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10:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Lanphear Elected to Warren County Family Court

David Lanphear
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Attorney David Lanphear was elected to a judgeship in Warren County Family Court.  He defeated Rebecca Adams Simpson by just over 1,400 votes. 

The 61-year-old Lanphear has practiced family law for the past 24 years and served as a court-approved mediator.  Lanphear told WKU Public Radio being a family court judge can be emotionally difficult, but also rewarding.

"It will be rewarding to help people to get the assistance they need when they need it and to hold people accountable who need to be held accountable for the benefit of others in their families," Lanphear remarked.

Faced with a growing family court docket, Lanphear says he hopes to help reduce the amount of time it takes for cases to reach a conclusion. 

Lanphear replaces the late Judge Margaret Huddleston who died this year following a battle with cancer.

Politics
8:32 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

2014 Election Night Blog from WKU Public Radio

Alison Lundergan Grimes conceded defeat Tuesday evening.
Credit Abbey Oldham

Update at 10:20 p.m.

It appears the Democrats will maintain control of the Kentucky House. Democrats had managed to win at least 51 House seats as of 10 p.m.

Update at 8:41 p.m.

Bardstown Republican David Floyd has won another term in the Kentucky House. Floyd beat Democratic challenger Audrey Haydon 53%-46% for the 50th House District seat that covers Nelson and parts of Bullitt and Spencer counties.

Update at 8:33 p.m.

With 88 of 89 precincts reporting in Warren County, David Lanphear leads the Family Court Judge race by about 1,300 votes over Rebecca Adams Simpson.

Update at 8:20 p.m.

Kentucky House Races in Our Region:

With 81% of the vote counted

7th House District (Union, Daviess, Henderson)

(R) Rep. Suzanne Miles: 53.8%

(D) John Warren: 46.1%

12th House District (McLean, Webster, Daviess, Henderson)

With 100% of vote counted

(D) Rep. Jim Gooch: 59%

(R) Dianne Mackey: 41%

13th House District (Owensboro)

With 100% of vote counted

(D) Rep. Jim Glenn: 52%

(R) Alan Braden: 48%

20th House District (Bowling Green)

With 80% of the vote counted

(D) Rep. Jody Richards: 63%

(R) Jenean Hampton: 37%

23rd House District (Barren, part of Warren)

With 100% of vote counted:

(D) Rep. Johnny Bell: 54%

(R) Jeff Jobe: 46%

25th House District (Elizabethtown)

With 100% of vote counted

(R) Jim DuPlessis: 50.9%

(D) Rep. Jimmie Lee: 49.1%

Update at 8:13 p.m.

It appears Hardin County Democratic Rep. Jimmie Lee has lost a close re-election battle.

With 100% of the vote counted, Republican challenger Rick DuPlessis led with 50.8 percent of the vote, with Lee winning 49.1 percent.

This would be a pickup for Republicans as they try to win control of the Kentucky House for the first time in over 90 years.

Update at 7:53 p.m.

The winners in the Bowling Green City Commission race are Joe Denning, Melinda Hill, Sue Parrigin, and Rick Williams.

David Lanphear is maintaining a lead over Rebecca Adams Simpson in the Warren County Family Court Judge contest.

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Politics
8:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell arrives at his midterm election night rally with his wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, in Louisville. McConnell, who won re-election, stands to become the next Senate majority leader.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 6:44 am

With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, coasted to a win in Kentucky.

McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor lost to Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, a first-term member of Congress. Pryor has served in the Senate since 2003.

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Politics
6:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

McConnell Declared Winner of Kentucky Senate Race

Sen. McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao, appeared before supporters Tuesday evening.
Credit Alix Mattingly

Sen. Mitch McConnell has been reelected and is closing in on his goal of becoming the majority leader of the U.S. Senate.

McConnell defeated Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes quickly, with the Associated Press calling the race for McConnell at about 7 p.m., just as polls closed in the western part of the state.

“Secretary Grimes ran a spirited campaign, she won a lot of votes and she won my respect,” McConnell said during his victory speech Tuesday night.  “This was certainly a hard fought contest.”

This means Sen. McConnell will serve as U.S. Senator for six more years.  He was first elected as senator in 1985.

In his victory speech at the Marriott East in Louisville, Sen. McConnell made a pledge to constituents that their voice would "be heard in Washington."

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Politics
1:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Labor Groups Watching Kentucky House Races

Voters will determine Tuesday whether Republicans will take control of the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century. 

Someone closely watching House races is Jeff Cone, Vice President of the United Autoworkers Union Local 2164 in Bowling Green.  He fears Kentucky will become a right-to-work state under a GOP-lead House. 

Republicans argue Kentucky is losing jobs to neighboring states with right-to-work laws, but Cone says they’re not the kinds of jobs Kentucky wants to attract.

"It's a race to the bottom," Cone told WKU Public Radio.  "These new jobs that are coming in offer lower wages and little to no benefits.  It's fine to be bringing in new industries, but at extremely reduced wages."

Right-to-work legislation is a major tenant of House Republicans’ agenda should the GOP gain enough seats to lead the Kentucky House.  Republicans already control the state Senate. 

Kentucky is one of the last remaining states in the South that does not have a right-to-work law which allows workers the freedom to decide whether or not they want to join a union and does not make union membership a condition of employment.

Politics
8:21 am
Tue November 4, 2014

NPR's 2014 Midterm Election Live Blog

NPR Congressional reporter Ailsa Chang interviews Republican House candidate Wendy Rodgers while riding a bicycle.
Ailsa Chang NPR

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:46 pm

Follow the NPR Politics Tumblr for live headlines, behind-the-scenes views from campaign headquarters around the country and NPR-style analysis.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Politics
7:16 am
Tue November 4, 2014

It's Election Day: Here Are 5 Headlines That Tell The Story

Sweepers stir up dust as they clean the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:23 am

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect:

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Politics
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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