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Jan Hillard: We are all in this together, except for our partisan differences

It is expected that our political parties differ on many issues such as the economy, foreign affairs, and the role of government. These differences are reflected in public opinion and across political leaders. However, it would be reasonable to expect that partisan differences would significantly lessen during the current pandemic. Instead, the opposite is true. During the pandemic, partisan differences...

Democrat Karen Berg wins special election to replace state GOP Sen. Ernie Harris, who held seat 25 years

Staff report In the big surprise of the primary election was a special election on the ballot in a State Senate race to fill a vacant seat left by the resignation of longtime GOP Sen. Ernie Harris. Harris retired in April after holding the seat in suburban Louisville for 25 years. Dr. Karen Berg Democrat Karen Berg won the seat, defeating Republican Bill Ferko by 14 points and flipping the Republican...

State legislator John ‘Bam’ Carney in Louisville hospital with severe case of pancreatitis, infection

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Veteran lawmaker John “Bam” Carney has been hospitalized with a severe case of pancreatitis and infection, according to a family Facebook post on Christmas night. John ‘Bam” Carney Carney, 50, is the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. He is a Republican from Campbellsville and has represented the 51st District since 2009. He took ill after...

Jeff Hoover, who resigned as House Speaker after a sexual harassment settlement, won’t seek reelection

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Rep. Jeff Hoover, the first Republican House Speaker in a century who later resigned that post after entering into a sexual harassment settlement, has decided not to seek re-election in 2020. In a statement he sent to WJRS in Russell Springs and aired on the radio station owned by his family, Hoover said: “After much thought and prayer for several months, and discussion...

Amy McGrath to seek Democratic nomination to face incumbent Mitch McConnell for Senate in 2020

Staff report Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter jet pilot from Northern Kentucky, has announced her 2020 candidacy for the Senate seat now held by Mitch McConnell. McGrath, 44, a Democrat, lost her first race last year against incumbent Republican Andy Barr, by just three percentage points but her strong campaign propelled her to national prominence. McGrath now lives in Georgetown with her husband,...

Republican DJ Johnson withdraws challenge for disputed election in the 13th District in Daviess Cty

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The furor over a disputed election for the 13th House District in Daviess County has ended after the person who sought an Election Contest Board withdrew his complaint. 
During the November General Election, Democrat Jim Glenn edged Republican incumbent DJ Johnson by one vote. Johnson requested a recanvass, but the result remained the same, and Glenn was certified as...

Winning candidate Jim Glenn, a democrat, wants records on use of House lawyers by his opponent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The attorney representing Jim Glenn, the Democrat involved in an Election Contest in the Kentucky House of Representatives, has filed an open records appeal with Attorney General Andy Beshear, claiming House Republicans have been unresponsive in requests for information. 
Attorney Anna Whites said in a statement issued on Wednesday that lawyers who appear to be employed...

Bill Straub: It take a certain talent to spew gibberish on a consistent basis, and McConnell has talent

Looks can, indeed be deceiving. Take Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, for example. McConnell, of Louisville, comes across as your dull, standard issue white-man-in-a-suit with a droning voice who would turn the head of absolutely no one at the neighborhood Piggly-Wiggly. But the fact is ol’ Root-‘n-Branch is one of the most outrageous figures to hit the American scene since Huey Long,...

Bill Straub: The ‘lone wolf’ joins the pack, as Rand Paul hands committee green light to Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON – Back a little more than five years ago, Sen. Rand Paul marched onto the floor of the upper chamber and launched a filibuster that lasted nearly 13 hours, a move that earned the Bowling Green Republican a lot of attention, established him as an iconoclastic spirit and proved beyond any doubt that the man could talk. Now the public, including the voters of Kentucky, are beginning to understand...

Special election to replace lawmaker who killed himself goes to Democrat Linda Belcher

Staff report A special election in the 49th District to replace Dan Johnson, a Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year, was won by retired teacher and Democrat Linda Belcher, who lost to Johnson by less than 200 votes in 2016. Linda Belcher Johnson’s widow Rebecca Johnson was also a candidate. She refused to concede, though Belcher won with 72 percent of the vote. Johnson killed himself...

Grimes joins West Virginia SOS in distributing ‘Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook’ to candidates

To mark their states’ candidate filing deadlines, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State, and Mac Warner, the Republican Secretary of State of West Virginia, are distributing the “Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook” to candidates in their states seeking to be on the ballot in 2018. Alison Lundergan Grimes The Playbook was created by Defending Digital Democracy...

Rep. Jim Gooch: Why I decided to change parties and run as Republican for re-election to 12th District seat

Today I sent an e-mail to House Speaker Greg Stumbo and House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover informing them that I will seek a twelfth term as State Representative for the 12th Legislative District as a Republican. This decision was made after weeks of deliberation, prayer and conversations with close personal friends and family. Jim Gooch Both Speaker Stumbo and Leader Hoover are learning of this decision...