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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Kentucky’s congressional delegation members are expressing a mix of sentiments — from pleasure to anxiety — over House Speaker John Boehner’s surprising announcement that he’s leaving Congress.

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Kentucky voters may be able to register to vote and update their information online during next year’s presidential election.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced in Louisville Tuesday that her office will be extending online registration to all eligible voters in the state. The service is currently only available to military voters.

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Now that Kentucky Republicans are officially holding a presidential caucus in March, the party’s leader says the state can expect an influx of visits from presidential candidates.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign has provided the required funding for a Kentucky Republican presidential caucus in 2016.

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  State Sen. Ralph Alvarado is looking into whether Kentucky can start selling its successful health insurance exchange program — Kynect — to other states.

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Attorney General and Democratic candidate for governor Jack Conway released his education plan in Louisville Tuesday.

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In about two months, Kentucky voters will select the next governor. 

The race between Republican nominee Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway is currently a statistical tie, but veteran political commentator Al Cross says it hasn’t generated much enthusiasm within either party.  

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Florida Governor Rick Scott will visit Kentucky this month in an effort to recruit businesses to relocate or expand to Florida. 

About two years ago, Scott tried something similar. He sent letters to businesses in Kentucky inviting them to the Sunshine State. 

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Attorneys representing three protesters who were arrested Thursday during the Kentucky Farm Bureau County Ham Breakfast & Auction say they aren’t ruling out suing Kentucky State Police.

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  The Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee on Saturday approved a plan to hold a presidential caucus next year instead of a primary election, allowing Sen. Rand Paul to run for president and re-election to the U.S. Senate simultaneously in the state.

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