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The Chatter: Fighter pilot mulling bid for 6th Congressional District

04/29/2017 01:35 PM

A soon-to-be-retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marines may challenge Congressman Andy Barr in next year’s midterm elections, CNHI News reported Thursday. Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, a fighter pilot on 85 combat missions in Afghanistan and Irag and former congressional aide who now teaches political science at the U.S. Naval Academy, is among possible contenders for the 6th Congressional District seat in 2018, according to Kentucky Democratic Party Chairwoman Sannie Overly, who declined to name other potential entrants in next... Read more 

KDP names Mary Nishimuta new executive director

04/21/2017 10:41 AM

The Kentucky Democratic Party has named Mary Nishimuta as its new executive director, KDP announced in a news release Friday. The position had been discussed in the immediate aftermath of last year’s election cycle, when Democrats lost control of the state’s House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. Nishimuta, co-owner of Kentucky Coffeetree Café in Frankfort, said she hoped to implement a 120-county strategy in her new role as KDP’s executive director. She officially began work on Monday. “Coming... Read more 

Bernie Sanders implores Democratic voters to fight on at Louisville rally

04/19/2017 10:51 AM

LOUISVILLE – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders urged Democratic supporters on Tuesday night to get involved in the political process and work to resist the current policies of the Trump administration. Sanders appeared with Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez as part of the Democratic Unity Tour sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. Perez took a shot at Gov. Matt Bevin in saying why Kentucky was chosen as one of the first stops on the tour. “As we were trying to figure out where... Read more 

Bernie Sanders will appear in Louisville on Tuesday

04/13/2017 04:38 PM

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is making a return trip to Kentucky as part of a larger effort to excite the Democratic base. Sanders and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez will be speaking at the Louisville Palace on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00. The duo will be speaking across several-states, and the events are being billed as the ‘Come Back Together and Fight tour. The aim is to reignite the Democratic base following the defeat of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton... Read more 

Fancy Farm organizers consider adding speakers during off-cycle election year

04/11/2017 01:47 PM

In Kentucky, the first Saturday in August is a time for mountains of meat, farm fresh vegetables and some of the best old-time political crowd interaction in the country. On the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic will feature more of what Kentuckians have come to love, but in an off-cycle election year the event will seek to add a few extra speakers to keep things lively. Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking... Read more 

Bevin hits 50% approval rating in national poll of governors

04/11/2017 12:07 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin has hit a 50 percent approval rating placing him 34th among the 50 state governors in a national ranking. According to the numbers from polling firm Morning Consult, Bevin’s stock is on the rise with most voters polled. However, 39 percent of those polled disapproved of Bevin’s job performance in office. Eleven percent of respondents reported not knowing or having no opinion of Bevin. The poll carries a two percent margin of error. Morning Consult contacted more... Read more 

Legislative session provides plenty of political fodder as Republicans look to defend newly won House supermajority in 2018

03/31/2017 06:00 PM

With the 2017 General Assembly in the books, politicos from both parties have undoubtedly pored over vote counts looking for ways to boost their political prospects in the next year’s midterm election cycle. How incumbents vote – or don’t vote – on hot-button issues are crucial topics in legislative races, filling TV and radio air time as well as direct-mail pieces as candidates and parties try to persuade voters that their preferred candidates will make better representatives in Frankfort. Republicans will find... Read more 

New Kentucky Project hosts first 'ideas conference' to push back against "hard-right" agendas

02/04/2017 08:18 PM

LEXINGTON — The New Kentucky Project held the first of what could be many “ideas conferences” on Saturday as co-founders Adam Edelen and Matt Jones laid out their vision for the group that wants to develop the next generation of Kentucky leaders. Edelen, a former Democratic state auditor who lost his re-election bid in 2015, and Jones, an unabashed Democrat who has hosted politicians from both parties on his Kentucky Sports Radio show and “Hey Kentucky!” television program, said more than... Read more 

Leading lobbyist Bob Babbage says that Democrats have work cut out in trying to recapture governor's office in 2019

01/10/2017 01:01 PM

ERLANGER – If Kentucky Democrats want to have a shot in the 2019 gubernatorial election to unseat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, they better start getting a consensus on candidates as early as this year. That’s the advice from former state auditor, secretary of state, and current leading lobbyist Bob Babbage, who admits that, in all likelihood, it will be a tall order for whoever challenges Bevin, if the governor seeks reelection as expected. Babbage, who was attending a Northern Kentucky Chamber of... Read more 

Alvarado wins $200k in defamation suit against former Sen. R.J. Palmer

12/21/2016 10:34 PM

After years of legal wrangling Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, has won a lawsuit against his former political rival Sen. R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, relating to a campaign ad the former Senate Minority Leader ran against his opponent. Alvarado filed a defamation suit itwo years ago n Clark County against Palmer, who via a television commercial first reported by Pure Politics in 2014, essentially cast Alvarado as a drug dealer. Christopher Hunt, who along with David Royse, represented Alvarado in the... Read more 

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