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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...