Fancy Farm Picnic

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2:58 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Paducah Native Trains Democratic Women to Run for Office

Emerge Kentucky 2014 Group, Jennifer Moore in front row, third from the left
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Jennifer Moore is Board Chair of Emerge Kentucky, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for political office. Moore is a founding Partner of Grossman & Moore PLLC Injury Lawyers in Louisville. She travels to west Kentucky today to be a part of the KET broadcast of the Fancy Farm Picnic tomorrow and speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about how Emerge Kentucky trains women and her forecast for Fancy Farm.

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Politics
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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Politics
7:24 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Dainty: A Democratic Pit Stop In Louisville on the Road to Fancy Farm

Attorney General Jack Conway played Dainty on Monday.
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On the road to this weekend's Fancy Farm political picnic, there are detours.

One is the Dainty contest, a unique annual sports event in Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood that draws local and statewide politicians.

In the run up to Fancy Farm, the Dainty has served as a kind of roadside attraction. Candidates rub elbows with prospective voters in an attempt to energize the base in one of Kentucky's most solidly working-class Democratic strongholds.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

McConnell/Grimes Race Could Draw 20,000 to Fancy Farm Picnic

The brand new stage at St. Jerome Parish.

The 134th Fancy Farm Picnic is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete.

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Politics
10:17 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

What Voters Say About Government and Politics at Fancy Farm

Jim Rodgers, Paducah

The politicians had their time behind the podium at Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic. The crowd's chants were heard en-masse. But, individual's cast ballots. So, contributing Producer John Paul Henry spoke with some Fancy Farm attendees away from the political speaking and asked them two questions:

  • How has the Government affected you in the last year, good or bad?
  • What value do you think the stump speeches at Fancy Farm add to the political process?

Hear their answers:

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Politics
9:20 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Comer Teases Potential Run for Governor at Fancy Farm

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Kentucky won’t elect its next governor for more than two years. But Republican Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer all but declared his candidacy at Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic, stopping just short of an official announcement.

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Politics
8:15 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

2014 US Senate Race Headlines 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic

John Paul Henry

The 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic was held this weekend in Graves County. Up until just a few weeks ago, many would have expected an off-year for the political event. But with high profile entrances into the 2014 U.S. Senate race,  it can perhaps be said now there are no “off-years” at Fancy Farm.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Comer Keeps Mum on Plans, Touts Sales of Ky. Milk

After the successful passage of his Industrial Hemp Bill this year, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer is staying tight-lipped about his plans for the next legislative session, but Comer says rural economic development efforts need to be refocused around agriculture.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Marksberry Sues Kentucky Democratic Party, Alleges Favoritism

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the presumptive favorite to win next May’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, but like Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, it seems she will face more than a token primary challenge.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Bevin Brings Campaign Rollout to Paducah: Fighting Early Attack Ads

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin speaks to a room of about 20 attendees with his family by his side on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
Credit John Paul Henry

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin brought day two of his campaign announcement tour to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah Thursday.

The Louisville businessman was born in Colorado and raised in New Hampshire. Bevin is hoping to unseat U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in next May’s Republican primary.

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