On the Trail

GOP candidate Knipper says Grimes has 'lost credibility' looks forward to SOS race

01/31/2015 10:14 AM

Republican Steve Knipper, the first person to announce his intentions to run for Secretary of State in 2014, says he likes his chances against the potential Democratic nominee and incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes. Knipper, a business analyst and IT project manager, says his background makes him the ideal candidate for a 21st century secretary of state. Current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is an attorney by trade, and Knipper said that the office is not “set for that skill set.” Leaning... Read more 

Democrats release internal polling memo showing Conway leading 2015 gubernatorial field

01/29/2015 06:30 PM

On the heels of a polling memo showing the GOP gubernatorial primary being a toss-up and the endorsement from Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes of Democratic candidate Jack Conway, the Kentucky Democratic Party released an internal polling memo showing Conway leading the 2015 field. The internal polling memo, which was conducted by Garin, Hart, Yang Research Group, shows Conway leading two GOP contenders in head-to-head match ups. The memo shows Conway leading Republican Louisville businessman Hal Heiner 44... Read more 

GOP gubernatorial poll shows race a 'toss-up'

01/29/2015 01:06 PM

The four way Republican primary for governor is essentially a toss-up in the early days of the race according to a new Remington Research Group poll. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer leads the Republican primary field by a slim margin in the poll with 22 percent of respondents favoring his candidacy, Matt Bevin with 19 percent, Hal Heiner with 18 percent and Will T. Scott trailing the field with 5 percent. A significant number of voters, 35 percent, remain undecided according to... Read more 

As Republican gubernatorial field grows to four, Democrat Jack Conway survives first real challenge to nomination

01/27/2015 08:32 PM

UPDATED FRANKFORT — Former tea party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin became the fourth and final Republican to enter this year’s gubernatorial primary Tuesday, filing for the office alongside the former chairwoman of the Bowling Green Southern Kentucky Tea Party. Bevin hopes to come back from a crushing 24-point defeat to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last May. The tea party-backed Louisville businessman had kept a relatively low profile since his loss but was often spotted at various GOP... Read more 

The Chatter: Newly elected House Democratic whip could be added to lawsuit, Matt Bevin will file for office today

01/27/2015 10:21 AM

A former legislative staffer is looking to include newly elected House Majority Whip Johnny Bell in her lawsuit against the Legislative Research Commission and others, accusing the Glasgow Democrat of drug use and firing her to make room for his lover on his leadership staff. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Yolanda Costner, whose suit centers on allegations of sexual harassment by former state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis, accused Bell of possessing Xanax and marijuana on Capitol grounds, storing moonshine... Read more 

2015 filing update: Rep. Glenn files for treasurer, Rep. Heath to run for agriculture commissioner

01/26/2015 05:51 PM

As the clock winds down on the deadline to enter the 2015 primary elections more candidates, including two sitting lawmakers, filed paperwork to run statewide on Monday. Rep. Jim Glenn, an Owensboro Democrat who has been a target for the GOP in recent election cycles because of slim victories in recent re-elections to the state House, will try his hand statewide. Glenn filed first thing Monday, and he pointed to his time in front of students working on financial literacy... Read more 

Alison Lundergan Grimes, still "encouraged" after double-digit U.S. Senate loss this fall, will seek re-election

01/26/2015 04:15 PM

UPDATED LEXINGTON — Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes ended months of speculation Monday, telling a crowd of about 70 supporters that she will seek re-election this year rather than mount bids of governor or attorney general. Grimes had been linked to nearly every constitutional office as the filing deadline approached, but she officially launched her re-election campaign at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, the same place she jumpstarted her 2011 run for secretary of state. The 36-year-old Democrat... Read more 

Matt Bevin still weighing options, leaving door open for GOP gubernatorial run

01/25/2015 03:13 PM

MAYSVILLE — Louisville businessman and and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is still deciding whether he will enter the gubernatorial primary. Bevin attended the Buffalo Trace Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in Maysville on Saturday where he heard speeches from three GOP gubernatorial candidates already committed to the race — state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott. Bevin said that he attended Saturday’s dinner as a voter, wanting to hear... Read more 

Republicans Comer, Heiner trade shots at KPA gubernatorial forum

01/23/2015 09:03 PM

A relatively tame forum between four gubernatorial candidates Friday finished with a bang after the simmering tension between Kentucky Agriculture James Comer and Louisville real estate developer Hal Heiner reached a boil. The light skirmish began after Comer suggested he and Heiner shared similar views on expanded gambling. Comer said he could back a constitutional amendment on casino-style gaming and allowing voters to ratify the proposal, but political realities in Kentucky’s General Assembly have marginalized the topic. Heiner had previously supported... Read more 

Republican Will T. Scott and running mate disagree on expanded gambling but united otherwise

01/23/2015 05:00 AM

Expanded gaming’s divisiveness isn’t simply a partisan matter. Just ask Republican gubernatorial candidate Will T. Scott. One of the principle planks of his campaign platform is to fund Kentucky’s depleted pension systems through proceeds from casino gambling. But if their bid for election is successful and if the General Assembly passes such a constitutional amendment, Scott’s running mate says he will vote against the ballot measure. The two agree on every other aspect of the ticket’s agenda, both candidates told Pure Politics in... Read more 

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