2012 Elections

A published report says three agencies are investigating allegations that a former state official pressured workers to contribute to the re-election campaign of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The Courier-Journal reports the FBI, the state attorney general's office and the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission have interviewed current or former employees of the Department of Juvenile Justice about calls made in 2010 by former deputy secretary Charles Geveden.

Kevin Willis

Kentucky Democrats successfully defended their control of the state House -- but they're now stranded on a political island. It appears that Republicans will take control of the Arkansas House of Representatives, leaving Kentucky as the only southern state with a Democratic-controlled House.

A longtime member of the Kentucky Senate and a political newcomer running for the state House aren't conceding after Tuesday's election results showed them trailing their opponents by slim margins. Democratic Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville said Wednesday he will request a recanvass of votes. He trailed Republican challenger Whitney Westerfield by 297 votes out of 36,617 cast.

Anti-gambling forces were heartened by an election that ousted a handful of legislative incumbents who had voted for failed casino and slots bills in recent years.

Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler's defeat in his re-election bid Tuesday won't  hinder the Kentucky Democratic Party in future years, a party leader said. But Attorney General Jack Conway also said he’s upset that Kentucky will have only one Democratic congressman for the next two years: Rep. John Yarmuth in the Third District.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes had predicted Kentucky's voter turnout Tuesday would be as high as 64%. But according to the Secretary of State's website,  about 59.2% of Kentucky's registered voters cast their ballots.

Senator Rand Paul Serves up Cornbread, Politics

Nov 6, 2012

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are just as anxious to know the outcome of their races as they are for the White House. A Senate takeover is highly important to conservatives who want to repeal the federal health care law. 

Kevin Willis

Kentucky Republicans haven’t tried to keep secret the fact they want to win control of the state House for the first time since the early 1920’s. To do so, the GOP needs a net gain of ten House seats. Here's a quick look at some of the races in our region that could decide which party controls the Kentucky House come January:

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, in a tight race with Republican challenger Andy Barr, tried to shirk President Barack Obama's shadow during the final full day of campaigning ahead of the general election Tuesday.

A lawsuit questioning the residency of Democratic State Rep. Dennis Horlander is seeking to provide a surprise boost to the GOP’s goal of taking control of the state House. The lawsuit claims that Horlander, who represents a district in the Shively area, doesn’t even in live in Jefferson County.

Election Day 2012 has come and gone. President Obama has won a second term in the White House, Republicans have held on to control of the U.S. House and made gains in the Senate--but not as big of a gain as they had hoped.

In Kentucky, the GOP picked up a U.S. House seat held by Ben Chandler and four Kentucky House seats, falling short of their goal to take control of that chamber for the first time since the 1920s.

Here's the latest election news:

Come-From-Behind Winner Donnelly Will Focus on Economy, Jobs, and Economy

The Daviess County region will be one of the most closely watched Tuesday in Kentucky, as Republicans hope to win control of the state House for the first time in 91 years.

A Jefferson County judge wants to look at utility bills of two addresses connected to a Republican candidate for state Senate before ruling in a challenge to the candidate's residency. Circuit Judge Charles L. Cunningham Jr. delayed ruling on a request that Louisville businessman Chris Thieneman's name be removed from Tuesday's ballot or that votes cast for him not be counted.

As the Nov. 6 election fast approaches, an outside Republican group is dropping a six figure ad buy to help the GOP in state legislative races. The Republican State Leadership Committee is running television and radio ads in Louisville and western Kentucky and sending political mail to another 10 or so House races across the state.

The campaign for control of the state House has taken a nasty turn, with radio and TV ads being pulled because of inaccuracies. Republicans have successfully knocked radio ads attacking their candidates off the air in the Bardstown and Mayfield areas. And they are working on getting TV ads in Lexington pulled as well.

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