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Quarles named 2018 Fancy Farm emcee

06/04/2018 11:47 AM

Kentucky’s most raucous political speaking event will be emceed by Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles this year. Quarles will moderate the 138th annual Fancy Farm picnic political speaking event on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church, event organizers announced on Monday. “Growing up a farm kid in Kentucky, you always hear about the Fancy Farm picnic,” said Commissioner Quarles. “It was the fulfillment of a dream when I got the opportunity to take the stage for the first time... Read more 

Rep. Wesley Morgan walks back departure from GOP, rescinds Democratic endorsement

05/24/2018 11:25 AM

Days after losing a re-election bid in the GOP primary, promising to leave the Republican Party and endorsing a Democrat for his position Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, changed his mind. On Thursday, Morgan took to his Facebook page to inform his friends and followers of his decision to rescind his previous statements. “I have had time to reflect on my loss over the last day or so,” Morgan wrote. “I obviously said some things in shock that I did not... Read more 

After losing GOP primary Wesley Morgan quits GOP, backs Democratic candidate

05/23/2018 02:58 PM

Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, has vowed to remain a thorn in the side of the Republican Party and is endorsing Democratic nominee for the 81st House District Morgan Eaves. Rep. Morgan posted his frustrations in a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook page after losing the Republican nomination on Tuesday night to audiologist Deanna Frazier, who garnered 56.8 percent of the vote. “I will never cease to be a thorn in the side of every member of the Republican Party who... Read more 

PRIMARY 2018 | House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, two other GOP incumbents lose primary battles

05/22/2018 10:42 PM

With a slim loss in the 71st House District Republican primary House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell lost a stunning race as his GOP opponent, a teacher running on largely Democratic education talking points pulled out a victory. R. Travis Brenda, a teacher from Berea, defeated Shell by 123 votes, less than 2 percentage points, despite being heavily outspent. Brenda has raised $16,126 for the campaign, according to a finance report filed 15 days before the election. Shell raised a... Read more 

Rep. C. Wesley Morgan battling primary opponent as well as the GOP in trying to retain House seat

05/18/2018 02:46 PM

RICHMOND – 81st District incumbent Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, could be in for a fight as he faces audiologist Deanna Frazier in the GOP primary. Morgan, who was one of the most vocal voices in calling for the ouster of former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, amid sexual harassment allegations, has found it hard to gain friends in the Republican caucus, which includes getting action of any of his bills. “By me calling him out in November and all the... Read more 

Previewing Tuesday's primary elections

05/18/2018 12:56 PM

Primary elections are just days away and there are definitely more incumbents in the Republican Party facing opponents, but one of the biggest races in the state is taking place on the Democratic side on Tuesday. Les Fugate, a Republican, the executive vice president of RunSwitch PR and the former deputy assistant secretary of state, and Sherman Brown, a Democrat, partner at McCarthy Strategic Solutions and the veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns, sat down with Pure Politics on Friday to... Read more 

ROCKY 2019 sticker spotted; potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate still weighing decision

05/17/2018 01:19 PM

Rocky Adkins might be still deciding on a run for governor, but there are what appear to be campaign stickers carrying an apparent campaign logo, ROCKY 2019, already floating around Kentucky. The logo, with the letters ROC in white and KY in blue, were spotted this week on a car in Georgetown, Kentucky. A call to Adkins about the bumper sticker was not returned on Wednesday evening, but a spokesperson for Adkins told Pure Politics that the Sandy Hook Democrat... Read more 

Primary 2018: The most interesting primary races to watch in the state House and Senate

05/16/2018 04:22 PM

Kentuckians have less than a week before making their way to the polls (if they’re registered as Democrat or Republican), and deciding who to nominate to represent them in the November General Election. There are a slew of open seats this year, 21 to be exact — 10 held by Republicans and 11 held by Democrats; the fight for control of the lower chamber still rages, even though Republicans hold 63 seats to Democrats 37. Democrats feel bullish in their... Read more 

Dueling complaints filed as 26th Senate Dist. GOP primary nears

05/15/2018 03:41 PM

In the battle for the Republican primary in northern Jefferson and all of Oldham County the GOP candidates are feuding over campaign logos and a perceived threat against the challenger. State Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, is seeking a seventh term in the chamber he has served in for 26 years. Harris faces personal injury attorney and small businessman, Alex White of Louisville in the Republican primary and the 26th District race has gotten nasty. The Senate Republican Caucus Campaign Committee... Read more 

McConnell hires campaign staffer, donates to House candidates in ramp up to 2020 re-election bid

05/11/2018 03:00 PM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is getting ready to defend his seat in the upper chamber once again — hiring staff and cracking into his political goodwill war chest well ahead of the 2020 re-election campaign. Shane Noem is the first hire on his campaign team in Kentucky, in what is the earliest McConnell has started his campaign efforts ahead of a re-election contest. Noem is a McConnell senior political staffer, working with the team in 2014, and... Read more 

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