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Pure Politics airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. ET and again at 11:30 p.m. ET in all of Time Warner Cable's Kentucky markets, as well as in Frankfort on the Frankfort Plant Board's channel 77 at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The program features political analysis and news, as well as interviews with officials, candidates and policy makers and political observers.

U.S. attorney general vote delayed as Senate fights over human trafficking bill

03/17/2015 01:24 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It has been six months since current Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would resign his post as the head of the Justice Department, but a contentious Congress is still keeping a nominee from assuming the role. Holder’s proposed successor, Loretta Lynch, faces yet another hurdle this week at a confirmation as U.S. Senate Democrats and Republicans square off over abortion politics. On Tuesday, Senate Democrats blocked an anti-human trafficking bill from debate over an amendment which... Read more 

Beshear declares new statewide emergency

03/05/2015 10:26 AM

Kentucky is under its second state of emergency in less than a month after some parts of the state reported nearly 3 feet of snow Thursday. Gov. Steve Beshear issued the declaration as crews continued clearing roadways throughout the state. Kentucky’s Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort and the Kentucky National Guard been activated, according to a news release from Beshear’s office. “Two significant winter storms nearly back-to-back are rare in Kentucky, and pose a challenge for our emergency management teams, road crews... Read more 

UPDATE: Subzero temperatures and hazardous driving conditions cause lawmakers to cancel session until Monday

03/05/2015 07:39 AM

FRANKFORT — After calling off legislative business in the wake of double-digit snowfall on Thursday, state House and Senate leaders have decided against meeting for the remainder of the week. The Legislative Research Commission announced the cancellation in a news release, citing power outages, subzero temperatures and unsafe driving conditions. Snowfall in Frankfort topped 14 inches in some areas, according to weather reports. LRC staff and lawmakers who can travel may report back to work Friday, the release states. Legislators had been scheduled... Read more 

UPDATE: House cancels activity for rest of the week with frigid temperatures expected

02/18/2015 11:38 AM

The Kentucky General Assembly will miss a second consecutive day of session due to poor road conditions after another round of snowfall throughout the state Wednesday, and the House has canceled all activity through the rest of the week. The Legislative Research Commission announced Wednesday that lawmakers are scheduled to return to Frankfort Thursday, which will be day 14 of the 30-day short session, but House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a separate news release that the House will not meet... Read more 

Legislature cancels session Tuesday due to inclement weather

02/16/2015 12:51 PM

The Kentucky General Assembly will not convene Tuesday with up to a foot of snow expected to fall in some areas of the state, the Legislative Research Commission announced Monday. The LRC cited inclement weather and hazardous road conditions in a news release announcing the cancellation. Legislative committees expected to meet Tuesday will also be canceled. House and Senate committees are scheduled to continue Wednesday, with the Senate slated to gavel in at 2 p.m. and the House at 4 p.m. Lawmakers are off... Read more 

Tribute to Wendell Ford... in his own words

01/23/2015 10:38 AM

The longtime politician who never lost a race lost his battle with cancer yesterday. Former US Senator and Governor Wendell H. Ford spoke with Pure Politics on a number of occasions. Here’s a look back to the man in his own words on his own legacy.  Read more 

Former Senator and Kentucky Governor Wendell Ford dead at 90

01/22/2015 09:35 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION: Wendell Ford was an icon in Kentucky politics and in the Democratic party. He died early this morning, according to sources close to the family. Ford was the 53rd Governor and served 24 years in the U.S. Senate before retiring in 1999. Ford was diagnosed with lung cancer and had been undergoing treatment in his hometown of Owensboro. In 2012, Pure Politics and other reporters spoke with Ford about his legacy and what he was most proud of... Read more 

Down-ticket race, already looking past May primary, jumpstarts 2015 debate season

01/17/2015 07:54 PM

BOWLING GREEN — A pair of candidates met in the 2015 election cycle’s first debate on Friday, but it wasn’t one of the 60 sought by Republican gubernatorial hopeful Hal Heiner. A group of Kentucky grain farmers associations hosted a forum between Kentucky agriculture commissioner candidates Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, a Bowling Green Democrat who hosts a weekly agriculture-based radio show and works in international marketing, and state Rep. Ryan Quarles, a three-term Republican attorney from Georgetown. With the Jan. 27... Read more 

Helping domestic violence victims at heart of strangulation bill, sponsor says

12/28/2014 01:00 PM

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey hopes a bill he’s sponsoring in next year’s legislative session that identifies strangulation as a criminal offense will help victims of domestic violence. The bill would define strangulation as a class A misdemeanor with aggravating circumstances, such as strangling a child, threatening to use a deadly weapon or strangling a victim unconscious, upping the crime to a class D felony. Currently, strangulation is loosely defined in the state’s assault laws, said McGarvey, D-Louisville. His bill, pre-filed Nov.... Read more 

McConnell field representative takes position with Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives

12/02/2014 03:50 PM

UPDATED WITH STATEMENT FROM MCCONNELL: The Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives announced Monday the hire of Chase Crigler, a field representative for Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Crigler, who has worked in McConnell’s northern Kentucky office for five years, joins the organization as Director of Community and Government Affairs. The position was formally held by fellow former McConnell staffer Eric King, who has been hired by the University of Kentucky as director of federal government affairs. As government affairs director for the... Read more 

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