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One of the most closely watched races in the country is in Kentucky, where Gov. Matt Bevin is running for re-election against Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear.

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I write this in the form of a confession.

The bad news is that I was once guilty of creating fake news.

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Ryan C. Hermens / Lexington Herald-Leader via AP

A new poll shows Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear in a dead heat ahead of next month's gubernatorial election.

The same polling firm showed Bevin trailing Beshear by eight percentage points last December.

Eight minutes into the governor’s debate on Tuesday, moderator Shannon Cogan urged the audience at Lexington’s Singletary Center to remain silent. The candidates’ verbal jousts elicited whoops, boos, cheers and rare bits of laughter through the hour-long debate reflecting an audience as clearly divided on policy as the two men on stage.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear found little common ground during the debate on the University of Kentucky campus; that was evident on the hot-button issue of abortion.

Midwest jobs took center stage early in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate at Otterbein University in Westerville. 

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John Minchillo / AP

The largest presidential primary debate in American history took place last night in Westerville, Ohio, where a dozen qualifying candidates took the stage.

Joining Cincinnati Edition with a recap of the evening's events are WVXU’s Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson (@howardwilkinson) and Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau reporters Jo Ingles (joingles) and Andy Chow (@andy_chow).

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Don't you hate it when somebody butts in line at the grocery check-out line, or when lots of people are queued up to get into a concert or a movie?

I do. And I don't hesitate to tell the line-crashers about it.

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J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Kentucky's candidates for attorney general squared off in their first televised debate Monday night, arguing over each other's experience and how the office should treat potentially unconstitutional laws passed by the legislature.

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John Minchillo / AP

The largest presidential primary debate in American history takes place tonight night at 8 pm EST.  The debate is co-hosted by CNN and the New York Times. It will air on CNN and will be simulcast on NPR and WVXU. A dozen qualifying candidates are expected to take the stage in Westerville, Ohio. Among them, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders returns to the campaign trail after his health scare, and billionaire executive Tom Steyer make his primary debate debut.

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. ET. NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

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John Minchillo / AP

While the March 17, 2020, primary may feel a ways away, candidates have to file their petitions with their respective boards of elections by Dec. 18, 2019. 

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Seventeen years ago this week, the president of the United States, George W. Bush, was in dire need of some props to use in a nationally televised speech.

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John Minchillo / AP

On Monday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine laid out the details of his 17-point plan – the STRONG Ohio plan – to address gun violence in the wake of the Aug. 4 mass shooting in Dayton that left nine dead and dozens wounded.

It is a plan, the Republican governor said, the Ohio legislature – dominated by his fellow Republicans – would vote to approve.

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Governor Mike DeWine appeared on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition Tuesday, where he spoke with host Michael Monks.

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A group of Cincinnatians want to change the way we elect our city council members. The group, Fair Cincy, is proposing that five members of council be elected by district, with the goal of better serving Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods. The remaining four councilmembers would be elected at-large or citywide.

Kentucky arts teachers are asking lawmakers to require that all public schools provide visual and performing arts classes.

State law currently only requires high schools to provide art classes — one credit — though many local school districts have arts requirements for elementary and middle schools.

A group of arts educators called the Kentucky Coalition for Arts Education is pushing for the bill, called the Arts Education Equity Act, ahead of next year’s legislative session. A similar version of the bill was proposed but never received a hearing this year.

 


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John Minchillo / AP

In 2016, Ohio surprised pollsters and pundits alike by going for now-President Donald Trump over rival Hillary Clinton. Will the Buckeye State go for him again in 2020? 

Evan Vucci, Alex Brandon / AP

If you are a member of Congress and the president from your own party stands up and says "there's nobody more honorable" than you, you might be tempted to be puffed up a bit.

Unless, of course, that president is Donald Trump, the man who is the very definition of the term loose cannon.

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The cry for an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump began with a relative handful of voices crying out in the wilderness, but, in short order, impeachment has turned into a runaway train.

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David J. Phillip / AP

Fifteen years ago, as the 2004 U.S. Presidential election was nearing its denouement, popular NBC News analyst and Meet the Press host Tim Russert famously adjusted his mantra about which state mattered most for each candidate's path to victory.

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