• ELECTION 2014: Magistrate, District 4: Bill Hedges

    Incumbent Magistrate Bill Hedges has filed to run for a second term in District 4.

    A Republican, Hedges narrowly defeated Democrat John Lewis in 2010, when the two vied for the open seat vacated by retiring longtime Magistrate Cordy Armstrong. There had been several candidates in the primary, too.

  • State budget will headline some recurring issues

    The 2014 Kentucky legislative session begins Tuesday, and although 137 bills already have been filed, some familiar story lines figure to be developed during this 60-day session.

    In extended, even-numbered years, the longer session always seems to be headlined by the setting of the state budget, but state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) said he foresees that there also will be time for those old familiars: gambling, health care, educational and state pension reform.

  • Top issues for session

    State pension

  • Election 2014:Rothenburger, Hardesty may not be challenged

    With less than three weeks left before the deadline to file to run in the 2014 Primary Election, it is beginning to look as if the top people in city and county government may return to office without opposition.

    Neither Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, a Republican, nor Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, a Democrat, has opposition – at least so far.

    Hardesty, who has been mayor since 2003, said he has not had any competition since he was elected.

  • Northern Kentucky business leader may run against Massie in GOP primary

    COVINGTON – When the top business leader in the most populated part of your district says he might run against you, you’ve got a problem.

    That’s the situation in which Republican Congressman Thomas Massie, whose District 4 includes Shelby County now finds himself.

    Last week, longtime Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Steve Stevens said he’s exploring a run against Massie in the May primary.

  • Election 2014: Shelby quiet on political donations – so far

    Kentucky’s 2014 senatorial race, one of the hottest in the country, so far has not drawn significant interest – in the form of contributions – from Shelby County.

    Elections largely are about fundraising and strategic spending, and in that race for U.S. Senator – a key national election that recent polls show a virtual tie – incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell is dominating fundraising in the state against Republican challenger Matt Bevin and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    But none of the three has generated much cash in Shelby.

  • 2014 candidates: Primary: May 20

    U.S. Senator: Mitch McConnell (R), Matt Bevin (R), Gurley Martin (R), Alison Grimes (D)

    U.S. House District 4: Thomas Massie (R)

    State Senate District 20: No filings

    State House District 58:Brad Montell (R)

    State Supreme Court District 6:Michelle Keller

    Appellate District 6: Alison Jones, Joy A. Moore, Justin Sanders

    Circuit Judge District 53 (nonpartisan):Charles Hickman

  • Election 2014: Magistrate Whitehouse won’t seek 7th term

    Longtime Shelby County Magistrate Mike Whitehouse formally announced what had been expected: He won’t seek a seventh term.

    Whitehouse, a Democrat who has served for 27 years as magistrate in District 7, which is in the Finchville area, said his decision was prompted by increased obligations to his local UAW union at Martinrea Heavy Stamping, of which he was recently named president.

  • ELECTION 2014: Massie files for re-election

    Thomas Massie, a Tea Party-backed Republican who was active along and against party lines during his first term in Congress, wants to return for a second term as U.S. representative in Kentucky’s 4th District, which includes Shelby County.

    Massie, who took over the district in 2012 when Republican Geoff Davis abruptly resigned, filed Friday to run for re-election. In 2012, he defeated six Republicans in the primary and routed Democrat Bill Adkins by 27 points in the General Election.

  • Election 2014: Grimes’ pitch to Shelby, repeat history

    In her first Shelbyville stop as a candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes told a small crowd of Democrats that she hoped to help Shelby County make history again.

    “Shelby County has made history before, right here in Bagdad [in reference to Martha Layne Collins’ being the state’s first woman governor], and with their help, we’re poised and ready to do it again,” she said in a brief question-and-answer session Tuesday after the private fundraiser at Talon Winery.