Al Cross

12:18 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Al Cross on Rand Paul's Presidential Run and the Ky Governor's Race

Credit LRC Public Information

The Director of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism says reports of Senator Rand Paul declaring his presidential run next month in Louisville aren’t surprising. 

Al Cross says Paul is among a handful of Republicans who’ve been waging Presidential campaigns unofficially for months.

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5:25 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

From Flashbulb to Flashpoint the Attempts to Curb Fancy Farm Shout-Fests

Shouting crowd member during Fancy Farm 2013
Credit John Paul Henry

Organizers expect a larger than usual crowd at this weekend's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. The 134 year-old event has evolved from old-timey political stump speeches to a shout-fest as spectators try to overpower the speaker.

In 1975 the Fancy Farm Picnic was a little more refined. In fact, it was quiet enough to hear a flash bulb pop during then-Presidential Candidate George Wallace’s speech. Wallace survived an assassination attempt in 1972 that left him paralyzed below the waist.

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3:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Former Ky. Secretary of State Grayson Resigns From Harvard; Eyes Move Home


Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is resigning from his position as director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Grayson said he hopes to come back to the commonwealth to explore “a couple opportunities” but doesn’t have plans to enter the 2015 race for governor.

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4:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Early Fancy Farm Showdown a First for McConnell

Credit US Senate

When Senator Mitch McConnell faces off against prospective general election opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic, it will be the first time the Republican has met his Democratic challenger this far in advance at the event.

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