org

Six of the seven Democrats vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate from Kentucky fielded questions Monday as part of a KET primary election forum.  Bill Goodman, host of Kentucky Tonight, began the show by asking each of the candidates about their political leanings. 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray believes many Democrats are okay with taking a middle ground approach, “Sometimes we’ll go to the left and then sometimes we’ll go to the right, but through the center through time, the center is where most people land.”

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