Rep. Bob DeWeese ends at 24-year legislative career at 81

FRANKFORT – After 24 years in the state legislature, 81-year-old Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, has decided to call it a career.

DeWeese, a retired general...

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Chelsea Clinton campaigns in Lexington for her mom

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Sitting in a chair in the middle of the Lexington Hillary for Kentucky headquarters, a pregnant Chelsea Clinton spoke to...

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Fundraising update: How the rest of the most interesting primary races are stacking up

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part breakdown of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates. Part one can be viewed here.

We’re rounding...

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Gov. Bevin vetoes parts of budget, other bills passed by General Assembly

Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed all or part of seven bills on Wednesday, delaying implementation of a program intended to provide free tuition for students in...

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Current and former Democratic lawmakers endorse Attica Scott in House primary against incumbent Rep. Tom Riner

A sitting Democratic lawmaker and former Democratic House member have endorsed Attica Scott over incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Riner in the May 17 Democratic primary....

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Fundraising update: How the top five most interesting primary races are stacking up

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two part break down of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates.

The candidates locked in serious primary elections...

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Rep. Bob DeWeese ends at 24-year legislative career at 81

04/30/2016 05:20 PM

FRANKFORT – After 24 years in the state legislature, 81-year-old Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, has decided to call it a career. DeWeese, a retired general surgeon, had planned to serve only a couple of terms when he was first elected in 1993, before returning back to his surgery practice full-time to work with his son, but all of that changed in 1994 when he experienced temporary blindness and had to give up his job as a surgeon. “I couldn’t see anything for... Read more 

Chelsea Clinton campaigns in Lexington for her mom

04/29/2016 12:02 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Sitting in a chair in the middle of the Lexington Hillary for Kentucky headquarters, a pregnant Chelsea Clinton spoke to volunteers and supporters encouraging them to reach as many Kentuckians as possible before the May 17 primary. The crowd of supporters filled the small campaign office and filled part of a parking lot off of Winchester Road. Clinton spoke for about an hour to nearly 200 people in Lexington. Clinton called the presidential election “the most important of... Read more 

Fundraising update: How the rest of the most interesting primary races are stacking up

04/29/2016 08:22 AM

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part breakdown of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates. Part one can be viewed here. We’re rounding out our fundraising updates behind the other half of the most interesting races to watch, which can be an early predictor of support and strength of a candidate’s organization. 23rd House District (open seat, Democratic and Republican primaries) Danny Basil vs. Joe Trigg in the Democratic primary. Steve Riley vs. Freddie Joe Wilkerson in the Republican primary. In... Read more 

Gov. Bevin vetoes parts of budget, other bills passed by General Assembly

04/28/2016 12:30 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed all or part of seven bills on Wednesday, delaying implementation of a program intended to provide free tuition for students in two-year programs and stopping a move to implement new federal identification standards brought about after terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, among other actions. Bevin’s vetoes can’t be overturned by the General Assembly, which adjourned sine die April 15. His veto pen touched various pieces of the $21.5 billion biennial budget, oftentimes citing the need for more... Read more 

Current and former Democratic lawmakers endorse Attica Scott in House primary against incumbent Rep. Tom Riner

04/28/2016 11:50 AM

A sitting Democratic lawmaker and former Democratic House member have endorsed Attica Scott over incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Riner in the May 17 Democratic primary. Saying “Enough is enough,” Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, and former Rep. Eleanor Jordan, D-Louisville, signed a direct-mail letter to Democratic voters in the 41st House Distict in Louisville supporting Scott, a former Louisville Metro Council member, and bashing longtime colleague Rep. Tom Riner, who has served in the House since 1982. “For too many... Read more 

Fundraising update: How the top five most interesting primary races are stacking up

04/28/2016 08:05 AM

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two part break down of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates. The candidates locked in serious primary elections are digging deep into their own pockets and searching for donors to keep their Frankfort dreams alive. Pure Politics has identified the most interesting primary races to watch on May 17, and the latest round of fundraising totals are giving a new glimpse into the campaigns. 38th House District (Democratic primary) McKenzie Cantrell vs. Dan Johnson... Read more 

Ex-Gov. Beshear accuses Gov. Bevin of shaking down employees, businesses week after administration launches own inquiry

04/27/2016 06:05 PM

FRANKFORT — About a week after Gov. Matt Bevin announced an internal investigations into possible abuses by members of his predecessor’s administration, former Gov. Steve Beshear aired on Wednesday allegations that Bevin has strong-armed non-merit employees and entities that conduct business with the state to help retire a $4.1 million personal campaign debt. Beshear also accused the first-year governor of threatening to pull the plug on road projects in certain legislative districts as he tried to coax Democrats in the legislature... Read more 

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