On the Trail

Comer feels good heading into final months of GOP primary campaign

03/05/2015 02:10 PM

With a slight lead in early polling, GOP gubernatorial hopeful James Comer says it is “amazing” to be in that position despite the early cash spent by Hal Heiner in the race. In an interview with Pure Politics on Monday, Comer said he has been holding his campaign cash for the end of the race and will now begin to spend those funds. With less than 80 days to go, Comer said he plans to stay on TV through the... Read more 

Heiner releases 12-point plan that reiterates previously stated positions

03/05/2015 01:19 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner rolled out his ticket’s 12-point plan if elected on Wednesday, many of which have already been aired in public forums and 30-second television spots this election cycle. The plan, titled “Kentucky First,” lists job creation as Heiner’s top priority, a point the candidate has repeated time and again in interviews, debates and television ads. “Kentucky First” specifically mentions passing right-to-work legislation and eludes to charter schools in that section but offers scant details on his proposal... Read more 

Westerfield taking heat for attorney general budget flub

03/04/2015 04:17 PM

State Sen. Whitney Westerfield is finding out firsthand how politics can creep into a legislative session during an election year. Westerfield, a Hopkinsville Republican and candidate for attorney general, found himself having to answer questions about the office he would like to represent on the floor of the Senate last week. The legislation, SB 118, ,Westerfield proposes would limit the ability of the attorney general’s office to contract outside law firms to represent the state. The problem: At the time... Read more 

State Senate majority grows by one as votes are tallied in special election

03/03/2015 09:49 PM

Senate Republicans have grown their majority to 27 members with the election of Steve West to the 27th Senate District seat Tuesday. West defeated Democrat Kelly Caudill in the special election with 5,355 votes to Caudill’s 4,489, according to the secretary of state’s unofficial vote count. The election was called to replace newly sworn-in Rowan County Judge-Executive Walter Blevins, who vacated the seat just before the legislative session convened in January. West, a Millersburg real estate attorney and cattle farmer, walks... Read more 

Heiner continues job creator, outsider messaging with fourth TV spot of 2015

03/03/2015 09:50 AM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner is turning to Kentuckians in his latest television ad airing across the commonwealth starting Tuesday. Nine people speak in the ad pointing to Heiner’s business background and bolstering the former Louisville Metro Council member’s presentation as a “Frankfort outsider.” “The insiders can’t get anything accomplished,” says one speaker in the 30-second television spot. “Our state needs something besides politicians,” says another. In the ad, Heiner’s experience as a businessman who has made payrolls and balanced budgets was touted... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial candidates talk pensions, taxing at N. Ky. Lincoln Day Dinner

03/02/2015 08:51 AM

HEBRON — All four Republican gubernatorial candidates were in Northern Kentucky on Saturday night at the 4th Congressional District GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner to try to convince voters why they are the best choice to be their party’s nominee for governor. Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Former Louisville Metro Council member Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott all talked about how Kentucky’s pension liability and business climate pose a major threat... Read more 

Rand Paul wins third straight CPAC straw poll

02/28/2015 05:58 PM

For a third straight year in a row U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential preference poll. The 3,000 libertarian-leaning young activists had Paul coming out on top of the crowded potential field of Republican candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second place in the poll, according to the Washington Times Paul said he was “humbled by the enthusiastic support and encouragement” he received at CPAC. “Our party is filled with constitutional conservatives who have... Read more 

At CPAC Paul says he will soon unveil "largest tax cut in American history"

02/27/2015 03:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s rock-star-like status was on full display Friday, eliciting cheers from the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. Paul, R-Ky., delivered a nearly 20-minute speech often interrupted by cheers and chants from the young libertarian-leaning crowd. In his speech Paul delivered a call to arms for lovers of liberty to join his vision and “reclaim our birthright.” During his remarks, Paul cited the Constitution — reminding the crowd their rights cannot be disparaged —... Read more 

Comer releases first campaign ad of 2015 highlighting achievements as ag commissioner

02/25/2015 09:29 AM

In his first ad of the Republican primary race for governor, James Comer is highlighting his credentials as a conservative with a record of reducing government spending and improving the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. In the advertisement, which began airing Wednesday, Comer refers to himself as a “blue-collar guy” with a history of improving efficiency in government. “The average Kentuckian is having to do more with less,” Comer says in the ad. “We’re going to have to have the same mentality,... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial candidate Will T. Scott says his ticket has "got game"

02/24/2015 10:15 PM

Former Justice Will T. Scott left the Kentucky Supreme Court to run for the open governor’s seat in the four-way GOP primary because he wanted to right the wrongs he sees in state government. To paraphrase Scott, 67, he can’t leave politics alone — the people need him. “When I see something wrong in government and I know how to fix it, then I step into public service,” Scott said. “I fix it then I go back, you know, to... Read more 

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