• EARLIER: Primary Election 2011: Rob Rothenburger falls to James Comer in first statewide race

    After a vigorous go at his first statewide race, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he is not too despondent at his defeat at the hands of state Rep. James R. Comer of Tompkinsville in the Republican primary for commissioner of agriculture.

  • Election 2011: Democratic rally built with pride

    The Shelby County Democratic Party welcomed nearly all the statewide candidates for next week’s primary election to town Wednesday for its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

    The Science Hill Inn dining room was near capacity with not much more than standing room left as 110 folks filed in to hear the Democratic candidates speak.

    “We were very, very pleased,” local party chair Fielding Ballard said. “It was actually even a little better than we expected.”

  • Election 2011: Rob Rothenburger’s 1st statewide run nears finish line

    Rob Rothenburger’s first foray into statewide politics hits its final days this weekend.
    Shelby County’s judge-executive, locked in the Republican primary for state commissioner of agriculture, presents the biggest draw for voters in what is expected to be a small turnout for Tuesday’s Primary Election.

  • Election 2011: Williams, Farmer plant themselves in Shelby

    The governor's race finally took a step into Shelby County on Monday

    Although all three Republican candidates have been campaigning for months – Democrat incumbent Steve Beshear is running unopposed and therefore doesn't have a primary election – Shelby County seems to have been largely ignored from the campaign trail even with the Primary Election less than two weeks away.

  • Republicans continue surge in registrations

    The official voter registration numbers for next month’s Primary Election are not yet available, but early reports indicate the migration of Democratic voters to the Republican rolls in Shelby County has continued.

    The most recent report received by Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry from the state board of elections, which is complete through March, showed there were 26,662 registered voters in Shelby County, with the Democrats’ hold as the dominating party down to little more than  4,000 registrants.

  • The Civil War in Shelby County

    Before the first shots of the Civil War were fired 150 years ago - on April 12, 1861 - it was already clear that Kentucky would play an important role in shaping both the Confederate and Union sides.

    A border state like no other, Kentucky's legislature struggled to choose a side, finally settling with the Union, much to the delight of President Abraham Lincoln, a native.

  • Farmer’s menu at luncheon: basketball, politics

    Builders and realtors who had lunch at Claudia Sanders on Tuesday were treated to more than just chicken.

    They listened to a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor – and outgoing agriculture commissioner – Richie Farmer talk about three topics near to the hearts of Kentuckians: basketball, farming and politics.

    Farmer talked a lot about the first subject, a little about the second, and only briefly touched upon the last in his address a meeting of  the Home Builders Association of Louisville’s Shelby County council.

  • Rothenburger’s campaign on the road

    Running for a state office means a hectic schedule that agriculture commissioner candidate Rob Rothenburger said keeps him constantly on the road, but he said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

    “At this point, the only downside to the campaign is that I’m still the county judge and my number one priority is to Shelby County, and so I don’t get to travel around the state in the daytime,” he said. “That puts me at a little bit of a disadvantage, but I’m not complaining, because I love this county.”

  • Dea Riley: Old friend in new places

    Born in Louisville, raised in Shelby County and matured in Utah, Dea Riley has done a number of things in a number of places.

    But despite being a 1986 graduate of Shelby County, Riley isn't very well known around the county.

    That could change now that she is running for lieutenant governor, but before that, Riley made a name for herself as an aggressive marketer and woman of impact.

  • 2 express interest in Rothenburger's job

    The first official expression of interest in filling the potential opening for Shelby County judge-executive surfaced Monday, followed immediately by a second on Tuesday.

    Republican Michael Riggs, magistrate in District 2, told The Sentinel-NewsMonday he wants to make it known that if Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger should be elected commissioner of agriculture that he wants to be in the running to be his replacement.