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6:26 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Need Help With Questions on Election Day? Go Online

Online services are available to help Kentucky and Tennessee voters heading out to the polls on Tuesday.

The Kentucky Secretary of State's website and the state Board of Elections website allow voters to verify their polling place, check which races are on the ballot and research candidates.

The Voter Information Center contains registration information, polling place locations and driving directions from voters' addresses to the polling places. The Center is accessible from many mobile devices and sample ballots are also available online.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Kentucky Voters Urged to Report Election Fraud

Officials are encouraging Kentuckians to report any instances or suspicions of vote fraud on Election Day. The Kentucky Attorney General’s election fraud hotline will be open throughout Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Allison Martin says the most common complaints involve vote-buying or campaigning too close to a polling place.

Kentucky’s electioneering law was struck down by a federal judge earlier this year, but while the case is under appeal, it’s still illegal in most cases to promote any candidates within 300 feet of a polling place.

"The only change is that if you have private property that is across the street from a polling place, or near a polling place within that 300 foot boundary,  you do not have to take your sign down," Martin said.

Martin added the election fraud hotline received 205 calls from more than 60 counties during this year’s primary election.

The hotline number is 1-800-328-VOTE.

Politics
2:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

McConnell and Grimes Criss-Cross Kentucky on Final Full Day of Campaigning

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

One of the most expensive Senate races in U.S. history will come to an end Tuesday evening when voters decide between Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes spoke to supporters at the Bowling Green United Auto Workers Hall Monday morning. She was dismissive of recent polls that show Sen. McConnell with a growing lead. An NBC/Marist poll released over the weekend gave McConnell a nine point lead.

“That’s the Washington D.C.-beltway punditry.  As you can see, the energy is palpable,” Grimes said, in reference to supporters at her Warren County event. “Kentuckians will have the final word in this election, and I do believe that they are bringing this race home, and will bring us across the finish line successfully.”

Grimes is hoping to become Kentucky’s first female U.S. Senator. On the final day of campaigning before votes are cast Tuesday, the Secretary of State is flying around the state, making appearances with Governor Steve Beshear, Former Governor Martha Layne Collins, and Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

McConnell is spending Monday alongside his fellow Kentucky Republican Senator, Rand Paul of Bowling Green. The two are flying around the state and speaking at airports across the commonwealth, including those in Bowling Green and Owensboro Monday afternoon.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Republicans Winning TV Ad War in Kentucky

Kentucky's U.S. Senate election could be a close race, but the battle for the airwaves has already been won.

Republicans have outspent Democrats on TV by more than $8.4 million, according to data compiled by the Center for Public Integrity. That means Kentucky voters have seen roughly 13,600 more ads for Sen. Mitch McConnell than they have for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

But Grimes and her allies have not been absent from the airwaves, airing 30,700 ads over the course of the campaign.

More than half of the ads aired by or on behalf of the two campaigns have been negative, according to an analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project, while just 17 percent have been positive.

The election is Tuesday.

Politics
8:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Election Day Spells End to Contentious Kentucky House Race

Republican challenger Jeff Jobe (left) and Democratic State Representative Johnny Bell
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Republicans will find out in Tuesday's election if they will take control of the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century. 

Twenty-nine Democratic incumbents are defending their seats.  With so much at stake, a few of the races have turned especially negative.  Among them, the 23rd District match-up between Representative Johnny Bell and GOP challenger Jeff Jobe, both of Glasgow. 

Personal attacks have dominated the race, which both candidates say were never their intent.  Representative Bell blames a lot of the negative advertising on outside political groups.

"I'm disappointed this race has taken that tone, but in all honesty, it looks like a push from outside interests trying to gain control and power here in the commonwealth of Kentucky without having any connection or vested interest," Bell told WKU Public Radio.

Bell has hammered Jobe for his past DUI conviction and accusations of domestic abuse.  Jobe has made an issue of Bell’s failure to settle a federal tax lien and his legislative record.

