On the Trail

Bernie Sanders, Hillary and Bill Clinton to campaign in Kentucky this week

05/01/2016 12:36 PM

UPDATED As his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination heads to Appalachia next week, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Louisville’s Waterfront Park on Tuesday. Sanders is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. at the park’s Great Lawn in his first campaign stop in Kentucky, with doors opening at 4 p.m. Entrance will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and the campaign recommends those hoping to attend RSVP here. The event comes two weeks ahead of the... Read more 

Chelsea Clinton campaigns in Lexington for her mom

04/29/2016 12:02 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Sitting in a chair in the middle of the Lexington Hillary for Kentucky headquarters, a pregnant Chelsea Clinton spoke to volunteers and supporters encouraging them to reach as many Kentuckians as possible before the May 17 primary. The crowd of supporters filled the small campaign office and filled part of a parking lot off of Winchester Road. Clinton spoke for about an hour to nearly 200 people in Lexington. Clinton called the presidential election “the most important of... Read more 

Fundraising update: How the rest of the most interesting primary races are stacking up

04/29/2016 08:22 AM

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part breakdown of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates. Part one can be viewed here. We’re rounding out our fundraising updates behind the other half of the most interesting races to watch, which can be an early predictor of support and strength of a candidate’s organization. 23rd House District (open seat, Democratic and Republican primaries) Danny Basil vs. Joe Trigg in the Democratic primary. Steve Riley vs. Freddie Joe Wilkerson in the Republican primary. In... Read more 

Current and former Democratic lawmakers endorse Attica Scott in House primary against incumbent Rep. Tom Riner

04/28/2016 11:50 AM

A sitting Democratic lawmaker and former Democratic House member have endorsed Attica Scott over incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Riner in the May 17 Democratic primary. Saying “Enough is enough,” Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, and former Rep. Eleanor Jordan, D-Louisville, signed a direct-mail letter to Democratic voters in the 41st House Distict in Louisville supporting Scott, a former Louisville Metro Council member, and bashing longtime colleague Rep. Tom Riner, who has served in the House since 1982. “For too many... Read more 

Fundraising update: How the top five most interesting primary races are stacking up

04/28/2016 08:05 AM

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two part break down of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates. The candidates locked in serious primary elections are digging deep into their own pockets and searching for donors to keep their Frankfort dreams alive. Pure Politics has identified the most interesting primary races to watch on May 17, and the latest round of fundraising totals are giving a new glimpse into the campaigns. 38th House District (Democratic primary) McKenzie Cantrell vs. Dan Johnson... Read more 

Chelsea Clinton will campaign in Lexington on Friday

04/27/2016 02:42 PM

In addition to an already scheduled fundraiser in Frankfort, the Clinton campaign is announcing Chelsea Clinton will campaign for her mother in Lexington on Friday. Clinton is scheduled to host an organizing event in Lexington at a field office for the campaign ahead of the presidential primary in Kentucky. The Clinton campaign says she will join supporters and volunteers to open the Hillary for Kentucky Lexington office at 10:15 a.m. A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign in Kentucky says Chelsea... Read more 

Jim Gray keeps jobs message at forefront of campaign talking points, takes aim at Rand Paul ahead of primary

04/26/2016 11:11 PM

LEXINGTON — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is already spending campaign cash in an effort to introduce himself to voters ahead of a six-way primary for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on May 17, but he’s also taking aim at Republican junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in carefully laid statements of late. “I’ve got the experience and I’ve got the record to run for U.S. senator, and that’s exactly why I’m here here, because I feel like Sen. Paul has not... Read more 

Clinton campaign opens headquarters in Louisville

04/25/2016 04:39 PM

LOUISVILLE — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will open her Kentucky campaign headquarters on Monday night in Louisville. The headquarters, located at 1357 Bardstown Road, will be used to launch phone banks and neighborhood canvasses as organizers and volunteers contact Kentuckians in Jefferson County leading up to the May 17 primary. The office is scheduled to open at 6 p.m. with a gala kickoff featuring Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, state Sen. Morgan McGarvey and state Reps. Joni Jenkins,... Read more 

McConnell, Bevin among 25 picked as delegates for Republican National Convention in July

04/23/2016 10:45 PM

LEXINGTON — Kentucky Republicans elected the final 50 delegates and alternates to this year’s Republican National Convention, choosing U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Matt Bevin, Congressman Hal Rogers and others during Saturday’s state convention. Despite some slight bumps, the slate of 25 delegates and 25 alternates cleared the convention on the first ballot, a feat the Republican presidential nominee may not match when delegates converge on Cleveland July 18. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump holds 845... Read more 

Chelsea Clinton headlining fundraiser in Frankfort at Crit Luallen's home

04/23/2016 04:39 PM

Chelsea Clinton is headlining a fundraiser to support her mother’s campaign at the home of former Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen next week. On April 29 at a time to be determined, Clinton will meet with guests at an event hosted by Luallen and Jennifer Moore, the former chairwoman of the Kentucky Democratic Party and board chair of Emerge Kentucky. At the fundraiser, co-hosts who contribute $1,000 can take part in a host reception with Clinton. Host-level contributors who give $2,700 are... Read more 

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