McGarvey Wins Democratic Nod in 19th District Senate Race

Morgan McGarvey has won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky’s 19th Senate district.

McGarvey is an attorney in private practice in Louisville who ran on a platform of building the Ohio River Bridges Project and expanding the state’s tax base. During the campaign, he racked up endorsements from former State Auditor Crit Luallan, Attorney General Jack Conway, and state Senator Tim Shaughnessy, who currently holds the seat and isn’t running for re-election. McGarvey’s website also touts his support of biodiesel. Continue reading “McGarvey Wins Democratic Nod in 19th District Senate Race”

Only One Incumbent Defeated in Legislative Primaries

At least one incumbent member of the Kentucky House will not be returning to Frankfort next year.

Republican-turned-Democrat Wade Hurt has lost his primary to union activist Jeff Donohue. Wade ran as a Republican in 2010 against Donohue, who has remained a Democrat. Hurt switched parties shortly after that election, saying it would help him better serve his district.

No other incumbent House or Senate members lost their seats to primary challengers, though some will face tough re-election battles in the general election. Continue reading “Only One Incumbent Defeated in Legislative Primaries”

Massie Decisively Wins Fourth Congressional District Primary

Tea party candidate Thomas Massie has won the GOP nomination in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.

Massie has the backing of many national tea party groups and of U.S. Senator Rand Paul. The Lewis County Judge-Executive gathered just under half of the vote in a seven person primary, greatly out-distancing his two closest contenders.

Massie campaign manager Ryan Hogan says the victory is shows the tea party is still alive in Kentucky.

“I think it was a very good win for not only the tea party but for small government, fiscally conservative Republicans here in the Fourth District,” Hogan says.

Hogan says Massie campaigned on issues similar to those of Paul, and once again they proved to be winning messages. Continue reading “Massie Decisively Wins Fourth Congressional District Primary”

Fowler and Heuglin Will Face Off For 14th District Metro Council Seat

Two fresh candidates are prepared to succeed retiring Louisville Metro Councilman Bob Henderson in the 14th District.

Democrat Cindi Fowler and Republican Bob Heuglin will square off in the general election after winning their respective primaries yesterday (Tuesday).

The southwest Louisville district has been represented by a Democrat since merger, but Republicans believe they can pick up the seat. Even so, Republicans are still expected to remain the minority in the council after this year’s elections.

Incumbent Owen Wins Democratic Nod for Eighth District Council Seat

Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen has won the Democratic party’s nomination for re-election.

Owen has served on the council since its inception and was an alderman before that. In many races, he faced little or no opposition. He had two primary challengers this year, including Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews.

The Judge-Executive’s office has been ceremonial since the city-county merger, but Mathews says he will now focus on ideas for reforming the office. He’s also prepared to work with Owen going forward.

“We’re going to get together soon and see what we can’t do together for the future of the district,” Mathews said. “I’ve got Tom’s back going into the fall and thereafter.” Continue reading “Incumbent Owen Wins Democratic Nod for Eighth District Council Seat”

Election Night Liveblog

8:50 pm: Attorney Morgan McGarvey appears to have won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky’s 19th Senate district. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, McGarvey has 41 percent of the vote. His next-closest contender, environmental engineer Sarah Lynn Cunningham, has 34 percent.

8:30 pm: In the Metro Council’s Eighth District, incumbent Tom Owen has won the Democratic primary.

8:27 pm: In the 37th Kentucky Senate District GOP Primary, Chris Thieneman has defeated former Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins. He will face Democratic incumbent Perry Clark in the fall.

8:23 pm: In the Metro Council’s 14th District, Republican Bob Heuglin will face Democrat Cindi Fowler in the general election. Democratic incumbent Bob Henderson is retiring, and Republicans believe they can pick up the district.

8:10 pm: Tea Party favorite Thomas Massie has won the Fourth Congressional District Republican Primary over six opponents. He’s expected to win the general election as well, since the Fourth District is heavily Republican.

8:05 pm: 18th Metro Council District GOP nominee Marilyn Parker tells WFPL’s Phillip Bailey that she wants to see major cuts to Metro Council spending, tighter ethics rules and a seat on the budget committee. She is the second candidate to ever unseat an elected council incumbent, and the first to do so in a primary.

7:51 pm: With just over 95 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Attica Woodson Scott has won the Metro Council’s First District Democratic Primary and the seat. No Republican is running. Scott was appointed to the seat after Judy Green was removed on ethics charges.

7:49 pm: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Tea Party challenger Marilyn Parker has defeated incumbent Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson in the 18th District GOP Primary.

