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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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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: 

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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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Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees about the finding in his investigation of Russian interference in our elections and President Trump. 

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We're still almost two years away from the time when the numbers geeks hired by the political parties in Ohio put on their green eyeshades and load their U.S. Census data into their computers and begin turning out a brand-new congressional district map.

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Last weekend, Ohio's two U.S. Senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, separately toured the detention camps on the border with Mexico and both came to the conclusion that conditions there constitute a "humanitarian crisis." But they differ on who is to blame and how to fix it.

WVXU's Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik on the Ohioans' areas of agreement and disagreement.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear clashed over education, health care and pensions at a forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau on Wednesday.

The two year operating budget will move next year’s presidential primary to St. Patrick’s Day. Republicans had to move it to after March 15 so they could award all delegates to a single candidate.

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Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters on Monday that President Donald Trump is a racist. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones disagrees.

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I've got good news and bad news for Steve Chabot, the Westwood Republican who presumably is running for a 12th two-year term in the U.S. House next year.

A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate on Monday that would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state's two nuclear power plants.

Plans to change the logo the state uses on handicap accessible signs have been put on hold. The transportation budget that just went into effect had required ODOT to use a new logo.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep him from seeing inhumane treatment there.

Democrats in Kentucky’s House of Representatives have unveiled two bills to try and address surging pension costs currently being experienced by the state’s regional universities and small agencies like health departments.

The proposals come as Gov. Matt Bevin has been trying to rally support for his own bill and has promised to call a special session for state lawmakers to vote on it.

 


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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are planning an Aug. 1 re-election campaign rally at Cincinnati's US Bank Arena - which raises the question of why they are stumping here so early in the campaign. Trump did not win either Hamilton County or Cincinnati in 2016. WVXU's Senior Political Analyst, Howard Wilkinson, told News Director Maryanne Zeleznik that his real audience is in not in Cincinnati, but in the suburban and rural counties which surround it.

The woman hoping to challenge U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in this fall’s general election is off to a record-setting fundraising start.  

Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, took to MSNBC Tuesday morning to announce her bid for the Senate seat held by McConnell since 1985.

Within 24 hours, McGrath’s campaign raised $2.5 million. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says that dwarfs the previous record of $1 million dollars raised during the first 24 hours of a Democratic Senate bid.


A leader in Kentucky’s House of Representatives says Gov. Matt Bevin’s special legislative session on pensions will have to start on July 19, or else regional universities, health departments and others will have to wait until after a critical deadline to receive relief from a massive increase in their pension costs.

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Cincinnati could not have asked for a better mother figure than Marian Spencer.

Or a more fearless fighter for justice.

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