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RPK chair eyes potential GOP candidates to run for AG and Secretary of State in 2019

08/07/2017 12:50 PM

BENTON – Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman J. McCauley “Mac” Brown believes that the so-called “Trump bandwagon” which resulted in the GOP winning 64 House seats in 2016 was more the result of Gov. Matt Bevin’s popularity which led to a Trump landslide in the bluegrass state during the 2016 presidential election. Brown feels that growing conservative values of the state and the leadership of Bevin led to the GOP onslaught in 2016. “People are tired of not seeing things happen, and... Read more 

Fancy Farm 2017: Politics, food, games and fellowship

08/07/2017 12:25 PM

FANCY FARM – While the Fancy Farm picnic is known around the state and country for political speaking and theatrics, the picnic is a whole lot more. For many western Kentucky families the annual event marks a homecoming for many relatives. For St. Jerome Catholic Church, it’s the major fundraiser that provides financing for their mission work. For many it’s simply a fun family outing with great food, games, and interaction with family and friends in the community. Here’s... Read more 

Republicans take plenty of swipes at depleted Democrats, Beshear challenges Bevin and others to release tax returns at Fancy Farm

08/05/2017 05:31 PM

UPDATED FANCY FARM — Kentucky Republicans delivered a blistering rebuke of their counterparts on the other side of the aisle at the 137th Fancy Farm picnic on Saturday, often tossing barbs at the two Democrats who appeared at the annual event. And a day after telling reporters that he had outlined his concerns about a home purchase by Gov. Matt Bevin to federal authorities, Attorney General Andy Beshear continued to fan the flames of his feud with the governor by... Read more 

Adkins says he'll offer red meat to party faithful at Fancy Farm after encouraging signs recruiting candidates and for a possible gubernatorial bid

08/04/2017 09:08 PM

GILBERTSVILLE — House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins will be one of two Democrats to take the stage at this year’s Fancy Farm, and he says to expect some policy points mixed with a healthy dose of politics in his picnic speech as head of the House Democratic caucus. Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, told Pure Politics before the Mike Miller Bean Supper on Friday that he will offer “a little history lesson” of his party and touch on issues like health care,... Read more 

Democrats in D.C. and Frankfort could earn "second look" in upcoming cycles, Edelen says

07/29/2017 06:10 PM

New Kentucky Project co-founder Adam Edelen expects voters will give Democrats at both the federal and state levels “a second look” in the 2018 and 2019 elections, calling both cycles referendums on President Donald Trump and Gov. Matt Bevin. But the former Democratic state auditor who hopes to attract new faces to politics through his group also had a warning for his party brethren. “If that second look reveals the same old folks saying the same old stuff, the look won’t last... Read more 

What political observers are expecting from the stage and behind the scenes at Fancy Farm

07/12/2017 01:27 PM

Even though this year is an off-cycle year political analysts say Fancy Farm has not lost its importance, adding every year is an opportunity for politicians to mix it up and interact with voters. Les Fugate, a Republican, the executive vice president of RunSwitch PR and the former deputy assistant secretary of state, and Sherman Brown, a Democrat, principal at McCarthy Strategic Solutions and the veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns, recently sat down with Pure Politics to talk about the... Read more 

Lt. Gov. Hampton will not appear at Fancy Farm

07/10/2017 10:30 AM

Republican Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be joining Gov. Matt Bevin in not attending the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August. A spokesperson for Hampton confirmed to Pure Politics on Sunday night via email that the Lt. Governor would not be taking part in the event. The spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about her schedule on Saturday August 5. Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin’s staff informed Fancy Farm organizers that... Read more 

Bevin out, Beshear in for Fancy Farm 2017

07/05/2017 01:35 PM

Republican Governor Matt Bevin will be skipping the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August, but his Democratic rival Attorney General Andy Beshear will be taking the stage. Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking event, told Spectrum News Pure Politics that the governor’s scheduling office simply stated that Bevin had “other commitments.” The news was first reported by Adam Beam of the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Wilson said Beshear was the first Constitutional officer... Read more 

State Sen. Reggie Thomas launches campaign for 6th Congressional District

07/01/2017 06:16 PM

LEXINGTON — State Senator Reggie Thomas became the first major Democrat to announce his plans to take on U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the 6th Congressional District. He touched on topics like health care, jobs, infrastructure and education before about 150 supporters at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center on Saturday. As Republicans in both chambers of Congress move their versions of health-care reform closer to President Donald Trump’s desk, Thomas bemoaned the state’s poor health statistics and said Barr,... Read more 

Bevin: GOP opposition to Senate health care plan should be wake up call to voters

06/27/2017 01:03 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his support for the Senate plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but voiced his frustration with Republican members of the caucus imperiling a vote on the bill. In an interview on “West Virginia talk radio”: http://800wvhu.iheart.com/onair/the-tom-roten-morning-show-675/gov-bevin-senate-health-plan-is-15943315/ with WVHU host Tom Roten on Tuesday, Bevin said he understood why conservative members are opposing the bill which he said wasn’t very good, still he turned his ire on “mushy moderates.” “Why are we continuing... Read more 

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