Ag commissioner primary set for recanvass after 1,427-vote decision

State Rep. Richard Heath conceded that the result will likely remain, but the Mayfield Republican on Thursday asked for a recanvass in his 1,427-vote loss...

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Secretary Larry Hayes to retire from Economic Development Cabinet, Beshear to conduct national search

A member of Gov. Steve Beshear’s senior staff announced he was retiring after seven years in his role as Economic Development Cabinet secretary.

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Hindsight 20/20 in wake of 83-vote loss for Comer while link to controversy, Bevin’s bid hurt Heiner, observers say

When a statewide race unofficially comes down to 83 votes, pinpointing the exact cause of the second-place finisher’s electoral shortcomings is an exercise in futility.

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For Bevin, observers say advertising and messaging key to unofficial GOP nomination

Unofficial Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin may have some mud on his hands after a bitter primary battle, but GOP observers say the Louisville...

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Rand Paul begins hours long "filibuster" of Patriot Act

Taking to the U.S. Senate floor just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul began to “filibuster” the Patriot Act and the warrantless wiretapping...

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James Comer seeks recanvass in razor-thin GOP gubernatorial primary

Republican gubernatorial hopeful James Comer, who fell 83 votes shy of unofficial nominee Matt Bevin Tuesday, has formally requested a recanvass, Secretary of State Alison...

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Ag commissioner primary set for recanvass after 1,427-vote decision

05/21/2015 03:55 PM

State Rep. Richard Heath conceded that the result will likely remain, but the Mayfield Republican on Thursday asked for a recanvass in his 1,427-vote loss to Rep. Ryan Quarles in the GOP agriculture commissioner primary. Heath’s filing marks the second recanvass request in as many days after Agriculture Commissioner James Comer wanted his 83-vote loss in the Republican gubernatorial primary double-checked. Even though his margin of defeat is wider in terms of votes compared to Comer, Heath lost the primary by... Read more 

Secretary Larry Hayes to retire from Economic Development Cabinet, Beshear to conduct national search

05/21/2015 03:34 PM

A member of Gov. Steve Beshear’s senior staff announced he was retiring after seven years in his role as Economic Development Cabinet secretary. Larry Hayes has seen Kentucky’s ups and downs in his time as a cabinet head for Beshear, but as Kentucky searches for term-limited Beshear’s replacement, now Hayes has signaled the time to move on. “The opportunity to lead this Cabinet under the Governor’s and Partnership Board’s direction has been the highlight of my career in both business... Read more 

Hindsight 20/20 in wake of 83-vote loss for Comer while link to controversy, Bevin’s bid hurt Heiner, observers say

05/21/2015 01:05 PM

When a statewide race unofficially comes down to 83 votes, pinpointing the exact cause of the second-place finisher’s electoral shortcomings is an exercise in futility. That’s especially true in the case of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Republican analysts pointed to Comer’s light political activity in Jefferson County, the “Fort Sumter” speech he gave in the backyard of U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in late 2013 and allegations, which he has categorically denied, of abusing a college girlfriend and escorting her to an abortion... Read more 

For Bevin, observers say advertising and messaging key to unofficial GOP nomination

05/20/2015 09:24 PM

Unofficial Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin may have some mud on his hands after a bitter primary battle, but GOP observers say the Louisville investment manager’s campaign gradually built momentum thanks in large part to slick advertising and solid performances on the debate and chicken-dinner circuits. Not many predicted Bevin would top the four-man field Tuesday, and he almost didn’t after squeaking by with an 83-vote victory that may be in peril with a recanvass requested by second-place finisher Agriculture Commissioner... Read more 

Rand Paul begins hours long "filibuster" of Patriot Act

05/20/2015 04:52 PM

Taking to the U.S. Senate floor just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul began to “filibuster” the Patriot Act and the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens under the program. The issue over the surveillance program has been a key point in Paul’s campaign for president. In his speeches in early primary states and announcing his presidential bid from Louisville Paul says, “Our phone records are none of their damn business.” “I remember having this debate about three years ago... Read more 

James Comer seeks recanvass in razor-thin GOP gubernatorial primary

05/20/2015 04:27 PM

Republican gubernatorial hopeful James Comer, who fell 83 votes shy of unofficial nominee Matt Bevin Tuesday, has formally requested a recanvass, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office announced Wednesday. Comer and his running mate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, signed the request for “a full and complete check and recanvass of every one of the voting machines and absentee ballots from all 120 counties,” according to a news release from Grimes’ office. Bevin barely edged Comer after a furious comeback in western... Read more 

Conway's campaign releases jobs-centric Web ad with Republican dust still unsettled

05/20/2015 02:36 PM

His opponent in this year’s gubernatorial election may change after a recanvass, but Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway wasted little time in attempting to set a tone that Republicans have hammered on the campaign trail for months: Kentucky needs more jobs. The 40-second Web ad released by Conway’s campaign features video from an Election Day press conference for Kentucky Democrats as well as news coverage of the event and his primary win over little-known candidate Geoff Young. “My top priority will be... Read more 

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