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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. Senator Mitch McConnell: Trump needs to change

06/30/2016 10:49 AM

Ahead of November’s general election, most on the left are embracing the presumptive democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. However, that’s not the case for those on the right. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he has reservations about the candidate at the top of the Republican ticket, Donald Trump. McConnell had already made headlines this week for declining to say whether or not Trump is qualified for the presidency. But he told Pure Politics’ Washington D.C. bureau reporter, Geoff Bennett, that... Read more 

Rep. Larry Clark looks back at his time in Kentucky House on last day of his final session

06/01/2016 12:45 PM

FRANKFORT — State Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville, is hanging up his hat after serving more than three decades in Kentucky’s House of Representatives. Clark is proud of the work he’s done, but he’s politically worn out and believes that the influx of money into politics will ruin democracy. “I’ve had 19 elections in my district. What concerns me more than anything is the money in politics. We are going to ruin democracy,” Clark said on the last day... Read more 

Charter Communications completes acquisition of Time Warner Cable

05/18/2016 03:48 PM

After more than 25 years, Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable company is officially Charter Communications. This morning Charter completed its $56 billion dollar purchase of TWC, six days after the deal cleared its final regulatory hurdle. The deal makes Charter the new parent of Time Warner Cable News and cn|2. As part of the deal, Charter also acquires Bright House Networks for $10 billion dollars. Charter Chairman and CEO Tom Rutledge says improving customer service by creating more U.S. based call centers... Read more 

Legislative primary race roundup: Jefferson County incumbents lose while Senate Democratic leaders, Speaker Stumbo take wins

05/18/2016 12:01 AM

Tuesday was not a good day for incumbents in Jefferson County, with two longtime lawmakers meeting their last legislative days in the primary. The election also revealed a close race for House Speaker Greg Stumbo and set up some interesting general election matchups. 33rd House District Twenty-year incumbent Rep. Ron Crimm, R-Louisville, will not be returning to Frankfort next session after succumbing to Louisville lawyer Jason Nemes. Nemes handed Crimm a 17 point defeat in the Republican primary in the district... Read more 

Jamie Comer wins GOP nomination in the 1st Congressional District, other congressional races set

05/17/2016 09:26 PM

Senator Mitch McConnell released this statement congratulating Comer on his victory: “I congratulate Jamie Comer on his impressive victory tonight. He ran an outstanding and honest campaign and his message of reining in Washington spending and the overreaching policies of the Obama Administration resonated in western Kentucky. Jamie’s conservative values will make him a strong advocate for his district in Congress. I will work hard to help Jamie win in November, and look forward to serving with him in the nation’s... Read more 

Sellus Wilder concedes in U.S. Senate race

05/17/2016 07:39 PM

FRANKFORT — Former Frankfort City Commissioner Sellus Wilder gave his concession speech just before 7:30 p.m. in Frankfort. He thanked his supporters and said even though they didn’t win, his campaign did succeed in changing the conversation about topics like the decline of the coal industry. In an interview with Pure Politics, Wilder said he would help Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, adding that the two will speak in further depth on Wednesday... Read more 

Clinton, Trump among most disliked presidential candidates, ever

05/09/2016 10:11 AM

If presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton emerge as their party’s nominee, both would enter the general election as the two most disliked presidential candidates in modern American history. National polls show Trump with an astounding 61 percent unfavorable rating. The New York real estate mogul has been a polarizing figure right from the start of his campaign, calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug runners. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is more liked than Trump, but not by... Read more 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer: "The eyes of the whole world are on Louisville today"

05/07/2016 06:17 PM

LOUISVILLE — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has been meeting with potential businesses and filmmakers interested in the commonwealth as a backdrop to their projects The Democratic mayor was busy meeting with foreign filmmakers when Pure Politics approached him for an interview in Millionaires Row, and he says those business leaders are impressed with the commonwealth’s biggest city. “This is a tremendous way for us to grow jobs in the city and the commonwealth as well,” Fischer said of the Derby. “We’ve... Read more 

Megyn Kelly predicts Suddenbreakingnews will win Derby; no predictions for Democratic Kentucky presidential primary

05/07/2016 05:56 PM

LOUISVILLE — Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is predicting Suddenbreakingnews will trot away the winner in the Kentucky Derby, but it’s another horse race that has her stumped — Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary. Kelly did not want to take a shot in calling the race between Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Kentucky’s May 17 presidential primary election. The news anchor has found herself in a personal feud with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, but she... Read more 

Stivers helps court business at Derby, predicts work on tax reform in next legislative session

05/07/2016 05:42 PM

LOUISVILLE — As thoroughbreds charged the track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Senate President Robert Stivers said lawmakers and Governor Matt Bevin were keeping an eye on on Kentucky’s business market. Stivers was taking part in the economic development talks with businesses potentially seeking to locate in the commonwealth. “They’re entertaining a lot of out-of-state potential investors that I would say, companies, individuals like that, that’s who I’m with today,” Stivers said. “It’s always good to great to come over and... Read more