An independent from Paducah says he's running for the top position in the Republican-controlled state senate. Senator Bob Leeper made the announcement Thursday. The position has been left vacant by the resignation of David Williams who has accepted a judgeship in southern Kentucky.
Kentucky Democrats successfully defended their control of the state House -- but they're now stranded on a political island. It appears that Republicans will take control of the Arkansas House of Representatives, leaving Kentucky as the only southern state with a Democratic-controlled House.
State Rep. Sara Beth Gregory will seek the Republican nomination to run for an open state Senate seat in southern Kentucky. Gregory said in a statement Wednesday that she wants to replace former state Sen. David Williams who resigned last week to accept an appointment as circuit judge.
Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler's defeat in his re-election bid Tuesday won't hinder the Kentucky Democratic Party in future years, a party leader said. But Attorney General Jack Conway also said he’s upset that Kentucky will have only one Democratic congressman for the next two years: Rep. John Yarmuth in the Third District.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo is predicting a wide margin of victory for the only constitutional amendment on the ballot. The amendment was proposed by Stumbo and sailed through the General Assembly easily in 2011.