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Politics
4:04 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell Has More Than Most Riding On Midterm Elections

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky waves while riding with his wife Elaine Chao in the Hopkins County Veterans Day Parade on Sunday in Madisonville. McConnell remains locked in a close race with Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
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Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:34 pm

If Republicans take over the Senate, the man expected to become the next majority leader is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The title would be the culmination of a political career spanning more than three decades.

But first, McConnell has to win a sixth Senate term in a state where his popularity's been sagging.

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Politics
11:49 am
Fri October 31, 2014

GOP Looks to Western Kentucky in Bid to Win State House

Kentucky State Capitol

Western Kentucky's conservative terrain has turned into fertile ground for Republicans hoping to produce a new majority in the state's House of Representatives after nearly a century of dominance by Democrats.

The GOP holds seven House seats in the state's westernmost regions. The trend has whittled Democrats' advantage to 54-46 in the House.

Republicans are following the same playbook this year.

They're targeting more Democratic-held House seats in western Kentucky, trying to link the incumbents with an unpopular President Barack Obama ahead of Tuesday's election. It's a key part of the GOP strategy to consolidate its power in the General Assembly.

Republicans have solid control of the state Senate.

But state Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon predicts Democrats will keep control of the House and perhaps add to their majority.

Politics
7:43 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Latest Bluegrass Poll Shows McConnell With Five Point Lead Over Grimes

Credit Lisa Autry

The final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday’s election day shows Senator Mitch McConnell with a five point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The poll shows 48% of likely voters plan to vote for McConnell, while 43% say they'll support  Grimes. Three percent said they'll vote for Libertarian candidate David Patterson.

Six percent are still undecided.

The poll’s results are still within the margin of error of 4.1 percentage points. The McConnell campaign said the poll numbers show the campaign is peaking.

The last poll showed Grimes two percentage points ahead of McConnell and the Grimes campaign says its own internal polling shows the race as a dead heat.

The Louisville Courier-Journal quotes Jennifer Duffy, senior editor at the non-partisan Cook Political report, as saying the Bluegrass Poll results are in line with other polling she’s seen in recent days.

Politics
4:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Beshear Says GOP Control of House Would Set Kentucky Back to "19th Century"

Control of the Kentucky House is up for grabs Tuesday, Nov. 4, when commonwealth voters go to the polls.

Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky risks running off the “progressive path” it’s on if voters give the GOP a majority of state House seats.

Beshear’s comments came in Glasgow Thursday, following the announcement of state funding for a local infrastructure project. Beshear has been on the road this week, announcing funding for projects in districts where incumbent Democratic House members are facing competitive challenges by Republican candidates.

The state GOP and several super PACs have targeted Democratic Representatives they think are vulnerable, in an effort to give Republicans a majority of seats in the House. After the announcement in the Barren County High School Auditorium, Beshear was asked how he thought a GOP-led House would impact the state.

“If people will just look at Mississippi, Alabama, and a lot of these southern states where they’re dominated by far-right wing, conservative Republican parties both in the House, Senate, and the governorship—all of those states are in a race to get back to the 19th century,” Beshear said.

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2:34 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

GOP Critical of Kentucky Governor's Tour in Districts with Competitive House Races

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

The Kentucky Republican Party is blasting Democratic Governor Steve Beshear for traveling the state just days shy of the election, handing out checks in the districts of Democratic incumbents who are defending their seats in the state House. 

Governor Beshear traveled to Glasgow Thursday to present a check for a local bridge project.  He was joined in the announcement by Representative Johnny Bell, whose race against Republican challenger Jeff Jobe has turned nasty. 

On Wednesday, Beshear was in Owensboro alongside incumbent Jim Glenn, who has narrowly won his last two elections.  Glenn is in a competitive race against Republican Alan Braden. 

The Governor also visited Kuttawa to announce funding for projects in the Lake Barkley region.  There, he appeared with embattled Representative Will Coursey, who is facing a stiff GOP challenge from Keith Travis. 

The governor has delivered economic development news and checks in several other districts where Democrats are locked in competitive match-ups.

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