On the Trail

A wrap-up of the 2016 Republican National Convention

07/22/2016 07:30 PM

CLEVELAND – Tear down is underway in the Quicken Loans Arena. The Republican National Convention came to an end with Donald Trump officially accepting the GOP nomination in what was one of the longest acceptance speeches in history. State Senator Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, says he believes Trump hit all of the marks in his highly-anticipated speech. “Everybody that’s at home watching this I think he appealed to them,” Alavardo said. “Talked about a lot of things that I think you’ve heard... Read more 

Day four of the Republican National Convention "Make America One Again"

07/21/2016 07:30 PM

CLEVELAND — Kentucky state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, commanded the stage on night three of the Republican National Convention. The Kentucky delegation was impressed and proud to have him representing the commonwealth on a national stage. Mike Duncan, the national Republican Party chair for Kentucky, believes this election is going to be about international and personal security. He also says he believes that Donald Trump is the candidate that voters want protecting them. Alvarado wasn’t the only one... Read more 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to speak at DNC

07/21/2016 04:02 PM

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Thursday afternoon a list of speakers who will address the convention in Philadelphia next week. So far, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the only Kentuckian on the list. The DNC statement says leaders were chosen “to speak about their support for Clinton’s vision of an America that is stronger together and where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.” They say more speakers will be announced in the coming... Read more 

Day three of the Republican National Convention " Make America First Again"

07/20/2016 08:00 PM

CLEVELAND – Donald Trump officially clenched the Republican Presidential nomination and the Kentucky delegates got to take part in history. Speaking on behalf of the Kentucky delegation, Governor Matt Bevin cast the roll call vote and Kentucky delegates called it exciting. State Representative David Osborne, R-Prospect, said, “I just absolutely saw history made. And regardless of what that looks like, it’s exciting to be a part of it. It’s what our country’s made of.” Delegates are not the only people... Read more 

Day two of the Republican National Convention "Make America Work Again"

07/19/2016 07:30 PM

CLEVELAND — Now that the dust has settled after chaos broke out on the convention floor on Monday, the Pure Politics team is catching up with the Kentucky delegates to get their take on all of the action. From the anti-Trump movement trying to get traction to what they think of vice presidential pick Mike Pence, state Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and Gov. Matt Bevin weigh in on the convention process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is speaking in... Read more 

Sen. Paul's campaign and victory committees net $1.4M in latest fundraising quarter with nearly $2.3M cash on hand

07/19/2016 06:58 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will report raising $1.3 million in the latest fundraising quarter that ended June 30, Paul’s campaign told Pure Politics on Tuesday. That’s more than the nearly $1.1 million raised by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, the Democratic candidate in the race. Paul’s campaign and the Rand Paul Victory Committee have nearly $2.3 million in cash on hand, according to the campaign, with that total jumping to $2.4 million when counting other various committees. Gray’s campaign has said it... Read more 

McConnell previews his Tuesday speech at RNC

07/18/2016 11:38 PM

CLEVELAND — When U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, takes the stage on day two of the Republican National Convention he will cast likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as bad for the economy. McConnell’s speech comes as part of the “Make America Work Again” theme and will focus on jobs and the economy and why Clinton will be an extension of the Obama years. “I’m clearly going to talk about what Hillary Clinton will be — four more years just... Read more 

Day one of the Republican National Convention "Make America Safe Again"

07/18/2016 07:30 PM

CLEVELAND — The first day of the Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, and the Pure Politics team is there following the Kentucky delegates over the next four days. Mac Brown, chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky, got the day started addressing the delegates. “We’ve come on a long road and I’m excited. I’m excited about where we are, the opportunity to nominate a man to lead this country in the right direction,” Brown said to the... Read more 

Hillary Clinton calls for unity and justice reforms in light of police shooting tragedies

07/18/2016 05:59 PM

CINCINNATI — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton decried the recent killing of policemen in Dallas and Baton Rouge and called for unity between law enforcement personnel and the communities that they serve as well as justice reform in a speech to members of the NAACP at their annual convention in Cincinnati. While Clinton feels that there has been progress in some communities building those relationships between police departments and the public, she says that there is still much work to... Read more 

Political experts say decisions by Paul, Gray to skip national conventions will matter to diehards, not so much everyday voters

07/17/2016 09:22 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and his Democratic opponent, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, won’t be attending their parties’ respective national conventions this year as Republicans and Democrats nominate the two most unpopular presidential candidates in modern history. But state political observers caution against reading too much into those decisions by Paul, who is among numerous Republicans skipping this week’s festivities in Cleveland, and Gray, who is campaigning in a state that has become increasingly conservative in federal elections. Paul has said he... Read more 

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