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The Sixth District Congressional race features six Democrats hoping to replace incumbent Andy Barr. As the May 22nd primary approaches, we’ll hear from three candidates who hope to be competing in the fall in the first of two reports.

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Three Central Kentucky Democrats vying for Congress participated in a WLEX televised debate last night at Transylvania University. This is the first time these three candidates laid out their platforms during this type of format.

The hour long debate heard on WEKU opened with each candidate talking about key planks in their political platforms.  For former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath it was working to protect the Affordable Care Act. “The Affordable Care Act was never perfect, but it was something that greatly benefitted Kentucky,” said McGrath.

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath's political ad took the Internet (or at least the political corner of the Internet) by storm this week, but she tells NPR that she doesn't typically love being fussed over.

"People who know me personally know me as an introvert," she said. "I'm not somebody who seeks attention."

No matter, though; when the Kentucky native released an ad announcing she would run in 2018 as a Democrat in her state's 6th Congressional District, she earned swooning praise from liberals and even impressed some conservatives. In the ad, McGrath took aim not only at the incumbent, Republican Rep. Andy Barr, but also made a blistering attack on fellow Kentuckian Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader.

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The Kentucky Horse Park Commission would be trimmed from 17 to 9 members under a bill passed by the state senate Monday.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer sponsors the measure.  He says there are management issues needing attention at the horse park.   "The secretary of the finance cabinet has taken the extraordinary step of reducing the horse park’s purchasing authority from $20,000 to $1,000,” said Thayer.

Kentucky Senate Passes Religious Freedom Bill

Feb 5, 2016

The Kentucky Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the so called ‘religious freedom’ bill.  Among other things, the measure would allow students in Kentucky elementary and secondary schools, as well as universities, to voluntarily express religious viewpoints in class assignments.  Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas cast an Aye vote Thursday.  “We ought to have freely as a society here in Kentucky the ability to express our religious opinions in schools, on the sports fields, in plays and whatever,” said Thomas.

Right-to-Work Measure Wins Senate Approval

Jan 8, 2015
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So called "right-to-work" legislation has emerged from the Republican-led Kentucky Senate.  The measure will likely run into heavy opposition in the Democratic-controlled House.