U.S. Senate Debate Canceled

October 14, 2016

October 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Terry Naydan, co-president 502-875-6481

Nita Smith, co-president, 859-948-4541

Cindy Heine, Candidate Debate Coordinator, 859-351-9419

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has canceled its planned U.S. Senate debate between Sen. Rand Paul and his challenger Lexington Mayor Jim Gray after Paul declined to participate. Gray had accepted the invitation.

U.SThe debate was scheduled for October 30 at the University of Kentucky and was to be broadcast live on WKYT in Lexington, WLKY in Louisville, and other television stations serving the state.  Other sponsors of the debate included The Lexington Herald-Leader and University of Kentucky Student Government.

“Research conducted on voter behavior and participation shows that not only does the public expect candidates to participate in voter education activities but it also found that voters are more likely to vote when they know who the candidates are and where they stand on issues,” said Dr. Terry Naydan, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. When candidates choose not to participate, it is a loss for the voters.”

Invitations for the debate were first sent to the Republican senator and his Democratic opponent shortly after the May primaries.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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US Senate Candidates Invited to Debate

July 13, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, co-presidents 502-875-6481

or Cindy Heine, Candidate Forum/Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419

May 31, 2016

US SENATE CANDIDATES INVITED TO TELEVISED DEBATE OCTOBER 30

 

LEXINGTON, KY-The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has issued an invitation to US Senate candidates, Jim Gray (D) and Rand Paul (R) to participate in a televised debate on Sunday, October 30, 2016. The debate will be held at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center in Lexington.  Co-sponsors with the League for this event are the Lexington Herald-Leader, University of Kentucky Student Government and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV, Louisville and WKYT-TV, Lexington.

 

 

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

 


October 25 Gubernatorial Debate Open to the Public

October 21, 2015

A debate for candidates for governor will be held Sunday, October 25, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts. The debate is co-sponsored by Eastern Kentucky University, CBS affiliates WKYT-TV, Lexington and WLKY-TV Louisville and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky.

Tickets are free but seating is reserved. To obtain tickets, visit http://www.EKUCenter.com or call the EKU Center for the Arts Box Office at 859-622-7469. The EKU Center for the Arts Box Office is open weekdays 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tickets for groups of 8 or more are available by phone. On Oct. 25, the lobby opens at 4:00 p.m., doors to the theater open at 5 p.m., and seating ends as the theater doors close at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to WLKY and WKYT, other television stations serving Kentucky that plan to air the debate on one of their broadcast channels include WYMT in Hazard; WBKO in Bowling Green; WPSD in Paducah; WLWT in Cincinnati; and WSAZ in Huntington. Radio stations WEKU-FM 88.9 and WLAP-AM 630 will broadcast the debate. It will also be streamed live at wkyt.com and wlky.com.

The public may submit questions on Twitter at #KYDebate.


Candidates for Governor to participate in October 25 televised debate at EKU

October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, League Co-presidents 502-875-6481

Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419

Kristi Middleton, EKU’s Chief External Affairs Officer (kristi.middleton@eku.edu  or 859-622-1597).

Candidates for Governor to participate in October 25 televised debate at EKU

In addition to the debate airing live from 6 to 7 p.m. on WLKY in Louisville and WKYT in Lexington, both stations will stream live coverage on their websites (wlky.com and wkyt.com). 

RICHMOND, Ky. The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will host a debate between the two front-runners in the race for governor with co-sponsors Eastern Kentucky University and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV of Louisville and WKYT-TV of Lexington. Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway have agreed to participate at the event on:

            Sunday, October 25, 2015, 6 to 7 p.m. (ET)

            Center for the Arts, Eastern Kentucky University

           1 Hall Drive

           Richmond, Kentucky 

WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant and WLKY anchor Vicki Dortch will lead the hour-long discussion of key issues impacting Kentuckians. League policy will be followed.

The public may submit questions for the candidates on Twitter at #KyDebate.
“Eastern Kentucky University and our Center for the Arts are proud to partner with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, WKYT and WLKY and their broadcast partners across the Commonwealth to provide voters the opportunity to hear directly from our gubernatorial candidates,” said President Michael Benson. “The EKU Center is an ideal venue to host such events, and we look forward to hosting many more in the years to come.”

