From Frankfort

Bevin and other Republicans show unity as Democrats remind voters of past comments on GOP nominee

05/29/2015 04:04 PM

FRANKFORT — Standing in the namesake building of his foe in last year’s U.S. Senate primary, Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin said Friday any perceived grudges in the GOP are overstated. Bevin headlined a press conference at Republican Party of Kentucky headquarters featuring other GOP candidates for constitutional office, hoping to demonstrate party unity ahead of a state Lincoln Day dinner in Lexington on Saturday. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who conceded the race Friday after a recanvass showed no change... Read more 

Stumbo names three official and one ex-officio member to heroin bill oversight committee

05/28/2015 02:19 PM

State Rep. Denny Butler has been named a co-chairman of a committee overseeing the implementation of a wide-ranging heroin bill that passed in this year’s legislative session. Butler, D-Louisville, will join Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, on the Senate Bill 192 Implementation Oversight Committee, House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s office announced Thursday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, will serve as an ex-officio member of the panel. “I’m proud to serve as the committee’s co-chairman, because making sure... Read more 

Secretary of State Grimes will run on her record in re-election bid

05/27/2015 05:15 PM

LEXINGTON — After coming up well short of knocking off U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is looking at her re-election bid as an interview for the job, and not a personal contest. Grimes faces GOP nominee Steve Knipper in the fall Election and she says she will rely on her experience in the office and focus on jobs in the General Election campaign. “It’s an office where I have a record of success,”... 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 

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 

Attorney General Jack Conway files federal antitrust lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum

05/12/2015 05:55 PM

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has sued Marathon Petroleum, accusing the fuel company on Tuesday of unfairly keeping competitors out of the state and keeping gas prices high. Conway filed the antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Louisville against the state’s largest supplier of gasoline and reformulated gasoline, which must be sold in Louisville and Covington during summer months to curb pollution from emissions. Louisville residents typically pay between 20 and 30 cents per gallon more than others throughout Kentucky,... Read more 

Thayer believes Republicans will unite behind GOP gubernatorial nominee despite bickering

05/01/2015 04:10 PM

FRANKFORT — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer believes that, despite the testy exchanges in recent weeks between GOP gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin, James Comer and Hal Heiner, Republicans around the state will come together and support the May 19 primary winner and mount a strong campaign against Democratic nominee Jack Conway in the fall. Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is the fourth GOP candidate, but has not been part of the bickering between the other three. “I think there... Read more 

Sen. Ralph Alvarado makes impact during his first year in the General Assembly

04/30/2015 07:30 PM

FRANKFORT — Freshman Republican state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, who defeated former Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer in the fall of 2014, hit the ground running when he arrived in Frankfort. Alvarado, a physician and Winchester Republican, worked on various pieces of legislation related to the medical field during the 2015 session, including a bill that passed which makes it easier for Kentuckians to be screened for colorectal cancer. Alvarado’s interest in running for the Senate to begin with was related... Read more 

Kenton County prosecutor favors tougher penalties for assaulting police dogs with deadly weapons

04/30/2015 11:38 AM

COVINGTON — For the second time in eight months, a police K-9 is recovering from gunshot wounds, and Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders thinks it’s time that harsher penalties are given to suspects who wound police dogs with deadly weapons. Covington K-9 Ernie was shot by a man in on April 23 who was accused of stabbing his own mother in the head. Police responded to the scene, where the suspect wounded Ernie before fleeing. Covington police then arrested the suspect,... Read more 

Sen. Ralph Alvarado selected as one of GOPAC's 2015 Emerging Leaders in Republican Party

04/29/2015 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT — First-term Sen. Ralph Alvarado has been named one of GOPAC’s Class of 2015 Emerging Leaders following his first session in the General Assembly. The Emerging Leaders program is a yearlong initiative to coach and develop state legislators around the country on how to be effective legislative and political leaders. GOPAC Chairman David Avella said that Alvarado will join 21 other members of this year’s class at a summit June 8-11 where they will take part in skill seminars that will... Read more 

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