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3:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Richards Seeks Return to Kentucky House Leadership

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  Veteran State Representative Jody Richards is aiming for a return to House leadership as Speaker Pro Tem.  The Bowling Green Democrat is among four others vying for the number two post. 

Richards, who spent 14 years as House Speaker, has been out of leadership since 2009, and says some things have changed since then.

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Politics
10:23 am
Wed December 10, 2014

How Kentucky Handle Dealth Penalty Cases For Mentally Ill Inmates

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A nationwide debate on the execution of mentally ill death row prisoners erupted across the country after a federal appeals court last week granted a last-minute stay of execution to convicted murderer and diagnosed schizophrenic Scott Panetti in Texas.

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Politics
3:39 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Paul Asks Congress to Declare War on ISIS

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 2:41 pm

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul introduced a resolution Wednesday in the U.S. Senate declaring war against the Islamic State. 

Paul said he believes the president should have come to Congress before authorizing military action against the terrorist group.

"Our founding fathers wanted to make it difficult to go to war," explained Paul.  "They wanted to have the authority of Congress, you had to have some consensus from the public at large before going to war, and they didn't give the power unilaterally to the president.  The president for the last four or five months has been acting illegally and unconstitutionally."

The U.S. began air strikes in Iraq and Syria a few months ago.  Senator Paul argues the current war must be made valid or be ended. 

The Bowling Green Republican says he does support a military campaign against ISIS, claiming the American embassy and consulate are threatened.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

East Kentucky Democrat Enters Race for State Treasurer

Rep. Rick Nelson
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A State Representative from East Kentucky is the first Democrat to enter the race for state Treasurer.  

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Politics
2:09 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will take over as Senate majority leader in the new term in January.
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Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 3:35 pm

When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate — pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted.

"I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I knew that he had started out as somewhat more moderate — but I didn't realize just how moderate he really was."

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Politics
4:17 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lexington Democrat Enters Gubernatorial Race

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A Lexington Democrat is running for Kentucky Governor. Geoff Young announced his candidacy this week with Cherokee Schill of Nicholasville as his running mate.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Calloway County Magistrate Race Recanvass Totals Same Results As Election Night

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A recanvass of the Calloway County's 2nd District Magistrate race came up with the same results as election night.

Candidate Bill Duncan called for the recanvass after Tim Todd won the race by 41 votes, or 2 percent. 

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Politics
4:58 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Mission: Making The Senate Work Again

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to his office to meet with new GOP senators-elect at the Capitol on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 4:46 pm

At 72, after 30 years in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has finally realized his life's ambition.

He never wanted to be president — he just wanted to be Senate majority leader. And when he ascends to that perch come January, McConnell will finally have a chance to shape the chamber he says he deeply loves. McConnell declared his first priority will be to make what's been called a paralyzed Senate function again. But the politician who became the face of obstruction over the past four years will have to persuade Democrats to cooperate.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem Won't Seek Leadership Re-election, Will Finish Term

Larry Clark
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Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark says he won’t seek re-election to the leadership position when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

The Louisville Democrat has served as Speaker Pro Tem for more than two decades. He said in a press release the decision for his successor would best be made in Governor Steve Beshear’s final year instead of in the next governor’s term.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Calloway County Magistrate Candidate Calls for Second District Recanvass

Tim Todd and Bill Duncan
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Calloway County 2nd District Magistrate Candidate Bill Duncan is calling for a recanvass. He lost against Democrat Tim Todd last week by 41 votes, less than 2 percent of those cast.

County Clerk Antonia Faulkner says the recanvass starts 9 tomorrow morning at the Calloway County courthouse.

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