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Government

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Greg Leichty

    Greg Leichty, 58, and his wife live in Louisville. They have two daughters, who are 29 and 26 years old.

    Leichty grew up on a farm in southeastern Iowa, but he came to Kentucky in 1978 as a community service volunteer in the Hazard area. He went on to complete his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Kentucky. He taught at the University of South Alabama briefly before he was hired at the University of Louisville in 1991. 

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Tom Recktenwald

    Tom Recktenwald, 67, worked at the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville, where he was a union representative, for 30 years until it closed. He recently retired after 14 years as the technology coordinator at Notre Dame Academy, a private elementary school in Louisville.

    He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 44 years. They have a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Request for  Renewal of Relay for Life (county presenting sponsorship)

    • Open bids for replacement bridge(s) at Buffalo Road and Delmar Caldwell Road

    • Second reading and adoption of revised county alcoholic beverage ordinance

    • Resolution fixing compensation of county officials starting term 2015

  • Incumbent faces four challengers in Senate primary

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has served as one of Kentucky’s senators since 1985. This year, four Republicans are challenging him to be the party’s nominee in November.
    Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman, stressed his concern about the country’s debt.
    Brad Copas, of Lexington, has served in the Army and the Kentucky Army National Guard, started businesses, and believes rural Kentucky needs someone who will fight for them.
    The other two candidates are Shawna Sterling of Sharpsburg and Chris Payne of Salvisa.

  • Republican senate candidate - Matt Bevin

    Matt Bevin was born in Shelburne, New Hampshire, as the second of six children. He attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia on a four-year ROTC scholarship.

    After graduating from college in 1989, Bevin joined the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. He served for four years attaining the rank of captain.

    In 2008, he started working at Bevin Bros., a bell manufacturing company that has been in his family since 1832. In 2011, Bevin became the president of the company.

  • Republican senate candidate - Matt Bevin

    Matt Bevin was born in Shelburne, New Hampshire, as the second of six children. He attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia on a four-year ROTC scholarship.

    After graduating from college in 1989, Bevin joined the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. He served for four years attaining the rank of captain.

    In 2008, he started working at Bevin Bros., a bell manufacturing company that has been in his family since 1832. In 2011, Bevin became the president of the company.

  • Republican senate candidate - Brad Copas

    Brad Copas grew up in Tompkinsville in Monroe County and Frankfort. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in business administration.

    Copas joined the US Army in 1990 and served in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the member of the Kentucky Army National Guard. As a member of the guard, he has served in foreign countries and 

  • Republican senate candidate - Mitch McConnell

    McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984, and he has been re-elected four times.

    McConnell has served as the Senate Minority Leader since 2006, and he believes his experience and his leadership position in the Senate are an advantage for Kentucky.

    The Enterprise was able to interview Bevin, Copas and McConnell, although McConnell’s interview included fewer questions because of time limitations.

     

  • Beshear undecided on special session on heroin

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Hours after an effort to stem heroin abuse died in the Kentucky legislature, Gov. Steve Beshear said April 16 that he hasn’t decided whether to call a special session to resurrect the bill.
    Proposals to combat heroin with tougher penalties for dealers and more money for treatment languished on the House floor on the night of April 15 as lawmakers debated smaller bills and ran short on time. But supporters say the issue is too important to wait until 2015.

  • US Representative candidate – Wesley Bolin

     Wesley Bolin, 25, is both an employee and a student at Murray State University. He started his collegiate career in 2007 at Yale University, and he has divided his time between Yale and Murray State, while seeking to complete his degree in history.

    Bolin’s father is a history professor and a Kentucky historian at Murray State, and his mother is an elementary teacher. Bolin works in the special collections at the Pogue Library at Murray State.

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