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2018 candidate filing update: Get ready for another battle in the 91st

12/08/2017 12:36 PM

Get ready for what could be round three as former Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, has filed paperwork to once again vie for the 91st House District seat, a position he’s held and lost. This week’s roundup also features some intraparty scrapes as candidates line up to fight for Frankfort. State House 6th Dist. Republican Randall Fox, of Benton, has filed paperwork to enter the GOP primary for the district which encompasses all of Lyon, Marshall, and part of McCracken County. The... Read more 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announces bid for Democratic nomination in 6th Congressional District

12/05/2017 10:33 AM

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District, launching his campaign in several counties throughout the central Kentucky district on Tuesday. He enters a primary field with Amy McGrath, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marines; Reggie Thomas, a state senator from Lexington; and perennial candidate Geoff Young. The four are vying to take on U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, a Republican who has held the seat since 2012. Gray, who has served as Lexington’s mayor since... Read more 

Democratic consultant excited to see renewed enthusiasm

12/01/2017 08:56 AM

With new activist out in force bringing new energy to the political spectrum and new leaders at the helm of the Kentucky Democratic Paty, Democratic consultant and Elizabethtown school board member Matt Wyatt is excited about the future for the Democratic Party. Wyatt said there are new people becoming active within the state, and the party needs to nurture that growth and make sure they integrate new activist factions in all 120 counties of the state. With a 120 county... Read more 

2018 Filing Update: GOP House member announces run for state Senate

11/30/2017 09:23 AM

First-term House Republican Rep. Robby Mills, of Henderson, has decided to challenge longtime incumbent Senate Democrat Sen. Dorsey Ridley in the 2018 election cycle. Mills who won election to the state House in the GOP wave of 2016 announced he would be seeking the seat on social media Wednesday morning. “After much consideration and prayer, today I am announcing my intentions to seek the 4th district State Senate seat,” Mills wrote. “Our region needs a strong voice in the Majority... Read more 

McConnell on Roy Moore allegations: "I believe the women"

11/13/2017 11:30 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is calling for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down, and for another Republican to run in his place. Moore is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl when he was a 32-year old assistant district attorney, according to a report from the the Washington Post. Moore threatened to sue the newspaper in a campaign speech Sunday night. Moore has denied the allegations, but on Monday McConnell told reporters he “believe... Read more 

Longtime Louisville Rep. Jim Wayne will not seek re-election

11/07/2017 10:17 AM

After 27-years in the House of Representatives Rep. Jim Wayne has announced he will not seek another term. Wayne had been diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and lymph nodes in May of 2015, and endured 35 rounds of radiation and chemotherapy treatments in an effort to eradicate the cancer. He announced a clean bill of health and remission of the cancer in December of 2015, as he sought a 14th term in the House. The Louisville Democrat remarked on... Read more 

Kentucky poll shows split on Bevin, Trump and disapproval for McConnell

11/01/2017 01:52 PM

Kentuckians have mixed emotions when it comes to state and federal Republican leaders, according to a survey released this week by Western Kentucky University. The “Big Red Poll,” conducted by the WKU Social Science Research Center surveyed 562 Kentuckians between Oct. 16 and Oct. 27, for their approval and disapproval of key political figures in the state and in the White House. President Donald Trump has proven polarizing across the nation, according to recent national polling, but in Kentucky the Republican... Read more 

McGrath leads 6th Dist. Democratic primary candidates in campaign cash after 3rd Quarter report

10/16/2017 10:28 AM

Former Marine Corps fighter pilot Amy McGrath has been dominating political donations early in the 6th District Democratic primary campaign. McGrath is reporting raising $771,533 for the quarter ending September 30, according to the Federal Election Commission’s website. The Georgetown Democrat has now raised a total of $807,126, and has $551,551 cash-on-hand. McGrath has not loaned her campaign any personal loans, unlike one of her challengers. State Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, officially jumped into the race for the 6th... Read more 

Republican Party of Kentucky cries foul on nonprofit that paid for anti-McConnell billboards

10/11/2017 05:00 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky has filed a complaint against a group that paid for billboards critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Louisville recently, accusing Indivisible Kentucky of failing to file an independent expenditure report and disclose its donors. In the complaint filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, RPK says the 501(c )(4) should be forced to disclose its donors and file independent expenditure reports for the more than $10,000 purchase in July. The billboards include pictures of McConnell... Read more 

State House races 2018: The districts that are likely to be in play

10/11/2017 11:13 AM

In 2016 Republicans finally achieved what they had been trying to do for years, halt Democratic advances in Kentucky and take control of the state House of Representatives. Now that Republicans control the lower chamber with a 64 to 36 super majority, they will face their first test in holding their legislative advantage. The map of races on the table currently sit well for the GOP as more Democrats announce their plans to leave office, and the state party struggles... Read more 

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