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Rep. Tom Riner not fundraising for re-election, says he hasn't been attending "secret" caucus meetings

05/03/2016 12:50 PM

LOUISVILLE — Rep. Tom Riner has served in the House 34-years and now faces two Democratic challengers in the primary, even though he’s facing well-armed and savvy challengers he’s made a decision not to raise funds for his re-election campaign. The soft-spoken and mild mannered Louisville Democrat has found himself at the center of controversy in the past few years for helping bring to light a sexual harassment case against a fellow Democratic lawmaker and recruiting the Liberty Counsel... Read more 

Residency questions cloud Koenig-Seifried 69th district race

05/02/2016 05:50 PM

FLORENCE – 69th District State Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, faces a challenger in the Republican primary as he tries to earn a sixth term in office, in 23-year-old market analyst Danny Seifried, but it is still to be determined in Boone Circuit Court whether Seifried has lived in the district long enough to be eligible to run for the seat. A suit was filed by Erlanger resident Lucy Riffle on April 19 claimed Seifried has not lived in the district... Read more 

Bernie Sanders, Hillary and Bill Clinton to campaign in Kentucky this week

05/01/2016 12:36 PM

UPDATED As his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination heads to Appalachia next week, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Louisville’s Waterfront Park on Tuesday. Sanders is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. at the park’s Great Lawn in his first campaign stop in Kentucky, with doors opening at 4 p.m. Entrance will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and the campaign recommends those hoping to attend RSVP here. The event comes two weeks ahead of the... Read more 

Rep. Bob DeWeese ends 24-year legislative career at 81

04/30/2016 05:20 PM

FRANKFORT – After 24 years in the state legislature, 81-year-old Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, has decided to call it a career. DeWeese, a retired general surgeon, had planned to serve only a couple of terms when he was first elected in 1993, before returning back to his surgery practice full-time to work with his son, but all of that changed in 1994 when he experienced temporary blindness and had to give up his job as a surgeon. “I couldn’t see anything for... Read more 

Chelsea Clinton campaigns in Lexington for her mom

04/29/2016 12:02 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Sitting in a chair in the middle of the Lexington Hillary for Kentucky headquarters, a pregnant Chelsea Clinton spoke to volunteers and supporters encouraging them to reach as many Kentuckians as possible before the May 17 primary. The crowd of supporters filled the small campaign office and filled part of a parking lot off of Winchester Road. Clinton spoke for about an hour to nearly 200 people in Lexington. Clinton called the presidential election “the most important of... Read more 

Fundraising update: How the rest of the most interesting primary races are stacking up

04/29/2016 08:22 AM

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part breakdown of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates. Part one can be viewed here. We’re rounding out our fundraising updates behind the other half of the most interesting races to watch, which can be an early predictor of support and strength of a candidate’s organization. 23rd House District (open seat, Democratic and Republican primaries) Danny Basil vs. Joe Trigg in the Democratic primary. Steve Riley vs. Freddie Joe Wilkerson in the Republican primary. In... Read more 

Gov. Bevin vetoes parts of budget, other bills passed by General Assembly

04/28/2016 12:30 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed all or part of seven bills on Wednesday, delaying implementation of a program intended to provide free tuition for students in two-year programs and stopping a move to implement new federal identification standards brought about after terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, among other actions. Bevin’s vetoes can’t be overturned by the General Assembly, which adjourned sine die April 15. His veto pen touched various pieces of the $21.5 billion biennial budget, oftentimes citing the need for more... Read more 

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