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Princeton musician Alonzo Pennington and Murray State University professor Paul Walker are vying to be the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District. Kentucky’s Primary Election is on May 22. The winner of this primary faces incumbent Republican James Comer in November.

Here’s where they stand on issues, compiled from recent forums in Hopkinsville and Murray:


  Perhaps the most hotly contested race for the U.S. House this year in Kentucky is in the 6th  congressional district, which includes Lexington and the surrounding area. And for the six Democrats competing in Tuesday’s primary for the party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Andy Barr, health care has become a central issue to their campaigns.

Ryland Barton

A ruling from the Kentucky attorney general's office says the state Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act by discussing in closed session changes to former Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt's contract.

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Capitol Reporter Ryland Barton gives a round-up of politics across the Commonwealth. Including a look at the most contingent races ahead of the May 22 Primary.



SIU President Randy Dunn said he won't resign - but acknowledges it will take some time to bring opposing groups back together within the university's system.

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Republican Rep. Diane Black rode a private plane linked to a Tennessee-based trucking company for which she helped extend a federal emissions loophole.

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Window and door manufacturer Pella is relocating the Murray production of a window series to an Illinois facility due to full labor and floor capacity.

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Graves County Public Schools superintendent Kim Dublin said the City of Mayfield’s annexation of some of the school district’s property is ‘taxation without representation.’ Dublin held a press conference on Friday to clear up what the board said is a ‘miscommunication’ regarding pending legal issues with the city.

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A lawsuit charges that a Kentucky student was expelled over commentary on "the recent national trend of school shootings."


The House lawmaker who represents Southern Illinois University–Carbondale is calling on SIU System President Randy Dunn to resign immediately.