2011 election

Farmer Hired Girlfriend for State Job

by Gabe Bullard on November 18, 2011

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer hired his girlfriend to a $5,000 a month state job shortly before this year’s elections.

Farmer has reached his term limit in his current office. He was running for Lieutenant Governor on the Republic ticket with state Senate President David Williams. But eight days before the election, Farmer hired his girlfriend Stephanie Sandmann as a “special assistant” to the agriculture department.

Williams confirmed to the Courier-Journal that Sandmann is Farmer’s girlfriend, but said he didn’t know she was on the state payroll.

Farmer is going through a divorce.

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EKU Prof: Democrats’ Success Won’t Carry Over In ’12 For Chandler

by Rick Howlett November 9, 2011

From Charles Compton, Kentucky Public Radio With the Kentucky governor’s race and other contests decided, it’s likely the next big challenge faced by a Kentucky Democrat will be in next year’s race for the 6th District congressional seat. Incumbent Ben Chandler faces a probable rematch with Tea Party favorite Andy Barr, who very nearly won […]

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Gahan, Moore Win Southern Indiana Mayorships

by Gabe Bullard November 8, 2011

Two mayoral races in southern Indiana were also decided Tuesday night. In New Albany, Democratic candidate Jeff Gahan bested three opponents, one Republican, one Libertarian and one independent. The mayor’s office had been vacated by Democrat Doug England, who sought a seat on the city council. In Jeffersonville, incumbent Democrat Tom Galligan lost his seat […]

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It’s Election Day

by Gabe Bullard November 8, 2011

Kentuckians are set to elect statewide officers today. The polls in Jefferson County are open until 6:00. You can follow our past coverage of the races for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and agriculture commissioner here. WFPL will have election news throughout the day and into the night, with special newscasts at […]

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Indiana Municipal Races On Tuesday’s Ballot

by Rick Howlett November 7, 2011

Voters across Indiana go to the polls tomorrow for municipal elections. There are contested races for mayor in several southern Indiana communities. New Albany voters will select a new mayor. Democrat Jeff Gahan, Republican Dale Bagshaw, Independent Jack Messer and Libertarian Thomas Keister are on the ballot. Current mayor Doug England is running for city […]

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Candidates Again Clash on Economy in Final Gubernatorial Debate

by admin November 1, 2011

by Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio The economy dominated an often contentious gubernatorial debate hosted last night by Kentucky Educational Television. It was the second time all three candidates appeared together in a forum. Incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear has declined to attend several other debates. As he has previously, the governor repeated that, thanks to […]

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News Special: Gubernatorial Candidate Gatewood Galbraith

by Laura Ellis September 28, 2011

Independent Gatewood Galbraith is a perennial candidate in Kentucky, whose positions on tuition freezes, gun ownership rights, and marijuana legalization have made headlines. In an hour-long call-in special, we’ll talk to him about his platform, what motivates him to keep running for office, and why he thinks he should be the next Governor of the […]

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P’Pool Focuses on Police Endorsement, Political Corruption in New Ad

by admin August 31, 2011

Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool focused on fighting crime and political corruption in his second television ad released Wednesday. The 30-second commercial will run over Labor Day weekend and bypasses any swipes at Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, even though the two have traded barbs through the media as of late. Instead, the advertisement […]

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P’Pool Addresses Questionable Contributions

by admin August 16, 2011

Republican candidate for attorney general Todd P’Pool won’t return contributions from a for-profit university being investigated by the Kentucky attorney general’s office and lashed out at Democratic incumbent Jack Conway for calling on him to do so. Last week, a former admissions officer at Spencerian College in Louisville, which is run by Sullivan University, accused […]

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P’Pool Launches First TV Ad

by admin August 15, 2011

Hoping to gain traction in his bid to unseat Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway this fall, Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool will begin airing his first campaign television advertisement Tuesday. The 30-second spot made its YouTube debut Monday and stresses the GOP nominee’s faith, support of the coal industry and his work as a […]

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