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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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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.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell made a stop in the commonwealth Thursday. He spoke at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District's annual meeting.

Much of his speech focused on why he should be re-elected this November, but he began by addressing the region's heroin epidemic.

"It's the scourge of our rather affluent society," says McConnell, "but I think continuing to double down and cooperate at all levels of government is absolutely essential."

McConnell says Northern Kentucky remains the epicenter of the epidemic.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will deliver a lecture on the life and career of his former Senate colleague, Jim Bunning, on Friday at Northern Kentucky University. .

The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Friday in the University Center Otto Budig Theater on the NKU campus.

Bunning, a former congressman and major league pitcher, will be there. It will be the fourth lecture in a series by McConnell on "Prominent Kentuckians in the U.S. Senate."

Bunning retired from the Senate in 2010; and was replaced by Sen. Rand Paul.

University of Virginia Center for Politics

    

Ohio has long been a political bell-weather state, and now Kentucky is in the spotlight, with pundits closely watching the race for Mitch McConnell’s senate seat, and the growing prominence of Kentucky’s junior senator, Tea Party favorite Rand Paul. Political Analyst and Creator of Sabato's Crystal Ball, Larry Sabato, discusses Kentucky’s role in national politics.

Continuing the conversation about Kentucky’s role on the national political stage from a local perspective, Political Analyst and Author Rick Robinson and Former Chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, Nathan Smith, join Howard and Jay to discuss Mitch McConnell’s chances in 2014, and what part Rand Paul could play in the 2016 presidential election.

NPR

  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.

Would you like to hear the good news for Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, or the not-so-good news first?


Well, we don’t want to be accused of dwelling on the unpleasant, so we’ll start with the good news for Paul.


Paul, who rode the tea party wave to a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010, is the front runner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, according to one recent poll.

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