On the Trail

Matt Jones will not run for Congress

11/23/2015 12:36 PM

UPDATED — Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones has opted out of a run for the 6th Dist. Congressional race in 2016 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington. In a blog post, Jones said that he’s not ready to move on from his sports radio show just yet. “I am extremely proud of what we have built here at KSR and the amazing opportunity I get to have as a part of it daily,” Jones wrote on his website.... Read more 

Paul: U.S. should “absolutely not” monitor mosques, create Muslim database

11/22/2015 04:31 PM

Calling Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s stance on the topic “disqualifying,” Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday that he opposed government surveillance at mosques and establishing databases to track Muslims. “Yes we should follow people who are a risk,” Paul said. “Should we talk to their neighbors and friends, should we talk to their imam? Sure, all of that is legitimate, but should we target mosques and have a database of Muslims? “Absolutely not, and... Read more 

Running down-ballot in Kentucky a tedious task, campaign operative says

11/20/2015 10:25 AM

With lower bankrolls, a disengaged electorate and lack of significant media attention, it can be tough to run a statewide campaign in Kentucky if you’re not involved in a top-tier race. That’s what Tres Watson found waiting for him as he toured the state in 2015 as Agriculture Commissioner-elect Ryan Quarles’ campaign manager. “When you’re a down-ticket candidate it can sometimes be difficult, you know, getting media out. TV is hard to come by when you’re down ticket, unless... Read more 

2016 candidate filings roundup: Matt Butler drops out of 38th District Democratic primary

11/19/2015 10:41 PM

The Republican Party holds a supermajority in the state Senate and with the election of Matt Bevin regains control of the governor’s office for just the second time in 44 years, but the real test will be to see if the GOP can gain control of the last Democratic-controlled chamber in the south — the state House. Since 1923 Kentucky Democrats have held control of the chamber, but the flip in allegiances from Democrat to Republican by Rep. Denny... Read more 

Louisville Rep. Denny Butler switches party affiliation to GOP

11/19/2015 10:16 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM STUMBO, STIVERS, MCCONNELL: Rep. Denny Butler of Louisville has switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Butler has served two terms in the House of Representatives as a Democrat, but according to a filing with the Secretary of State’s website he has changed his registration to Republican when he filed for re-election on Wednesday. Republican House Leader Jeff Hoover tweeted out the change in party affiliation and welcomed Butler into the GOP caucus. Hoover’s office... Read more 

Gov.-elect Bevin says Election Day results "a cry for help" from Kentuckians as GOP celebrates wins, looks ahead to 2016

11/14/2015 06:40 PM

With 106 of the state’s 120 counties in his column, Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin said the state’s electoral map last week represented “a cry for help from the people of Kentucky” during his remarks to the Republican Party of Kentucky’s state central committee on Saturday. The meeting of top GOP officials doubled as a rallying cry ahead of next year’s legislative races, with Republicans vying for control of the state’s House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. The celebratory... Read more 

His health initiatives in the political crosshairs, Gov. Beshear defends kynect, Medicaid expansion

11/14/2015 09:53 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear gave a forceful defense of federal health programs he enacted during his final term in office, urging Gov.-elect Matt Bevin, who campaigned aggressively on scrapping the state-based exchange kynect and altering expanded Medicaid, to reconsider his position on Friday. Beshear mentioned Bevin by name repeatedly during a Capitol news conference highlighting recent health progress in the state, pointing to statistics showing increased health coverage and economic activities in his appeal to the Republican. “During election season the political rhetoric... Read more 

Mac Brown elected chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky

11/09/2015 09:23 AM

The Republican Party Executive Committee has elected J. McCauley “Mac” Brown, vice president of Brown-Forman and a prominent political fundraiser to lead the party as outgoing chair Steve Robertson joins the private sector. This is the second high profile move for Brown who was named the chairman of GOP Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s 21-person transition steering committee last week. “I am humbled by the vote of confidence from Republican leaders from around the state, and I accept this opportunity to... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz enters Kentucky's GOP presidential caucus, becoming third candidate to file

11/06/2015 03:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is the third presidential candidate to file for Kentucky’s March 5 caucus, formally entering the contest on Thursday. Republican Party of Kentucky Executive Director Mike Biagi said Friday that Cruz, R-Texas, paid the $15,000 filing fee, joining former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New York real estate mogul Donald Trump as the only GOP presidential candidates in the caucus. Biagi said he’s happy to see candidates begin making plans for Kentucky’s caucus and expects more to come as... Read more 

House GOP sees fertile ground in 2016 with Bevin win

11/04/2015 05:02 PM

Their hopes buoyed by a conservative wave that carried Gov.-elect Matt Bevin to a 9-point win on Tuesday, Republicans are optimistic in their prospects to retake control of Kentucky’s House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. “I’ve been on the phone since seven o’clock this morning fielding calls from the candidates that we’ve been recruiting and looking at districts where we lacked a little bit of interest to this point,” state Rep. Jonathan Shell, chairman of the House... Read more 


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