On the Trail

GOP candidates talk heroin, education and public-private partnerships at N. Ky. Chamber forum

03/27/2015 04:57 PM

ERLANGER – The four GOP candidates for governor gathered in Northern Kentucky on Friday to make their pitch to Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce members and local officials as to why they should be the next governor. Topics ranged from how to improve education in the state to addressing the heroin epidemic. While all four candidates, entrepreneur Matt Bevin, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, Louisville businessman and former councilman Hal Heiner and former State Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott, applauded the... Read more 

Hal Heiner builds lead in third-party poll while other GOP gubernatorial candidates dismiss results

03/26/2015 07:33 PM

An external poll released Thursday shows Republican gubernatorial hopeful Hal Heiner leading the GOP pack and extending his advantage from a March 10 Bluegrass Poll to double digits. Heiner, a former Louisville Metro Council member who led with 28 percent support in this month’s Bluegrass Poll, finished with 33.4 percent backing among 601 GOP voters, according to the Mississippi-based polling firm Triumph Campaigns. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer came in second at 19.1 percent, Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin finished third... Read more 

Matt Bevin drops first radio ads in GOP gubernatorial primary

03/26/2015 01:25 PM

Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Matt Bevin is dropping two radio ads with less than two-months to go before the May 19 gubernatorial primary election. One of the two 60 second radio spots plays off of the NCAA basketball tournament and the “final four” candidates vying for the GOP nomination. MAN: Bevin’s running for Governor? WOMAN: He sure is. Bevin was the first candidate to come out with a Blueprint for a Better Kentucky, a jobs plan so good other teams are... Read more 

Congressman Barr endorses Quarles in GOP primary for Commissioner of Agriculture

03/23/2015 03:25 PM

With less than two months to go before the May 19 primary U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is tossing his support behind state Rep. Ryan Quarles who is vying for the GOP nomination for state agriculture commissioner. Quarles, R-Georgetown, faces fellow Republican Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield, who filed in the final days of the filing deadline to run for agriculture commissioner, setting up the primary. In his endorsement Barr said Quarles has “farming in his blood.” “Ryan’s background in agricultural economics and... Read more 

Latest statewide TV ad from Heiner focuses on job creation including e-verify program

03/19/2015 01:59 PM

UPDATED: With 60 days until the May 19 primary for governor, GOP candidate Hal Heiner is sharpening his policy message as a job creator by laying out an e-verify plan to “protect jobs for legal Kentuckians.” Heiner’s latest 30-second statewide television ad re-emphasizes his business background laying out part of his “Kentucky First” plan for the state. The ad mention three main points in his jobs plan: fighting Obama’s mandates, reducing personal taxes and implementing e-verify to prevent illegal immigrants from... Read more 

Chatter: Paul eyeing April 7 for presidential bid; mine inspector names Keith Hall in plea deal

03/18/2015 04:43 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is eyeing April 7 as the day he will pull the trigger and officially toss his name into the ring for the White House. Multiple national and local news outlets citing confidential sources are reporting that Paul will announce his presidential bid at the Galt House in downtown Louisville. Paul has been traveling the country and telegraphing a run for the White House for the last two years with frequent visits to early primary states. The... Read more 

Jon Larson running for treasurer to abolish office; unsure if he would reject $115K salary if elected

03/16/2015 08:21 PM

Calling himself an abolitionist, Jon Larson is seeking to shutter the office of state treasurer by being elected to serve in the post. “It won’t get done if anyone else is elected,” he said in an interview Monday with Pure Politics. Larson — a former Fayette County judge-executive of four years, a position he also tried to abolish — is running in the three-way GOP primary for state treasurer. If elected Larson said he would lobby the General Assembly to... Read more 

Trailing in the polls, Will T. Scott uses descent from the skies to promote veteran-friendly platform

03/16/2015 06:04 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN — Republican gubernatorial candidate Will T. Scott, clad in a bright blue jumpsuit, was still catching his breath on Monday as he explained his six-point plan for Kentucky’s veterans after gliding to the earth from 3,500 feet. Parachuting is nothing new for the 67-year-old Vietnam veteran who served as a paratrooper in the war. Campaigning, too, is old hat for the former Kentucky Supreme Court justice who previously mounted unsuccessful bids for Congress and attorney general, and he hopes stunts like... Read more 

Nelson relying on his roots in Democratic primary treasurer's race

03/14/2015 03:32 PM

Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, is counting on his past and geographical location in the state in a five-way Democratic primary contest for state treasurer. Nelson faces well-funded Louisville businessman Neville Blakemore; Rep. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro; Daniel Grossberg, president of the Louisville Young Democrats; and former Democratic Rep. Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling in the May 19 primary. Saying he will “raise some money” for the contest, Nelson said he has yet to add to his campaign piggy bank, adding it... Read more 

Heiner encouraged by early lead in Bluegrass Poll, says he hopes GOP primary stays on issues not character assassinations

03/13/2015 12:39 PM

With an 8-point lead in the latest polling, GOP gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner is calling the poll “encouraging” given his 53 weeks on the campaign trail so far. In an interview Wednesday, Heiner, who has not shied from spending big on campaign advertisements, said he has been on the trail introducing himself and his ideas over the last year. “Just introducing myself as maybe an unlikely candidate, you know, an engineer and business person, somebody outside Frankfort running for the governor’s... Read more 

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