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A Kentucky Democrat hoping to take Republican Mitch McConnell's U.S. Senate seat says the country needs stricter background checks for gun owners.

But Amy McGrath isn’t in favor of an assault weapons ban.

In comments made during an interview with WKU Public Radio, McGrath said if elected to the U.S. Senate, she’d push the chamber to take up measures she says are backed by both gunowners and those who don’t own firearms.


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The last thing that Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, wants to hear in the wake of the tragedy that rocked her city on the early morning of Aug. 4 is the usual partisan bickering and excuses by politicians who are in the pocket of special interests.

She doesn't want to hear it.

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State Rep. Candice Keller of Middletown is facing calls to resign after a controversial Facebook post following the Dayton mass shooting. In it, she blamed such shooting on "drag queen adovcates," transgender people, illiegal immigration, Barack Obama, and athletes who kneel during the National Anthem, among others. 

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How you are judged as an elected official has much more to do with how you respond in the worst of times than in the best of times.

Ohio's Republican governor, veteran politician Mike DeWine, is finding that out right now.

In 1938, the Latonia Racetrack in Covington was filled with an estimated crowd of 50,000 as President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to town to make his case for the New Deal and to argue that it was working for Kentucky. He noted that he knew about Latonia and its famous track because he was a reader of the sports page. FDR carried Kentucky in all four of his successful bids for the presidency.

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WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with Tana Weingartner about the aftermath of the mass murder in Dayton's Oregon District. President Trump came to visit shooting victims at Miami Valley Hospital, while Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine rolled out a package of 17 proposals he believes will help curb gun violence.

A bipartisan group of Kentucky lawmakers has proposed a bill that would allow police or family members to ask a court to temporarily take guns away from people if they present a danger to themselves or others.

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In May, when 14 tornadoes ripped through Dayton, Ohio, and its suburbs, there was no force on Earth that could stop the destruction.

Tornadoes can't be legislated out of existence.

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It's barely a spot on the map at all, but every time the first Saturday in August rolls around, the tiny community of Fancy Farm becomes the center of Kentucky politics. A small covered stage placed in the middle of the St. Jerome Parish Festival in the far western reaches of the commonwealth is traipsed by Kentucky’s most influential political names as they hurl jokes and not-so-veiled insults at one another, all while being heckled by the virulently partisan crowds.

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At this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, Kentucky politicians tried to sandbag their opponents by tying them to national issues.

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President Trump made his seventh visit to the Cincinnati area Thursday, with a "Keep America Great" rally at US Bank Arena on the riverfront. Now that the hoopla is over, what do the polls say about Trump's chances of repeating not just his eight-point win in Ohio in 2016, but of winning a second term? Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with WVXU's Jay Hanselman about where Trump goes from here.

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US Bank Arena was filled with Donald Trump supporters Thursday night and not once did the crowd chant "send her back" in reference to the four Democratic congresswoman Trump has lambasted in recent weeks.

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They didn't have to. Those four weren't mentioned by name – they were simply the "four left wing extremists."

Instead, they were able to jeer the whole Democratic party and, in particular, the Democratic mayors and politicians who run the country's big cities.

Throughout his career, Mitch McConnell has relished insults like “Grim Reaper,” “Darth Vader” and “Cocaine Mitch,” neutralizing the nicknames by embracing them.

But after he blocked two bills that sought to prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections last week and the moniker “Moscow Mitch” started floating around the internet, McConnell took to the Senate floor to denounce the insult in a lengthy speech.

 


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This past weekend, during the 57th annual Cincinnati Music Festival, there were dozens of vendors and black-owned businesses set up on Fountain Square to sell their food and art and clothing to the tens of thousands of African Americans who came from all over the country for the two-day event.

Kentucky voters head to the polls this November to choose the state's next set of constitutional officers, including the position of governor. While most are familiar with Republican incumbent Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger, Attorney General Andy Beshear, some may not be aware of a third option: Libertarian candidate, business consultant John Hicks. 

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It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

Plus, get caught up with NPR coverage on the candidates and the issues: 

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Angela Hsieh/NPR

It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

Plus, get caught up with NPR coverage on the candidates and the issues: 

A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Democratic Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only Democrat in the race who would beat Republican President Donald Trump if the election were held today.

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By 2023, Ohio will have newly-redrawn congressional districts; and Hamilton County - now a blue county - would probably end up being a district by itself. Would that mean the end of the road for long-time Republican incumbent Steve Chabot? And what Democrats might run to replace him? WVXU's senior political analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with Jay Hanselman about how redistricting in Hamilton County might shake out.

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Since it is required these days that everyone place themselves in some kind of generational category, let's get mine out of the way right away.

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