“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

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.

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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.