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While official results of Kentucky’s primary election won’t be known until early next week, both parties are calling the voting process a win. 

Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams says Kentucky offered the nation a model for success in conducting an election during a pandemic. 

"I’m proud of the resilient Kentucky voters who refused to let a virus disenfranchise them," Adams said in a statement. "While in so many categories Kentucky remains near the bottom, today Kentucky is first in something – conducting elections, even under extreme circumstances, and exhibiting grace under pressure."


Rhonda J. Miller

A retired Marine Corps officer and farmer running to win Kentucky’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary brought his campaign to Bowling Green on Monday.

Mike Broihier came by the WKU Public Radio studios before his stops at the Warren County Democratic Woman’s Club, Little Fox Bakery, and other campaign events.

Broihier is traveling across Kentucky in a face-to-face campaign to gain name recognition and support for his progressive agenda in a crowded field of 10 Democrats competing in the May primary. 

The winner will advance to the November general election, likely against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who has seven primary challengers. 


A judge has ruled in favor of the Kentucky Democratic Party in its lawsuit against the state Board of Elections. 

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate issued an injunction on Monday against the State Board of Elections to remove 175,000 voters from an inactive list prior to the November 5 election. 

The Kentucky Democratic Party filed suit over the inactive list last week.  In his order, Judge Wingate said the best way to ensure a just and fair election in the Commonwealth would be a return to the status quo.

The Kentucky Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Elections.  The complaint stems from the board placing around 170,000 voters on an inactive list.

The Kentucky Democratic Party said it became aware of the inactive list after noticing that the state’s voter registration numbers declined by more than 167,000 between June and July. 

Democrats called on the board last month to halt the policy and restore the voter registration rolls.

On a September afternoon at Western Kentucky University, pop culture mingled with politics during a Rock the Vote registration drive.  A recording of Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" played in the background, as Jeb Veeck with College Republicans manned an information table on campus.

"Are you thinking about joining College Republicans?", he asked a student.

As a Republican, Veeck has a lot of company.  In Kentucky, the GOP has been outpacing the Democratic party in terms of new voters for many years. 

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Next week, Kentucky voters will head to the polls to weigh in on primary elections, including who to nominate for state legislative elections this fall.

All 100 seats in the state House of Representatives and half of the 38 seats in the state Senate are up for re-election this year.

At least 40 current and retired educators are running after the legislature voted to make changes to retirement for current and future teachers and other state workers.

And a wave of retirements from the statehouse has sparked hotly contested primaries, with both of Kentucky’s major political parties hoping to flip districts in their favor.

Daniel Johnson, Bill Fishback, Jacob Moore

Three Democratic candidates are competing in the primary to represent the 19th state House district, which includes Edmonson County and part of Warren County. The race is among Bill Fishback, Daniel Johnson and Jacob Moore.               

There’s a priority issue that comes out loud and clear from the three Democratic candidates in the 19th District primary – the value of teachers.


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The new leader of the Kentucky Democratic Party says the “Republican experiment” has failed. 

In an interview with WKU Public Radio, Chairman Ben Self accuses the GOP of waging a war on the middle class by creating right-to-work and prevailing wage laws. 

He also thinks sexual harassment allegations looming over Republicans and a pension proposal rejected by many public employees jeopardizes some House GOP members in next year’s elections.

Republicans gained control of the Kentucky House last year for the first time since 1921, but Self believes Democrats have a real opportunity to take back the chamber.

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The Kentucky Democratic Party has named a new chair. The KDP State Central Executive Committee elected Ben Self to the position on Saturday. 

The Pike County native and Lexington resident is co-founder of West Sixth Brewing and the 'Bread Box' - a mixed-use development in which the brewery is located.

Self began his political work as an activist for the Democratic Party during former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's presidential campaign in the 2004 election. He then co-founded the progressive tech firm Blue State Digital with other former Dean staffers and later served as Technology Director of the Democratic National Committee.

Kentucky Democrats Hire Sanders' Alum as Party Director

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The Kentucky Democratic Party has hired a former team leader of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as its new executive director.

The party announced Mary Nishimuta of Frankfort as the new executive director on Friday. She will serve under state party chairwoman Sannie Overly, a state representative from Paris.

Nishimuta was a national team leader for Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign and was a delegate for him to the Democratic National Convention. Sanders narrowly lost Kentucky's Democratic presidential primary to eventual nominee Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.

A graduate of Georgia Tech, Nishimuta has worked for various Fortune 500 companies and is the co-owner of the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe in Frankfort. She said her goal is to build a strong party in all of Kentucky's 120 counties.

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On Monday, reporters huddled in the state Capitol waiting for a potentially big announcement. They were aware of rumors — incorrect ones, it would turn out — that multiple Democratic state House members had switched to the Republican side, changing the balance of power in the last Democratic-controlled legislative branch in the South.

That Kentucky political observers would even entertain the thought shows a palatable shift in the balance of power in a state where Democrats have a decades-long advantage in local politics.

Now, with an ascendant state GOP, the Kentucky Democratic Party is looking for a new leader.

Last weekend, Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Patrick Hughes announced he was stepping down after less than a year on the job.

State Democrats are in a perilous position. As party leaders look to replace Hughes, they should have a couple of things in mind, political observers say.

The campaign for control of the state House has taken a nasty turn, with radio and TV ads being pulled because of inaccuracies. Republicans have successfully knocked radio ads attacking their candidates off the air in the Bardstown and Mayfield areas. And they are working on getting TV ads in Lexington pulled as well.