Denver, Colorado (CNN) - The morning after.
Workers here at the debate site at the University of Denver are breaking down the stage and podium used in Wednesday night's first presidential showdown.
The stage and podium are being packed up and transported to Danville, Kentucky, site of next week's vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican running mate.
(CNN) - Jesse Benton, a top political adviser to both Rep. Ron Paul and his son, Sen. Rand Paul, will head Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's bid for re-election, Benton said Thursday.
Benton acted as Ron Paul's campaign manager during the Texas congressman's bid for the Republican nomination earlier this cycle. In 2010 Benton led Rand Paul's tea party-backed bid for Senate in Kentucky.
Washington (CNN) - As Republicans prepare to gather for their convention and formally nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul, has some optimistic advice for his father's ardent supporters.
Asked about the libertarian political movement that has grown up around his father in the 2008 and 2012 presidential election cycles, the Kentucky senator told CNN Thursday that his father has had "an enormous effect." The younger Paul noted that there are now congressional candidates running around the country that were inspired by his father "and some of them are winning [in some GOP primaries]."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama faced unlikely challenges in two Southern state primaries Tuesday, though the results won't pose any threat to his status as the Democratic presidential nominee, and both states are expected to vote solidly Republican in November's general election.
In Arkansas, Obama won the Democratic presidential primary with 58% of the vote, facing a challenge from lawyer and perpetual presidential candidate John Wolfe. Wolfe had 42% of the vote on Wednesday morning, with 53 of 75 counties reporting results.
(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, already the presumptive Republican nominee, will win Tuesday's GOP presidential primaries in Kentucky and Arkansas, CNN projects.
With 119 of Kentucky's 120 counties reporting, Romney led with 67% of the vote, according to the website of the Kentucky State Board of Elections.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell directly attacked President Barack Obama on Thursday, tweaking the president over his controversial remarks about the Supreme Court.
"The president crossed a dangerous line this week. And anyone who cares about liberty needs to call him out on it," McConnell said in a speech at the Rotary Club of Lexington, according to prepared remarks.
(CNN) – Authorities blocked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at the Nashville airport Monday after the Kentucky Republican refused a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman said.
Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, said his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley. He wanted to go through the body scan again instead of getting a pat-down, but officers of the Transportation Security Administration refused, Bagley said.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky announced Thursday he won't run to keep his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives next year, citing a desire to spend more time with family.
"I thank the people of Kentucky's Fourth District for this honor and look forward to continued service to our community and to our Republic in other capacities as I return to the private sector," he said in a statement.
(CNN) - While Tuesday's elections haven't gotten nearly the attention that a candidate for next year's presidential election has, voters across the country were casting ballots on races that mattered to them locally and had implications nationally.
Even as Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was holding a nationally televised news conference to rebut sexual harassment allegations from the 1990s, a measure in Ohio to overturn the anti-collective bargaining measure that Republican Gov. John Kasich signed into law earlier this year was being interpreted as a barometer of next year's presidential election.
(CNN) - Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear easily won a second term as Kentucky governor Tuesday.
Most political observers had predicted that Beshear would cruise to a relative easy win over his Republican opponent, Kentucky state Sen. David Williams.