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Primary Election Round Up: Who Won? What's Next?

May 22, 2019

  Governor

Incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has won a closer-than-expected primary election and will face Attorney General Andy Beshear during this year’s race to be Kentucky’s next governor.

The two men have been political rivals since taking office more than three years ago with Beshear, a Democrat, filing a series of lawsuits against Bevin over executive orders and a controversial pension bill. For more, check out the full story by Ryland Barton.

Associated Press

 Poll workers in 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties will use electronic poll books to check in voters for Tuesday's primary.

Daviess County Clerk Leslie McCarty said last year the county used an electronic poll book in just one precinct.

She said that worked out well, so in Tuesday's primary all of Daviess County’s 85 precincts will be using E-poll books.

The Kentucky Primary Elections are on May 21. Republicans and Democrats will choose their candidates for the constitutional office seats of Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Agriculture, Auditor and Treasurer. The General Election is on November 5.

WKMS News compiled the following series of candidate profiles, based on interviews with the candidates at various campaign stops in the region or over the phone. We asked the candidates about their priorities and what differentiates them from their opponents. 

Northern Kentucky Businessman Files For Governor

Jan 14, 2019
William Woods/Twitter

The Republican primary for Kentucky governor is now a three-man race. William 
Woods of Grant County filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office today.

Woods is a businessman from northern Kentucky who ran unsuccessfully for the state House in 2012.

He’s seeking the GOP nomination for governor alongside running mate Justin Miller of Florence. Woods’ campaign platform includes legalizing marijuana and casino gaming. He’s also in favor of keeping state employee pensions at full funding while eliminating pensions for state lawmakers.

McGrath Campaign

Amy McGrath says she didn’t always have an interest in politics.  In fact, when you listen to the sixth district congressional candidate tell her story, she identifies the current state of American politics that prompted her to run. 

Asked last week if she was having fun in this highly watched central Kentucky congressional race, McGrath said yes, adding it was important for Kentucky and the country and that she is doing the best that she can.

Kentucky.gov

  The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments over the state’s new pension law on Thursday, months after teachers and other government workers descended on Frankfort to protest changes to retirement benefits.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and a lawyer representing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s office argued over whether legislators violated the state constitution by rushing the bill to passage in a matter of hours this spring. Changes to retirement benefits in the pension bill mostly affect future state employees but also tweak benefits for some current workers.

 

   A new poll on Kentucky’s 6th District congressional race affirms what political pundits have been saying for months. It’s going to be a nail-biter. 

Republican Incumbent Andy Barr is leading his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath by one point. The independent poll was conducted last week by the New York Times and Siena College. Among the 506 respondents, 47 percent favored Barr, 46 percent endorsed McGrath, and seven percent were undecided.

General Assembly Reporters' Roundtable on Eastern Standard

Jan 10, 2017
Marisa Hempel

The Kentucky General Assembly is on a planned break for now.  But last week’s flurry of activity was part of a short legislative session that marks the beginning of Republican control of state government for the first time ever in almost a century..

 


 

On this week’s Eastern Standard, a panel of reporters joins us for a roundtable on the General Assembly.

Here’s an email from Nancy, “Recently I listened to an interview with author/activist Claudia Rankin.  She mentioned black men dying in the streets in America every day, the prisons being filled with black men and racism in America.  


Roger McGraw/WOUB

During the presidential campaign I visited two regional manufacturing executives who do business in the same county but hold views on trade that are worlds apart. Now that Donald Trump is the president-elect, I asked them and some regional economists how the new administration’s approach to trade might affect the Ohio Valley region.

Coal's Role in Kentucky Elections

Nov 8, 2016
Washington Post

As Ohio Valley ReSource's Jeff Young reports, support for the ailing coal industry motivated voters in key races across the Ohio Valley region. 

Key races across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia went to candidates who showed strong support for coal.

Election Day 2016: 'Ad it Up'

Nov 8, 2016
Ohio Valley Resource

If it seems like your TV time has been carpet-bombed with campaign ads, some data shows that you’re right.

Jeff Young reports that parts of the Ohio Valley region stand out in analysis of big campaign spending and high volume TV spots.

Election Updates

Nov 8, 2016
Kentucky Secretary of State's Office

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In the 435 U.S. House races, the Republicans have won 172 seats

and are leading in the races for 49 seats. The Democrats have won 116

seats and are leading in the races for 20 seats. Independent and other

party candidates have won or are leading for 0 seats. If these trends

Campaign rhetoric (and a lot of political coverage) too often features more heat than light. The Ohio Valley ReSource put the spotlight on some of the important election issues for our region with these stories on coal’s collapse, trade’s effects, the addiction crisis, and more.

Marisa Hempel

A few weeks ago, we had a panel of reporters gives us a preview of this year’s election.  This week, they’ll be back for a post-election reporter’s roundtable.

After the dust of the 2016 election settles, we will discuss the results with the journalists and get feedback from listeners.

 


 

 

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Donald Trump will likely win big in Kentucky on November 8.

