The campaign to re-elect Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has released a strong web ad praising the Republican lawmaker for standing up against President Obama for the past four years.
The 3 minute video is entitled “Refuse to be Defeated”, and documents McConnell’s opposition to the president’s agenda in a positive light. It begins with Mr. Obama’s acceptance speech and finds several clips praising McConnell for blocking key legislation in the Senate.
The Indiana Democratic Party is taking an early swing at state Rep. Sue Ellspermann, R-Ferdinand, who was picked as Congressman Mike Pence’s running mate on Monday.
In 2010, Ellspermann’s candidacy for her state House seat was challenged after she incorrectly claimed to have voted in the 2008 GOP primary. Ellspermann later admit she voted in the Democratic primary between President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as an attempt to sway the outcome.
“I’d like to welcome Sue Ellspermann to the campaign,” Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said in a news release. “She does have one question to answer, though. When Sue Ellspermann voted in the 2008 Democratic primary, did she vote for Secretary Clinton or President Obama?”
Louisville novelist Brian Leung is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s outstanding mid-career novelist award. Lambda is the premiere organization honoring both individual books by and the careers of LGBT authors.
Leung, the director of the University of Louisville’s creative writing program, is the author of one short story collection and two novels. His debut short story collection, “World Famous Love Acts,” was published by Louisville’s Sarabande Books. His latest novel is “Take Me Home,” an historical novel about the Wyoming mining settlements in the 19th century. Continue reading “Lambda Literary Foundation Honors Leung”
Republican Congressman Mike Pence has named freshman state Rep. Sue Ellspermann, R-Ferdinand, as his running mate in the Indiana governor’s race.
The announcement was made Monday morning via e-mail to supporters and in Ellspermann’s hometown. Pence and Ellspermann plan to tour the state today and make stops in Evansville, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. If Pence wins in the fall, Ellspermann would become just the third female lieutenant governor in Indiana history.
“Sue Ellspermann has the integrity, business background and experience in state government that will make her a great lieutenant governor. She will be a tremendous asset as we work to bring more jobs to Indiana,” said Pence in a message to supporters.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg told media outlets he’ll choose a running mate before the filing deadline on June 8.
Residents of Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District will see a spirited primary Tuesday, but that won’t be the case elsewhere.
While there are primaries in most of Kentucky’s five other congressional districts, none are as competitive or as closely-followed as the race in Northern Kentucky.
In the Sixth District, Republican Andy Barr is expected to easily win the chance for a rematch with Congressman Ben Chandler.
And Third District Congressman John Yarmuth’s primary challenger is unlikely to take much of the vote.
But in the Fourth District, seven Republicans and two Democrats are vying to replace outgoing Congressman Geoff Davis. The seat is expected to go to the GOP nominee in November, but without Davis in the running, the Republican primary has been a close, competitive race.
A brazen shooting in the Parkland neighborhood is having an impact on the race for the Louisville Metro Council District 1 seat in the final days of the campaign.
Last week, six people were shot and three died in a spree of shootings in the west Louisville district that made national headlines.
In the wake of the violence, community and elected leaders have called for unity and cooperation from residents, but the five-way Democratic primary race is still a horse race. Observers, however, have criticized incumbent Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott and primary opponent Ray Barker Sr., who held separate press conferences last week that were minutes apart at the same location.
Scott says she didn’t know about Barker’s event and the two aren’t dueling over the tragedy, adding everyone is trying to make sense of the violence.
“I believe that what this has done is let people know that we care as elected officials. We live in the neighborhoods where this type of violence happens, it impacts us and they know that we’re humans too. And I wish that I’d known about his. I didn’t even know he was having one. I got down to our press conference and he was there. He didn’t actually have one until ours finished,” she says.