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Presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he won’t attend the Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County next month.

Paul is also running for re-election to his Senate seat next year, and experts say this could prompt future challengers to criticize Paul for not paying attention to his home state while he runs for two offices simultaneously.

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  A growing number of Kentuckians don’t affiliate with any religion, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.  It’s part of a nationwide trend that should get the attention of politicians.

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  Republican candidates for governor are scheduled to attend a “unity rally” Saturday in Lexington intended to show solidarity with the party, and to mend wounds caused by the contentious—and not yet settled—gubernatorial primary race.

But the rally has several potential points of tension, Kentucky political observers say.

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State Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer is asking for a recanvass after he lost last night's primary to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin by only 83 votes. 

Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues doesn't anticipate a re-canvass will change the outcome of the state GOP contest. Cross says there's little doubt about the vote count, because it's almost entirely electronic.

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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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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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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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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.