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Kentucky state Rep. Mike Harmon has filed to run for state auditor.  The Danville Republican turned in his papers to the Secretary of State’s office at the state capitol Friday morning.

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Senator Brandon Smith of Hazard is facing DUI charges stemming from a Jan. 6 arrest on the first day of the 2015 legislative session.  But according to Senate President Robert Stivers he should not be immune from those charges just because the legislature is in session.

Kentucky's Republican candidates for governor found little to disagree with during their first joint appearance of the 2015 election cycle.

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Louisville businessman Neville Blakemore has filed to run for state treasurer as a Democrat.  Blakemore is the chairman of Great Northern Building Products, which sells construction equipment. He has raised more than $200,000 for the May 19 Democratic primary.

Republican James Comer has officially filed to run for governor.  The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with running mate state Sen. Chris McDaniel from northern Kentucky.   But Thursday marked the official start of his 2015 campaign.

A statewide readiness test has found that half of kindergarten students began class in the fall without having basic skills to help them succeed.  The results released Wednesday were similar to last year's findings.

The Kentucky Department of Education says the latest figures on statewide graduation rates are in, and Kentucky's rate is higher than the national mark.  The National Center for Education Statistics figures show Kentucky's graduation rate in the 2012-13 school year was 86 percent. The state Department of Education says only nine states have a higher rate and six are tied with Kentucky.  The national rate is 81 percent.


The newest member of the state House Democratic leadership team has terminated a woman who has a pending sexual harassment case against a former Democratic lawmaker.  Yolanda Costner's attorney, Thomas Clay, said she was notified of her dismissal on Wednesday.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao has resigned from Bloomberg Philanthropies' board of directors after the charity announced plans to expand its efforts to shutter coal-fired power plants.

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she will run for statewide office this year.