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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. Supreme Court will not intervene on behalf of Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis

08/31/2015 10:36 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an emergency application from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her religious objections regarding same-sex marriage. With one sentence Monday the court declined to take up Davis’ plea to stay a lower court’s preliminary injunction, potentially forcing her to issue marriage licenses in Rowan County. Last week, U.S. District Judge David Bunning denied Davis’ motion requesting a stay in his previous ruling mandating she resume issuing... Read more 

GOP's Harmon hopes to overcome incumbent's publicity in bid for auditor, but Edelen says his opponent has been MIA so far

05/31/2015 07:56 PM

Facing a well-funded incumbent who gets his share of earned media, Republican state Rep. Mike Harmon believes he will surprise Democratic Auditor Adam Edelen in this year’s election for state auditor. While Edelen tackles his share of high-profile issues, such as untested rape kits in law enforcement custody, thus far he says he has heard crickets from his opponent’s campaign. “I don’t see my opponent anywhere, candidly,” Edelen said Thursday at the Scott County Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner after saying some GOP... Read more 

Republican Party of Kentucky website hacked

05/25/2015 11:53 AM

UPDATE 12:50 pm: The website is now back under the control of the Republican Party of Kentucky. Pure Politics has been in contact with a group claiming responsibility for the hack of the website, but at this time we are unable to determine if the group’s claims are legitimate. PREVIOUS: An anonymous group of hackers has been in control of the Republican Party of Kentucky’s website since Sunday. RPK Chairman Steve Robertson told Pure Politics he has contacted the website’s... Read more 

Federal judge who set Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage on path to Supreme Court dies

04/30/2015 05:30 AM

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, whose rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage paved the way for what could be a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on the divisive issue, died at age 66 on Wednesday. Heyburn’s passing comes a day after the high court heard arguments in cases challenging laws against same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio. He had battled liver cancer for several years. Heyburn, who battled cancer, was nominated to the federal bench... Read more 

The Chatter: Former Gov. Fletcher’s aides become fodder in GOP primary

04/26/2015 03:50 PM

Pointed elbows in this year’s race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination stayed sharp on Saturday as Agriculture Commissioner James Comer conjured memories of a GOP hiring scandal that paved the way for two-term Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s first election in 2007. Comer, who helped former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup’s 2007 primary challenge against then-Gov. Ernie Fletcher, criticized former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner’s supporters who previously worked under Fletcher during a Jessamine County debate Saturday, according to reports by The Courier-Journal... Read more 

VIDEO: The April 9, 2015 edition of Pure Politics

04/09/2015 06:56 PM

The Drug Czar made a visit to Northern Kentucky today to address the region’s heroin epidemic. Meanwhile, Governor Steve Beshear signs a bill into law to protect victims of dating violence. Watch Thursday night’s FULL episode of Pure Politics:  Read more 

VIDEO: The April 6, 2015 edition of Pure Politics

04/07/2015 07:00 PM

In a heavily attended rally in Louisville, Rand Paul becomes the second GOP candidate to announce a run for president. cn|2’s Pure Politics shows you the highlights from Paul’s announcement, along with the Kentucky Chamber’s Dave Adkisson’s take on this year’s general session. Watch the FULL episode of Tuesday night’s edition of Pure Politics:  Read more 

Beshear declares statewide emergency after heavy rains and flooding

04/04/2015 04:54 PM

After two days of heavy rains and flash flooding in many counties across the state, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency effective Friday, making state resources available for public safety and recovery efforts. “We have reports of heavy damage in some areas of the state already, but the threat of thunderstorms and further flooding has not cleared Kentucky yet,” Beshear said in a statement. “By declaring a state of emergency for the entire state, we can deploy any needed state... Read more 

Gov. Beshear wagers Kentucky bourbons, Attorney General Conway bets ham on NCAA Final Four game

04/03/2015 01:18 PM

As the Kentucky Wildcats prepare to face the Wisconsin Badgers in a Final Four match-up on Saturday night, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are showing support for their teams. Beshear bet a basket of Kentucky bourbons that the Wildcats will advance to the NCAA Championship Game on Monday. Walker is wagering a basket of Wisconsin cheese, sausage and root beer. “For the second year in a row, the Cats will be facing the Badgers in what is sure... Read more 

VIDEO: The April 2, 2015 edition of Pure Politics

04/03/2015 10:31 AM

On Thursday, the commander-in-chief flew into Louisville to discuss the economy and Auditor Adam Edelen shared the next steps for the state with KTRS. In the event our programming is preempted due to severe weather moving across the Commonwealth, watch our FULL episode here:  Read more