Influencer Spotlight

Internationally recognized academic program helps Tates Creek students excel

11/08/2014 09:26 AM

LEXINGTON — One of the biggest challenges school systems face today is how to prepare students for an ever changing global society. In Fayette County, Tates Creek High School has implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for highly motivated students. The program is designed to push learners to develop their own curiosity, exercise initiative and express ideas and information confidently and creatively. “I’m kind of one of those people who like to do multiple things,” said Tates Creek senior Emily Ranseen. “I’ve... Read more 

Mongiardo says his views on gay marriage have changed since 2004; constitutional ban went 'overboard'

11/07/2014 04:30 PM

Former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo said his views have shifted on the social issue of same-sex marriage, and he now would not have co-sponsored the 2004 constitutional amendment that’s at the center of a case potentially heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mongiardo, a Democrat from Hazard who is considering a gubernatorial bid in 2015, said in an interview with Pure Politics last month that he thinks the Kentucky General Assembly, himself included, went “overboard” with the ban in 2004. The... Read more 

How Republican Scott Jennings and his political ad machines helped shape the Senate race in McConnell's favor

11/06/2014 04:11 PM

Scott Jennings, is a protege of the McConnell school of Kentucky politics, from acting as political director for McConnell in 2002 to being a senior adviser six years later in U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s rout of Bruce Lunsford in 2008, he knows the McConnell machine. In Jennings, McConnell has found a powerful ally with which to wage modern political warfare. As he explained the day after the Election on Pure Politics, Jennings, via his two Political Action Committees — Kentuckians for... Read more 

GOP power broker Nate Morris named to Fortune's top 40 under 40

10/09/2014 04:03 PM

Kentucky Republican fundraiser and “power broker”, Nate Morris, the CEO of Rubicon Global, a waste and recycling service firm was named to Fortune’s top 40 “most powerful, influential, important people in business under 40.” Making Fortune’s list with giants in the tech sector like Mark Zuckerberg is Kentuckian Morris whom Pure Politics highlighted as a possible political contender in the state. “We just got the news this morning and I feel incredibly grateful. And obviously its a reflection on all... Read more 

NBC News Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd boils down Senate race for Ky. Chamber crowd

07/21/2014 10:06 PM

LOUISVILLE — NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd told a group of business executives and Kentucky government leaders that the 2014 U.S. Senate race is already having an impact on the country even before the election is in the books. Todd said the easy part of the campaign will be explaining the strategy and storylines Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell or Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will use to win election, the hard part is which... Read more 

Former Ky. Democratic operative using Ky. campaign tactics in Kansas governor's race

07/17/2014 08:14 AM

Jason Perkey cut his teeth in politics working campaigns in the Bluegrass and now the Louisville, Kentucky native is applying the lessons he learned from his time in the state to the Kansas governor’s race. Perkey, who is the executive director for the Kansas Democratic Party, is applying a strategy first implemented in the 2011 re-election campaign of Governor Steve Beshear in Kentucky. Democrats in Kansas launched a secretive mass endorsement of high profile former and elected Republican officials which has... Read more 

Morehead State University is doing more with less -- including space science curriculum

06/18/2014 07:52 AM

Morehead State University shares a similar story with the rest of Kentucky colleges and universities — budget cut backs have forced the school to trim the fat from their budgets, but university president Wayne Andrews says they’ve done it all while still offering cutting edge classes. Andrews has been president of Morehead State University since January 1, 2005. His nine years as president places him third on the list of longest tenured univiersity presidents in the Commonwealth trailing only Gary... Read more 

KY Journalism Hall of Fame induction has political flavor with Hunter S. Thompson, Mark Hebert in class

04/29/2014 06:17 PM

LEXINGTON — The rich political heritage of Kentucky has done more than produce interesting political characters the state has nurtured some influential political journalists. On Tuesday, the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame inducted seven new members to their group of fewer than 200 journalists including two political reporters — Hunter S. Thompson and former WHAS-TV reporter Mark Hebert. Thompson, a Louisville native, is best known for his own form of first person participatory “Gonzo” journalism. It is perhaps fitting... Read more 

Signature Industry: Bourbon renaissance bringing economic growth to Kentucky

06/07/2013 12:25 PM

Kentucky bourbon distillers are seeing a renaissance of the industry both in the United States and overseas, and as the product grows so do the distilleries and the jobs that come with it. Bourbon distilling creates more than 9,000 jobs in the Commonwealth, and the taxes incurred on the industry generate $6 million in local and state tax revenue. With the advent of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tourism is ever increasing attracting millions of visits in the last five years, and... Read more 

Signature Industry: Ky Bourbon booming, but distillers say high taxes and product shortages hamper growth

06/05/2013 06:10 PM

The Kentucky bourbon industry is the only industry in Kentucky that did a phenomenal thing during the economic downturn – it grew- but distillers say they still face obstacles. In 2012 distilleries put back more than 1-million barrels of bourbon to age in Kentucky. Those barrels have to age several years to become bourbon, and in the mean time distillers have to pay Kentucky taxes on the barrel every year that it sits in the Commonwealth. But it was an unexpected resurgence... Read more 

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