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Ky. psychologist says mental illness is not to blame for recent acts of violence

09/01/2015 06:01 PM

As politicians consider the vexing problem that is gun violence, one Kentucky psychologist claims that mental health illnesses are not to blame, though they’re often identified as the culprit by those in public office. Pure Politics’ Nick Storm sat down with Dr. Sheila Schuster from the Kentucky Psychological Association and asked her whether or not she believes that mental health is causing the violent problems that we are seeing on the news. Dr. Schuster’s reply differed from the norm of... Read more 

Miss Kentucky USA Katie George on Donald Trump comments: "I wish he hadn't said it"

07/27/2015 07:16 PM

Those who tuned in to NBC earlier this month hoping to catch the Miss USA pageant might have missed Louisville native Miss Kentucky USA Katie George as she placed 11th in the competition. That’s because controversial comments about Mexican immigrants by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who co-owns the pageant, caused NBC and Spanish-language challenge Univision to drop the pageant. During Trump’s June campaign launch, the billionaire real-estate mogul said some Mexican immigrants crossing the borders are drug smuggling “rapists” and “killers.” The... Read more 

Sen. Neal talks racism, Jefferson Davis statue, gun control and mental illness in wake of S.C. killings

07/12/2015 08:04 PM

A nation marked by multiple massacres in recent years is reviewing its history, especially in the south after a racially charged mass murder at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in mid-June. After more than half-a-century the Confederate battle flag was lowered at the South Carolina Capitol grounds on Friday to the cheers of on-lookers. The flag was lowered, furled and taken to a nearby military museum. In Kentucky, a state which chose neutrality during the Civil War, monuments... Read more 

In-depth, long-format debates needed, but voters will have to take a stand, John David Dyche says

06/28/2015 04:25 PM

Calling for a series of six 75-minute, single-issue debates to take place in each congressional district before the general election, conservative columnist John David Dyche is seeking to reformat how Kentuckians learn about the issues during gubernatorial elections. Dyche first penned his call for the singularly focused approach June 4 as a way to reach a depth candidates are currently not delivering to voters. Since that call the campaigns for Democratic candidate Jack Conway and Republican candidate Matt Bevin have... Read more 

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 

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