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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.

UPDATED: Democrats win three of four special elections, pushing majority to 53-47

03/08/2016 05:51 PM

UPDATED — Democrats will keep their majority in Kentucky’s House of Representatives and their status as the lone Democratic-held legislative body in the South intact after the party won three of four special elections on Tuesday. Democrats held two districts that were under Democratic control and picked up a district previously represented by the GOP in the four special contests, giving them a 53-47 majority in the lower chamber. “Kentuckians have spoken, and this is a repudiation of Gov. Bevin’s efforts... Read more 

Push for pro-life bills continues in 2016 legislative session

02/05/2016 01:26 PM

FRANKFORT — With one pro-life bill already passed and signed by Gov. Matt Bevin and another having received its first reading in the House, the climate has changed in the Kentucky General Assembly when it comes to pro-life legislation. For years, the Senate had worked on pro-life legislation, but it usually stalled in the House. This year, Senate Bill 4, which allows real-time telemedicine consultations between doctors and women seeking an abortion, already has been passed by both chambers and signed by... Read more 

SPECIAL: The political life and death of Gov. William Goebel

12/28/2015 07:30 PM

In early 1900 following a contentious gubernatorial election, Kentucky’s 33rd governor was sworn into office. William Goebel served just four days before succumbing to a gunshot wound he suffered outside the old state capitol building. Many argue that the months leading up to and after the assassination of the state’s only sitting governor forever changed the dynamic of Kentucky politics.  Read more 

The Chatter: Rand Paul celebrates Festivus on Twitter

12/23/2015 02:20 PM

For the third straight year, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul celebrated the Seinfeld-inspired holiday “Festivus” on Wednesday, targeting his fellow presidential candidates and the federal government as he aired his grievances for the year. Good morning and HAPPY #Festivus! I will be airing my grievances soon.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2015 For those who are unfamiliar with Festivus, the Dec. 23 faux holiday became popular in thanks to a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld” where the holiday was celebrated with a dinner,... Read more 

Gov. Bevin lays out bevy of policy initiatives in inaugural address

12/08/2015 10:40 PM

FRANKFORT — Echoing Kentucky’s motto in his inaugural address, Gov. Matt Bevin asked Kentuckians to come together to address challenges that face the commonwealth, but what Bevin will likely face when trying to address those challenges is a major philosophical divide on how the legislature will move forward on two key areas of education and healthcare. In the speech, Bevin promised to stand by his Blueprint for a Better Kentucky policy platform delivered during the campaign. Public pensions The incoming governor... Read more 

Kentucky gets D+ grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation

11/09/2015 06:28 PM

By: Ryan Alessi Republished with permission from the Center for Public Integrity A month after starting to investigate Kentucky’s Agriculture Department, state Auditor Adam Edelen called a meeting for his team to update each other on the transgressions of ex-Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer. Auditors took turns sharing revelations at that February 2012 get-together about how Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball hero, ordered his agency’s employees to build a basketball court in his backyard. He had them drive him on hunting trips... Read more 

Republican candidate Allison Ball wins state treasurer race

11/03/2015 10:00 PM

Republican candidate Allison Ball will be Kentucky’s next treasurer after defeating democratic Representative Rick Nelson. The treasurer’s race was among the first races to be called on Election night and Ball says she believes her background wasn’t the only thing that resonated with voters.  Read more 

TIMELINE | Drew Curtis General Election Campaign in Review

10/26/2015 08:42 AM

Primary 2015 – October 25  Read more 

TIMELINE | Jack Conway General Election Campaign in Review

10/26/2015 08:42 AM

Primary 2015 – October 25  Read more 

TIMELINE | Matt Bevin General Election Campaign in Review

10/26/2015 08:41 AM

Primary 2015 – October 25  Read more