“WLKY is excited to partner with WKYT to bring you a live HD broadcast of our debate featuring the leading candidates for Governor. We look forward to a packed house at EKU as the candidates discuss the critical issues facing Kentucky,” said Vicki Dortch. Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues.

“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky for the debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant.  “We look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians in one of the final televised gubernatorial debates.”

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is pleased to co-sponsor a debate between candidates for the office of Governor,” said Terry Naydan, co-president of the state League.  “We trust this debate will help inform our electorate about the important issues of the day in an interesting format. We hope many citizens will tune in to inform themselves about the candidates and where they stand on many topics.”

Tickets are free but seating is reserved. To obtain tickets, visit www.EKUCenter.com or call the EKU Center for the Arts Box Office at 859-622-7469. The EKU Center for the Arts Box Office is open weekdays 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tickets for groups of 8 or more are available by phone. On Oct. 25, the lobby opens at 4:00 p.m., doors to the theater open at 5 p.m., and seating ends as the theater doors close at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to WLKY and WKYT, other television stations serving Kentucky that plan to air the debate on one of their broadcast channels include WYMT in Hazard; WBKO in Bowling Green; WPSD in Paducah; WLWT in Cincinnati; and WSAZ in Huntington.

Media information

WLKY in Louisville, WKYT in Lexington, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University are hosting the gubernatorial debate.

Media credentials may be obtained by contacting Chelsea Compton, EKU Center for the Arts at (859-622-7471), no later than noon Friday, October 23.

A media room with mult box will be available with live feed of the debate for credentialed media. Theater seating will also be reserved for media.

Time will be provided in the media room after the debate for credentialed media for interviews with the candidates.

Other media will be allowed to cover the debate, but space is limited.  There will be limited space for parking a satellite or microwave van and access to recording the debate on site. Outside cameras will not be allowed inside the theater during the debate. 

Other media recording the debate must abide by the following restrictions: 

  • Can only use up to three minutes of video or audio in total in regularly scheduled newscasts.
  • Television stations in the Louisville market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY.
  • Radio stations in the Louisville market must give verbal courtesy to WLKY.
  • Television stations in the Lexington market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WKYT.
  • Radio stations in the Lexington market must give verbal courtesy to WKYT.
  • TV stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY-WKYT.
  • Radio Stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal courtesy to WLKY and WKYT.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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Candidates for Governor to participate in October 25 televised debate

October 7, 2015

October 5, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, League Co-presidents 502-875-6481
Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419
Kristi Middleton, EKU’s Chief External Communication Officer (kristi.middleton@eku.edu or 859-622-1597).

Candidates for Governor to participate in October 25 televised debate

In addition to the debate airing live from 6 to 7 p.m. on WLKY in Louisville and WKYT in Lexington, both stations will stream live coverage on their websites (wlky.com and wkyt.com).

RICHMOND, Ky. The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will host a debate between the two front-runners in the race for governor with co-sponsors Eastern Kentucky University and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV of Louisville and WKYT-TV of Lexington. Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway have agreed to participate at the event on:

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 6 to 7 p.m. (ET)
Center for the Arts, Eastern Kentucky University
1 Hall Drive
Richmond, Kentucky

WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant and WLKY anchor Vicki Dortch will lead the hour-long discussion of key issues impacting Kentuckians. League policy will be followed.

“Eastern Kentucky University and our Center for the Arts are proud to partner with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, WKYT and WLKY and their broadcast partners across the Commonwealth to provide voters the opportunity to hear directly from our gubernatorial candidates,” said President Michael Benson. “The EKU Center is an ideal venue to host such events, and we look forward to hosting many more in the years to come.”

“WLKY is excited to partner with WKYT to bring you a live HD broadcast of our debate featuring the leading candidates for Governor. We look forward to a packed house at EKU as the candidates discuss the critical issues facing Kentucky,” said Vicki Dortch. Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues.

“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky for the debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant. “We look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians in one of the final televised gubernatorial debates.”

“The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is pleased to co-sponsor a debate between candidates for the office of Governor,” said Terry Naydan, co-president of the state League. “We trust this debate will help inform our electorate about the important issues of the day in an interesting format. We hope many citizens will tune in to inform themselves about the candidates and where they stand on many topics.”

