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Rowan County clerk ordered to court for continuing to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses

09/01/2015 07:23 PM

MOREHEAD — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her staff have been ordered to appear in federal court 11 a.m. Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Bunning to determine whether she is in contempt of court, a charge that could include a fine, jail time or both. Davis continued her stand on Tuesday of not issuing any marriage licenses despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday evening to not hear her request for emergency application. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, contends... Read more 

Road fund may get a second look next session with $139M decline in receipts expected, lawmaker says

09/01/2015 07:08 PM

A multimillion-dollar dip in receipts was expected when lawmakers approved a compromise bill on Kentucky’s motor fuels tax this session, but at least one legislator hopes to shore up the state road fund’s bottom line when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. Transportation Cabinet officials laid out the road fund’s status during an Interim Joint Transportation Committee meeting at the Muhammad Ali Center Tuesday, and estimates show the fund is expected to lose $139.2 million in the current fiscal year. Russ... Read more 

GOP Senator backs Democratic auditor's re-election bid; Edelen launches video featuring praise from other prominent Republicans

09/01/2015 12:25 PM

UPDATED: Auditor Adam Edelen launched a social media ad on Tuesday featuring prominent statewide Republicans lauding the achievements of the Democrat who is running for re-election. The ad which is published on Edelen’s social media sites highlights elected state Senators and one Constitutional office holder praising Edelen’s record in committee meetings and at press conferences. At least one Republican featured in the video contacted by Pure Politics is backing Edelen in the campaign, and another wants his image removed from... Read more 

Americans for Prosperity takes to airwaves with ad attacking Jack Conway, Affordable Care Act

08/31/2015 04:46 PM

The political 501(c )(4) group Americans for Prosperity is jumping into the fall election cycle with an ad attempting to tie Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. The ad, first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader, launched Monday in what AFP told the newspaper is a “hefty” six-figure ad buy. AFP is supported by the billionaire ultra-conservative Koch brothers. “Jack Conway chose Washington insiders over Kentucky families when he decided not to take... Read more 

Pro-Edelen super PAC releases Web ad with audio of praise from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow

08/31/2015 08:01 AM

UPDATED A super PAC supporting Auditor Adam Edelen’s re-election bid has released a Web ad using audio of an MSNBC segment lauding the incumbent Democrat’s speech at Fancy Farm this year. The two-minute video, titled “Big, Important Things,” features MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, on her Aug. 21 program, calling Edelen “the best southern Democratic politician I have seen speak at an event like this (Fancy Farm) since (former Texas Gov.) Ann Richards, since Bill Clinton in his prime.” The ad also... Read more 

Federal lawsuit against Rowan County clerk provides dividing-line for some candidates

08/27/2015 08:44 PM

As Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues her self-imposed ban on issuing marriage licenses despite a second federal court’s ruling this week, some Kentucky politicians remain steadfast in their beliefs that either the clerk is breaking the law or the state isn’t doing enough to resolve the matter. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Davis’ motion for a stay on Wednesday as she appeals U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order mandating she resume issuing marriage licenses. Davis and a pair... Read more 

Congressman John Yarmuth sat with KSR host Matt Jones at DCCC meeting in D.C.

08/26/2015 08:46 PM

Kentucky’s lone federal delegate U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville accompanied Matt Jones to a sit-down meeting with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C., Yarmuth said in an interview with Pure Politics. Jones is being wooed by national Democrats in an effort to find a challenger to Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington in the 6th Congressional District. “I think he’s an extremely bright, appealing guy,” Yarmuth said of Jones on Tuesday. “He has a built-in base. He... Read more 

Yarmuth "unsure" if Joe Biden would be better for Democrats than Hillary Clinton in 2016

08/25/2015 11:12 PM

After his recent criticism of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says Vice President Joe Biden’s entry in the race “could cause a lot of problems for a lot of Democrats (with) split loyalties.” Speaking to Pure Politics on Tuesday, Yarmuth said he’s “not sure yet” if a run from Biden would be better for Democrats seeking to keep the White House. “Joe is very popular. He is a great public servant,” Yarmuth said. (3:53) “I’ve known... Read more 

Pro-Jack Conway super PAC ad sharpens focus on Matt Bevin's refusal to release tax returns

08/25/2015 01:37 PM

Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values is sharpening their messaging in their latest TV with a focus on Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns. The 30-second ad released on Tuesday by the pro-Jack Conway PAC focuses on the “tradition” of gubernatorial candidates releasing their tax-returns for public inspection as a candidate. The ad also turns to the previous tax delinquency claims made by the campaign of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP primary... Read more 

The Chatter: Matt Jones courted to challenge Andy Barr; Hillary email scandal "political bomb" in Ky.

08/24/2015 02:59 PM

Controversial sports radio host Matt Jones is considering challenging U.S. Rep. Andy Barr for the 6th District Congressional seat in 2016. Jones, an unabashed supporter of President Barack Obama, first confirmed he has been approached by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman on Sunday. The host of affiliated sports program Kentucky Sports Radio, told his listeners on Monday that he was considering a run for office, but had not yet made up his mind. Jones... Read more 

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