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12:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964

Students protesting in Mississippi
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"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to open the polls to African-American voters in Mississippi, which became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era. The summer marked a turning point in ending white supremacy in the state and decades of isolation in the Deep South for black voters ahead of the 1964 elections. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects back on Freedom Summer and its legacy 50 years later.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Hopkinsville Mayor's Race: Money Raised (and Spent) Thus Far

The race to become Hopkinsville's next mayor is generating quite a bit of fundraising – easily outpacing other local mayoral races.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Koch-Tied Group's Arrival Points to Increased Interest In Kentucky State-Level Races

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The well-funded non-profit Americans for Prosperity's hiring of a Kentucky state director signals to many political observers outside donors' intense interest in this fall's state House races and beyond.

In a news  release on Tuesday, Americans for Prosperity announced that Julia Crigler, a former political director for the Kentucky House Republican Caucus, would lead its efforts in Kentucky.

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Politics
8:16 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Uses Fellow Kentuckians to Target McConnell’s Medicare Vote

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers a speech Tues., July 8, in Louisville.

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 4:43 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is defending a new TV ad targeting incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell over Medicare costs.

At a campaign stop Tuesday in Louisville, Grimes said McConnell has taken votes that have hurt seniors and increased their health expenses.

The 30-second campaign spot features Grimes sitting in front of a fire truck alongside retired coal miner Don Disney, who questions McConnell's vote for the controversial Paul Ryan budget plan.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Conway: Americans for Prosperity Plan to 'Buy' Ky. House

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says the growing influence of a national conservative 501(c)(4) group in Kentucky suggests that out-of-state donors will try to help Republicans gain control of the state House.

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Politics
12:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Jack Conway Raises $750,000 Towards Kentucky Governor's Race

Jack Conway

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:35 am

Attorney General Jack Conway has raised more than $750,000 since announcing his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor less than two months ago.

Conway has about $705,000 in cash on hand, according to the campaign's first report to the state election finance registry. He has donated only $1,000 of his own money to his campaign.

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Politics
9:32 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Republican Hal Heiner Pours $4 Million Into Kentucky Governor's Race

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:02 pm

Republican Hal Heiner gave his campaign for Kentucky governor $4 million out of his own pocket in the last few months, putting the Louisville businessman's campaign far ahead of any potential contenders.

Heiner's campaign announced Monday that it has raised $4.3 million, with no other Republican candidates yet in the race.

The new tally has Heiner with $3.9 million in cash on hand at the end of June.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rand Paul Says No Other U.S. Lawmaker Has Better Civil Rights Record

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, speaks with the Rev. Jerry Stephenson at Stephenson's church, Midwest Church of Christ, in west Louisville.

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 9:21 pm

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said no other U.S. lawmaker is doing more for minorities and their civil rights than his latest efforts.

The libertarian-leaning senator made the comments during an event Monday in west Louisville, at least his fifth stop in the predominantly African-American area in the last eight months. 

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9:30 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Rare Unanimity In Supreme Court Term, With Plenty Of Fireworks

The recent Supreme Court term resulted in an unusual number of unanimous decisions — but that doesn't mean there wasn't disagreement.
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Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:10 pm

The nation greets the coming of July each year with fireworks on the National Mall and, days earlier, explosive decisions at the U.S. Supreme Court.

While the Mall fireworks dissipate within moments, the court's decisions will have repercussions for decades. Indeed, no sooner was the ink dry on this term's contraception decision than the court's three female justices accused their male colleagues of reneging.

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Politics
10:25 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Andy Beshear Flexes Fundraising Numbers, Endorsements

Attorney Andrew Beshear

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 1:33 pm

Democrat Andy Beshear is continuing to build-up a massive treasure chest in his bid for the 2015 Kentucky attorney general.

The campaign reported Thursday it raised nearly $160,000 this past quarter, and has approximately $1.2 million cash on hand.

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