Outgoing Secretary of State Named Parks Commissioner

Outgoing Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker will become the commissioner of the parks department when she leaves office later this month. Walker was appointed as the commonwealth’s chief election officer by Governor Steve Beshear in January 2011 to replace Trey Grayson, who took a post at Harvard University before the end of his term. […]

Jobs Bill in Senate, 10th Anniversary of War in Afghanistan, Democratic Secretary of State Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes: Today on Here and Now

The Obama jobs bill faces a big test this week — there’s a vote in the Senate tomorrow. We’ll get a preview. We’re marking the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, and today, we check in on the National Guard. Remember when Guard members were “weekend warriors,” training one weekend per […]

Panel Rejects Johnson’s Complaint Regarding Homeless Voters

The Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission decided will not take action regarding a complaint filed by Republican secretary of state candidate Bill Johnson over homeless people registering to vote. Johnson filed the grievance two months over a 2-page memorandum sent to county clerks by the Kentucky secretary of state’s office telling local officials to approve […]

Johnson Taps Into National Issues, Obama Unpopularity

Through social networking sites, Republican candidate for secretary of state Bill Johnson frequently shares his views on national issues even if they aren’t pertinent to being Kentucky’s chief election officer. After U.S. stocks tumbled by 633 points Monday, for instance, Johnson quickly went on Twitter and  blamed President Barack Obama for the Dow Jones Industrial […]

Grimes, Johnson Spar Over Homeless Voters Issue at Fancy Farm

Speaking at this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, the candidates for secretary of state continued their debate about registering homeless people to vote in Kentucky. Declaring that people without an address should not be allowed to vote, Republican nominee Bill Johnson said allowing them to register opens the door to possible voter fraud. Last month, he […]

Johnson Files Ethics Complaint Over Homeless Voters

After denouncing the State Board of Elections for telling county clerks to approve voter registration cards that have “homeless” listed under the address, Republican Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson has filed an ethics complaint Thursday against the panel and Secretary of State Elaine Walker. Last week, the Todd County businessman called on Walker to […]

Board of Elections Certifies Primary Results

The vote tallies from Kentucky’s May 17th primary election are now official. The results were certified by the State Board of Elections, meeting in Frankfort. The board’s focus now turns to the November 8th general election. “One of the things that we do in all of our meetings is that we approve reimbursement for the various […]

Beshear Records Robocall Supporting Walker

In today’s closely watched Democratic primary election for secretary of state, Governor Steve Beshear called voters on behalf of incumbent Elaine Walker, who faces Lexington attorney Alison Lundergan Grimes. Beshear appointed the former mayor of Bowling Green to fill the remainder of former Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s term in January, but had kept Walker […]

In Depth: A Look at The Democratic Secretary of State Candidates

By Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio The race for Kentucky Secretary of State features four candidates—two Republicans and two Democrats—who want the job of overseeing the commonwealth’s elections and business filings. Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel takes a look at the two Democratic hopefuls, Elaine Walker of Bowling Green and Alison Lundergan Grimes of Lexington. […]

Walker Launches TV Ads

After giving her campaign a personal loan, Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker was able to launch a television advertisement in her Democratic primary contest against challenger Allison Lundergran Grimes. This is a bit of a surprise considering Walker initially said she wasn’t going to go beyond direct mailers and robocalls, but the former mayor […]