Endorsements from top GOP brass likely for Bevin, but he needs to work on donors, Scott Jennings says

Scott Jennings may have spent months in 2014 running ads defending U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as he faced Matt Bevin in the primary, but come...

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Northern Kentucky officials say Bevin's ground game in the area a key in sweeping the three-county region

Northern Kentucky proved a key area for Matt Bevin in his unofficial GOP gubernatorial victory.

In Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, Bevin got 10,326 votes,...

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Ag commissioner primary set for recanvass after 1,427-vote decision

State Rep. Richard Heath conceded that the result will likely remain, but the Mayfield Republican on Thursday asked for a recanvass in his 1,427-vote loss...

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Secretary Larry Hayes to retire from Economic Development Cabinet, Beshear to conduct national search

A member of Gov. Steve Beshear’s senior staff announced he was retiring after seven years in his role as Economic Development Cabinet secretary.

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Hindsight 20/20 in wake of 83-vote loss for Comer while link to controversy, Bevin’s bid hurt Heiner, observers say

When a statewide race unofficially comes down to 83 votes, pinpointing the exact cause of the second-place finisher’s electoral shortcomings is an exercise in futility.

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For Bevin, observers say advertising and messaging key to unofficial GOP nomination

Unofficial Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin may have some mud on his hands after a bitter primary battle, but GOP observers say the Louisville...

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Endorsements from top GOP brass likely for Bevin, but he needs to work on donors, Scott Jennings says

05/23/2015 07:20 PM

Scott Jennings may have spent months in 2014 running ads defending U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as he faced Matt Bevin in the primary, but come 2015 with Bevin as the likely GOP nominee, Jennings is promising his support. “I’m going to vote for Matt Bevin; I’m going to vote for the entire Republican ticket,” Jennings said in an interview with Pure Politics on Thursday. Even though Bevin opted to not endorse McConnell in the 2014 general election, Jennings said he expects... Read more 

Northern Kentucky officials say Bevin's ground game in the area a key in sweeping the three-county region

05/22/2015 04:51 PM

Northern Kentucky proved a key area for Matt Bevin in his unofficial GOP gubernatorial victory. In Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, Bevin got 10,326 votes, roughly 54 percent of all of the votes cast in northern Kentucky. James Comer received nearly 5,000 votes despite having state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Kenton County as a running mate. Hal Heiner got 3,510 votes in the three counties. The three county clerks in northern Kentucky say there were definite reasons why Bevin did so well... Read more 

Ag commissioner primary set for recanvass after 1,427-vote decision

05/21/2015 03:55 PM

State Rep. Richard Heath conceded that the result will likely remain, but the Mayfield Republican on Thursday asked for a recanvass in his 1,427-vote loss to Rep. Ryan Quarles in the GOP agriculture commissioner primary. Heath’s filing marks the second recanvass request in as many days after Agriculture Commissioner James Comer wanted his 83-vote loss in the Republican gubernatorial primary double-checked. Even though his margin of defeat is wider in terms of votes compared to Comer, Heath lost the primary by... Read more 

Secretary Larry Hayes to retire from Economic Development Cabinet, Beshear to conduct national search

05/21/2015 03:34 PM

A member of Gov. Steve Beshear’s senior staff announced he was retiring after seven years in his role as Economic Development Cabinet secretary. Larry Hayes has seen Kentucky’s ups and downs in his time as a cabinet head for Beshear, but as Kentucky searches for term-limited Beshear’s replacement, now Hayes has signaled the time to move on. “The opportunity to lead this Cabinet under the Governor’s and Partnership Board’s direction has been the highlight of my career in both business... Read more 

Hindsight 20/20 in wake of 83-vote loss for Comer while link to controversy, Bevin’s bid hurt Heiner, observers say

05/21/2015 01:05 PM

When a statewide race unofficially comes down to 83 votes, pinpointing the exact cause of the second-place finisher’s electoral shortcomings is an exercise in futility. That’s especially true in the case of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Republican analysts pointed to Comer’s light political activity in Jefferson County, the “Fort Sumter” speech he gave in the backyard of U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in late 2013 and allegations, which he has categorically denied, of abusing a college girlfriend and escorting her to an abortion... Read more 

For Bevin, observers say advertising and messaging key to unofficial GOP nomination

05/20/2015 09:24 PM

Unofficial Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin may have some mud on his hands after a bitter primary battle, but GOP observers say the Louisville investment manager’s campaign gradually built momentum thanks in large part to slick advertising and solid performances on the debate and chicken-dinner circuits. Not many predicted Bevin would top the four-man field Tuesday, and he almost didn’t after squeaking by with an 83-vote victory that may be in peril with a recanvass requested by second-place finisher Agriculture Commissioner... Read more 

Rand Paul begins hours long "filibuster" of Patriot Act

05/20/2015 04:52 PM

Taking to the U.S. Senate floor just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul began to “filibuster” the Patriot Act and the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens under the program. The issue over the surveillance program has been a key point in Paul’s campaign for president. In his speeches in early primary states and announcing his presidential bid from Louisville Paul says, “Our phone records are none of their damn business.” “I remember having this debate about three years ago... Read more 

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