On the Trail

GOP invokes terrorism connection to illegal immigrants in mailer against Rep. Jim Gooch

10/30/2014 03:51 PM

UPDATED: The Republican Party of Kentucky is targeting conservative Democratic Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence in a mailer referencing the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York, terrorist Mohammed Atta and ISIS. It has been a tough re-election season for Gooch, his remarks to Pure Politics about a pair of women’s underwear resurfaced in a television ad from his GOP challenger in September, and he has been under attack from outside groups including the state Republican Party. Gooch said he was “shocked”... Read more 

Miles brings Warren's personal past to light in a TV ad right before the election

10/30/2014 03:41 PM

State Rep. Suzanne Miles, R-Owensboro, is bringing the domestic violence allegations against her Democratic opponent John Warren to the attention of voters with an ad that began running just five days before ballots are cast on Election Day. The ad obtained by Pure Politics shows a pair of protective order documents sought by Warren’s then-wife in 2004 as the couple’s marriage ended alongside a mugshot of the Democratic candidate. “The court documents tell the story. Demeaned his wife, raised his fist... Read more 

Grimes likens her battle against McConnell to 'The Rumble in the Jungle' as Election Day nears

10/30/2014 01:40 PM

UPDATED: Leaning heavily on boxing analogies Thursday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes compared her race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to famed Kentucky boxer Muhammad Ali’s surprise eight-round victory over undefeated champion George Foreman 40 years prior. Sharing the stage again with former President Bill Clinton before a crowd of more than 350 outside the Muhammad Ali Center, Grimes said she would need her supporters in order to “deliver the knockout to Mitch McConnell” in Tuesday’s election. “My fellow... Read more 

Former lawmakers Belcher and Nemes fight to return to Capitol in open seat race

10/30/2014 09:01 AM

One election cycle removed from legislative power former Representatives Linda Belcher and Mike Nemes are trying to get back to Frankfort and carry their respective parties into legislative control. If Republicans want to take the helm in the lower chamber, which Democrats have controlled since 1921, they will likely need to win all six open seat races which includes the 49th District in Bullitt County. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district in registration, but as Belcher found out in 2012... Read more 

McConnell and other conservatives urge GOP vote at rally while Bevin declines to say whether he'll pull lever for primary foe

10/29/2014 11:45 PM

A pair of high-profile conservatives framed Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign as the country’s most pivotal midterm race, saying his reelection would be a harbinger of change in President Barack Obama’s final years in office. But at least one person in the audience, the man McConnell bested in a bruising May primary, would not say whether he plans to vote for the five-term incumbent after urging about 325 attendees at the Restore America Rally in Jeffersontown to hit the polls... Read more 

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp stumps for Grimes in central Kentucky

10/29/2014 08:53 PM

WINCHESTER – North Dakota junior U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp joined in the parade of high profile national Democratic surrogates joining Alison Lundergan Grimes in the final week of her campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Heitkamp joined Grimes in central Kentucky Wednesday with stops in Clark, Bourbon and Fayette County where the Senator said she knows the fight Grimes is waging. In 2012, Heitkamp won an open seat for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota by defeating Republican U.S. Rep.... Read more 

Beshear's transportation announcement tour continues in competitive House districts

10/29/2014 06:05 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear has expanded his positive economic development tour through three competitive House districts, adding stops in Dawson Springs, Glasgow and Hodgenville Thursday. Beshear appeared alongside state Reps. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, and Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, for various transportation announcements Wednesday. His office sent advisories for similar announcements Thursday with, among others, state Reps. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, and Terry Mills, D-Lebanon. Beshear is scheduled to kick off the day in Dawson... Read more 

Dueling Dollars: Outside groups look outside of Kentucky to help in battle for control of House

10/29/2014 05:55 PM

The two outside groups getting most involved in this year’s state House races have relied as much or more on out-of-state donations than contributions from Kentucky in order to influence races that will determine control of the lower chamber. Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values and GOP machine Republican State Leadership Committee have made a lot of noise as they’ve spent hundreds of thousands dollars on advertisements in more than a dozen key districts. Kentucky Family Values, according to a... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Warren starts Grimes' weeklong push toward Election Day with high-profile surrogates

10/28/2014 10:30 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes began her one-week sprint to Election Day flanked by one of the most popular members of her party. Before the week’s up, she’ll be joined again by a former president and his wife, whom many believe will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016 if she decides to run. Grimes was joined by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., before about 400 supporters at the Copper and Kings Distillery in Louisville Tuesday, and the... Read more 

Heiner's super PAC spends nearly all its money in seven House races

10/28/2014 06:46 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner’s super PAC, New Direction Kentucky, is targeting four Democratic incumbents and three open seats in this fall’s election cycle, dropping more than $232,000 on radio advertising and mailers this month. The $232,771 spent by New Direction Kentucky represents nearly all of the $234,139 dispersed by the super PAC in the 15 days before the election, leaving the group with $12,160 on hand, according to KREF records. In a statement, Heiner said he expects Republicans to assume control... Read more 


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