On the Trail

Analysts predict sharp elbows in fight for earned media at Fancy Farm

07/29/2015 10:56 PM

With rhetoric heating up between gubernatorial candidates Kentuckians can expect one-liners sprinkled with vitriol at Fancy Farm, but Matt Bevin and Jack Conway will also be competing for air time and column inches in what has so far been a sleepy open-seat general election. “Last year when we all went to Fancy Farm to me it felt like … we were coming out for the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. This year it feels more like the kickoff —... Read more 

Bevin, Conway clash over policy at Chamber forum

07/28/2015 10:34 PM

In their third joint appearance of the general election gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway traded barbs as policy took center stage. The forum between Bevin and Conway keynoted the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit in Louisville on Tuesday. The forum was moderated by former Pure Politics managing editor Ryan Alessi. The next governor will assume office in December and will quickly have to produce a budget to guide the state over the next two years. A... Read more 

President Obama is antagonist in new ads by Jack Conway, Republican Governors Association

07/28/2015 11:23 AM

As Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway seeks separation between himself and an unpopular president in one of two new television ads released on Tuesday, the Republican Governors Association is attempting the opposite in a competing spot unveiled the same day. Conway’s campaign released two 30-second ads that are set to air statewide in a six-figure buy. In one, titled “Fiscal,” Conway pledges to “hold the line on taxes” and touts his office’s record of winning high-dollar judgements during his two terms... Read more 

Attorney general candidate Andy Beshear rolls out seven-point plan to combat child abuse

07/27/2015 10:39 PM

Democratic candidate for attorney general Andy Beshear has released a series of proposed reforms to prevent child abuse in the commonwealth. On Monday Beshear announced a seven-point plan aimed at cracking down on child abuse in Kentucky. Nearly 23,000 kids in Kentucky were found to be in need of services in 2014, according to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky upon their review of data from Child Protective Services and the Department for Community Based Services. According to the group, the number of... Read more 

Americans for Prosperity says Jack Conway would lead Kentucky in wrong direction in pre-Fancy Farm Web ad, mailer

07/25/2015 01:37 PM

The Kentucky chapter of the conservative 501(c )(4) Americans for Prosperity has launched a digital and direct-mail campaign ahead of this year’s Fancy Farm festivities, hoping to connect Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway with President Barack Obama in the minds of voters. AFP released a digital ad titled “You’re Going The Wrong Way, Jack Conway” on Friday, depicting Conway as a supporter of cap-and-trade legislation, the Affordable Care Act and high-dollar government spending. Julia Crigler, AFP Kentucky state director, said the... Read more 

Bevin adds $1k from McConnell PAC in latest fundraising report; Conway still holds major cash advantage

07/24/2015 01:00 PM

The political action committee of Matt Bevin’s former political rival — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell — provided the lone new donation in the last month for the Republican gubernatorial nominee. The $1,000 check from McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee leadership PAC brings Bevin’s campaign coffers to $2,954.64 in cash-on-hand, according to a 60-day post-primary report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. McConnell’s PAC also sent $1,000 donations to the other GOP candidates running for Constitutional offices. In late August... Read more 

Conway, Bevin bare knuckles in second public gubernatorial forum at Kentucky Farm Bureau

07/23/2015 07:12 PM

Gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway traded barbs and accused one another of spreading mistruths during Thursday’s “Measure the Candidates” forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau. In their second public appearance as their parties’ nominees, the pair touched on topics such as tax exemptions, tort reform, health care and rural infrastructure, with Conway continually seeking to present contradictory stances from his opponent while Bevin repeatedly urged the audience in the KFB boardroom and watching online to visit his website... Read more 

Ky. Democrats hope to pin Bevin with past comments on farm bill in run-up to Ky. Farm Bureau forum

07/22/2015 02:46 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin is taking lumps for critical comments he made about last year’s U.S. farm bill a day before he meets Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway at a gubernatorial forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau. The Kentucky Democratic Party organized a conference call on Wednesday with two farmers supporting Conway’s candidacy, Democratic Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett and 2007 Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate David Neville. The trio heaped criticism on Bevin based on a February 2014 Associated... Read more 

Andy Beshear's allegiances questioned in latest ad from GOP group backing Westerfield

07/22/2015 12:48 PM

The Republican Attorneys General Association is keeping up their mid-July ad barrage against Democratic candidate Andy Beshear, seeking to bring attention to Beshear’s background. In the ad, the group specifically targets who Beshear would represent as attorney general. The 30-second spot points to a lack of law enforcement experience for the candidate, who is an attorney with Louisville-based Stites and Harbison. “How about the special interests bankrolling his campaign raising questions of ethics? Or the companies he’s worked for but would... Read more 

Bevin wants military personnel to have guns on duty; Beshear says current rules allow it

07/21/2015 03:59 PM

Following the deadly attacks in Chattanooga, Tenn., one Republican lawmaker and GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin are calling on Gov. Steve Beshear to allow service members access to firearms, something Beshear says is already allowed. On Thursday, Mohammad Abdulazeez took the lives of five service members in Tennessee. The shootings, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, started at a Chattanooga National Guard recruiting center in a strip mall. Afterwards, Abdulazeez drove to a local Navy operations center, where... Read more 

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