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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.

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 

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 

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