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Another U.S. Senate debate offer on the table, but still no agreement between campaigns

07/17/2014 03:37 PM

The campaigns of both candidates in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race again expressed interest in having the two share a stage to talk issues after Centre College made a formal proposal Thursday to host a debate. But still, no one debate offer has been accepted by both candidates. Partnering with AARP and WAVE3 News in Louisville, Centre College announced Thursday that it would like to host a debate between Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Centre College... Read more 

Jensen playing catch up in fundraising with $234,000 on hand after Democratic primary

07/17/2014 11:59 AM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington is reporting more than $234,000 in cash-on-hand for her campaign against U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington. In the last three months, Jensen raised $186,000 in campaign contributions. Of that total, $163,000 in contributions came in the two months following the primary, according to a fundraising report filed with the Federal Election Commission. Prior to the May primary, Jensen, at one point had $265,000 in cash-on-hand. So far in the cycle... Read more 

Former Ky. Democratic operative using Ky. campaign tactics in Kansas governor's race

07/17/2014 09:14 AM

Jason Perkey cut his teeth in politics working campaigns in the Bluegrass and now the Louisville, Kentucky native is applying the lessons he learned from his time in the state to the Kansas governor’s race. Perkey, who is the executive director for the Kansas Democratic Party, is applying a strategy first implemented in the 2011 re-election campaign of Governor Steve Beshear in Kentucky. Democrats in Kansas launched a secretive mass endorsement of high profile former and elected Republican officials which has... Read more 

Beshear plugs $90.9 million shortfall in state budget using a mix of state agency and unspent general funds

07/16/2014 06:10 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday he had again re-balanced the state’s budget using millions in state agency funds, unspent General Funds and cash from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund to plug a nearly $91 million budget shortfall. In his 14th re-balance of the budget, Beshear said he was focused on making the government “as efficient and as lean as possible.” “And to protect as best we can the core services that offer help and hope to our people and represent... Read more 

The Chatter: Super PACs behind U.S. Senate candidates show most money raised from out of state

07/16/2014 03:42 PM

Two super PACs are raising big money for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates, but most of that money is not coming from inside the state. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a group supporting Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, raised $423,735 in the second fundraising quarter, but none of that money came from Kentucky donors. The Courier-Journal’s Tom Loftus was first to report the fact that this is not a first for the group. Only 4.6 percent of the group’s total contributions raised since... Read more 

Independent Ed Marksberry ending U.S. Senate "quest" with half signatures needed to run

07/16/2014 11:14 AM

Independent U.S. Senate hopeful Ed Marksberry of Owensboro announced Thursday that he is ending his goal of collecting the requisite 5,000 signatures needed have his name appear on the November ballot — thus ending his chance of running in the U.S. Senate race. Citing health problems, Marksberry said he has not had the energy or strength to gather the remaining 2,500 signatures needed to appear on the ballot. “I was not successful in raising the funds needed to hire others... Read more 

Gender issues remains at center of U.S. Senate race with debate over women's health care

07/15/2014 05:04 PM

The issues of gender equality and women’s rights are being used by Democrats in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race to illustrate the disconnect between Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and women voters as a pro-choice group begins to run ads in the state and a big name McConnell foe criticizes his stances. NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, a group which has endorsed Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and called her a “pro-choice champion”, released an ad Tuesday to run statewide in Kentucky... Read more 

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