Matt Markgraf

New Media Promotion Coordinator, Host of Weekend Energy

Matt "McG" Markgraf joined the WKMS News Team in January 2007, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Murray State. Now he's got a master's degree in creative writing and is hard at work on "the next great American novel" - that is - when he’s not designing and updating the web site, producing commentaries and mixing up some Weekend Energy. Matt enjoys all kinds of music, but has a fondness for wicked beats. He’s at the station throughout the day and sometimes late at night working during the informative bliss of BBC World Service. In March 2011, he was named New Media & Promotions Coordinator for WKMS.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

1st Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2008

2nd Place - Best Website - www.wkms.org

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4:32 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Certified re-count

Frankfort, KY – The certified vote count shows Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler garnering 119,812 votes on Election Day. Republican challenger Andy Barr collected 119,163.

So, out of more than 239,000 votes cast in the 16-county central Kentucky district, the candidates are separated by 649 votes.

Chandler declared victory Tuesday night, but Barr has refused to concede. Barr wants a recanvass, or recheck of the vote totals, and that will commence next Friday.

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2:22 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Rand Paul Plans for Senate

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Senator-Elect Rand Paul is taking a few days to vacation following a long election season, but he's already formulating plans for when he heads to Washington in January. Paul says he'll prepare a balanced budget and balanced budget amendment.

"It's difficult to pass, but it's actually passed before with majority, but not with the super majority you need to get a Constitutional Amendment. But I think the mood is swelling in the country."

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10:31 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Voters indicate Tea Party not a significant factor

Rand Paul supporters at Fancy Farm
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3:39 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Republican Trend Present in Hopkins County

Madisonville, KY – Madisonville and Hopkins County mostly followed a national trend choosing Republicans over Democrats last night. Incumbent Senator Jerry Rhoads won re-election but lost Hopkins County, Republican County Attorney Todd P'Pool also won re-election. Incumbent Democratic Mayor Will Cox lost to Republican challenger David Jackson by 72 votes. Cox has served as city mayor since 2007. Despite the small margin, Cox doesn't think a recount is necessary. Mayor-elect Jackson calls Cox an honorable man.

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2:51 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

Beshear Comments on Elections

Lexington, KY – Democrats still have control of the Kentucky House, but Republicans picked up seven seats in yesterday's election. The majority did not shift in the state Senate either, which Republicans control. Governor Steve Beshear says the makeup of the legislature won't change how he works with lawmakers.

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2:26 pm
Wed November 3, 2010

2011 Election Filing Open

Frankfort, KY – With one election in the books, candidates can file for the 2011 election. Republican and Democratic candidates have until January 25th and Independent candidates have until April 1st. Potential candidates seeking office can file through Secretary of State Trey Grayson's office.

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10:28 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Whitfield Sends Suggestions for Next Congress to Boehner

Congressman Ed Whitfield
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9:33 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Fincher Wins in Northwest Tennessee

Dresden, TN – Tennessee's 8th District US Congressional seat turned from blue to red last night. Political newcomer Stephen Fincher handily beat democrat Roy Herron of Dresden for the post. Fincher replaces longtime Blue Dog Democrat John Tanner, who is retiring.

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9:30 am
Wed November 3, 2010

Quinn Clings to Thin Margin in Illinois Governor Race

Springfield, IL – Governor Pat Quinn says he believes he has won the Illinois governor's race. With 98% of precincts reporting, both Quinn and his Republican opponent, state Senator Bill Brady, had 46% of the vote. Quinn's lead was just more than 9,100 votes out of more than 3.6 million votes cast. Quinn says he wants all the votes to be counted, but he says when they are counted he believes he will prevail.

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