Ashley Lopez

Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for Miami's NPR member station, 

WLRN-Miami Herald News. Before that, she was a reporter at The Florida Independent. She also interned for Talking Points Memo in New York City and WUNC in Durham, North Carolina. She also freelances as a reporter/blogger for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

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  Fresh off a successful election season, Kentucky Republicans say they are dead-set on getting the entire state government under GOP control.

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If each U.S. state were its own country, Kentucky would have the seventh-highest incarceration rate in the world, according to a recent analysis by the Prison Policy Initiative.

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Four Republican candidates have now filed to run in Kentucky’s first Republican presidential caucus.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is the latest candidate to enter the caucus field, according to a news release from the Republican Party of Kentucky.

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Rand Paul’s attempt to simultaneously run for two major public offices got a boost this week from the the Kentucky Democratic Party’s implosion.

For months, political observers have speculated that Paul’s shaky White House campaign was hurting his chances of winning re-election next year to the U.S. Senate.

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Few saw it coming.

Leading into Tuesday’s elections, political prognosticators were predicting a close race for governor of Kentucky. If anything, public polling suggested a slight edge for Democrat Jack Conway.

But GOP candidate Matt Bevin defeated Conway by 9 percentage points, leading to elation for Republicans gathered in Louisville on Tuesday and deflation among Democrats watching results in Frankfort.

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  Preparations for Kentucky Republicans’ March 5 presidential caucus are officially underway.

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Kentucky’s next governor will face a bevy of issues, ranging from a declining coal industry to a struggling pension system.

Then there’s right-to-work.

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  With the Kentucky governor’s race a month away and low voter turnout likely, Republicans are trying to gin up support.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is making the rounds in Kentucky this week, taking a break from the presidential campaign trail and concentrating efforts on his Senate re-election.

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  Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones has been on a roll.

Following interviews with dueling Senate candidates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last year, KSR became a must-stop for candidates looking to reach a different audience.