Clinton Continues To Best Trump In Kentucky Fundraising

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With just weeks left until the presidential election, Kentucky voters are still overwhelmingly donating to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign received more than 11 times the number of individual contributions in September than Republican Donald Trump garnered, according to new data from the Federal Election Commission.

Kentucky residents gave Clinton more than $224,787 last month, nearly double the $123,707 pulled in by Trump. The two reported nearly identical fundraising hauls — roughly $172,000 — in August, the previous month.

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The chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court will ask lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session to redraw judicial boundaries in the state to ease heavy caseloads in some local courts.

Chief Justice John Minton said that current judicial boundaries haven’t been redrawn since 1976 and judicial circuits, districts and family courts across the state have disproportionate caseloads because of population differences.

“There’s no question that the commonwealth has gone through a significant number of changes during that time in terms of caseload and population,” Minton said. “And, frankly, we’re learning that the court system has not always kept up with those changes.”

During a meeting Wednesday of the Interim Joint Committee on State Government, Minton didn’t present a proposal for new boundaries, but said a committee of judges, clerks, prosecutors and legislators had voted on a plan that the state Supreme Court and eventually the legislature would review.

From the outset, Democrats needed a very big-wave election to get to the 30 seats they need to win back control of the House. Then, a video of Donald Trump surfaced showing the GOP nominee making lewd comments, and later multiple women accused him of groping them. That left some wondering if these scandals could trigger that wave.

But that simply hasn't happened.

Former Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning Suffers Stroke

Oct 23, 2016
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The family of former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning says he suffered a stroke last week but is out of intensive care.

Bunning was stricken Tuesday at his home in Southgate. The family said Friday he was out of intensive care and in transitional care.

Bunning, a former major league pitcher and hall-of-famer, turns 85 on Sunday. The National Baseball Hall of Fame website said Bunning's perfect game in 1964 was the first in the National League in the 20th century. He played from 1955 to 1971, mostly with Detroit and Philadelphia.

Rick Robinson, who worked for Bunning when he served in Congress before he was elected senator, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that Bunning has been in good spirits and even watching the baseball playoffs.

Bunning spent six terms in the U.S. House and two in the Senate.

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Kentucky’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate says the state’s economy would get a major boost from an infrastructure overhaul. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray spoke to students Friday at Western Kentucky University.

Gray said if nothing is done by the year 2020 it will take a trillion dollars to fix the nation’s infrastructure problems. The Barren County native cited a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers that gave Kentucky’s infrastructure a grade of C. Gray said lawmakers have to address the declining health of the nation’s roads, bridges and other modes of transportation first.

“What I would do is create a national infrastructure act, a bill, and I would be a champion for infrastructure and through that we will examine the needs and we will prioritize those needs and we will get the projects done,” Gray said.


The report from the ASCE gives the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+.

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The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. It’s the last chance either candidate will have to make a closing argument before tens of millions of voters.

It follows yet another unprecedented week in the campaign, in which Trump has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the election, predicting that it will be stolen from him through media bias and massive voter fraud.

Clinton has a lead in the polls nationally and her battleground map of opportunities appears to be growing. The Clinton campaign is even talking about making an aggressive play for Arizona.

Here are four things to watch for as the two candidates meet in Las Vegas.

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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is calling on Gov. Matt Bevin to withdraw his request for a Medicaid waiver, saying that the federal government will never approve it.

Bevin has applied for the waiver to allow Kentucky to charge monthly premiums to Medicaid recipients earning more than $11,880 a year and remove vision and dental coverage, among other changes.

The proposal also includes a ‘rewards’ account that would allow people to earn vision or dental benefits by doing things like volunteering, applying for jobs or earning a GED.

Yarmuth says he’s communicated with officials at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services and they told him the waiver would not be approved as-is.

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Two Democratic legislators have filed a bill to strengthen a law that regulates life insurance policies in Kentucky.

Life insurance companies are already required to regularly check if policyholders have died and notify family or loved ones named in the policy, but a court ruling made the law only apply to policies made in 2012 or later.

The new bill would make the law retroactive.

Forest Hills Rep. Chris Harris and Louisville Rep. Darryl Owens announced the bill Thursday.

“We owe every resident of Kentucky the security to know when they buy an insurance policy that the policy will go where it belongs, to the beneficiaries,” Harris said in a statement. “Not years later, but within a reasonable time following the death of a policyholders.”

“Kentuckians deserve strong government regulations and policies to protect them from harmful, unfair practices that pad the profits of big insurance companies at their expense,” Owens said.

The Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act requires life insurance companies to regularly compare life insurance policies with the Social Security Administration’s “Death Master File” and make a good faith effort to contact beneficiaries.

After the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that the law didn’t apply retroactively, former Gov. Steve Beshear appealed the decision. Three days before it was scheduled to be heard by the state Supreme Court, Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration dropped the case.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, who unsuccessfully tried to intervene in the case, said the proposed legislation “fights for the people.”

