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5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

General Election Absentee Voting Underway in Kentucky

Voting in the November 4 election is already underway for some Kentuckians.  Mail-in absentee balloting has begun for eligible voters.

"We encourage all individuals if you believe you will be out of the county on election day to make sure that you are participating in the election via either our mail-in absentee process or in-person absentee voting," says Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:
• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens
• Students who temporarily reside outside the county
• Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky
• Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted
• Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open
• Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness
• Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program

Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office no later than October 28. 

More election-related information can be found at elect.ky.gov.

Politics
1:44 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Rep. Anne Northup Endorses James Comer for Kentucky Governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer and former U.S. Representative Anne Northup, R-Louisville
Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

Northup joined Comer for a press conference atop Waterfront Park’s Big Four pedestrian bridge Friday morning, commending the 2015 gubernatorial hopeful on his success in helping legalize industrial hemp in the state. She urged Republican voters in Jefferson County and across the state to support his candidacy.

“When Jamie told me that he was thinking about running for governor, I told him that I would be all in,” Northup said. “And that I would be so enthusiastic about him being the governor because I knew what a difference he could make.”

Northup’s endorsement is the campaign’s highest profile since Comer officially launched his bid earlier this month alongside running mate Chris McDaniel, a conservative freshman Republican state senator from Taylor Mill who owns a concrete construction business.

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Politics
10:09 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Louisville Congresswoman Endorses Comer for Kentucky Governor

Former U.S. Represtenative Anne Northup, R-Louisville
Credit Wikipedia

Former Republican Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed James Comer in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor.

Northup represented Louisville in the U.S. House of Representatives for five terms before being defeated by Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth in 2006.

Comer, the agriculture commissioner, announced his candidacy for governor at Fancy Farm. He said Kentucky's next governor "won't be a millionaire from Louisville," a reference to his opponent, former Metro Councilman Hal Heiner.

Since Comer is from small rural Tompkinsville, many interpreted his comments to mean he would make the race about urban vs. rural issues. But Comer has tried to fight that notion by touting his support among notable Louisville Republicans, including state Sen. Julie Denton.

The Republican primary for governor is May 19, 2015.

Politics
5:40 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Both Guthrie and Leach Hope U.S. Can Avoid Sending More Ground Forces to Fight ISIL

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green)
Credit Kevin Willis

Kentucky’s Second District Congressman says his vote in favor of the President’s plan to train moderate Syrian rebels was based largely on his desire to keep U.S. ground forces out of the effort. 

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie told WKU Public Radio he wants to see ground forces from Middle Eastern countries taking on the Islamic State, also known as ISIL.

While Guthrie says he understands the reluctance of some lawmakers who voted against the measure that ultimately passed the House Wednesday, he believes it’s in the country’s interests to help those fighting the Islamic State.

“If we don’t engage them in Syria, then that will become a safe haven. It’s like the Vietnam War and Cambodia, when every time we would push (the VietCong soldiers), they would cross back into an international border that we were not allowed to cross. So if they have a safe haven, they can retreat, they can wait, and they can come back.”

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Politics
11:25 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Kentucky AFL-CIO Begins Mail Campaign Against McConnell, Cites Major Mobilization Ahead of Vote

Credit AFL-CIO

The Kentucky AFL-CIO is launching a mail campaign against Senator Mitch McConnell that the group says is part of a “massive political mobilization” that will also include knocking on doors, worksite fliers, and phone banking.  

The labor group is coming to the aid of McConnell’s Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The state AFL-CIO says it will distribute over 70,000 mailers in the coming days attacking Sen. McConnell, saying the Louisville Republican has “been in Washington too long, and he’s lost his way.” The labor group blasts the incumbent for voting against bills that would increase the minimum wage and black lung benefits for miners.

An AFL-CIO spokesman told WKU Public Radio there are over 350,000 current and retired workers in Kentucky who are members of the labor group.

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Politics
6:38 am
Wed September 17, 2014

President Obama Taking Center Stage in Kentucky's Senate Race

Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky's hotly contested Senate race despite Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' efforts to distance herself from him.

Grimes this week aired an ad in which she explicitly says she is not Obama and disavows his positions on guns, coal and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kentucky Ordered to Pay $160,000 in Redistricting Lawsuit

Credit Kentucky LRC

The state must pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky more than $160,000 in attorneys’ fees because the legislature failed to enact new legislative district maps in a timely fashion, the group announced today.

U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman in late July ordered the payment in the joint civil suit filed against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State Board of Elections.

The suit, initiated by the ACLU and a group of voters, noted the state failed to enact new maps during the 2013 regular session of the General Assembly, and were using maps created in 2002 as a result of the 2000 census.

The lawsuit claimed that population growth in the state’s urban centers in the ensuing decade effectively diluted those voters’ power at the ballot box. And the state’s actions violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s “one person, one vote” mandate, said William Sharp, legal director for the ACLU of Kentucky.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Outside Group Launches Immigration-Themed Attack Ads Against Grimes

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

An outside group supporting Senator Mitch McConnell is spending nearly $1 million over the next week to run ads attacking his opponent on the immigration issue.

While immigration hasn’t been a major topic of focus in the Senate race between McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the ads accuse Grimes of backing legislation that would lead to “citizenship for millions who broke the law.”

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Politics
4:07 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Senate Challenger Bevin Seriously Eyeing 2015 Governor's Race

Matt Bevin (left) spoke to a Bowling Green resident during a campaign stop he made earlier this year while running for Senate.
Credit Abbey Oldham

The Republican who challenged Senator Mitch McConnell in this year’s GOP primary tells the Associated Press that he’s strongly considering a run for governor.

Louisville businessman and Tea party activist Matt Bevin won 35 percent of the Republican Senate vote in May, following a campaign in which he portrayed McConnell as too moderate. If Bevin joins the 2015 gubernatorial contest, he’ll enter a G-O-P contest that includes Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner.

Warren County Republican Party chairman Scott Lasley says he doesn’t think a Republican candidate has to wear the Tea Party label to win the party’s nomination next year.

But the WKU Political Science Professor thinks it will be important for GOP candidates to at least reach out to grassroots organizations ahead of the primary.

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Politics
5:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Bayh Not a Candidate for Indiana Governor in 2016

Former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh says he won't run for another gubernatorial term in 2016.

The pool of high-profile Indiana Democrats running for Governor in 2016 has shrunk by one. Former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh says he won’t seek a return to the office he held from 1989 to 1997.

Bayh is a moderate Democrat who strongly considered a presidential run in 2008, before deciding not to run and endorsing Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He served two terms in the U.S. Senate but didn’t seek re-election in 2010.

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