On the Trail

House veteran touts seniority while GOP challenger says it's time for a change in 20th district

10/25/2016 04:47 PM

BOWLING GREEN – Democratic House Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards is facing off against Republican Melinda Hill, a Bowling Green city commissioner, says that his experience affords him the opportunity to further benefit his Warren County region, while Hill says that it’s time for new blood as Richards seeks his twenty-first term in office. Hill, who once served as a page for Richards, says that she will bring new ideas and a new way of looking at things to the job. “I... Read more 

RPK hit with cease and desist letter after targeting Rep. Short; refuses to drop attacks

10/25/2016 03:36 PM

A lawyer representing Democratic Rep. John Short issued a cease and desist letter to the Republican Party of Kentucky for an attack website reported on by Pure Politics last week, and now the RPK is telling Short to bring a suit, if he dares. The RPK is asked to remove or amend the website in a letter sent by Anna Whites on Monday, because the site is “false, misleading and defamatory.” Pure Politics spoke to Short last week about the website... Read more 

RSLC again targets Speaker Stumbo, this time over 2005 pension "greed bill"

10/25/2016 12:46 PM

The Republican State Leadership Committee is again taking aim at House Speaker Greg Stumbo on television and radio airwaves, launching ads questioning his public pension. The 30-second TV spot, airing in Stumbo’s 95th House District covering Floyd County and part of Pike, relies on a study by the conservative Bluegrass Institute, a free-market think tank based in Bowling Green, on the effects of House Bill 299 after it passed in 2005. That legislation, dubbed the “greed bill,” allows lawmakers to count their... Read more 

Bevin, Stumbo clash in ads running in 95th District

10/24/2016 05:09 PM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has faced many a Republican foe in his 36 years in public office, but in his latest election the Prestonsburg Democrat is battling being linked to the top of the Democratic ticket, his GOP challenger and Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. On Saturday, the first year Republican governor posted a video on Facebook tying Stumbo to Bill and Hillary Clinton and their anti-coal comments. The 53 second video is produced by the House Republican Caucus Committee and... Read more 

Outside spending shows which House districts are in play for super PACs ahead of elections

10/23/2016 08:00 AM

As outside groups ramp up their efforts in this year’s slate of state House races, filings with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance reveal exactly which districts are getting the most attention about two weeks ahead of the Nov. 8 elections. The two major super PACs spending heavily in this year’s cycle have invested in different strategies. Republican super PAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership has spent the bulk of its resources on TV advertising while Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values... Read more 

GOP groups target Rep. John Short in 92nd House District

10/22/2016 02:41 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky and super PAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership have launched a bevy of attacks against Democratic Rep. John Short, of Mallie, in an effort to bring the 92nd House District under GOP control. The Republican Party has dropped a website targeting the lawmaker over being named in a 2012 vote-buying scheme in Magoffin County. Pure Politics first reported on Short being named in court documents in June. In a phone interview with Short on Friday,... Read more 

The Chatter: Gov. Bevin's office disputes Democratic lawmaker, emails show knowledge of right-of-way issues in delayed road project

10/22/2016 12:34 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin’s office released internal Transportation Cabinet emails on Friday that indicate state Rep. Russell Meyer knew of right-of-way issues on a road project in his district months before its delay in March. It’s the latest development in a back-and-forth between Bevin’s administration and Meyer, a Nicholasville Democrat who has accused the Republican governor of delaying an $11 million expansion of East Brannon Road after rebuffing offers to join the House GOP caucus. The email release came the same day... Read more 

Candidates in 94th district house race oppose Hillary Clinton

10/21/2016 10:04 AM

Both 94th district House candidates Republican Frankie Justice and Democrat Angie Hatton oppose the policies of Hillary Clinton, advocate for resurrecting the struggling coal industry, as well as diversifying the economy in their eastern Kentucky district. Justice, the former mayor of Pikeville and current city council member, and Hatton, a Letcher County assistant attorney, are both vying for the open seat currently occupied by Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs after she decided not to seek re-election after 10 years in office. The district... Read more 

State House races focus of Americans for Prosperity's field work ahead of elections

10/20/2016 06:22 PM

GEORGETOWN — With control of the state’s House of Representatives at stake, candidates aren’t the only ones knocking on doors in districts throughout Kentucky. On Wednesday, Americans for Prosperity’s Kentucky chapter spent part of the afternoon canvassing a Scott County neighborhood in Democratic Rep. Chuck Tackett’s district. Tackett faces Republican Phillip Pratt in the Nov. 8 election. Tablets and smartphones have replaced paper and clipboards as tracking tools, with every interaction, or lack thereof, noted in the 501(c )(4)’s i360 data application.... Read more 

Gray on Congress to institute a national infrastructure improvement program

10/19/2016 05:47 PM

COVINGTON – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray has called for Congress to commit to a national infrastructure program to repair or build bridges, like the Brent Spence Bridge in northern Kentucky, improve rural highways and bring broadband access to the entire state. Gray, who is running against Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, made the comments on Wednesday at an overlook in Covington’s Devou Park which offers a panoramic view of the Brent Spence Bridge below. “To get the economy in the... Read more 


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