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The partial government shutdown is now in its 26th day, stretching the already record-length closure of some federal agencies. In Louisville, some of Senator Mitch McConnell’s constituents hold him responsible. But,  other residents are more concerned about their well-being than whether the Senate Majority Leader is to blame. 

When the woman who would become known as Jane Doe started working for the Kentucky House Republican caucus in 2015, she remembers a senior staffer saying her responsibility was “to keep Jeff Hoover happy.”

At the time, the woman was 21. Ky. Representative Jeff Hoover of Jamestown was the leader of the Republican minority in the state House of Representatives. Within two years, Hoover would become the first Republican speaker of the House in nearly a century.


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Ohio's new governor has changed personas several times in his long, long, long career in politics and now, as Ohio's brand-spanking new governor, seems to be in the process of doing it again.

Kentucky's Republican primary for governor is shaping up to be a three-man race.  William Woods of Grant County filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office on Monday.

Woods is a businessman from Corinth who ran unsuccessfully for the state House in 2012.  He’s seeking the GOP nomination for governor alongside running mate Justin Miller of Florence. 

Woods’ campaign platform includes legalizing marijuana and casino gaming as ways to generate additional state revenue.  He’s in favor of keeping public employee pensions at full funding levels while eliminating pensions for state lawmakers. 

The former speaker became the new speaker in a controversial vote, and he’s the first person in almost sixty years to become speaker a second time. And Larry Householder is being described as a masterful politician with a combination of a down-home charm and calculating shrewdness.

Interview: Mike DeWine, Ohio's 70th Governor

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For the first time in eight years, Ohio gets a new governor on Monday. Its 70th governor, to be exact. But Mike DeWine is hardly a new face for Ohioans.

Leaders of the Kentucky legislature have formed a new group tasked with reviewing and analyzing the state’s pension systems, which are underfunded and have been the subject of controversial reform attempts in recent years.

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At midnight Monday morning, Republican Mike DeWine was sworn in as Ohio's new governor. What can Ohioans expect  from the 70th governor of the Buckeye State? WXVU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the new DeWine administsration. 

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Today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was sworn in as governor of the Buckeye State.

 Frank LaRose will be sworn-in Saturday as Ohio's next Secretary of State.  The job has a number of responsibilities, but the one getting the most attention in recent years has been the secretary’s role in Ohio elections. 

In a conversation with WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia, LaRose talked about his new position.  One of the things he’s going to be focused on is the conversation surrounding voter fraud and voter suppression.

 Republican lawmakers in the Kentucky legislature are advancing an abortion restriction that opponents worry could upend the landmark Roe v. Wade court ruling that legalized abortion more than four decades ago.

Senate Bill 9 would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which takes place as early as the sixth week of pregnancy.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is calling out President Donald Trump for his role in the federal government shut down saying it’s time for the presidents to realize he made a promise on the border wall that he couldn’t keep.

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I was only 22 years old in January of 1975, a reporter for The Post, the student newspaper at Ohio University in Athens.

A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers has proposed a medical marijuana bill that would allow people to buy the drug from licensed dispensaries if a doctor recommends it.

Medical marijuana legislation has been discussed in recent years, but has never gained enough momentum to pass the preliminary stages of the Kentucky legislature.

Rep. Jason Nemes, a Republican from Louisville and one of the bill’s sponsors, said that a majority of the 100-member House support the bill.

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says discussions with President Trump over border security should be separate from passing a federal spending bill to end the three-week long partial government shutdown. 

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that more than 275,000 notices of so-called "last-chance" mailings are being sent to voters by county boards across the state, part of what a release called "list maintenance processes" to keep voter records up-to-date.

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A new state lawmaker from eastern Kentucky has become the first Republican to formally launch a campaign for governor as speculation continues over whether Gov. Matt Bevin will run for re-election.

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The last few elections in Hamilton County have been good for women candidates.

Democratic women, mostly. Republican women, not that much.

Former State Auditor Adam Edelen is the third Democrat to launch a bid for Kentucky governor.

During an announcement in Lexington, Edelen said as governor he would focus on fixing the state’s public education system, protecting health coverage and generating new revenue for the state’s cash-strapped budget.

Edelen depicted himself as a new direction for Kentucky Democrats, saying that he is an alternative to “the stale scent of incrementalism and nostalgia.”

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