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  • Republicans eye House takeover in ’14

    The 2014 U.S. Senate race for the seat now held by Republican Mitch McConnell may be the most important in the nation, but it might be the second-most important election inside the state.
    Kentucky’s House of Representatives is the only state legislative chamber in the South that isn’t controlled by a Republican majority, but it may not stay that way after 2014. Republicans have set their sights on taking over the House, where Democrats now hold a 54-45 majority with one vacancy.

    November 27, 2013

  • Kentucky Power seeks to withdraw rate increase request

    Kentucky Power is asking the state Public Service Commission to withdraw its June request for a base rate increase to recover costs associated with its purchase of half interest in a West Virginia power plant.
    The request to withdraw the earlier request does not affect a separate PSC order that allows KPC to buy 50 percent interest in the Moundsville, W.Va., Mitchell Power Plant owned by Ohio Power, which, like KPC, is a subsidiary of American Electric Power. However that October ruling may be appealed in court.

    November 22, 2013

  • Tension building between state Republican stars

    A public spat between two rising Republican Party of Kentucky stars may be the first indication of fraying alliances and rising tensions within the party as elected officials plot their next political steps.
    Two weeks ago, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer went to Somerset, home of Republican state Sen. Chris Girdler and Fifth District U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, and told a chamber of commerce luncheon, “The days of party bosses hand-picking” candidates “must end,” telling the audience he “cannot be controlled.”

    November 21, 2013

  • Kokomo 1.jpg Tornadoes tear through Midwest killing at least six

    Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees.

    November 17, 2013 3 Photos

  • Governor’s son running for attorney general in 2015

    Following months of speculation as he attended political events around the state to shake hands and meet potential supporters, Andy Beshear, son of Gov. Steve Beshear, announced Thursday he will run for attorney general in 2015.

    November 15, 2013

  • 10-26 Ronnie Ellis.jpg McConnell, Grimes volley over coal issues

    When they aren’t arguing about the new healthcare law or where the other raises money, likely foes in next year’s U.S. Senate race, incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes, argue over who is the biggest supporter of the coal industry.

    November 15, 2013 2 Photos

  • 11-13 Ellis-McConnell.jpg McConnell calls Obamacare ‘a monstrosity’

    Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — “a monstrosity,” demanding its full repeal during a press conference he called specifically to talk about the law.
    How specifically?
    “I’m probably not going to be answering questions about anything else here,” McConnell said. “I’d prefer the news of (the) day be what I’d like it to be rather than what you all may be interested in pursuing.”

    November 13, 2013 1 Photo

  • Grimes: Fix, don’t repeal ACA

    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said Thursday night she’d like to see the deadlines for signing up for the Affordable Care Act extended while problems with the federal website are corrected.
    But, she said wouldn’t repeal the law or its individual mandate.
    Grimes made the comments in a brief interview prior to the Marion County Democratic Dinner. She is seeking the U.S. Senate seat now held by five-term incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.

    October 25, 2013

  • 10-26 Ronnie Ellis.jpg Grimes energizes Democrats in Marion County

    There’s a bounce in the step of some Kentucky Democrats these days that has been missing in recent federal campaigns.
    At least there was Thursday night among about 400 Democrats at the Marion County Democratic Dinner where Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who wants to unseat incumbent five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell next year, was the keynote speaker.

    October 25, 2013 1 Photo

  • Beshear: Managed care program working well

    Two years after implementing a managed care Medicaid delivery system, Gov. Steve Beshear says complaints from medical providers about overdue accounts were overstated or have largely been resolved, and the program is on track to save $1.3 billion.
    In November 2011, Kentucky faced a Medicaid shortfall of $142.4 million and Beshear ordered the moving of 560,000 Medicaid patients from a fee-for-service model to a managed-care system where companies bid for the right to serve patients at a per-person annual cost while offering more preventive services to hold down long-term costs.

    October 24, 2013

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