The FiveThirtyEight poll aggregator predicts the Republican nominee has a 99.6 percent chance of winning Kentucky’s eight electoral votes.

But what’s still unclear is how his popularity will affect the down ballot, especially in races for the hotly-contested state House of Representatives. Republicans are trying to win a majority in that chamber for the first time in nearly a century.

The Values Behind Your Vote on Eastern Standard

Oct 31, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Have you made up your mind about your vote for the Presidency, the US Senate seat and your representative to the U.S. House?  What about state legislators and county and local races.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, Why are you voting the way you are voting?

 


 

 

 

With the second presidential debate taking place this Sunday and the voting registration deadline approaching, we have the general election on our minds.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll gather reporters for a roundtable discussion of politics and the 2016 election.


NPR's Don Gonyea on Eastern Standard

Jul 6, 2016

NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest on this week's show. This program is the one recorded during the annual WEKU Day Sponsor event May 1 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington.     

This week's broadcast is an ENCORE of the original broadcast from May 28, 2015.

Don Gonyea talks about his career at NPR, reporting on 9/11 as well as his years covering political campaigns and elections on this program that features questions and comments from WEKU listeners in attendance.

Sanders Requests Ky. Primary Re-Canvass

May 24, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders has requested a re-canvass of votes cast in Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary, narrowly won by Hillary Clinton.    

Capitol reporter Ryland Barton says recent re-canvasses haven’t changed the outcome of elections in Kentucky. 

The re-canvass is essentially a re-tabulation of results from each precinct. It’ll be conducted on Thursday by the Secretary of State’s office.

Voting, Ky.'s Role in 2016 Election on Eastern Standard

Apr 21, 2016

  State officials are pressing the importance of easy access to voter registration. Recently, the Commonwealth launched GoVoteKentucky.com in attempt to do just that. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is optimistic about the new online system.  On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll be discussing voter participation, and voter turnout. Why is voter turnout so low?  How do we increase voter participation? We also venture into other topics about voting, including people's perceptions of voter fraud in elections.

Guests this week include:

2015 Election Results

Nov 3, 2015

WEKU brings you complete coverage of the 2015 Election throughout the evening. 

Stay with us for hourly updates from NPR followed by reports from Kentucky Public Radio at four minutes past each hour, starting at 7:04.

2015 Election on Eastern Standard

Oct 28, 2015

  Kentucky's "Constitutional Offices" are on the November 2015 ballot.  On Tuesday, voters statewide will elect a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as a Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture.

On this week’s show we discuss the election with journalists covering the campaigns and the election.

Feedback: How About Madison Co. Election Returns?

Nov 10, 2014

Listener Patrick, of Richmond, emailed us, “Great job on the election results synopsis on your 6 a.m. newscast this morning. Such a shame you didn’t bother to share the results from the city your station calls home."

Patrick continues, "Sure, it’s interesting to know that the incumbent Mayor of Lexington won re-election, but how hard would it have been to tell your loyal local listeners how the Richmond Mayoral race went? You went on and on about all the Lexington results, but didn’t mention one Richmond or Madison County result.

Lexington FOP Backs Former Police Chief in Run for Mayor

Oct 3, 2014
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Lexington's Fraternal Order of Police is endorsing former police chief Anthany Beatty for mayor.  FOP President Jason Rothermund made the formal announcement Friday.  Rothermund says the decision is based on more than Beatty's public safety career. He says Beatty's leadership style and integrity are strong attributes.  "I don't expect any favors.  I don't think the Division of Police personnel expect any favors if Anthany Beatty were to be mayor.  The thing that I can say about him is he's fair," said Rothermund.

Ky AG Encourages Voters to Report Fraud

May 19, 2014
ag.ky.gov

Federal and State law enforcement agencies are looking to the general public to report improper electioneering and voter fraud on Tuesday.  The state attorney general's office is taking calls at one-800-328-vote.  

Attorney General Jack Conway admits the anticipated low voter participation in this primary increases the chances of fraud,  "In a low turnout with a lot of local elections, that's where you tend to see a lot of the corruption problems."  "That's where those of us in law enforcement who are monitoring elections need to be the most vigilant," said Conway.

2012 Election to be discussed on Kentucky Tonight

Sep 3, 2012

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 election.  The program, which airs "live" on KET Monday night, will be re-broadcast on WEKU Tuesday morning at 11:00.

KET Special provides Fancy Farm highlights

Aug 5, 2012

A special program from Kentucky's premier political speech-making event kicks off Kentucky Educational Television's coverage of the fall 2012 election. 

Young Partisans Discuss 2012 Elections on KY Tonight

Jul 30, 2012

On this week’s edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 state and national elections.  The program which airs "live" on KET Monday evening at 8 pm is re-broadcast on WEKU Tuesday mornings at 11 am.

2012 Election is topic of Kentucky Tonight

May 28, 2012

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 election.  The program that aired Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television, will be re-broadcast at 11:00 am Tuesday on the WEKU stations.

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