On the Trail

Bevin shares his pension plan with retirees, but some skepticism remains

06/26/2015 10:44 PM

LEXINGTON — Kentucky’s public pensions will be a problem for the next several gubernatorial administrations, Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin told a group of retirees Friday. His hour-long talk with more than 80 at the Kentucky Public Retirees annual meeting included ideas to hire new employees into a 401(k)-style pension and offer current workers their own defined-contribution plans. Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Sannie Overly spoke to the group Thursday morning. Despite saying such a move would “stop the bleeding” in the... Read more 

Independent candidate for governor Drew Curtis and his plan for state pensions

06/24/2015 04:59 PM

Independent candidate for Kentucky governor Drew Curtis is an unlikely entrant into the race for governor, and the founder and operator of Fark.com plans on tackling some of the state’s biggest problems without the backing of a standard political organization. Curtis said friends encouraged him to run for the office, but he did not want to go the standard route and run as a member of either party. “I flipped it around and I said, ‘OK, forget what people care... Read more 

GOP's Matt Bevin starts in $110K hole, gets no donations after razor-thin victory in primary

06/24/2015 11:26 AM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin begins his campaign for Kentucky’s top elected office in a six-digit hole after spending more than $1 million in the final weeks of the GOP primary, filings with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance due Tuesday show. That sum, negative $110,731, is far below the $1.4 million Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway has banked in his campaign account, according to Conway’s 30-day, post-primary report to KREF. Bevin’s slim 83-vote victory in the May 19 primary hasn’t created... Read more 

Conway now in favor of relocating Jefferson Davis statue from state Capitol

06/24/2015 11:06 AM

Twenty-four hours after Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway told reporters he would have to “chew on” the idea of removing a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda, he says it’s time for the marble statue to go. “I believe that the Jefferson Davis statue belongs in a museum, where history is taught, rather than in the State Capitol, where laws are made, where rights are upheld, and where we strive for equal justice under the law,” Conway,... Read more 

Republicans ahead of Democrats in first independent poll of general election races

06/23/2015 06:43 PM

In the first independent poll of the 2015 campaign cycle, Republican candidates for constitutional office hold single-digit leads on their Democratic opponents, with GOP gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin ahead of Attorney General Jack Conway by 3 points. Public Policy Polling released the results of its survey of 1,108 Kentucky voters Tuesday, describing the race for governor as “pretty up for grabs” with Bevin leading Conway 38 percent to 35 percent, with independent candidate Drew Curtis netting 6 percent support and... Read more 

Conway hopes to expand bourbon tourism, broadband and other programs without tax increases in jobs plan

06/23/2015 03:44 PM

Attorney General Jack Conway unveiled his campaign’s jobs plan on Tuesday, pledging to “hold the line” on state taxes while investing in a new cabinet-level office for small businesses, expanded broadband availability and workforce training. Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Sannie Overly, presented their proposals to boost economic development outside the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Shively, with Conway singling out the bourbon industry as a vital piece of Kentucky’s more than $13 billion tourism industry. The General Assembly enacted... Read more 

Yarmuth will seek re-election to Congress for sixth term, hopes for immigration reform, infrastructure funds

06/22/2015 11:00 AM

UPDATED: Congressman John Yarmuth announced Monday that he will seek a sixth term to the U.S. House, hoping to keep speculation on his political future from distracting voters and Democrats in this year’s governor’s race. The decision is also a practical one for the Louisville Democrat, who said both incumbents and challengers alike must start early to mount credible campaigns in the day and age of super political action committees and so-called dark money groups that can unload torrents of... Read more 

First joint appearance lacks debate feel, but gubernatorial hopefuls continue public sparring on taxes, plans

06/19/2015 09:22 PM

The first “debate” between Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin Friday wasn’t an exchange of ideas, but rather a pair of broad speeches limited to 15 minutes with only Bevin, by virtue of speaking last, given an opportunity at rebuttal. The two shared the stage for the first time as their parties’ nominees at the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association/Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Summer Conference at the Galt House in Louisville. Their pre-lunch remarks drew... Read more 

Candidates for governor, attorney general react to South Carolina killings

06/19/2015 04:32 PM

This week a young man ambushed and killed nine African-Americans in an historic church in Charleston, S.C., and as the country comes to grips with the latest tragedy, Pure Politics asked Kentucky gubernatorial and attorney general hopefuls how leaders in those offices can help stop the violence. The accused, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, is in police custody for his actions as President Barack Obama again tries to console a nation in the face of another mass shooting, which some are describing... Read more 

Conway releases tax records in spite of Bevin's refusal, reveals forced energy stock sale worth $5.4M

06/18/2015 09:28 PM

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway released three years of tax returns as promised Thursday, offering the public a glimpse at his personal finances ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Conway’s campaign and other Democrats have hounded Republican candidate Matt Bevin to follow suit since the Louisville businessman told Pure Politics June 10 he would if elected, but not as a candidate. The Kentucky Democratic Party, in fact, released an online clock on Monday to track the amount of time... Read more 

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