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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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