Election 2014

Politics
9:17 am
Fri November 7, 2014

What Should Alison Lundergan Grimes Do Next?

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:01 am

Half of Kentucky voters are against former U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes running for governor in 2015, according to a new poll released this week.

A third of the respondents said Grimes should run, according to the Bluegrass Poll from the Lexington Herald-Leader, The Courier-Journal, WKYT and WHAS-11.

Grimes, a Democrat who currently serves as Kentucky's secretary of state, has not said that she would seek the position.

On Thursday, James Comer, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, mused about a potential matchup.

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Politics
1:12 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

McConnell Says 'Senate Needs To Be Fixed,' Discussing GOP Gains

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he sees issues where a Republican-led Congress can work with President Obama. McConnell won re-election Tuesday, as his party took control of the Senate.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:52 pm

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate "needs to be fixed" — and that he and his Republican colleagues are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

We'll update this post with news from McConnell's appearance in Louisville, Ky.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: On Obama And The Veto Threat

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Politics
8:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

After A Resounding GOP Victory, 6 Tidbits That Tell The Story

Sen. Mitch McConnell is accompanied by his wife, Elaine Chao, at his victory event Tuesday in Louisville, Ky.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:35 am

The big headline from last night's midterm elections is that Republicans walloped the Democrats, cashing in on enormous discontent about the state of the country to pick up seven Senate seats and wrest control of the chamber.

That, of course, sets up divided government for the next two years: a Democratic president and a GOP-controlled legislature.

Here are six tidbits that tell the story:

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Government
11:21 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Danny Carroll Wins Kentucky's 2nd District State Senate Seat

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Republican Danny Carroll has been elected to the Kentucky State Senate’s 2nd District Seat. Carroll secured a victory Tuesday night over Democrat Jeff Parker by over 7,000 votes.

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Politics
9:22 am
Tue November 4, 2014

It's Election Day. Here's What You Need to Know in Kentucky

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:27 pm

Months of unending political advertisements, campaign rallies, poll results, poll analyses, dinner-table debates, actual debates and so on end today with the 2014 general election in Kentucky.

Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know.

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Politics
9:21 am
Tue November 4, 2014

It's Election Day: Here Are 5 Headlines That Tell The Story

Sweepers stir up dust as they clean the reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 11:23 am

Voters across the country are headed to polls this morning. Thirty-six U.S. Senate seats and 36 governor's chairs are in play.

Our friends at It's All Politics have a ton of coverage. We'll leave you with five headlines from across the web that give you a broad overview of what to expect:

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Politics
3:37 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Races to Watch as Democrats and Republicans Vie For Control of the Kentucky House

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 1:52 pm

Bloody campaign battles have broken out across Kentucky this year as Republicans vowed to wrest control of the state House from Democrats. Republicans have spent enormous amounts of PAC money to keep up with Democrats, who have continued spending at speed to maintain their advantage.

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Government
10:13 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Kentucky Ranks Low in Number of Women in Legislature

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 8:31 am

Six of Kentucky's 38 state senators are women. The ratio is only slightly higher in the House, where women hold 19 of the 100 seats.

And it's possible that after Election Day, the number of women in the Kentucky Legislature will drop even further.

As her first and only term in the Senate comes to a close, Republican Sara Beth Gregory talked about the widening gender gap that looms over the chamber in the coming election. It's an issue that Gregory and others are keeping an eye on.

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Politics
4:04 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell Has More Than Most Riding On Midterm Elections

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky waves while riding with his wife Elaine Chao in the Hopkins County Veterans Day Parade on Sunday in Madisonville. McConnell remains locked in a close race with Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:34 pm

If Republicans take over the Senate, the man expected to become the next majority leader is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The title would be the culmination of a political career spanning more than three decades.

But first, McConnell has to win a sixth Senate term in a state where his popularity's been sagging.

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Politics
9:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Kentucky Ranks Low in Voter Access, Study Says

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 7:01 pm

Kentucky is among the most difficult states in which to vote, according to a new study measuring voter access across the country.

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