An independent from Paducah says he's running for the top position in the Republican-controlled state senate. Senator Bob Leeper made the announcement Thursday. The position has been left vacant by the resignation of David Williams who has accepted a judgeship in southern Kentucky.
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.
State Rep. Sara Beth Gregory will seek the Republican nomination to run for an open state Senate seat in southern Kentucky. Gregory said in a statement Wednesday that she wants to replace former state Sen. David Williams who resigned last week to accept an appointment as circuit judge.