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Former 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield, who resigned earlier this month before the end of his 11th term, is joining a D.C. lobbying firm.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 1st District U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield released statements today regarding Tuesday's tornado that struck western Kentucky. 

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After a week of mulling it over, State Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah says he will not vie for Ed Whitfield’s 1st District congressional seat.

Whitfield announced in September he wouldn’t seek a 12th term.

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In his first interview since deciding not to seek a 12th term in Washington, Kentucky’s 1st District Rep. Ed Whitfield told WKMS the prospect of yet another campaign and increasing gridlock in Congress contributed to his decision.

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Kentucky state Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson says it’s all but certain that he will join the race for retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield’s 1st District congressional seat.

Whitfield announced last week he would not seek a 12th term in Washington next year.

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Kentucky's 1st District U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield has announced he is not running for re-election in 2016.

The announcement comes during Whitfield's 11th term representing the 35 counties of Kentucky's 1st Congressional district.

Whitfield's longtime district director Michael Pape tells WKMS News he will be seeking the Republican nomination to fill the seat. 

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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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Kentucky’s 1st District Congressman is defending himself against charges related to a House ethics investigation.

For more than a decade, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky,  owned a $200,000-piece of West Virginia property with a lobbyist whose clients and employers had business before him in Congress, writes R.G. Dunlop, a reporter from WFPL's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

Hatchett for Congress

Charles Hatchett has won his third consecutive Democratic primary in the race for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District. Hatchett defeated 25 year-old Murray State student and employee Wesley Bolin 55.23 percent to 44.77.