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10:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Majority Rules: Kentucky State Legislative Races to Watch

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.

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Remembrance
7:20 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Update: NPR Remembers Former Senator, Presidential Candidate George McGovern

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:

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Group of GOP House Candidates Asks David Williams To Avoid Using Pension Loophole

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.

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Politics
11:37 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Kentucky Republicans Narrow Registration Gap with Democrats

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.

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Politics
7:38 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Senate President Williams Could Soon Get Recommendation for Judgeship

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.

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Politics
5:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Democrats See Reason for Hope in Kentucky's 6th District House Race

With just weeks remaining before Election Day, Kentucky's 6th District U.S. House race remains close.

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.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Unions, Lawyers Give Big to Super PAC Helping Kentucky Democrats Defend State House

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.

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Politics
1:10 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Senator Paul Running Pro-Akin Ad in Missouri Senate Race

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.

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Politics
1:02 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Tennessee Congressman Denies Hypocrisy for Talk of Abortion

A Republican congressman from Tennessee is telling supporters he’s not a hypocrite for discussing abortion with a mistress more than a decade ago. But now he may have to defend his medical license.

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Politics
10:05 am
Sun October 14, 2012

Former Rand Paul Aide Getting Fundraising Help

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.

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