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There has been a lot of talk about how the explosive 2005 video of Donald Trump making vulgar comments about women may drag down Republican Senate candidates. But so far, it's not a game changer in Indiana. Trump is still favored to win the reliably red state, so that means both contenders for the open Senate seat are fighting over Trump supporters. That's an awkward spot for former Sen. Evan Bayh, a Democrat, who has been panned as a Washington insider during this outsider election year.

When Democrats recruited Bayh to jump into the Indiana Senate race in July, they thought it would be an easy win. But in three months, Bayh's commanding double-digit lead has shriveled to a virtual tie against Republican Rep. Todd Young. That's in large part because of the barrage of criticism Bayh is weathering for making a home — and making lots of money — in Washington, D.C., since leaving the Senate.

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The Republican Party of Kentucky says a super PAC is inappropriately supporting Democratic Senate candidate Jim Gray because one of the organization’s leaders benefited from a city development initiative during Gray’s time as mayor of Lexington.

Kentucky Moving Forward released its first television ad criticizing Gray’s opponent, first term Sen. Rand Paul, on Tuesday. The commercial features a clip of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump saying that Paul “shouldn’t even be on this stage” during a debate earlier this year and criticizes Paul for having a $300,000 campaign debt.

The treasurer of the organization is Steve Wilson who is also the co-founder and CEO of 21c Museum Hotels, which opened a hotel in downtown Lexington earlier this year. The company received a $6 million Housing and Urban Development loan and a $1 million loan from the city, both of which had to be approved by the Lexington City Council.

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Donald Trump declared "the shackles have been taken off me" Tuesday morning on Twitter.

That has been apparent since Sunday night, when he held a briefing before his second debate with Hillary Clinton alongside women who say they were sexually assaulted by former President Bill Clinton. He then proceeded to seat those women in the audience at the debate and confront Hillary Clinton with their allegations on stage.

This is Trump's response to the leaked videotape showing him using vulgar language to describe women and their bodies, and even bragging about groping and kissing them without consent.

Trump has apologized, but on the campaign trail he doesn't sound humbled.

Want to Vote in November? Get Registered Tuesday

Oct 11, 2016
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If you want to vote in November's election, the deadline to register is here.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is holding an event in Louisville with the League of Women Voters on Tuesday to mark the voter registration deadline. Grimes and other elected officials will be at the league's headquarters, where Grimes announced a year ago that Kentucky would allow voters to register online.

Grimes said in a statement that since the online registration portal opened, almost 90,000 people have registered to vote.

Kentuckians can use GoVoteKY.com to register or update their registration. People must be registered by Tuesday to vote in the general election on Nov. 8.

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After a weekend where Indiana Gov. Mike Pence strongly rebuked running mate Donald Trump and refused to campaign for him — and after a debate where Trump undercut a Pence policy proposal on Syria — Pence made the cable news rounds Monday morning to praise Trump.

The appearances dispelled rumors that Pence was "holding his options open," as the Indianapolis Star put it, after more than two dozen Republican officeholders urged Trump to withdraw from the presidential race.

"It's absolutely false to suggest that at any point we considered dropping off this ticket," Pence told CNN. "It's the greatest honor of my life to be nominated by my party to be the next vice president of the United States of America."

Pence told the network that he was "offended" and "couldn't defend" the leaked 2005 video of Trump recounting groping women. "I think last night he showed his heart to the American people. He said he apologized to his family, apologized to the American people, that he was embarrassed by it, and then he moved on," said Pence. "He said that's not something that he's done."

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Financial disclosure records show Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh earned nearly $6.3 million since the beginning of 2015. Most of that total came from a private equity fund and a law firm.

The personal financial disclosure report filed late Sunday also shows Bayh and his wife have assets roughly worth between $14 million and $48 million.

Bayh served in the Senate from 1999 to 2011. He is now running to get his seat back and help the Democrats wrest control of the chamber.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that Bayh spent substantial time during his final year as a senator searching for a private sector job.

Bayh reported income of just over $2 million from Apollo Global Management and $1.9 million from the law firm McGuire Woods.

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Kentucky is officially out of compliance with federal driver’s license and ID regulations after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security didn’t grant another extension for the state to enact stricter standards. The previous extension expired Monday.

Transportation cabinet officials had requested the extension last month but still haven’t heard back from DHS.

“It’s kind of hard to assume what the federal government’s going to do,” Transportation Cabinet spokesman Ryan Watts said. “We’re hopeful they’re going to grant us an extension, we just can’t predict how they’re going to act on our letter.”

Signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005, the REAL ID Act requires Kentucky to centralize the issuance of driver’s licenses to the state Transportation Cabinet instead of circuit clerks’ offices and verify applications through a federal government database.