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New Kentucky Project hosts first 'ideas conference' to push back against "hard-right" agendas

02/04/2017 08:18 PM

LEXINGTON — The New Kentucky Project held the first of what could be many “ideas conferences” on Saturday as co-founders Adam Edelen and Matt Jones laid out their vision for the group that wants to develop the next generation of Kentucky leaders. Edelen, a former Democratic state auditor who lost his re-election bid in 2015, and Jones, an unabashed Democrat who has hosted politicians from both parties on his Kentucky Sports Radio show and “Hey Kentucky!” television program, said more than... Read more 

Leading lobbyist Bob Babbage says that Democrats have work cut out in trying to recapture governor's office in 2019

01/10/2017 01:01 PM

ERLANGER – If Kentucky Democrats want to have a shot in the 2019 gubernatorial election to unseat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, they better start getting a consensus on candidates as early as this year. That’s the advice from former state auditor, secretary of state, and current leading lobbyist Bob Babbage, who admits that, in all likelihood, it will be a tall order for whoever challenges Bevin, if the governor seeks reelection as expected. Babbage, who was attending a Northern Kentucky Chamber of... Read more 

Alvarado wins $200k in defamation suit against former Sen. R.J. Palmer

12/21/2016 10:34 PM

After years of legal wrangling Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, has won a lawsuit against his former political rival Sen. R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, relating to a campaign ad the former Senate Minority Leader ran against his opponent. Alvarado filed a defamation suit itwo years ago n Clark County against Palmer, who via a television commercial first reported by Pure Politics in 2014, essentially cast Alvarado as a drug dealer. Christopher Hunt, who along with David Royse, represented Alvarado in the... Read more 

Gov. Matt Bevin plays prominent speaking role at first Trump "USA Thank You Tour" event in Cincinnati

12/02/2016 07:00 AM

CINCINNATI — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin praised President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a speech on Thursday night in Cincinnati on the first stop of the Trump victory tour. Bevin, who introduced Pence, praised Trump for winning an election that many media experts claimed he could not. “We’ve heard a lot of things about the candidate, who is about to be now our next president, was unconventional, he was unorthodox, he was unprepared, he was unscripted. I’ll tell you... Read more 

Kentucky Democrats huddle after losing state House, talk about regrouping for 2018 cycle

11/19/2016 09:26 PM

FRANKFORT — There was a lot of soul-searching on Democrat Drive on Saturday as the Kentucky Democratic Party’s State Central Executive Committee discussed the party’s messaging, tactics and personnel in the wake of a brutal election cycle. Democrats entered Nov. 8 with a 53-47 majority in the state’s House of Representatives only to lose 17 seats as Republicans head into January’s 30-day session with a 64-36 supermajority. The GOP took the House for the first time in 95 years and, with... Read more 

Kentucky Democrats must regroup after losing state House and appeal to blue-collar voters, Chandler says

11/17/2016 07:30 PM

Former Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler sees a tough road ahead for Kentucky Democrats after they lost their grip on the state House of Representatives for the first time since 1921 in this year’s election cycle. Chandler, the president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says Democrats need to focus on trade and blue-collar issues in future election cycles if they hope to regain the House, which Republicans will control come January after picking up 17 seats en route... Read more 

Recanvass confirms Johnson, Cantrell and Nelson winners

11/17/2016 04:24 PM

Three candidates who sought to reverse the outcomes of their elections with a round of recanvassing got more bad news on Thursday as no changes to the vote counts were found. The vote totals will stand for Rep. Denny Butler, a Louisville Republican who lost his race to Democrat McKenzie Cantrell by 259 votes; Rep. Linda Belcher, a Shepherdsville Democrat who lost the 49th House District to Republican Dan Johnson by 156 votes; and Republican Chad Shannon, who was beaten... Read more 

Three seek recanvasses in state House races

11/15/2016 06:06 PM

Three legislative races decided by less than 450 votes each will be recanvassed, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday. Rep. Denny Butler, a Louisville Republican who lost his race to Democrat McKenzie Cantrell by 259 votes; Rep. Linda Belcher, a Shepherdsville Democrat who lost the 49th House District to Republican Dan Johnson by 156 votes; and Republican Chad Shannon, who was beaten by Democratic Rep. Rick Nelson in the 87th House District by 420 votes, all requested recanvasses. Vote totals... Read more 

Democratic leadership was absent when the party needed them, Democratic consultant says

11/14/2016 03:21 PM

After losing the state House in a crushing loss on Election Day, Democrats in Kentucky are looking at what went wrong after 95 years on top, and what they can do to rebuild their party. For Democratic consultant and Elizabethtown Independent School Board member Matt Wyatt, Election Day losses are to blame on a rudderless party with absent leadership. “I think that we have a structural problem within our party. We also have a problem with lack of leadership,” Wyatt... Read more 

After bruising U.S. Senate campaign, Democrats say Gray should look to Congress, constitutional offices in future

11/13/2016 08:00 AM

As U.S. Sen. Rand Paul heads back to Washington after a double-digit win on Tuesday, his Democratic opponent, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, is left assessing his political prospects. Despite losing by 14.5 points, Democratic observers close to Gray say he has a number of options available in state politics. Kentucky Democrats are reeling after losing the state House of Representatives in a 17-seat swing on Tuesday and narrowly winning two constitutional offices – attorney general by 0.2 percent and secretary of... Read more 


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