About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2.

Conway: 'I'm getting very, very angry' at feds over inaction on gas anti-trust case

07/09/2014 06:24 PM

Despite urging the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Justice Department to look into gas price gauging in Louisville, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said the case that began his first year in office might not be done by the time his second term ends next year. Conway began investigating since 2008 whether the merger of Marathon Oil and Ashland, Inc., in the late 1990s has led to a monopoly in wholesale gasoline distributors in the Louisville area where gas is... Read more 

Nick Storm to take over as Pure Politics anchor

07/09/2014 01:34 PM

I am thrilled to announce that Nick Storm, who has served as lead political reporter for Pure Politics for the last two-and-a-half years, will become the next anchor and managing editor of the program effective Thursday. Nick has fully immersed himself in Kentucky politics since joining the team in December 2011 — just in time for Gov. Steve Beshear’s inauguration for a second term. Since then, he has covered the developments in the U.S. Senate race, two special legislative elections,... Read more 

Americans for Prosperity -- partly funded by Koch brothers -- launches Ky. operation, hires Julia Crigler as director

07/08/2014 11:42 AM

The Koch brothers are coming to Kentucky. Well, at least one of the groups they help fund is. And it plans to be in the Bluegrass for a long time. The non-profit conservative policy and advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, which is partially funded by the conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch, has hired Republican strategist Julia Bright Crigler as its state director. Crigler will launch an operation that will have two regional offices and a long-term presence in pushing... Read more 

Conway cracks $750K mark in first fundraising report covering seven weeks

07/08/2014 09:18 AM

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: The Democratic frontrunner in next year’s governor’s race, Attorney General Jack Conway, announced Tuesday that his first fundraising report filed the previous night will show $751,329 raised since Conway entered the race May 6. Conway and his running mate Sannie Overly announced the figure, adding that the money comes from individual donors — not from Conway’s personal accounts. The fundraising numbers are through Conway’s first seven weeks in the race, between May 6 and June 30. The... Read more 

Top 10 Kentucky state House Races to watch -- July edition

07/06/2014 05:19 PM

State House candidates are gearing up their fundraising efforts and — if they’re aggressive — they’re continuing their door-to-door campaigns. Republicans must run a near-perfect fall campaign to take control of the House from Democrats. As House Republican leader Jeff Hoover noted in his recent interview with Nick Storm , Republicans are defending 42 seats and need to win nine more from a combination of open districts and Democratic-held seats. Following up on the initial list of top 10 House... Read more 

As potential 2015 opponents march forward, Comer faces timing and money crunches

07/03/2014 11:56 AM

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer can’t escape the questions about running for governor — and not just about whether he will but when he’ll announce and how much of a head start he’s willing to give potential opponents. Comer has flagged the end of the summer as his target for announcing whether he’ll run for governor, which he again told reporters Wednesday after an Agriculture Department event in Louisville. He has been saying privately since the Kentucky Derby that if... Read more 

Bringing the farm to the city: Nutrition, entrepreneurship and community form roots of program

07/02/2014 03:39 PM

LOUISVILLE — An approach as simple as a community garden tended by children can help encourage healthier eating, better health and entrepreneurship. That was the message Wednesday from city and state leaders as they opened a garden at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club in west Louisville. Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott said the children from the west Louisville neighborhood can use the garden to grow more than just fruits and vegetables. Scott and fellow Democrat, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, joined Republican... Read more 

Governor says he can't grant immunity to first responders who use anti-overdose drug on heroin victims

06/30/2014 03:18 PM

UPDATED WITH REACTION: Gov. Steve Beshear and his lawyers decided Monday that the governor doesn’t have the power through an executive order to give immunity to first responders who use Naloxone to help someone in the throes of a heroin overdose. Unless Beshear suddenly decides to call a special session, that means any of the objectives of a bill aimed at curbing Kentucky’s heroin problem will have to wait until lawmakers return for the 2015 session in January. Immunity for... Read more 

Beshear promises education will be spared amid shortfall; Decision on child care stipend forthcoming

06/12/2014 09:53 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear said he still doesn’t know how big the budget shortfall will be amid lagging revenue the past few months, but the governor said Wednesday that education program won’t be cut or delayed as a result. Beshear was less specific about the phased in increases in child care stipends. Kentucky had provided stipends to parents making up to 150 percent of the poverty rate to help them cover daycare costs while they worked or got a degree. Beshear... Read more 

Family considerations at the forefront as Edelen prepares to announce whether he'll run for governor

06/11/2014 06:55 PM

It’s down to “the last number of days” before state Auditor Adam Edelen announces whether he’ll run for governor in the 2015 Democratic primary, he said. And family considerations are now the main issue he’s weighing as he decides whether to spend the next year — or potentially 18 months should he win the primary — campaigning for the highest office in Kentucky. Edelen said he would keep private the discussions he is having with his wife Melissa and twin... Read more