Kentucky

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about where things stand with Ohio Gov. John Kasich's bid for the GOP presidential nomination and the Kentucky GOP creating a presidential caucus so GOP presidential contender Rand Paul can be on the primary ballot as a candidate for re-election to the Senate next year. 

August has not been kind to Rand Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator and one of 17 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

In fact, August has been downright rude to Paul.

Not much has gone right for Paul lately.

Kentucky's Fancy Farm: Chopped Mutton, Politicians Hurling Insults

Aug 3, 2015
Rob Canning

For some in Western Kentucky, the annual Fancy Farm Picnic is about chopped mutton and pork, bingo and music.

But for the rest of the state it’s that weekend in August when politicians roll up their shirt sleeves and yell into a sea of cheers and boos.

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U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky says he will rule no earlier than the week of August 11, 2015 in a case involving whether Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite her religious beliefs.

Since its discovery in 1739, Big Bone Lick in Boone County has drawn the attention of naturalists and paleontologists from around the world. The first organized paleontological excavation in North America was conducted there in 1807.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the divisions among Kentucky Republicans; and how gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin can mend fences for the fall campaign. 

WVXU politics reporters Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about tomorrow's GOP gubernatorial primary in Kentucky, which appears to be too close to call.

Voters in Kentucky head to the polls next Tuesday for the commonwealth’'s primary elections. There are four Republicans and two Democrats vying to be their party’'s candidate for governor in the November general election.

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is touring the commonwealth touting a top rating by Site Selection magazine. The award recognizes Kentucky as the top state for economic development projects per capita in 2014.

Kentucky 49th in bike friendliness

May 13, 2015

A national bicycling-advocacy group says Kentucky ranks 49th among the 50 states in "bike friendliness."

The League of American Bicyclists’ annual report ranks states on criteria such as policy, legal and safety protections and roadway infrastructure.

  “Dreamers & Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women” is a film documentary inspired by the women in the Commonwealth who boldly opened doors in politics, science, education, entertainment, literature, athletics, religion and the military. Joining us to discuss film and the achievements of some of the more than 40 women portrayed in the documentary are Eleanor Jordan, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women; Dr.

Representatives from three of the four Republican tickets for Kentucky Governor will debate Wednesday night.

Gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Hal Heiner are expected to join Lt. Governor candidate Chris McDaniel (representing the James Comer/McDaniel ticket) at Northern Kentucky University. The debate is sponsored by the NKU College Republicans and is supposed to focus on NKU students, according to a media release.

The debate will be held at the NKU University Center Otto Budig Theater at 5 p.m.

Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, has been off and running (officially) for the Republican presidential nomination for nearly a week now.

He has, in fact, been running for several years, but he made it official last week with his “Stand with Rand” tour through early primary and caucus states – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada.

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Zotefoams Inc. is expanding its operations in Walton, KY.

The cross-linked block foams manufacturer plans to invest nearly $22 million to expand its North American headquarters and create 25 jobs.

In a statement, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says, “We’re extremely pleased that a company of Zotefoams’ worldwide influence would choose to expand operations in the Commonwealth, which is another testament to Kentucky being the ideal place for companies to do business.”

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked this morning with Jay Hanselman about the possibility that both Ohio and Kentucky will have contenders for the GOP presidential nomination - Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul.

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  The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is underway, and many of the issues being debated could have a direct affect on not just Northern Kentucky but Cincinnati as well.

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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.

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

Beshear names Luallen to succeed Abramson

Nov 6, 2014
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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.

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

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.

Kentucky State and County Primary Races

May 15, 2014

 

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The Kentucky General Assembly began its 2014 session on Tuesday. Legislators will be looking at issues ranging from funding infrastructure projects such as the Brent Spence Bridge replacement to raising the state’s minimum wage. Political Writer and Frankfort Bureau Chief for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Jack Brammer, joins us for a look at what’s in store during the current session.

If you are looking to explore Kentucky bourbon in the New Year, then our David Delegator has the information you need. He’s joined on the phone by travel writer and bourbon author Susan Reigler who talks about her book, Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide.

Roberta Shultz has a review of Roland McIntosh and Warren Anderson’s latest book from the University Press of Kentucky, Kentucky Agate: State Rock and Mineral Treasure of the Commonwealth.

A poem from Kentucky’s current poet laureate, Frank X. Walker, who will be a featured speaker on November 6 at Northern Kentucky University’s Viva Humanities continuing celebration of the arts.

By 2015 President Obama has said he wants to have one-million plug-in electric vehicles on the road. It’s unclear if that’s going to happen. But slowly researchers are making progress in building a better battery and states are realizing the battery market is a very lucrative one.

This month Ohio State's Buckeye Bullet is trying to break the 400 mph barrier in the salt flats of Utah. It runs on lithium-ion batteries. This is an earlier video when the futuristic car was hitting speeds in the 300s.

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Howard Wilkinson and Jay Hanselman talk with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear about the state of Kentucky, the Brent Spence, pension reform, legalized gambling and more.

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  US Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky now faces challenges to his 2014 re-election from both a Democrat and a Tea Party candidate. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins us to discuss the effort to un-seat the long-serving Republican Senator, and talk about other races that will affect our region, and the country.

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