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Grimes plans to be in Pikeville whether or not McConnell shows for debate

09/18/2014 09:14 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will be in Pikeville come late October whether or not Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell appears to debate — and all indications are that he will not be in attendance. On Thursday, Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton confirmed to Pure Politics that Grimes will be in Pikeville on October 22 or 23 regardless of whether McConnell agreed to debate. The Appalachian News-Express, who signed on to host a debate at the University of Pikeville,... Read more 

Thayer open to some changes within CVG airport board, just not the structure Edelen recommended

09/18/2014 07:41 PM

State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says he is “open to considering some changes,” to the Northern Kentucky Cincinnati International Airport board also known as CVG, he just does not want to diminish the standing of Kenton County in any restructuring. Calling the board the “Kenton County Airport Board,” Thayer said, his main objective was to ensure Kenton County — which he represents will remain an integral hub of the Kentucky asset, which has seen better days. “I represent... Read more 

Grimes' grandmother stars in ad blasting McConnell's Medicare votes

09/18/2014 09:54 AM

UPDATED WITH MCCONNELL AD: Elsie Case, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ maternal grandmother, plays a key part in Grimes’ latest television ad released Thursday, recounting her husband’s stoke and the couple’s struggle to make ends meet. The ad, titled “Proud Man,” also features Grimes attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s votes on Republican budgets, which didn’t pass, that would have altered the Medicare system. Case, who also played a prominent role in a light-hearted ad credited with Grimes’ victory... Read more 

Democrats looking to recapture 62nd House district seat with challenger hand picked by Beshear

09/18/2014 08:25 AM

GEORGETOWN – The 62nd district House race features a young two-term Republican incumbent being challenged by a lifelong farmer who was hand picked to enter the race by Gov. Steve Beshear. Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, is being challenged by farmer and business owner Chuck Tackett, who is currently a magistrate on the Scott County fiscal court. The makeup of the district changed significantly during the 2013 redistricting process. It now encompasses most of Scott County, including part of downtown Georgetown,... Read more 

Challenger uses Democratic lawmaker's comments about women's underwear against him in campaign ad

09/17/2014 03:40 PM

A western Kentucky Democratic lawmaker’s remarks about a pair of women’s underwear have resurfaced in a television ad from his Republican challenger this fall. Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, had his conduct at a legislative conference questioned after he blocked a House resolution from a floor vote in April that would have supported two female legislative staffers who brought allegations of sexual harassment against former Democratic Rep. John Arnold last year. Thomas Clay, who represents Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and... Read more 

Doctors and concerned parents say government should "be ashamed" of lack of funding for pediatric cancer

09/17/2014 03:19 PM

LOUISVILLE — In an emotional meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Health & Welfare Tuesday, parents of young cancer patients and the doctors who treat them pleaded with lawmakers to make funding for pediatric cancer a priority. Lobbyist Jamie Bloyd was first to testify in front of the interim committee Wednesday at the office of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky where she told legislators the story of her son’s diagnosis. Her son, Paxton Bloyd was diagnosed with Stage 4... Read more 

Fiscal mismanagement, administrative and faculty differences led to troubles in Fayette County Schools, Audit finds

09/17/2014 02:15 PM

Uncommunicative administrators, mismanagement of financials and weak policies led to financial instability of the Fayette County School System, an audit conduct by Auditor Adam Edelen’s office found. Edelen announced the findings of the audit on Wednesday after initial allegations were made indicating possible criminal wrong doing — something Edelen said his audit did not uncover. “We found no evidence of criminal activity,” Edelen said. “However, we did find chronic mismanagement of the district’s budget and finances which has contributed to... Read more 


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