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Palmer casts Dr. Ralph Alvarado as drug dealer in negative campaign ad using spliced courtroom footage

10/24/2014 08:08 PM

In perhaps the nastiest ad of the 2014 Kentucky electoral season, state Sen. R.J. Palmer’s campaign portrays his Republican opponent, Dr. Ralph Alvarado, essentially as a drug dealer. The ad released Thursday on cable and two local affiliates uses courtroom video from 2010 carefully spliced together to cast Alvarado, who unsuccessfully challenged the Senate Democratic floor leader for the seat in 2010, in a negative light. In the 30-second advertisement, a defendant addresses a judge in a Montgomery County courtroom... Read more 

House Democratic leader gives caucus $100,000 from campaign account as parties jockey for House majority

10/24/2014 06:45 PM

The House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee received a sizable boost from one of its leaders in the election cycle’s closing days, banking $100,000 from House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins’ campaign account last week. Adkins told Pure Politics he hoped his six-figure contribution would add to the “energy and momentum” of Democratic House challengers and incumbents with the Nov. 4 elections 11 days away. He called the current crop of Democratic campaigns “the best organized races I’ve been involved in in... Read more 

Ad being pulled from Paducah radio after claims on tolls rated false by station

10/24/2014 04:22 PM

A radio ad from the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee is being pulled from the air in the 3rd District state House race after the group twisted the wording of the Republican candidate on tolls. In the re-election race of state Rep. Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, the Democratic group launched a radio ad saying Republican Randy Bridges’ top issue in the campaign is to impose tolls on western Kentucky roads. The citation behind the claim comes from a question and answer portion... Read more 

Watkins hit by Washington GOP group claiming his legislation will lead to meth epidemic

10/24/2014 04:19 PM

The race for 3rd District state House has become contentious with 11 days to go as a Washington D.C. based Republican group is targeting Democratic freshman Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah over a piece of legislation aimed at reducing the prison population in the state. In the mailer sent out by the Republican State Leadership Committee , a national GOP group focused on electing Republicans in down ballot state races around the country, says Watkins “will turn our meth problem... Read more 

24th District Senate candidates favor vote on expanded gaming

10/24/2014 11:57 AM

COLD SPRING – Both candidates in northern Kentucky’s 24th district state Senate race favor a constitutional amendment which would let voters once and for all decide the issue on expanded gaming in the commonwealth. Republican Wil Schroder and Democrat Jason Steffen met for their one and only debate on Thursday evening in Cold Spring. They are both vying to replace Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine who decided not to seek reelection. Steffen, an elementary school principal, thinks that offering limited... Read more 

Republicans Quarles and Mitchell targeted in ads from Kentucky Family Values

10/23/2014 09:43 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two in a series of stories by Pure Politics examining claims being made in contentious House races in the state. Part one can be found here . An agenda being pushed by the House Republicans and the legitimacy of the co-author designation of a Republican House candidate for a book are just some of the attacks being launched by Kentucky Family Values. Kentucky Family Values PAC is getting involved in the open seat race in the 39th... Read more 

Internal McConnell poll shows incumbent up 8 percent

10/22/2014 05:14 PM

UPDATED WITH GRIMES CAMPAIGN RESPONSE: Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell released an internal poll Wednesday showing an 8 percent lead on Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. The poll, conducted by Voter Consumer Research Chairman Jan van Lohuizen, has McConnell ahead of Grimes among 815 likely voters 49 percent to 41 percent, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson drawing 3 percent. The survey has a margin of error of 3.5 percent with 7 percent of respondents undecided, according to a polling memo released... Read more 

McConnell urges supporters to influence friends to vote for him

10/22/2014 04:27 PM

VANCEBURG – With 13 days remaining until Election Day, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told supporters Wednesday at a campaign stop in Lewis County that they have more influence than they think in deciding this year’s U.S. Senate race between him and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. A crowd of approximately 100 supporters were on hand in Vanceburg for the second of a four city tour on Wednesday of Kentucky coal country — which McConnell has focused on throughout his reelection bid. McConnell... Read more 

McConnell, Grimes release competing television ads in U.S. Senate race

10/22/2014 03:07 PM

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates launched new television ads Wednesday, with Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell highlighting his support among young women while Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes targets remarks the five-term incumbent made at a meeting of wealthy conservative donors in June. McConnell’s campaign struck first in his statewide ad titled “Represent Me,” which features four young women who back McConnell’s reelection as well as a link to the website womenformitch.com. “She (Grimes) thinks I’ll vote for the candidate who looks like... Read more 

DSCC going back on air in Kentucky for Grimes

10/22/2014 02:44 PM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going back on-air for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in her battle against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Buoyed by recent polling, the DSCC told Politico that they were investing $650,000 in air time after “reviewing recent internal and public polling,” according to Manu Raju. The latest Bluegrass Poll published Monday shows McConnell up one percentage point on Grimes, but the race remains within the margin of error. The decision to go back on... Read more 

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