Tickets are free but seating is reserved. To obtain tickets, visit http://www.EKUCenter.com or call the EKU Center for the Arts Box Office at 859-622-7469. The EKU Center for the Arts Box Office is open weekdays 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tickets for groups of 8 or more are available by phone. On Oct. 25, doors open at 5 p.m., and seating ends as the theater doors close at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to WLKY and WKYT, other television stations serving Kentucky that plan to air the debate on one of their broadcast channels include WYMT in Hazard; WBKO in Bowling Green; WPSD in Paducah; WLWT in Cincinnati; and WSAZ in Huntington.

Media information
WLKY in Louisville, WKYT in Lexington, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University are hosting the gubernatorial debate.
Other media will be allowed to cover the debate, but space is limited. There will be limited space for parking a satellite or microwave van and access to recording the debate on site. Outside cameras will not be allowed inside the theater during the debate.
Other media recording the debate must abide by the following restrictions:
· Can only use up to three minutes of video or audio in total in regularly scheduled newscasts.
· Television stations in the Louisville market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY.
· Radio stations in the Louisville market must give verbal courtesy to WLKY.
· Television stations in the Lexington market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WKYT.
· Radio stations in the Lexington market must give verbal courtesy to WKYT.
· TV stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY-WKYT.
· Radio Stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal courtesy to WLKY and WKYT.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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September 23 Lt. Governor Debate Available for viewing live

September 18, 2015

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is co-hosting a debate for candidates for lieutenant governor with Midway University and CBS affiliates WKYT-TV, Lexington and WLKY-TV, Louisville.  Jenean Hampton (R ) and Sannie Overly (D)  will meet:

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST)
Midway University’s Anne Hart Raymond Building Auditorium
512 East Stephens Street
Midway, Kentucky
The debate will stream live from 7 to 8 p.m. on wkyt.com and wlky.com. Television viewers in the Louisville area may watch the debate at 7 p.m. live on MeTV Louisville. Lexington area viewers may watch the debate at 10 p.m. on The CW Lexington ( cable channel 117) .

The audience is limited to guests of the candidates, sponsors and students.


Hampton, Overly to participate in a televised candidate debate September 23

August 27, 2015

League of Women Voters of Kentucky
115 South Ewing Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

kentuckylwv@gmail.com * 502-875-6481

August 25, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, Co-presidents 502-875- 6481 or
Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419

Hampton, Overly to participate in a televised candidate debate September 23

Debate will air live on WLKY-TV at 7:00 p.m.; WKYT-TV will air it at 10:00 p.m. on The CW Lexington (channel 27.2); both stations will stream it live.
MIDWAY, Ky. – Candidates for lieutenant governor, Jenean Hampton (R) and Sannie Overly (D) will appear in a televised debate, co-sponsored by Midway University, CBS affiliates WKYT-TV, Lexington and WLKY-TV, Louisville and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky on:

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST)
Midway University’s Anne Hart Raymond Building Auditorium
512 East Stephens Street
Midway, Kentucky

The debate will be conducted following League policies. Bill Bryant, WKYT anchor and political editor, and Vicki Dortch, WLKY anchor, will moderate the debate leading an hour of questioning on key issues impacting Kentuckians. Candidates will have a set amount of time for opening, answering questions and closing statements. They will be asked the same questions with time for discussion and rebuttal.

WLKY will air the debate live from 7:00-8:00 p.m. WKYT will air the debate at 10 p.m. September 23 on The CW Lexington (channel 27.2). The debate will be streamed live on WKYT and WLKY websites.

Midway University President John P. Marsden said, ““Midway University is pleased to serve as the host for the Lt. Governor debate. As Kentucky’s only Women’s College it is important for us to bring events like this to our campus. It gives our students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues these candidates support. To have two strong female candidates participating also gives our students a glimpse of the increased role women are playing in the political process.”

Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues. “WLKY is committed to helping our viewers hear from the candidates in every upcoming election. We are excited about this opportunity to hear from the two women running for Lieutenant Governor,” said Vicki Dortch.

“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the Kentucky League of Women Voters for debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant. “During the debate in the lieutenant governor’s race, we look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians.”

“The members of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky are delighted to co-sponsor a debate between the candidates for Lt. Governor,” said Terry Naydan, League copresident. “In order to make Democracy work, we need an informed and engaged electorate. We expect that this debate will explore the important issues that confront the citizens of Kentucky in an interesting and informative format. We hope citizens will tune in and judge for themselves about which candidate is the most qualified to be the next Lt. Governor.”

 

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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