First District Warren County Magistrate James "Doc" Kaelin announced Wednesday morning that he does not plan on running for another term after his current one ends next year.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports Kaelin is in his 20th year of service in county government. He told the newspaper he's proud of the fiscal court's role in the growth that Warren County has seen during that time and added, "I just feel it's the time."
Wednesday is the first day for candidates to file to run for office in 2014.
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has picked up an endorsement from organized labor on the same day the Kentucky senator she wants to unseat is pushing a national right-to-work proposal opposed by unions.
The proposal being co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would prohibit requiring workers to pay union dues or fees. McConnell and fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul want to attach it to legislation that would bar workplace discrimination against gays.
Grimes said Tuesday the right-to-work amendment is wrong for Kentucky. She said organized labor has lifted millions of people out of poverty and gives workers a bargaining voice. Grimes received the Kentucky AFL-CIO's endorsement Tuesday.
McConnell said his proposal would allow workers to join a union if they want to but would protect them from being forced to join.
Senator Rand Paul is facing charges of plagiarizing material used in an op-ed article. The Kentucky Republican has also had to explain in recent weeks how Wikipedia entries were used in his speeches without attribution.
Multiple lines in Senator Paul’s op-ed appear to be lifted verbatim from the essay written by Dan Stewart and published shortly before the Senator’s op-ed came out.
Aides to Senator Paul have declined to answer questions about the incident.
However, aides told the website Politico that they would be “more cautious in presenting and attributing sources” after it was discovered that Paul used word-for-word Wikipedia entries during a speech last week.
Republican businessman Phil Moffett has ruled out a follow-up run for governor in 2015, opting to campaign for a state legislative seat in Louisville next year.
Moffett, a tea party favorite who was runner up in the 2011 GOP gubernatorial primary, says the timing isn't right to pursue another statewide race. He says he and his wife will have four teenage children at home during the next gubernatorial campaign season.
Instead, Moffett says he'll run for the 32nd House District seat. His announcement Monday narrows the potential field of GOP candidates for governor.
Moffett says James Comer would be the front-runner if the state agriculture commissioner enters the race.
Democrat Steve Beshear is in the middle of his second term as governor. Governors are limited to two terms in Kentucky.
Kentucky's Attorney General continues to say he's strongly considering a run for governor.
Democrat Jack Conway was in south-central Kentucky Wednesday, addressing students and civic groups about issues including the state's prescription drug abuse problems.
After a speech to the Noon Rotary Club in Bowling Green, Conway told reporters there are other races that deserve the spotlight ahead of the 2015 gubernatorial election.
"With the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign underway, they deserve a few quarters under their belt before a governor's race lands on top of them," Conway said. "But I would think that by the spring of next year, whoever's running for governor ought to be starting a fundraising operation to put together the resources necessary."
Grimes is challenging Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's much-talked-about Kentucky Senate race. Conway told his Bowling Green audience that coal will continue to be an important source of energy for the region, and that the state must continue to step up its fight against prescription pill abuse.