Elections

Richmond, KY – Voters in Kentucky performed Tuesday as expected. They returned Republican Mitch McConnell to the US Senate, while backing the GOP's presidential nominee. WEKU's Charles Compton explores their reasons.

Full story and audio at WEKU news

Bowling Green, Ky – President-elect Barack Obama is busy putting together his first cabinet. His chief of staff has reportedly been picked, and names are being floated for the positions of Secretary of State and Treasury. Dan Modlin spoke with WKU Political Sciece Professors Scott Lasley and Joel Turner, who both provided an historical perspective on presidential transitions.

Frankfort, Ky – The national theme may have been "change", but Kentucky voters for the most part cast ballots for the incumbents. John McCain won the state's Presidential race handily, and Senator Mitch McConnell edged out Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford. Lisa Autry has this post-election wrap-up of how the Bluegrass State voted.

Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky voters turned out in droves on Election Day and some of them believe they may have witnessed voting irregularities. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports.

Murray, KY – The polls in Kentucky opened at six o'clock this morning. Angela Hatton was on hand to ask voters about their polling experience.

Just a handful of people were out early at the polling place at Hickory Woods Retirement Home in Murray. But some voters eating breakfast at Martha's Restaurant say they waited for twenty to thirty minutes to cast their ballot. Patsy Lampkin says her voting experience went pretty smoothly.

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson said that the counting of ballots in certain parts of Kentucky may be delayed due to problems with voting machines.

Grayson said that Kenton County in northern Kentucky had to take some voting machines offline and replace them with older machines. The newer ones were not properly recording straight party votes for either party, according to Grayson.

Louisville, KY – What started as an uphill battle by a Louisville businessman to unseat one of the highest-ranking Senators in Washington has turned into the state's most-watched race. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Bruce Lunsford. Kentucky Public Radio's Gabe Bullard has more from partner-station WFPL in Louisville.

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Lexington, KY – The campaign of the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Bruce Lunsford, says the actress and human rights activist Ashely Judd has lent her voice to a recorded appeal on behalf of Lunsford and the Kentucky Democratic Party.

The calls are part of the Democratic Get Out The Vote operation.

Judd is scheduled to speak at a Lunsford rally Saturday afternoon in Louisville.

Lunsford is attempting to unseat 4 four-term incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.

Lexington, KY – The campaign of the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Bruce Lunsford, says the actress and human rights activist Ashely Judd has lent her voice to a recorded appeal on behalf of Lunsford and the Kentucky Democratic Party.

The calls are part of the Democratic Get Out The Vote operation.

Judd is scheduled to speak at a Lunsford rally Saturday afternoon in Louisville.

Lunsford is attempting to unseat 4 four-term incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.

Louisville, KY – Voters and those involved in getting votes counted on Election Day are calling this election a big one. And with its record numbers of registered voters, there's more scrutiny of the voting process. Kentucky Public Radio's Elizabeth Kramer reports from partner station WFPL in Louisville.

Full story and audio at WEKU news

Lexington, KY – It would probably be fair to say that politics runs through the veins of 6th Congressional District Congressman Ben Chandler. The grandson of two-time Kentucky Governor Happy Chandler has photographs of his congressional predecessors lining his Lexington office. Chandler is now running for re-election against Republican Jon Larson. WEKU's Stu Johnson sat down with the 49-year-old Chandler to talk about current issues facing our country.

Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky officials said they were "outraged" about an effigy of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama that was found on campus on Wednesday. UK President Lee Todd sent a campus-wide email confirming the situation.

A second email pertaining to the effigy reached across the university from the provost Wednesday afternoon. Kumble R. Subbaswamy notified students, faculty and staff that a campus forum would be held to address the racial and cultural issues brought on by the incident.

Richmond, KY – Leaders at the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and the state of Kentucky quickly condemned a hanging effigy of Barrack Obama as racist. But a quick look at online blogs show some people defending the effigy as legitimate political protest.

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Louisville, KY – Two years ago, the race for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District seat was a tight one, with Democrat John Yarmuth unseating Republican incumbent Anne Northup. As was the case in 2006, their rematch this year is dominated by local concerns about national policies. Kentucky Public Radio's Stephanie Sanders reports from partner-station WFPL in Louisville.

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Frankfort, Ky – With Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson predicting long lines for Tuesday's election, the spotlight in Frankfort is shining on legislation allowing early voting in future state elections. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the story.

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