1:06pm: The first primary in the south is January 21 in South Carolina, where Newt Gingrich is 20 points ahead of Mitt Romney. But Politico reports this week that southern conservatives are divided—some voters have a problem with Gingrich’s three marriages and past infidelity. Others are concerned about Mitt Romney’s faith. We’ll talk about the unsettled south.

1:20pm: The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a total ban on cell phone use while driving—including sending and receiving text messages and using hands-free devices. The regulations are controversial among law enforcement officials who say they would be difficult to enforce, as well as among people who rely on hands-free cell phone communication while driving for their livelihood. We talk to Mary Maguire of AAA, who says it would be difficult to garner the kind of public support needed to forge these recommendations into law.

1:35pm: Politicians and economic development officials like to promote “magic bullet” projects—the idea that tackling just one project, attracting just one industry, can solve many problems at once. But do those big projects ever pay off? We’ll continue a four part series today looking at Cleveland’s success with health care. Can other cities copy the formula?

1:50pm: In Italy they’re traditionally eaten at Easter, but for some families, “sweet bows,” or farfallette dolci, have become a Christmas staple. Fans of these crunchy fried confections find them delicious and addictive, so while we’ll share the recipe, we can’t be held responsible for any dependence you might develop.

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McConnell Criticized in Upcoming Palin Film

by admin June 6, 2011

In a new documentary film about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, filmmaker Steven K Bannon takes swipes at Republican congressional leaders for not supporting the former vice presidential candidate against liberal attacks. Entitled ‘The Undefeated’, a segment criticizes the GOP establishment including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while defending Palin as a Joan of […]

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Daniels Will Not Run for President

by Gabe Bullard May 22, 2011

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Daniels announced his decision Sunday in a midnight message to supporters. “I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” he wrote. “The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed […]

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Johnson Declares Victory

by Gabe Bullard May 17, 2011

The Republican nominee for the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office has already begun his general election campaign. Bill Johnson narrowly defeated Hilda Legg to win the nomination, and he says his Tea Party endorsement and appeal to mainstream Republicans will make him a formidable opponent against Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes. In his victory speech, […]

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Committee Selection Highlights Ongoing Rift Between Paul, McConnell

by admin May 16, 2011

While media outlets are focused on U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s latest gaffe, few noticed he was passed over for a coveted committee slot by fellow Kentucky Republican and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who selected a junior colleague instead. The decision by McConnell marks a widening rift between the commonwealth’s two Senators and another diss to […]

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2012 Decision Looms for Daniels

by Gabe Bullard May 2, 2011

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is expected to announce soon whether he’ll run for president. Daniels has been on the short list of potential 2012 GOP candidates for months. University of Louisville Professor Dewey Clayton says there’s likely to be a renewed focus on a potential Daniels run now that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has decided […]

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Indiana Democrats Hope to Delay Redistricting Plan

by Gabe Bullard April 12, 2011

Democrats in the Indiana House say they want action on a Republican-led redistricting plan delayed so they can continue studying the proposal. GOP lawmakers, who control the legislature, released their proposal for new districts for the state’s congressional and legislative districts this week and scheduled a committee hearing on the plan for Wednesday. The districts […]

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Yarmuth Slams GOP Budget Plan

by admin April 5, 2011

Joining top members of the Budget Committee, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., ripped the Republican plan to cut trillions of dollars from the federal budget over the next decade, calling it “payback for the prosperous”.

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Rick Scott in the Spotlight

by Gabe Bullard March 22, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s name has been thrown around Kentucky for several weeks. Scott’s attempt to stop a prescription drug tracking system has prompted state, federal and city officials to reach out to the Floridian leader and encourage him to reconsider the cut.

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Crossroads Ads to Target Chandler

by Gabe Bullard February 23, 2011

Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler is among a dozen Democrats being targeted in a series of radio ads from the conservative-aligned Crossroads GPS organization. The ads criticize the representatives for voting against a Republican-backed bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, largely through major spending cuts.

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