Election day is two weeks away, and with only one competitive Congressional race (6th District with Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr) and no statewide races on the ballot, this year's politics will definitely be local. Republicans are trying to take control of the state House this year. They need 10 seats to do so. Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to pick up a few Senate seats to bolster their slim minority. Below are the races to watch, by region, in these legislative contests.
Former Senator George McGovern, who lost the 1972 Presidential race, has passed away at the age of 90. Weekend All Things Considered will have more on McGovern's life and political impact, starting at 4pm central, 5 eastern time Sunday. Morning Edition will also have extensive reporting on the passing of McGovern Monday.
In the meantime, here's part of a report NPR's Don Gonyea had during Weekend Edition Sunday:
A group of GOP House candidates are encouraging one Republican leader to take a bold stance on a pension issue. Republicans Chris Hightower, Jason Crockett, Lynn Bechler, Bryan Lutz and Matt Lockett are all in competitive races for the state House this election cycle.
Far more Kentuckians who registered to vote this year have opted to become Republicans, though Democrats continue to have the clear majority in the state. The State Board of Elections released numbers this week showing 28,884 Kentucky residents registered as Republicans since the May primary election. That's compared to 18,926 who registered as Democrats.
The Judicial Nominating Commission that could recommend Republican Senate President David Williams for a circuit judgeship in southern Kentucky is set to meet next week in Burkesville. The meeting, which will be held at 10 a.m. EDT on Oct. 25, was announced Wednesday.
Kentucky's 6th Congressional District has added more than 8,000 new Democratic voters over the past two years while losing nearly 4,000 Republicans, a shift that would appear to favor Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler in his re-election bid against GOP challenger Andy Barr.
A Super PAC that is helping defend Democrats is Kentucky state House races has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Kentucky Family Values is helping Democrats beat back the GOP’s attempt to take control of the House. And one month before the election, the group reported raising $236,000. It still has $190,000 cash on hand.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is coming to the aid of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin with a new advertising campaign. Paul's political action committee plans to begin running an ad Wednesday against Democratic Sen. McCaskill. The one-minute ad criticizes McCaskill's vote against a Paul amendment last month that would have blocked foreign aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan.
A former campaign aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who resigned amid a controversy about a racial posting on his MySpace page is getting political support from his former boss even though they parted company two years ago amid the social media controversy.