2018 election


Marsy’s Law will go before the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday, three months after the state's voters approved the measure as a constitutional amendment. 

The measure giving constitutional rights to crime victims was approved by voters in the Nov. 6 election with 63 percent support, but a legal challenge has prevented the law from being enacted.  The law gives crime victims the same rights as the accused, including a voice in the judicial process. 

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A recount in a contested Kentucky state House race where a Democrat was elected by a one-vote margin has ended in a tie.

Owensboro Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican State Rep. DJ Johnson on Election Day by one vote. But the Republican-controlled state legislature ordered a recount at Johnson's request.

Saturday, the Daviess County Board of Elections recounted the more than 12,000 ballots by hand. A review of ballots cast on Election Day showed Glenn leading Johnson by two votes. But the board decided to count five of 17 rejected absentee ballots. Three of those ballots went for Johnson, one went for Glenn and one was blank. 

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A Kentucky Democrat elected to the state House of Representatives by one vote says a Republican's challenge of the election results should be dismissed.

Jim Glenn defeated Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson by one vote in state House District 13. Johnson is challenging the results, asking the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for a recount. He says six voters are ineligible because they did not sign the precinct voter roster. He argues local officials incorrectly rejected 17 absentee ballots.

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A Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky says he will challenge the results of an election he lost by one vote.

Kentucky state Rep. DJ Johnson lost to Democrat Jim Glenn by a single vote on Election Day. County officials reviewed the totals one week later and made no changes. The state Board of Elections certified the results last week.

Still, state law allows Johnson to contest the election. The House of Representatives would appoint a commission of between five and nine members in such cases; the commission would then report to the full House of Representatives, which would decide.

Mary Beverly Goetz is 76, uses a walker and recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Worried her health issues would prevent her from voting for Democrat Jim Glenn in her western Kentucky state House district, she requested an absentee ballot by mail and sent it in weeks ahead of the election to make sure her vote was counted.

Glenn won by one vote.

"It made me feel good," Goetz said. "It made you feel like your vote really counted."

As the nation watches election officials in Florida and Georgia painstakingly review results in high-profile Senate and governor's races, many less prominent races across the country were decided by agonizingly close margins.


The Kentucky Secretary of State is ordering a recanvass of all votes cast last week in a state House race in Owensboro.

The Democratic challenger defeated the Republican incumbent by a single vote.

The Daviess County Clerks Office has been told to conduct a recanvass of all precincts in Kentucky House District 13, which covers most of Owensboro. The recanvass was requested by first-term Republican Representative D.J. Johnson.

Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.

Party leaders say the first legislative vote in the House will come on H.R. 1, a magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and traditions.

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Republicans held onto their majorities in the Kentucky legislature in the Nov. 6 midterm election, while the Democrats’ efforts for a 'blue wave' didn’t materialize.

A political science professor in Daviess County says it’s pretty clear how the upcoming legislative session is going to unfold.

On a state level, the midterm election was notable for Kentucky because Republicans held their majority in the state House of Representatives and retained their supermajority in the Senate.

“While this was largely expected, it’s still frustrating for the Democrats who tried to mobilize support against the pension reform sponsored by the Republicans,” said Eric Schmidt, assistant professor of political science at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro.

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Many counties in Kentucky had a voter turnout in the Nov. 6 midterm election close to the statwide turnout of 47 percent reported  by the state Board of Elections.

Two counties, McLean and Metcalfe, had a more vigorous voter turnout at 58 percent.

Daviess County had a 48 percent turnout, with Warren and Barren counties slightly  higher at 49 percent.

Highest voter turnout in the state was 61 percent in Woodford County. 

A Data Dive Into The Ohio Valley Midterm Election Results

Nov 7, 2018
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The “Blue Wave” that broke in some midterm races around the country hit a “Red Wall” in the Ohio Valley, and while the Democrats will take control of the House in Washington, the partisan makeup of the Congressional delegations for Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia remain unchanged.

In the region’s two Senate races, Democrats managed to hold on to Senate seats in Ohio and West Virginia, states that voted for President Trump two years ago. In House races, some deeply red parts of the region saw very competitive races in areas where voters went heavily for Trump in 2016, but no House seats "flipped" party control in the three states.

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Jeff Sessions, the president's earliest and most fervent supporter in Congress, resigned under pressure as attorney general on Wednesday after brutal criticism from the president, bringing an abrupt end to his controversial tenure as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Sessions noted in his resignation letter to the president that he was stepping down "at your request."

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has a message for Democrats as they prepare to take control of the House of Representatives next year.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports McConnell says Democrats in the chamber should avoid using their new majority to conduct what he calls “presidential harassment”.

The Kentucky Republican compares threats from the left to investigate many parts of the Trump presidency to the impeachment of Bill Clinton in the 90’s. McConnell says Clinton’s numbers increased while the G-O-P underperformed in the next election.

Kentuckian Poised to Assume House Committee Chairmanship

Nov 7, 2018
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Kentucky's only Democratic congressman is poised to assume a committee chairmanship when his party takes control of the U.S. House, an expanded role that he intends to use to delve into key policy issues including health care, climate change and immigration.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said Wednesday he wants to expand the House Budget Committee's role to include more oversight responsibilities. As the panel's ranking Democrat, he's in line to assume the chairmanship when the new Democratic-led House convenes next year, Yarmuth said.

There are a lot of different ways to read the results from elections across the country Tuesday.

There will be lots of spin in the coming days about what it all means, but here are seven ways to cut through the noise and put what happened in context:

1. It was a Democratic wave in the House, and that is a very big deal.

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Sixth District GOP Congressman Andy Barr held off a challenge by first time candidate Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot. The three-term U.S. Representative admits divisiveness in politics needs attention.

“We are a people, who rose from the rugged pioneer spirit which built this country. And there is no reason why Kentuckians can't lead a political and spiritual renewal to go along with our nation’s economic revival,” Barr said.

Barr thanked McGrath for stiff competition, saying it made him a better leader and better Congressman. For her part, McGrath promised to remain an active voice in Kentucky.