Tea Party groups from across the south and midwest are pledging support in the effort to defeat Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.
The five-term Kentucky incumbent is facing a primary challenge from Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.
United Kentucky Tea Party spokesman Scott Hofstra told WKU Public Radio activists from several states have promised to help Bevin win this spring's primary.
“We have had commitments now from Tea Party and liberty groups from Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, and as far away as Florida, who have said, ‘We are going to send folks to Kentucky, at our expense, to help you on the ground get out the vote for Matt Bevin'", the Hardin County resident said.
Hofstra admits McConnell has gained many Republican allies at the local level in Kentucky during his nearly 30 years in office.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he supports a federal judge's opinion that requires Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The Floyd County Democrat doesn't think it will affect House elections this fall, where Democrats will defend a narrow 8-seat majority over Republicans.
“Whether you like it or not, that’s what the law says. Whether you like it or not, everybody’s rights need to be recognized by the constitution in equal manner. And that’s what the court found and that’s the state of the law," Stumbo said.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he is awaiting a final order in the case before he issues an opinion on the ruling or decides whether to appeal.
It was a very different time in 2004, politically and socially. George W. Bush was poised to sail into a second term in the White House. Hearings in Saddam Hussein’s war crimes trial began in earnest. And “Shrek 2” was making millions at the box office.
And Kentucky, along with 10 other states, voted to ban same-sex marriages.
Ten years ago, Kentucky's lawmakers and residents approved an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John Heyburn knocked the legal footing out from under the measure, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause.
Heyburn's ruling only means the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of Kentucky. But it looks to be a matter of time before another case comes along seeking to throw the entire amendment out.
Two Kentucky lawmakers have introduced bills that would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life without parole.
Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville and Republican Rep. David Floyd of Bardstown say the justice system is flawed and should not have the power to take a felon’s life.
Corrections data provided by the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty shows that 14 death penalty cases have been overturned since 1983.
Neal says he has also filed a resolution in the Senate that would create a task force to examine the cost of capital punishment to taxpayers. It's been estimated to cost an average $10 million each year.
“Whether you’re for it or against it, that’s one thing or the other," the Jefferson County Senator said. "But let’s understand the cost to the taxpayer because it impacts more. I guess the bottom line is, I think, as I talk individually with some members of the chamber, I think that argument is gaining some traction.”
Some commonwealth’s attorneys maintain that capital punishment acts as a deterrent on crime, a point that Neal and Floyd disagree with.
Over lunch at the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder and Sen. Rand Paul discussed changes in criminal sentencing and restoring voting rights to ex-felons, a pair of issues the Democratic attorney general and the Republican senator regard as vital to improving the criminal justice system.
In a statement following Wednesday's meeting, the Justice Department said Holder appreciates Paul's leadership on both issues and is pleased to have the opportunity to work with him on shared priorities.
Holder and Paul agree on the need to stem prison overcrowding, which they say diverts money away from crime fighting, and to stop charging many nonviolent, low-level drug defendants with offenses that carry long mandatory minimum sentences.
Both Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam were among the guests at the White House's state dinner honoring French president Francois Hollande Tuesday night. Beshear and his wife Jane also participated in the arrival ceremony for the French president.
Beshear said it was a wonderful opportunity for the state anytime a Governor can be in the same room with so many leaders. France is the seventh-largest consumer of Kentucky products. It's the second time in recent weeks Beshear has found himself in the Washington spotlight. He was among the guests who sat with First Lady Michelle Obama at President Obama's State of the Union speech.
Haslam last month blamed scheduling conflicts for missing a planned tarmac meeting with Obama when he visited a Nashville high school for a speech, but that didn't stop the Republican Governor from being among the 350 people at last night's glitzy affair.
Expanded gambling may be dead for another year, according to Kentucky Senate Republicans.
A bill filed by Senator Dan Seum of Louisville would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot and let voters decide if they want casinos in the commonwealth, Seum said Monday that he doesn’t have the support in his chamber.
Majority Floor Leader Sen. Damon Thayer took it a step further, saying there’s no sentiment in the Republican-controlled Senate to take the issue up right now.
“The Senate has dealt with this bill on the floor of the Senate in the past; the House has never dealt with a constitutional amendment on the floor of the House," commented Thayer. "If the governor wants it badly enough, he oughta go to the members of his own party in the chamber that they control and try to push the bill.”
Seum says the bill isn't dead in the Senate, but it needs more time. Similar gaming bills have repeatedly died in the Senate for decades.
The Kentucky House has approved legislation intended to help citizens of the state better understand how to save and use their money.
Daviess County Representative Jim Glenn is the sponsor of the bill which would form the Kentucky Financial Literacy Commission. The lawmaker from Owensboro says he’s been advising young people about saving money for decades.
Glenn is sponsoring legislation forming the Kentucky Financial Literacy Commission. It’s passed the House and is now before Senators. Glenn, a professor at Owensboro Community and Technical College, says this effort could teach people of all ages.
“It helps the working class people. It helps senior citizens. It helps parents and it helps young students, four basic groups. So, they are gonna put together programs, publications, things that are gonna help people increase their core knowledge of financial literacy,” said Glenn.
Former President Bill Clinton is coming to the Bluegrass State to campaign on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The Grimes campaign says Clinton will appear in Louisville February 25. No further details have so far been released about the visit. Clinton is the last Democrat to carry Kentucky in a presidential election.
Democrats are making no secret that Kentucky’s Senate race is one of the party’s top election priorities in 2014, and have indicated they are willing to pour money and resources into the effort to unseat Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Minority Leader.
McConnell is facing a Republican primary challenge by Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist Matt Bevin.
A new statewide poll has good news for Kentucky’s Democratic Senate candidate.
While the general election is still nine months away, the poll shows Alison Lundergan Grimes with a four-point lead over five-term incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.
The Bluegrass Poll was conducted for four Louisville and Lexington news outlets by Survey USA. It shows 46 percent of respondents favored Grimes in a matchup with Senator McConnell, while 42 percent supported the GOP incumbent.
The poll also reveals McConnell received just a 27-percent favorability rating. He still faces a primary battle against Republican Matt Bevin, who trails McConnell in the poll by 26 points.
Despite the poll results, McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore says the campaign is “very comfortable about where this race stands.” Grimes said she is “humbled” by the numbers.