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  Political junkies in Kentucky believe history will be made this weekend at the Fancy Farm Picnic, as the stage will host what is believed to be the first black female candidate. Jenean Hampton is the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor. And just as the stage party has lacked diversity over the years, so has the audience.  

Judge Denies Patterson Request to KET Debate

Oct 13, 2014

Federal Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove has denied a motion by Libertarian U.S. Senate Libertarian candidate David Patterson which would have required Kentucky Educational Television to include him on a televised debate with U.S. Senate candidates Monday night.

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Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson is suing Kentucky Educational Television over his exclusion from an upcoming debate.                                

David Patterson is asking a federal judge to order KET to include him in the October 13 exchange.

Patterson’s name will appear on the November ballot, but KET says he wasn’t invited to the debate because he didn’t meet the network’s criteria, which says a candidate must have at least $100,000 in donations and be polling at least ten percent in a survey conducted by an independent pollster, among other requirements.

"The original criteria were put into place in March and at that time, Mr. Patterson met three of the four criteria, and only had to meet one," explained Patterson's attorney Chris Wiest.  "Following the primary, KET modified the debate criteria to require that four separate criteria all be met.  In doing that, internal emails from KET indicated they did it for the purpose of excluding third party candidates."

The lawsuit alleges that Patterson's 1st and 14th amendment rights were violated.  A KET spokesman told WKU Public Radio that the network does not comment on pending lawsuits. 

Patterson, a Harrodsburg police officer, is an underdog against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes who have raised millions of dollars in one of the country’s most competitive races.

Kentucky has just over 4,100 registered Libertarians, according the the Secretary of State's Office.


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.

KET’s longest running public affairs show Comment on Kentucky is looking for a new host following host Ferrell Wellman's recent departure.  

The veteran broadcaster and educator announced Friday that’s he’s retiring from the program immediately. 

A group of children sit in front of the television at Louisville Central Community Center’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center.

“What colors can you make?” the television asks.

Early childhood educators use the program as a prompt. The children then mix colored liquid into bags that contain plain dough-like material that will soon become yellow. Then green, when they drop in blue liquid.

WKMS News Director Chad Lampe joined other journalists from around the state Friday, April 12 on KET's Comment on Kentucky with host Ferrell Wellman. Lampe spoke about the ongoing issue regarding the Murray State University Board of Regents' non-renewal of President Dr. Randy Dunn's contract.

Click here to watch the episode on KET's website.

NPR reports Maurice Sendak, the author of children's stories like Where the Wild Things Are, has passed away. He was 83.

Kentucky ~ Fourth and fifth congressional district candidates discuss issues on KET's Kentucky Tonight.

Kentucky’s fourth district congressional race has thus far centered around the seven candidate GOP primary. But there are two democrats vying to replace retiring longtime lawmaker Geoff Davis. Greg Frank is active duty military. He argued for bringing troops home from Afghanistan on KET’s Kentucky Tonight.