On the Trail

Thayer worried over possible move to presidential primary caucus system; wants Grimes to challenge Andy Beshear for Attny. General in 2015

11/23/2014 04:53 PM

Senate Republican Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown is offering up his suggestions for Democrat Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her future in politics, and he’s weighing in on what the Kentucky GOP should do to allow one of their own to run for the highest office in the country. Nearly one month removed from the Election the focus is shifting towards 2015 races for governor and constitutional officers as well as the 2016 presidential primary as... Read more 

With only 11 members Senate Democrats prepare to elect leadership

11/18/2014 09:29 PM

With the defeat of the state Sen. R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, the wounded Senate Democrats will have to find a replacement for their leader and essentially the entire leadership team as one member retires at the end of the year and another steps down from the three-member team. After the 2014 election season, Senate Democrats have dwindled to their slimmest margin in recent memory with only 11 members, but there is the prospect of gaining one more seat in a special... Read more 

Conway campaign adds staff, in process of hiring manager in wake of midterms, senior advisor says

11/18/2014 07:36 PM

Attorney General Jack Conway remains the only prominent Democrat in the gubernatorial field, and he’s beefed up his campaign staff as others in his party consider a run for the office in 2015, senior advisor Mark Riddle said Tuesday. Conway added Matt Osborne and Scott Gale, who both worked on Gov. Steve Beshear’s campaigns, as his campaign’s finance director and fundraising consultant, Riddle said. The campaign also hired Jefrey Pollock, president of Global Strategy Group, as Conway’s pollster, Doc Sweitzer, founder... Read more 

Conway says EPA law suit is about what's fair for Kentucky

11/18/2014 01:15 PM

LEXINGTON — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said the state will bear a disproportionate burden if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has its way in imposing stricter pollution standards. Conway, along with 11 other states Attorney’s General, filed a lawsuit against the EPA to prevent conforming to the proposed green house gas regulations. The EPA wants to limit carbon dioxide emissions 18 percent in Kentucky by 2030, but with Kentucky’s vast reliance on coal Conway argues the restrictions could be... Read more 

Rep. Jeff Greer makes his case for House Speaker Pro Tem

11/17/2014 07:54 PM

With Democrats continuing their near century of majority dominance in the state House caucus members are again going through the internal leadership election process, but this time members are vying for an open leadership spot as current Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark announced last week he would not be seeking the post. Rep. Jeff Greer of Brandenburg is one of four caucus members currently seeking the position of pro tempore which presides over the chamber in the absence of the... Read more 

Thayer sees positives for GOP in 2014 races; plans to keep pressure on House Dems through legislation

11/17/2014 02:38 PM

Republican Majority Floor Leader state Sen. Damon Thayer said the 2014 elections in Kentucky shows the electorates is moving towards conservative principles and policies, but he said there was disappointment for the GOP in state House races. In an interview in his Georgetown home Thayer said Kentucky led the way in the “repudiation of President Barack Obama’s policies” in the U.S. Senate race between Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. “I think voters in Kentucky... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial candidates agree on Medicaid expansion's sustainability in Kentucky

11/16/2014 02:21 PM

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility has put the state on an unsustainable path when the federal government ratchets down its share of the bill beginning in 2017, Republican gubernatorial candidates James Comer and Hal Heiner say. Beshear’s executive order, made possible through the Affordable Care Act, has added more than 425,000 recipients to Kentucky’s Medicaid rolls, and Washington, D.C., has paid 100 percent of the costs for the newly eligible. Beshear based his decision in part on... Read more 

House Republican leadership elections taking shape

11/14/2014 07:53 PM

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: House Republicans are dusting off their suits and preparing for an internal election after falling short in their efforts to take the majority in the state House of Representatives. The GOP picked up four seats in the 2014 election season to return to their previous numbers after losing members to redistricting and legislative retirements. The caucus needed a gain of nine seats in the election to take the chamber but fell short to Democrats, who hold a... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial candidates talk campaign staff changes as they ramp up efforts

11/14/2014 03:59 PM

Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial candidates are keeping to their word, ramping up their campaigns with this year’s midterm elections decided. Louisville real estate developer Hal Heiner recently hired Kyle Robertson, who managed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s reelection campaign this year and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s in 2012, as a senior advisor and Doug Alexander, former press secretary to Kentucky Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, as communications director. Heiner told Pure Politics in an interview Friday that Robertson will “have the responsibility for the... Read more 

Recanvass in 91st House District shows no change in 14-vote victory for Democratic challenger

11/13/2014 04:47 PM

Democrat Cluster Howard’s 14-vote victory over GOP Rep. Toby Herald in last week’s 91st House District election will stand after a recanvass in Estill, Breathitt, Lee and Owsley counties, secretary of state spokeswoman Lynn Zellen told Pure Politics Thursday. Zellen said the recanvass showed no change in vote totals for either candidate. Howard, of Jackson, won 6,937 votes to 6,923. Herald, of Beattyville, carried Estill County by 806 votes, Lee by 814 votes, Owsley by 397 and the small section of... Read more 

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