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Politics
2:54 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Kentucky House Speaker Says Governor Will Need to Accept Changes to Gambling Plan

Changes could already be coming to Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed gambling amendment. That amendment would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky, with five of them based at horse racing tracks. House Speaker Greg Stumbo supports expanded gaming in Kentucky, but he still has major questions about the amendment. And Stumbo says those questions will likely lead to changes to the measure if it can pass the state Senate.

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2012 Indiana Senate Race
2:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Club For Growth Endorses Primary Challenger Facing Sen. Richard Lugar

Richard Mourdock

A prominent conservative group is endorsing Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in his campaign to unseat a longtime Republican US Senator. Mourdock represents a challenge from the right against Senator Richard Lugar, who is seeking a seventh term this fall.

The Club For Growth has previously run TV attack ads against Lugar, but hadn’t previously endorsed Mourdock’s primary challenge. Now, the Mourdock campaign hopes the endorsement will lead to momentum and increased campaign contributions.

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Politics
10:48 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Kentucky State Agencies Undergo Audit, with Personnel Cabinet Getting Bad Reviews

KY State Auditor Adam Edelen

The first statewide audit from new Auditor Adam Edelen has uncovered some familiar problems.

Edelen is required to conduct an audit of all state agencies every year. His first report was released this morning. In it, Edelen takes many state agencies to task. That includes the Department of Military Affairs and the Kentucky Horse Park, which the report says incurred expensive and unnecessary fees for paying invoices too late.

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Expanded Gambling in Kentucky
8:38 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Beshear Unveils Gambling Amendment, with GOP Bill Sponsor at His Side

After weeks of waiting, Governor Steve Beshear and state Senator Damon Thayer have unveiled their constitutional amendment for expanded gambling.

The amendment allows for up to seven casinos in Kentucky, but five must be at horse racing tracks. The two free-standing casinos cannot be within sixty miles of a track, regardless of whether that track has a casino.

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LRC Goes to Appellate Court
4:24 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Legislative Research Commission Asks Court of Appeals to Reinstate District Lines

The Associated Press reports the Kentucky Court of Appeals has been asked to reinstate recently enacted legislative district lines after a judge found they don't meet Constitutional muster. The Legislative Research Commission today told the Appellate Court that Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd overstepped his authority in throwing out the new lines and ordering lawmakers to run in existing districts.

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Sen. Paul Wants to Delay Confirmation
12:10 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Senator Paul Plans to Block Confirmation for Corps of Engineers Top Post

U-S Senator Rand Paul
WKU Public Radio

U-S Senator Rand Paul wants to delay the Senate Confirmation of Army Lt.General Thomas Bostick to become the Corp's Commanding General. The lawmaker from Bowling Green is unhappy with the Corp's performance in the Bluegrass State. Repairs on the Wolf Creek Dam, which impounds Lake Cumberland, have taken longer and cost more than expected. That project carries a price tag of  more than a half billion dollars.

Politics
4:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Kentucky High Court Could Act on State Legislative Districts Soon

The battle over new state legislative districts may move to the Kentucky Supreme Court this week.At the direction of General Assembly leaders, the Legislative Research Commission this week will file an appeal to overturn an injunction against the district maps lawmakers approved last month. In it’s filing, the LRC will also argue that the new districts should be in effect for this year's elections.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Newly Drawn Congressional Districts to Become Law

After weeks of disagreement, new districts for Kentucky's six U.S. House seats will become law.  The issue appeared dead earlier this week when the state Senate was unable to approve a new map. But lawmakers rallied around a compromise plan last night.  Under the new plan, the Second District will lose some of its northern counties and stretch further east. And the Sixth District around Lexington will become safe for Congressman Ben Chandler as it sheds Republican counties. 

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Breaking: Congressional Re-Districting Alive
11:22 am
Fri February 10, 2012

New Map for Kentucky Congressional Districts on the Verge of Becoming Law

A new map of Kentucky's Congressional Districts may be approved soon.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo declared Congressional re-districting dead earlier this week, since it looked like both chambers could not agree on the new districts. But with the state Senate able to find enough votes to pass a compromise, a new map is reportedly in play.

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Georgia Powers
6:35 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Former State Senator Powers to Make Rare Appearance in Bowling Green

Former State Senator Georgia Powers, who was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky, is scheduled to appear tonight at a "Kentucky Live" event hosted by WKU Libraries. Senator Powers, who was the first African American to serve in the Kentucky Senate, will attend a discussion about her career.

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