On the Trail

Sharp elbows as Fancy Farm looks ahead to 2019

08/04/2018 04:39 PM

FANCY FARM — The 138th annual Fancy Farm picnic and political speaking featured sharp jabs surrounding the upcoming gubernatorial elections, a full year and a half before Kentuckians go to the polls. Teachers packed the pavilion on the Democratic side with chants of “120 Strong,” and a promise to remember in November the actions of the Republican majority party during the legislative session. The state House of Representatives is up for grabs once again, and the Kentucky Democratic Party is... Read more 

Trey Grayson expects focus on fall elections at Fancy Farm; look ahead to 2019

08/01/2018 03:31 PM

Trey Grayson, the former Secretary of State and director of Harvard Institute of Politics expects plenty of punches to go along with the pork and mutton at Fancy Farm, but expects a lot of the major moments will happen off-stage. Grayson, who spoke at Fancy Farm himself as Secretary of State and a candidate for the U.S. Senate, says Democrats may find extra energy this year as part of the minority. Democrats used to find the strength of their party... Read more 

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles preparing to emcee Fancy Farm

07/30/2018 12:41 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky political forces will caravan west on Saturday for that annual pilgrimage dating back to the 1880’s — Fancy Farm in rural Graves County for the 138th annual Fancy Farm Picnic. This year it will be Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles doling out the punch lines from the stage as the emcee of the event which benefits the St. Jerome Catholic Church. Quarles, who is in his first term in office first spoke on the stage at Fancy Farm... Read more 

Former House candidate defends Democratic socialism, explains why Democrats should not listen to James Comey

07/26/2018 09:14 AM

Former 35th Dist. Democratic state House candidate Richard Becker says he found many on the campaign trail open to policies trending towards Democratic socialism. Becker came in second in a three-way Democratic primary for the seat currently held by Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville. He penned a first person account of his experiences on the campaign trail in Kentucky for online publication Vox about why Socialism is an easy sell in “flyover country.” The union organizer from Louisville, said that even voters... Read more 

Barr launches first ad of campaign focusing on central Kentucky roots

07/24/2018 02:12 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr’s kids play a starring role in his first ad “all about Kentucky,” which is aimed at playing up his central Kentucky roots. The ad highlights a disparity likely to come to play later in the campaign between Barr and Democratic nominee Amy McGrath, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot who settled in Georgetown upon retirement from the military. Barr’s ad plays up his ties to central Kentucky, listing numerous events and outings he has attended in... Read more 

Colmon Elridge bows out of 2019 speculation

07/23/2018 10:21 AM

Democrat Colmon Elridge, the former executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear, is pulling out of speculation surrounding 2019 statewide races. Elridge told Pure Politics on Sunday night that he would not be a candidate for governor in 2019, or any other statewide constitutional office. In a statement sent Monday, Elridge said there will be no shortage of candidates seeking office in 2019 that will support his values, and issues the state must confront. “I see in Democratic and Republican candidates... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear talks education, hopes for the future in Louisville speech

07/19/2018 03:38 PM

LOUISVILLE — “I’ve got your back,” Attorney General Andy Beshear said, as he delivered the keynote speech to hundreds of educators and human service providers in Louisville on Thursday. Beshear’s speech was met with applause from those in attendance at the Family Resources and Youth Services “Victory Over Violence” conference in downtown Louisville. The Democratic Attorney General, and so far only declared candidate in the 2019 race for governor, listed highlights from his time in office and said there were... Read more 

The list: Who could run for Attorney General in 2019?

07/17/2018 10:38 AM

With Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, officially running for governor in 2019 he’s created an open seat for the constitutional office he currently holds, but there are only so many people that fit the bill for the post. Under Kentucky’s Constitution there’s an additional requirement that a candidate for the office of Attorney General needs to be a practicing lawyer for eight years prior to the election, be at least 30 years old and a resident of the state for... Read more 

Beshear announces candidacy for governor in 2019

07/09/2018 11:47 AM

LOUISVILLE — Attorney General Andy Beshear made his first campaign stop for the 2019 race for the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Louisville on Monday morning, with a message focused on teachers and the future of Kentucky. The Louisville announcement on Monday morning was the first for Beshear, and his running mate, Jacqueline Coleman, an educator and founder of non-profit LEAD Kentucky — a program that recruits and trains college women in an effort to build the next generation of leaders.... Read more 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray endorses Democratic nominee Amy Mcgrath for Congress

06/29/2018 03:55 PM

LEXINGTON – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has officially endorsed Democratic 6th District Congressional Candidate Amy McGrath in her race against Republican incumbent Andy Barr. Gray made the announcement on Friday as took took McGrath on a tour of the recently renovated old Fayette County Courthouse. Gray, who lost to McGrath in the primary by 8,000 votes, says that McGrath is the one candidate who can build unity across the state as well as the country. “Our countries divided, and this is a... Read more 

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