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  • The Republican offshoot Tea Party has been making national headlines for more than a year now. With rallies all over the country and even as close as Louisville, the group has taken the nation by storm with its Taxed Enough Already motto.

    But, oddly enough, this wave of popularity seems to washed right over Shelby County.

  • Magistrate Mike Whitehouse has filed to run for a sixth term in the magisterial District 7, which encompasses much of the southern part of Shelby County.

    Whitehouse, a Democrat, has served as magistrate for 21 years. He said he is excited about the chance to serve his community for another four years as magistrate.

  • Nov. 4: Earliest date for affixing of signatures on candidate filing forms for an office on the 2010 ballot.

    Nov. 4: Earliest day for candidates to file for an office on the 2010 ballot.

    Dec. 31: Last day to change political party affiliation and be eligible to vote in that political party affiliation's primary election.

  • Democrat John C. Lewis of Bagdad has filled to run for Shelby County magistrate in District 4, a seat currently held by Cordy Armstrong.

    Lewis, in his first race, said he was inspired to run for office by a desire for community involvement as well as out of a sense of admiration for his parents, Jack and Stella Lewis, who were politically oriented.

    "Dad served both as a deputy sheriff and later as Shelby County Jailer, and mom was instrumental in the rise of the Shelby County Democratic Party in both local and state races," he said.

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      U.S. Senate Jack Conway (D) Rand Paul (R)  

    U.S. Rep. District 2

    Brett Guthrie (R) Ed Marksberry (D)  

    State Senate District 20

  • Jeff Carman, a Republican, is running for magistrate in District 7.

    A Finchville resident, Carman is a profitability and growth consultant.

    "I help companies increase their profitability by reducing expenses and grow by developing new revenue streams and implementing performance management guidelines," he said.

  •  The duel for the 53rd Judicial District’s Division II seat is pitting two Shelby Countians who know each other well.

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  •  The Bard will attend Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Shelby County campus this fall.

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  •  Thursday was the first day of fall, but you probably won’t need your sweater anytime soon.

  • With just 32 days left until Election Day, the political machine in Shelby County is starting to rev up.

    Signs are going up. More hands are being shaken. Candidates are showing up everywhere. And issues and arguments are being refined.

    And though candidates and their parties may not see eye-to-eye on many of those issues, they do agree on one thing: The economy and its future is key.

  •  Shelby County has a new circuit clerk who will serve at least until the General Election on Nov. 2.

  • Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Rand Paul made a quick stop Monday in Shelbyville at WJ Andriot’s on Main Street during his bus tour across the commonwealth.

    Paul was the big draw, but he brought along U.S. Rep. (R-Bowling Green) Brett Guthrie and host of state and local leaders and politicians.

    Paul took time to address the small after-lunch crowd of about 30 or 40 residents, stressing his vision as the key to the election and the country.

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  • Incumbent school board member Doug Butler has his eyes fixed squarely on the goals for Shelby County Public Schools.

    Butler, who took over in 2007 when Paul Goodlett resigned from the board, wants to continue pushing the district to reach those goals set here and nationally.

    "I want to continue to be a part of a great public school system that puts children first on the path to excellence," he said. "I believe in giving back to Shelby County by serving in this community that I so much respect and enjoy."

  • With three children in school and two more that are not yet old enough, Andrew Cline has decided it's time to get even more involved.

    Cline is already a member of the Simpsonville Elementary School Site-Based Decision Making Council, along with being on several other local, regional and national boards, but he said he is ready to take that next step.

    "I feel it is important to have a parent with school-aged children as a representative on the board," he said.

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  • The candidates for the District 20 state Senate seat each picked up a key endorsement this week.

    The National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed Republican Paul Hornback, and the Kentucky Education Political Action Committee is backing Democrat David Eaton in the race to replace retiring Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Shelbyville).

    NFIB/Kentucky cited Hornback’s background in agriculture his positions and records on small business issues.  

  • In recalling some of the “characters” with whom I served during my 30-year career (1937-67) as an officer in the regular U.S. Marine Corps, Rear Admiral Thomas B. Brittain comes to mind.