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A Kentucky legislative education committee will hold a public hearing on charter schools next week.

The request came from the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was created by its chairman, Hal Heiner, this year. Heiner said for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature. He said House Democrats on  the education committee have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.

A Western Kentucky University political analyst said the ongoing debate over possible U.S. military action in Syria comes at an opportune time for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Political Science Professor and Warren County Republican Party Chairman Scott Lasley said Paul has long talked about the U.S. needing to adopt a less aggressive foreign policy. Sen. Paul--who is considering a presidential run--has been a vocal opponent of U.S. military involvement in Syria, saying it’s not in America’s interest to get involved in another nation’s civil war.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to senior voters with an initiative she's dubbed "Grannies for Grimes."

Grimes' 83-year-old grandmother, Elsie Case, will lead the effort. Case has appeared in campaign ads on behalf of her granddaughter and has been a regular at campaign appearances.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has acknowledged the validity of a January recording on which he's heard saying he is "holding my nose" to work for the Kentuckian's re-election campaign.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton is a tea party insider who managed Sen. Rand Paul's Kentucky campaign in 2010.

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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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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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Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will skip next week's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said they're unable to go.

Last year, Abramson received criticism for questioning the relevancy of the political event.

Matt Bevin, the Louisville businessman seeking to defeat Sen. Mitch McConnell in next year’s Republican primary, will be at next week's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County - whether he's allowed to take the podium or not. (UPDATE 9:46 A.M 7/25, After an email Wednesday from Fancy Farm Political Speaking Chair to WKMS that Bevin won't be allowed to speak, the Associated Press now says Bevin will speak)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Obama needs to personally address the backlog of disability claims handled by the Veterans Affairs Department. McConnell made the remarks at a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Louisville.

"Let me tell you the size of this problem is a national disgrace," McConnell said.

The Kentucky Republican told convention-goers Monday the problem demands attention from the top of the command chain. The VA pays disability benefits to veterans who are injured or become ill as a result of their active service, but as of late March, about 70 percent of claims were pending longer than 125 days.

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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.

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