Kentucky Senator Rand Paul isn’t denying reports that he’s interested in a 2016 presidential run. The website Politico quotes the Bowling Green Republican as saying “I’m not going to deny that I’m interested.” Paul says he thinks the GOP has to go in a different direction because the party isn’t winning national elections.
To date, the chatter over who'll challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 has centered around actress/activist Ashley Judd. And, if not Judd, then Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. A top Kentucky Democrat is saying that McConnell's Democratic challenger will be neither of the women.
Longtime budget and policy expert Jane Driskell will join Governor Steve Beshear's administration in January, to serve as State Budget Director. Driskell has 27 years of experience in government, and she will oversee the daily activities of the budget office. She will also be responsible for overseeing the formulation and execution of the Governor's budget.
Ashley Judd is the most discussed potential Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell' for his seat in 2014, but not all Kentucky Democratic statewide officers are supporting the idea. Auditor Adam Edelen said he'll be encouraging and supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, for the 2014 senate race -- because of Grimes' focus on state, not national, issues.
Taken together, Kentucky's special taxing districts spend more money than the state spends on Medicaid and infrastructure -- and nearly half of those districts are not following rules on filing budgets or submitting audits, said a report from State Auditor Adam Edelen released Wednesday.