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The first candidates forum in this year’s gubernatorial race will be held next week in Louisville. Republican candidates David Williams and Phil Moffett will be there. So will independent Gatewood Galbraith. Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear, however, will not attend.

From CN2:

[Campaign spokesperson Bill Hyers] pointed to the contested Republican primary and how, so far, no other Democrat has filed to challenge Beshear in the primary.  There will be plenty of time to discuss the issues once the Republican nominee is set, Hyers said.

“(Beshear) needs to be governor,” Hyers said in a phone interview. “It’s January for a November election. There will be plenty of times after the primary.”

 

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Kentucky Public Radio’s Alan Lytle has the story.

Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul says he was so upset over Democratic candidate Jack Conway‘s Aqua Buddha ad that he might not debate the Attorney General on KET next Monday. On Friday, Paul decided to appear on the show.

Through our friends at KET, WFPL will broadcast the show live.

WFPL’s Rick Howlett covered the debate between Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth and Republican challenger Todd Lally at the Louisville Forum’s Wednesday meeting. Read the story and listen to the full audio here.

Here is the WFPL story on Sunday night’s debate between U.S. Senate candidates Jack Conway and Rand Paul.

Here is the full audio of the debate.

Here is the ad the two candidates discuss throughout the debate.

Here as a fundraising update. Paul led Conway in the last quarter.

Here is the latest forecast on the race from FiveThirtyEight. Paul has an edge, according to the site.

You’ll also notice that Paul told Conway to “be a man” during the campaign. Other conservative candidates have used the same tactic recently.

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth and Republican challenger Todd Lally had a lively debate at U of L this week. WFPL’s Rick Howlett was there, and he has posted the entire debate online.

WFPL’s Rick Howlett moderated a mayoral forum on southwest Louisville issues. It was sponsored by the Southwest Dream Team and featured independent Jackie Green, Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner.

The audio is online.

There was a mayoral debate on downtown issues Friday. You can listen to the full debate and subsequent analysis on State of Affairs (mp3) and read WFPL’s coverage.

For more debate news and audio, check our archives (here is a list of mp3 links on various topics). To get you started, here is audio of a September 13th debate.

You can also listen to independent candidate Jackie Green‘s State of Affairs appearance from earlier this week. Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner will appear on SoA separately next month.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway has confirmed that he and Republican candidate Rand Paul will debate on Fox News on October 3rd. Conway previously wanted to counter the Fox debate with a discussion on NBC’s Meet The Press, but the Conway campaign tells the Herald-Leader Paul hasn’t yet agreed to such a forum.

There will be three other debates in the race:

  • October 11 in Covington
  • October 14 in Paducah
  • October 25 in Lexington (This is for KET and will be broadcast)

We mentioned it on State of Affairs Friday, but in case you missed it, the candidates for U.S. Senate, Jack Conway (D) and Rand Paul (R), have agreed to three debates this fall.

So far, they have agreed to debate in Covington Oct. 11, in Paducah Oct. 14 and in Lexington at a statewide appearance on Kentucky Educational Television Oct. 25.

Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton said he is trying to arrange a nationally televised debate Oct. 3 on “Fox News” with Chris Wallace and additional in-state debates in Bowling Green and Louisville.

Conway spokesman John Collins said his campaign will agree to the Fox News debate only if Paul will agree to face off on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

Democrat Greg Fischer, Republican Hal Heiner and independent Jackie Green met today at a forum hosted by Kentucky Youth Advocates, which recently released its Kids Count data book (Edit story) (PDF)

You can listen to the candidates discuss issues from the data book here (mp3).

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