2012 Elections

Politics
7:32 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Three Kentucky Agencies Probe Requests for Political Contributions

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.

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Politics
9:04 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Democrats Keep Kentucky House, But Become a 2014 Target

The state capitol building in Frankfort
Credit 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.

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Elections
6:29 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Two Candidates in Our Listening Area Ask for Recounts Following Close Losses

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.

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Elections
6:25 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Opponents of Expanded Gaming in Kentucky Claim Election Victories

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.

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Politics
11:03 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Conway: Kentucky Democrats Suffer No Long-Term Damage After Ben Chandler Loss

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.

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Elections
7:34 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kentucky Falls Short of Record Turnout Predictions; Big Showing in Taylor, Daviess, Warren

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.

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Elections
2:31 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Senator Rand Paul Serves up Cornbread, Politics

Senator Rand Paul serves lunch in Bowling Green on election day.

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. 

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Elections
1:18 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Kentucky House Up for Grabs Tonight? Republicans Hope So

A view of the dome at the state capitol building in Frankfort
Credit 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:

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Elections
7:27 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Chandler, Barr Race to Finish in Kentucky's Lone High-Profile U.S. House Race

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.

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Elections
3:08 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Lawsuit Gives KY GOP Chance for Extra Pick-Up in Fight for State House

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.

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