Kentucky Democratic Party calls on W. Ky. House candidate to withdraw after indictment

The Kentucky Democratic Party has “encouraged” candidate John Wayne Smith to withdraw his campaign against Rep. Michael Meredith after his indictment on a charge of...

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Internal poll shows Grimes ahead by two

Despite trailing Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the most recent public polling, Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ internal pollster says she holds a slim...

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McConnell releases ad as E. Ky. newspaper reports on his opposition to coal plant's location in Louisville

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign released an ad touting his support for coal miners Wednesday, the same day an eastern Kentucky newspaper reported his...

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Two females vie for recrafted 55th House district seat

Only 16 percent of the General Assembly is female, but two women will compete for the 55th district House seat.

Two-time Republican incumbent Kim King,...

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Democratic candidate in W. Ky. House race indicted for failing to report sexual abuse against a minor

A Democratic candidate for state House has been indicted for failing to report sexual abuse against a child while serving as director of the Bluegrass...

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As bourbon booms in the bluegrass distillers' assoc. seeks additional tweaks to the laws

Bourbon producers around the state continue to announce new ventures and expansions totaling hundreds of millions in infrastructure and bringing with it new jobs and...

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Kentucky Democratic Party calls on W. Ky. House candidate to withdraw after indictment

10/01/2014 01:36 PM

The Kentucky Democratic Party has “encouraged” candidate John Wayne Smith to withdraw his campaign against Rep. Michael Meredith after his indictment on a charge of failing to report sexual abuse against a minor while director of the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy. “This is a difficult situation and we have encouraged Mr. Smith to withdraw from the race,” KDP Chairman Dan Logsdon said in a statement Wednesday. “Neither the Kentucky Democratic Party nor the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus will be investing any further... Read more 

Internal poll shows Grimes ahead by two

10/01/2014 12:59 PM

Despite trailing Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the most recent public polling, Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ internal pollster says she holds a slim lead on the incumbent. Democratic pollster Mark Mellman released a memo Wednesday showing Grimes with a 42-40 advantage on McConnell about a month from Election Day. Politico first reported the results of Mellman’s survey of 1,800 likely voters from Sept. 19 to Monday. Mellman, in a memo posted to Politico’s website, said the sample of likely... Read more 

McConnell releases ad as E. Ky. newspaper reports on his opposition to coal plant's location in Louisville

10/01/2014 10:21 AM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign released an ad touting his support for coal miners Wednesday, the same day an eastern Kentucky newspaper reported his opposition to a proposed coal processing plan on the Louisville riverfront during his time as Jefferson County judge-executive. Chris Sexton, the star of McConnell’s latest ad, credited a $7.5 million program backed by McConnell with helping him become a paramedic after he was laid off as a coal miner. “It was my lifelong dream to be... Read more 

Two females vie for recrafted 55th House district seat

10/01/2014 09:21 AM

Only 16 percent of the General Assembly is female, but two women will compete for the 55th district House seat. Two-time Republican incumbent Kim King, R-Harrodsburg, who has served in the House since 2010 is facing off against Democratic Emerge Kentucky graduate Jacqueline Coleman of Wilmore in a different district than she has represented in the past. After the latest round of redistricting, the 55th House district consists of Mercer County, Washington County and the northwest part of Jessamine County. King’s... Read more 

Democratic candidate in W. Ky. House race indicted for failing to report sexual abuse against a minor

09/30/2014 03:19 PM

A Democratic candidate for state House has been indicted for failing to report sexual abuse against a child while serving as director of the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy at Fort Knox. A federal grand jury indicted John Wayne Smith, who’s running against Rep. Michael Meredith in the 19th House District, and six other employees at the academy Sept. 25, one of whom was charged with sexual misconduct with three female students between Feb. 8, 2013, and Aug. 7, 2013, and threatening one... Read more 

As bourbon booms in the bluegrass distillers' assoc. seeks additional tweaks to the laws

09/30/2014 03:13 PM

Bourbon producers around the state continue to announce new ventures and expansions totaling hundreds of millions in infrastructure and bringing with it new jobs and more tax revenue, and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association says the future will continue to be bright for Kentucky bourbon, but by tweaking some hospitality laws the industry could soon become the Napa Valley of the South. In September alone several distillery’s announced new locations and additions on to their already existing gift centers designed to... Read more 

Northern Kentucky judge-executives open to local sales tax option

09/30/2014 03:03 PM

The Northern Kentucky judge-executives of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties say that they would be open to the possibility of a local sales tax option to fund certain capital projects. Proponents of the local sales tax option say the initiative would give voters a chance to vote on raising taxes over a specified amount of time to help fund needed local projects. The idea was floated in the January 60-day legislative session, but never made it to the House floor... Read more 

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