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11:19 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Kentucky political legend Wendell Ford dies at age 90

Sen. Wendell Ford of Kentucky
Credit U.S. Congress

An icon of Kentucky politics, former governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, has died at the age of 90 at his Owensboro home.

Ford, whose political career in Kentucky spanned four decades, was diagnosed last year with a malignancy on one of his lungs and had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

The Owensboro Democrat represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the U.S. Senate for a quarter of a century, from 1974 until 1999.

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Politics
8:02 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning chat: Looking ahead at politics in 2015

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with Maryanne Zeleznik, looking at what is coming in politics in the new year and beyond.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Beshear names Luallen to succeed Abramson

Crit Luallen
Credit critluallen.com

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has chosen former state Auditor Crit Luallen to serve as his lieutenant governor in his final year in office.

Luallen will replace Jerry Abramson, the former longtime Louisville mayor who is stepping down as lieutenant governor to accept a job in President Barack Obama's administration.

She worked for several governors dating back to the 1970s, and rose through the ranks to become secretary of the executive cabinet in then-Gov. Paul Patton's administration.

Luallen said she quickly accepted Beshear’s invitation to be Lt. Governor.

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Politics
8:52 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday politics chat: An election eve primer

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about prospects for voter turnout Tuesday and the races to watch.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun November 2, 2014

A low turnout election Tuesday? Probably so...

Ohio voters may be about to make history.

But not the kind of history you’ll want to brag about.

It looks increasing likely that, on Tuesday, Ohio will have the lowest turnout in a gubernatorial election since the Ohio secretary of state began tracking voter turnout in 1978.

And, at least in Northern Kentucky, the turnout may be pretty low too – even with one of the noisiest, most expensive and most important U.S. Senate races in the country, pitting Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell against Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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