Politics

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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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Kentucky House Speaker: Forget About Congressional Redistricting this Session

Efforts to redraw Kentucky's U.S. House districts are dead in the General Assembly. State House Speaker Greg Stumbo made that declaration after the state Senate could not agree to the latest compromise on district maps.

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Politics
10:44 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Republicans Win Kentucky House Special Election

A Tompkinsville businessman is the newest member of the Kentucky General Assembly.  Republican Bart Rowland won a special election Tuesday against Democrat Barry Dean Steele. The Monroe County native and insurance executive will represent the heavily Republican 53rd district which covers Monroe, Metcalfe, Cumberland, and Green counties.

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Redistricting Ruling
3:08 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Judge Throws Out New Kentucky Legislative Boundaries

A Franklin Circuit Court judge has thrown out new legislative district maps, saying they violate the basic principles of the Kentucky Constitution.

Judge Phillip Shepherd's ruling is based on the so-called five percent rule. It says new districts must be within five percent of their ideal size. Shepherd added that the maps of both the House and Senate districts divided too many counties.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Kentucky Cabinet Leader Resigns as Her Office Comes Under Legal Pressure

Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller has resigned. Miller was appointed as head of the cabinet by Governor Steve Beshear during his first term. The agency is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and various social services.

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Redistricting in Kentucky
8:26 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Kentucky Congressional Candidates in Limbo as they Await New Redistricting Maps

Kentucky lawmakers are struggling to finalize new Congressional districts.

Both chambers approved new maps of the districts last month and have been in a conference committee for weeks to work out the differences. Last week, legislative leaders thought they were close to an agreement that would leave the maps relatively unchanged, but no compromise was made.

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Redistricting in Kentucky
2:40 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

No Decision Yet on Legality of Redistricting, but Ruling to Come Soon

A Kentucky judge says he may rule by midweek on the constitutionality of legislative redistricting in a case that has the state's election filing deadline in flux.

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Politics
1:33 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

What's Next Following Conviction of Former Indiana Secretary of State?

Charlie White

The felony conviction of former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has Democrats and Republicans going to battle over who should replace him if a judge upholds the verdicts.

White was found guilty last weekend of voter fraud and other counts related to his voter registration for the 2010 Republican primary, and was forced from office.

Prosecutors say White lied about his address in order to protect his council seat in the Fishers community.

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Ky House Election
9:28 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Tuesday's Special Election to Fill Seat in Kentucky House

Voters in four counties in South Central Kentucky go to the polls Tuesday to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives.

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Money and Politics
8:30 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Rand Paul's PAC Not Raking in Big Dollars--at Least Not Yet

After more than a year in office, U.S. Senator Rand Paul is having trouble turning his political action committee into a fundraising powerhouse.

The PAC, named RANDPAC, has less than $100,000 in the bank.

Among its donors are former high-ranking GOP officials Cathy Bailey and Hunter Bates. The committee has also drawn donations from PACs that belong to UPS, Brown-Forman and other Kentucky companies.

And Kentucky’s senior senator Mitch McConnell gave $5,000 from his Bluegrass Committee PAC.

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