McConnell Camp Sets Forceful Tone in First Web Ad

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.

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Rand Paul Set To Release Second Book In September

Kentucky’s junior senator is working on his second book.

Rand Paul has already penned one book while in office, called “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” It was mainly about his 2010 campaign victory.

Now, BuzzFeed reports that Paul is working on a book that outlines his opposition to the Transportation Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

University of Louisville political scientist Dewey Clayton says this could be a strategic move on Paul’s part.

“It’s sort of beginning to be a trend here if you start look back at President Obama, when he was Senator Obama and even before he began writing books. It gets your name out here, people start reading and seeing what your particular philosophy is,” Clayton says. Continue reading “Rand Paul Set To Release Second Book In September”

Principled Endorsement Gives Candidate Hope in Sixth Congressional District Primary

An outside Republican group is backing the long shot candidate in tomorrow’s Sixth Congressional District Republican Primary.

Patrick Kelly is running against Andy Barr. Barr won the 2010 GOP primary, and is expected to win this year as well.

But today, Kelly picked up a last-minute endorsement from the Republican Liberty Caucus, a Texas group that has endorsed in other Kentucky races this year.

The nod is unlikely to tip the race in Kelly’s favor, and caucus chairman Dave Nalle says the endorsement is largely symbolic.

“But I think Kelly has good issue positions, and that maybe him appealing as someone to put up there just to make a point, if nothing else. I would love it if he won this race, I can’t think he’s necessarily going to win this race but I think in the future he’s going to be a guy you see again,” Nalle says. Continue reading “Principled Endorsement Gives Candidate Hope in Sixth Congressional District Primary”

Political Observers Expect No Surprises in Kentucky’s Presidential Primaries

Even though the presidential nomination process is effectively over, Kentuckians can still vote for candidates other than Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama in tomorrow’s primary.

Republicans can cast ballots for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, even though they’re no longer in the running. And Democrats will be able to choose ‘uncommitted’ instead of President Obama.

But University of Louisville political scientist Dewey Clayton says those other names don’t really matter.

“I really don’t see any surprises at this point because primarily we don’t have competitive races going on at this point, in the Republican primary or in the Democratic primary,” he says. Continue reading “Political Observers Expect No Surprises in Kentucky’s Presidential Primaries”

Indiana Democrats Question Ellspermann’s 2008 Primary Vote

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?”

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Energy Talk Rescheduled

Former Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Energy Sue Tierney was scheduled to speak in Louisville tonight at 6:30, but bad weather on the east coast has forced a cancellation.

I spoke with Tierney last week about sustainable energy, as well as coal’s future in the United States’ energy mix and differences between Chinese and American energy policies.

The talk is sponsored by the World Affairs Council, and the group plans to reschedule Tierney’s talk as soon as possible.


Lambda Literary Foundation Honors Leung

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”

Pence Names Freshman State Lawmaker as Running Mate

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.

No Surprises Expected in Most Congressional Primaries

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.

Rash of Violence Impacts District 1 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.

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