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GOP using President Obama's address to blame him for economy

Posted: 01/25/2012 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans took the offensive Tuesday and cast President Barack Obama as the culprit for the economy's persistent frailty, hoping to shift the focus away from his State of the Union address' theme of economic fairness.

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Bill would make industrial hemp legal in Kentucky

Updated: 01/19/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Hemp could replace tobacco as Kentucky's top cash crop and improve the state's economy, said legislators who are proposing that it be made legal.

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Rand Paul: Primary now between Ron Paul, Romney

Posted: 01/11/2012 - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has been in western Kentucky for a town hall the day after his father was runner-up in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

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House committee to take crack at redistricting

Posted: 01/05/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House Committee on State Government is expected to consider legislation Thursday that would redraw political boundaries around congressional districts.

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Joe Kennedy III exploring run for Congress

Posted: 01/05/2012 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Joseph Kennedy III is taking the first steps toward a run for retiring Rep. Barney Frank's seat in Massachusetts.

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McConnell pinning GOP win on economy blame

Posted: 01/05/2012 - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the presidential election will boil down to whether voters blame President Obama for making a difficult economic situation even worse.

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Governor Beshear pushes gambling in speech to lawmakers

Posted: 01/04/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has used his state of the commonwealth speech to again call on lawmakers to pass a proposed constitutional amendment that can be put on the ballots so Kentucky voters can decide whether to legalize casino-style gambling.

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Ky. begins early release of convicts

Posted: 01/03/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 Kentucky felons are walking out of prison Tuesday as changes in the state's penal code take effect.

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Beshear to aggressively push for gambling

Posted: 12/29/2011 - Gov. Steve Beshear says he intends to "very aggressively" push for a constitutional amendment in the upcoming legislative session to legalize additional forms of gambling.

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Lawmaker drops proposal to ban candy purchases

Posted: 12/23/2011 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A lawmaker from Kentucky's impoverished Appalachian region has decided to drop a proposal that would have banned welfare recipients from buying candy, soda and other sweets with food stamp cards.

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AP Sources: House leaders accept Senate tax terms

Updated: 12/22/2011 - WASHINGTON (AP) - GOP aides say House Republican leaders have agreed to a two-month extension of Social Security payroll tax cuts and federal unemployment benefits.

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Economists predict modest growth in state revenue

Posted: 12/21/2011 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A panel of economic advisers is predicting modest growth in state revenue over the next two years, despite uncertainties in the global economy that could spell trouble.

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Another candidate enters congressional race

Posted: 12/21/2011 - Republican Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore has announced he's running for Congress in Kentucky's 4th District, where U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis said last week he would not seek another term.

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