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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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Politics
2:11 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Kentucky ACLU Questions KET's Rules on Who is Invited to Participate in Debates

Libertarian candidate David Patterson hasn't been invited to participate in KET's Oct. 13 U.S. Senate debate.
Credit david4senate.com

The Kentucky chapter of the ACLU is asking Kentucky Educational Television to adopt more inclusive rules related to who it invites to appear on its televised debates.

The Courier-Journal reports that the legal director for the Kentucky ACLU sent a letter to KET saying the statewide broadcaster might be running afoul of federal law due to changes it made to it rules regarding debates.

A copy of the rules sent to WKU Public Radio by KET stated that candidates invited to appear at its U.S. Senate debate must have accepted at least $100,000 in contributions for the current election. Another rule says that those invited must have at least 10 points of support in a public opinion survey conducted by an independent pollster.

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Politics
1:53 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Rand Paul Drops Standing in Latest Iowa Poll

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY

A new poll taken in Iowa shows Kentucky Senator Rand Paul still has some convincing to do among voters if he decides to run for the White House in 2016. 

The CNN\ORC International poll among registered Iowa Republicans gave Senator Paul seven percent support, putting him in third place behind former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. 

A similar poll taken in March had Paul leading the potential GOP president field.  Senator Paul has made three trips to Iowa this year, holding campaign-style events and fund-raisers with local politicians. 

Among Democrats in this latest poll, Hillary Clinton remains the number one choice with 53 percent support.  In a distant second place is Vice President Joe Biden who was favored by 15 percent of respondents.

Politics
2:32 am
Fri September 12, 2014

20 Years Later, Parts Of Major Crime Bill Viewed As Terrible Mistake

Surrounded by lawmakers, President Bill Clinton hugs then-Sen. Joseph Biden after signing the $30 billion crime bill at the White House on Sept. 13, 1994.
Dennis Cook AP

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 12:41 pm

Twenty years ago this week, in 1994, then-President Bill Clinton signed a crime bill. It was, in effect, a long-term experiment in various ways to fight crime.

The measure paid to put more cops on the beat, trained police and lawyers to investigate domestic violence, imposed tougher prison sentences and provided money for extra prisons.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Rand Paul: U.S. Must Be More Realistic In Foreign Policy Approach

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says the U.S. has "gone too far in thinking we can re-create an American democratic paradise in the Middle East."
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 8:00 am

In a prime-time speech Wednesday, President Obama called on Congress to support his fight against the extremist group known as Islamic State. That call has been getting mixed reaction on Capitol Hill, including from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. He says that while he supports the fight against ISIS, he believes the president is "going about it in the wrong way."

His father, Ron Paul, twice ran for president as a candidate who never strayed from a firm libertarian path.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Former Ky Senate President Says Richie Farmer Affiliation Won't Hurt Comer's Gubernatorial Chances

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate James Comer
Credit Twitter

Will the enduring popularity of former UK basketball star and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer affect the gubernatorial aspirations of Farmer’s successor, James Comer?

The man who ran for governor on a slate with Farmer says he doesn’t think that the gubernatorial campaign of Farmer’s successor will be affected by backlash over Farmer’s corruption investigation and conviction. 

Former Republican state Senate President David Williams unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2011 with Farmer as his running mate, losing handily to incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear and his running mate, Jerry Abramson.

Williams, now a Circuit Court Judge, made a show of support at the Comer campaign’s kick-off event Tuesday in Tompkinsville.

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Politics
11:21 am
Thu September 11, 2014

U.S. Senate Candidate Grimes Releases Favorable Poll

Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

After a series of polls showing Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race trending for incumbent Mitch McConnell, Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has released a new poll showing her ahead by one percentage point. 

The internal poll was conducted by Mark Mellman, a Washington-based pollster hired by the Grimes campaign.

Several polls in recent months have shown Senate McConnell expanding his lead over Grimes, yet within the margin of error. 

“Bottom line is this is an exceedingly close race...it’s a race that will certainly go down to the wire," said Mellman.

The Mellman survey of 800 likely voters was taken by phone September 4-7 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Politics
4:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

A New Brand Of Paul Gains Support In Iowa

Sen. Rand Paul meets with local Republicans in Hiawatha, Iowa. He's made three trips to the state this year.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 12:43 pm

It's still more than 15 months until the Iowa caucuses, and no one in the crowded field of Republicans with presidential ambitions has announced. But things are already happening in Iowa, especially for Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Paul has reached out to Iowans who never considered voting for his father, Ron Paul, who made a respectable third-place showing there in 2012.

He's still popular with his father's old supporters. Many of them are in the so-called liberty faction of the Iowa GOP.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Lawyers Ask Judge to Withhold Release of Documents on Sexual Harrassment in State Government

In Frankfort, lawyers for the state are asking a judge not to allow the release of documents that could include information on sexual harassment in Kentucky state government.

Louisville Attorney Thomas Clay represents female state House employees who say in a lawsuit they were sexually harassed  by former  Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold. They also allege they were retaliated against in a separate matter by current  state  Rep. Will Coursey. 

Clay said that in a hearing Wednesday in Franklin Circuit Court, Judge Thomas Wingate heard a motion to dismiss the suit altogether. The state argues that because the Legislative Research Commission, which is named as a defendant, did not employ Arnold, the suit is moot.

Clay believes the documents detail instances of sexual harassment beyond the Arnold case, and says that the state is dragging its feet.

“That argument is frivolous because there’s ample federal authority that says the employer has a duty to protect employees from harassing conduct even from non-employees of that employer," Clay said.

Wingate did not decide on any of the motions, and has yet to schedule the next hearing date.

The women are seeking damages from Arnold and the state for embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish and retaliation, as well as attorney’s fees.

Politics
11:37 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Sen. Paul Says He'd Authorize Intervention Against ISIS

Sen. Rand Paul

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a possible presidential candidate in 2016, says an "overwhelming" majority in Congress -- including him -- would authorize military intervention against militants in northern Iraq and Syria if President Barack Obama seeks approval when he addresses the nation tonight.

Speaking to The Associated Press before a visit to New Hampshire, Paul's comments mark his continued evolution on foreign policy as he tries to shed an "isolationist" label.

Paul says he'd vote to intervene against the militants, who took responsibility for beheading two American journalists.

He says getting Congressional authorization makes the effort more bipartisan.

Paul has been criticized for positions that have branded him an anti-interventionist. His comment that foreign aid be reduced, including to longtime ally Israel, led some to call him an isolationist.

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