3:55 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Both Parties Have High Hopes For Lone Senate Debate

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

Although they’ve shared a stage several times since the May primary, Monday night’s televised exchange between Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes and incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is the only official debate. 

Kentucky Tonight begins at 7 p.m. central/8 p.m. eastern on Kentucky Educational Television.

Representatives from both parties are optimistic their candidate will come out on top.

Russ Wilkey, chairman of the Daviess County Democratic Party says he’d like to see more than just one debate.

“Probably the more debates the better for the challenger,” said Wilkey. “You know, my personal feeling is that I get really nervous watching debates. It’s like me watching a UK basketball game, I get really nervous.”

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2:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

GOP Says Democrats Abused Nonprofit Mailing Permit

Democrat Will Cox is running in Kentucky's 6th Senate District, which includes Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio and Butler Counties

A top Kentucky Republican is asking the U.S. Postal Service to take away the state Democratic Party's nonprofit mailing permit, at a time when political mailings are stuffing mail boxes ahead of next month's election.

State GOP Chairman Steve Robertson filed a complaint alleging the Democratic Party abused its nonprofit permit.

Robertson points to Democratic state Senate candidate Will Cox's campaign in his allegations.

Robertson says mass mailings indicating the material was paid for by Cox's campaign included the Democratic Party's nonprofit mailing permit information and return address. Robertson says candidate campaigns are ineligible for mailing at the lower nonprofit rate.

Cox's campaign consultant declined comment Monday.

State Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon says he'll review the allegations but says he doesn't think there was any abuse of the nonprofit permit.

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11:15 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton To Campaign For Grimes

Hillary Rodham Clinton

U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is getting help from another Clinton -- this time from Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Kentucky Democrat's campaign says the former U.S. secretary of state and potential presidential candidate in 2016 will campaign for Grimes next Wednesday night in Louisville. Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said Friday the event is open to the public, and free tickets will be available at Democratic headquarters in all 120 Kentucky counties.

Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, has made two trips to Kentucky this year to makes pitches for Grimes in Louisville, Lexington and Hazard in eastern Kentucky. Bill Clinton carried Kentucky both times he won the White House in the 1990s.

Grimes is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in one of the nation's mostly closely watched campaigns.

2:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Beshear, Legislative Leaders Not Betting on Expanded Gaming in 2015

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will likely leave office next year without making good on one of his campaign pledges. 

Legislative leaders say casino gambling is hardly on anyone’s radar for the 2015 session.  Governor Steve Beshear told WKU Public Radio support appears to be waning even among proponents.

"You've got your tracks that only want it at the tracks.  Some will go further than that, others won't, so they can't agree with each other, much less than anybody else.  It's one of those issues that while a lot of people say they want it, they only want it on their terms."

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer sponsored a measure in 2012 to get a casino amendment on the ballot.  The Georgetown Republican maintains he won't try again.

"I will not be sponsoring another expanded casino gambling bill as long as I'm in the state Senate," states Thayer.  "I sponsored that bill a few years ago and said I would take one shot at it, and I have no plans to sponsor another bill like that in the future."

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12:44 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Sen. Paul to Spend Much Of October On the Road

Sen. Rand Paul

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is set to do a lot of traveling over the next three weeks. The Courier-Journal reports between now and October 29th, Paul is scheduled to appear at political events in eight states, including one in Bowling Green this weekend.

Paul, who says he’s considering a White House run in 2016, will also appear in Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Kansas among others.

2:14 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Millennial Voters Are Paying Attention — So Why Don't More Vote?

Rapper Lil Jon appears in a new ad for Rock the Vote's 2014 campaign. The organization was founded to get Generation X engaged in politics, and is adapting its tactics to reach millennials.
Courtesy of Rock the Vote

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 11:22 am

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

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3:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

AFL-CIO Vows Help for Grimes, Kentucky Democratic House Candidates

A visit to Kentucky by an AFL-CIO official comes the same week Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes got good polling news concerning her race against Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Credit AFL-CIO

The national AFL-CIO says it has its eyes on several Kentucky state House races, as the group tries to counter GOP efforts to flip control of the chamber.

Republicans are hoping to win a majority of state House seats for the first time in nearly a century.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler is in Kentucky this week, rallying labor members ahead of the November 4th general election.

She says her group is especially concerned about one of the central tenets of the Kentucky Republican legislative agenda.

“Primarily because of the folks who have been touting Right to Work as a goal of theirs to pass, as the first order of business if the House changes hands,” Schuler told WKU Public Radio Tuesday.

Kentucky Republicans have promised to pass what they call “right to work” legislation if they gain control of the state House. Such a bill would give workers the ability to decide whether or not to join a union.

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1:16 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Judge Rules KET Lawsuit Can Move Forward

Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidate David Patterson
Credit david4senate.com

A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Kentucky Educational Television.  David Patterson, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, is suing the network over his exclusion from next Monday night’s debate. 

KET claims Patterson did not meet revised debate criteria that require a candidate to have at least $100,000 in contributions and at least ten percent support in a public poll, among other criteria. 

Patterson alleges KET officials are excluding him from the debate because he’s a third party candidate. 

KET filed a motion seeking to have the lawsuit tossed out, but U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled Monday the case would proceed. 

A hearing will be held Thursday in federal court in Lexington to determine if KET must allow Patterson to participate in the debate alongside incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes.

6:08 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Video Accuses Grimes Of Contradiction On Coal. But What Does It Really Say?

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Office of Sec. Grimes

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes isn’t being honest with voters about her support of Kentucky’s coal industry, according to a video released today by the conservative Project Veritas.

The video by James O’Keefe—who was widely criticized for deceptively editing a video about ACORN in 2009—relies on hidden camera interviews with Kentucky Democratic officials about Grimes and coal, but ultimately doesn't prove much about where she truly stands on coal.

The video was disseminated with a headline stating that it's Grimes' staff members who are talking.

But O’Keefe fails to get either Alison Lundergan Grimes or any of her paid campaign staffers on video. What he gets instead are county Democratic Party officials—from Fayette and Warren counties—and a field organizer. All say something similar to what Juanita Rodriguez of Warren County says when asked if Grimes is lying about her support of coal:

“Well, I don’t really think her heart is 100 percent in backing coal, but she has to say she is because she will not get a huge number of votes in this state if she doesn’t,” Rodriguez said.

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11:18 am
Mon October 6, 2014

One Week Before Debate, Grimes Leapfrogs McConnell In Bluegrass Poll

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell each speak at the Red White & Blue Picnic in Owensboro in August
Credit Lisa Autry

There’s been a turnaround in the latest Bluegrass Poll, which now shows Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes leading incumbent Mitch McConnell by two percentage points, 46-44.

Grimes’ lead is within the poll’s margin of error. In the last poll, released in late August, McConnell had a four-point lead over his challenger. 

The two candidates are scheduled to meet in debate next Monday on KET.  Libertarian candidate David Patterson, who garnered 3 percent support in the latest Bluegrass poll, was not invited to take part in the debate.  It's a decision that led Patterson to file suit against the network.

The deadline to register to vote in the November 4th election is Monday.

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