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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. Senate race: McConnell set to become next majority leader after GOP wins six seats in U.S. Senate races

11/04/2014 06:21 PM

11:50 p.m. — Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell may fulfill a campaign promise hours after handily winning reelection against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes as he looks poised to become the next majority leader of the U.S. Senate. The Associated Press reports Republican Thom Tillis has defeated Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, giving the GOP the six seats it needs to wrest control of the chamber from Democrats. Republicans won seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, West Virginia and South Dakota,... Read more 

State House races: Democrats hold 54-46 majority

11/04/2014 06:20 PM

11:45 p.m. FINAL TALLY — Kentucky Democrats retained their 54-46 majority after Republican Rep. Lynn Bechler handily won reelection in the end. The closest race came down to 14 votes, as Republican Rep. Toby Herald of Beattyville narrowly lost to Democrat Cluster Howard in the 91st House District. 10:45 p.m. ALMOST FINAL TALLY — The more things change, the more they stay the same. Democrats appear to have held a 54-46 majority after splitting open seat contests with Republicans and knocking off... Read more 

State Senate races: Republicans add two seats to their lead and may net another as Democrat wins judge-executive race

11/04/2014 06:19 PM

11:00 p.m. FINAL TALLY — Republicans Ralph Alvarado, Danny Carroll, C.B. Embry, Wil Schroder and Julie Raque Adams have joined the state Senate, giving the Republicans two additional seats and expanding their lead to 26-12 over Democrats. Another could be on the was as Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins won his race for Rowan County judge-executive. Alvarado, of Winchester, represents to lone surprise of the election cycle, although many attribute Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer’s decision to air a controversial ad painting... Read more 

Congressional races: Incumbents coast to reelection

11/04/2014 06:18 PM

9:50 p.m. — All congressional incumbents cruised to victory Tuesday night, posting sizable double-digit wins in races that have been called early. U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, had the closest race, beating Democrat Elisabeth Jensen by 20 points. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, was the next closest, with a 28-point win over Republican Michael Macfarlane. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, posted the largest win, besting Democrat Kenneth Stepp by 57 points. U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, cruised to a 45-point win, with... Read more 

Key House race devolves into accusations about who has real family values

10/28/2014 12:20 PM

Reporting by Jacqueline Pitts and Kevin Wheatley EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part three in a series of stories by Pure Politics examining claims being made in contentious House races in the state. Part one and part two . As the Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values tries to sour western Kentucky voters on a freshman GOP lawmaker, the Republican Party has responded by saying the Democrat in that race represents anything but family values. Based on the late surge of activity in... Read more 

Legal issues, evolving voting patterns at the center of 6th House District race

10/06/2014 03:46 PM

The 6th House District race may not look like a premiere contest at first blush, but the changing political landscape of western Kentucky coupled with the legal fight of the incumbent Democrat have made for an interesting contest heading into Nov. 4. Three-term incumbent state Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, has a healthy fundraising lead with nearly $56,000 in the bank while his Republican challenger Keith Travis, an executive a Murray Calloway County Hospital, has around $25,000 in his campaign coffers. But... Read more 

Lost in the Bluegrass: The Search for Solutions

10/05/2014 05:30 AM

The face of heroin has changed in Kentucky and it’s impacting more than those addicted. From law enforcement to lawmakers to families and neighbors, more Kentuckians are affected each day. Lost in the Bluegrass: The Search for Solutions takes a closer look at the scope of the problem. Watch the full special:  Read more 

U.S. Senators react to Obama's plan of attack against Islamic militants

09/11/2014 02:45 PM

Kentucky Congressional leaders expressed agreement with President Barack Obama following his remarks to strike the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria. In his speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sen. Mitch McConnell said he was “glad the president has brought a new focus to the effort against ISIL.” “I’m hoping that the Congress will consider what this multi-year campaign will mean for the overall defense program, the need to modernize our military... Read more 

Fairgoers take center stage with Nick Storm

08/26/2014 01:46 PM

The 2014 Kentucky State Fair is now in the books and the annual event wrapped up with cn|2 Day at the Fair. Pure Politics’ Nick Storm was there and took some time to chat with viewers.  Read more 

The Chatter: Super PACs behind U.S. Senate candidates show most money raised from out of state

07/16/2014 02:42 PM

Two super PACs are raising big money for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates, but most of that money is not coming from inside the state. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a group supporting Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, raised $423,735 in the second fundraising quarter, but none of that money came from Kentucky donors. The Courier-Journal’s Tom Loftus was first to report the fact that this is not a first for the group. Only 4.6 percent of the group’s total contributions raised since... Read more 

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