7:45 pm: With 50 percent of precincts reporting, President Barack Obama leads “uncommitted” in the Democratic Presidential Primary 58 percent to 42 percent.

7:40 pm: In General Assembly races, incumbent Democrat Denise Harper Angel defeated challenger Curtis Morrison in the 35th Senate District. Incumbent Reginald Meeks has a wide lead over Tea Party challenger Wendy Caswell in the 42nd House District Democratic Primary.

7:36 pm: In the Louisville Metro Council’s Second District, incumbent Barbara Shanklin has won the Democratic primary and a likely re-election. No Republican is seeking the seat.

7:34 pm: The Secretary of State’s voter fraud hotline received 31 calls today.

7:14 pm: The Associated Press has called the Third District Democratic primary for John Yarmuth. He’ll face GOP candidate Brooks Wicker in the fall. In the Sixth District GOP primary, Andy Barr has won and will face Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler in the fall. Barr also won the nomination in 2010.

7:04 pm: The Associated Press has called Kentucky’s GOP presidential primary for Mitt Romney.

6:25 pm: Numbers are trickling in from across the state. You can follow the Secretary of State’s numbers here and the Jefferson County Clerk’s numbers here.

6:10 pm: From our colleagues in Kentucky Public Radio:

Calls to the state attorney general’s election fraud hotline have been running higher than a year ago. By mid-afternoon, 16 complaints had been received. That compares with a total a six complaints made during the 2011 primary. Spokeswoman Shelly Catharine Johnson says during the last presidential primary in 2008, the hotline received 59 calls.

6:00 pm: Polls are now closed. Turnout is looking to be very low. The record low for a four-year primary in Louisville is 13 percent. The clerk’s office expects turnout to be slightly higher today. The Secretary of State’s office expects turnout across Kentucky to be between 10 and 12 percent.

 

Kentucky Advocates for Safe Chemical Bill Lobby in Washington

Advocates for safe chemical legislation are in Washington D.C. today lobbying Kentucky’s congressional delegation to support updates to the nation’s toxic chemicals regulations.

Monica Unseld is a biologist and professor from Bardstown who made the trip. She says the country’s 36-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act is outdated and the industry is woefully unregulated.

“We’re trying to raise awareness of the toxic chemicals—there’s over 80,000 of them—that are completely unregulated,” she says. “And they go into our bodies and they’re causing illnesses.” Continue reading “Kentucky Advocates for Safe Chemical Bill Lobby in Washington”

AG: Election Fraud Complaints Up From Last Year

From Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio

Calls to the state attorney general’s election fraud hotline have been running higher than a year ago. By mid-afternoon, 16 complaints had been received. That compares with a total a six complaints made during the 2011 primary. Spokeswoman Shelly Catharine Johnson says during the last presidential primary in 2008, the hotline received 59 calls.

“We like to think that our election oversight and enforcement and working in conjunction with other multiple agencies including the secretary of state’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s office, we’d like to think that our efforts are paying off.”

Johnson says all calls will be reviewed by officials in the attorney general’s office and could be referred to law enforcement.

Voter Turnout Likely Low in Louisville

Voter turnout in Louisville could come in at a near-record low today.

The record for a four-year primary in Louisville is about 13 percent. Statewide turnout is expected to be 12 percent. Jefferson County Clerk’s office spokesman Nore Ghiabaudy local turnout is low, and he’s not sure where it will end up when polls close at 6 pm.

“We usually do a little bit better than statewide predictions,” he says. “It’d be nice if we could at least get 13 and it’d be nice if we got over 15.”

Presidential races sometimes draw higher turnout, as was the case four years ago, when about 40 percent of registered voters cast ballots. But with both parties’ nomination contests long-since decided, it’s up to loyal voters and those who are focused on city and state races to boost turnout.

Polls close at 6 pm.

Councilman David James Asks EPA to Address Black Leaf Contamination With Community

District 6 Councilman David James is requesting the Environmental Protection Agency hold a public meeting to address recent soil testing near the Black Leaf Chemical site.

As we reported yesterday, the EPA found various levels of contamination in all 50 homes it tested near the Black Leaf Chemical site. Nine of those homes—nearly 20 percent—had higher levels of contaminates, including lead and benzo(a)pyrene, a probable carcinogen.

James sent an email to the agency this morning, as first reported by LEO Weekly. Legislative aid Rob Holtzmann confirmed the email, and said James wants the agency to meet with residents to clarify the results of the testing and what it could mean for the community.

“We’re very concerned about the communication level coming from the EPA about what’s really happening over there in the neighborhood,” Holtzmann said. Continue reading “Councilman David James Asks EPA to Address Black Leaf Contamination With Community”