On the Trail

Way-too-early look at 2019: Democratic and Republican benches for Secretary of State

06/22/2017 02:16 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching the end of her second term in office and will soon be term-limited. While the Democratic politician considers her next move there are many on both sides of the aisle potentially waiting to fill the open position. Here’s a way-too-early look at the Republican and Democratic benches and some of the names which have been floated, but not confirmed for the position. Republicans: Michael Adams — The election lawyer and Republican insider Michael... Read more 

State Republicans re-elect Mac Brown as party chairman

06/10/2017 12:49 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky’s State Central Committee re-elected RPK Chairman Mac Brown to the party’s top post Saturday, the state GOP announced in a news release. Brown, a retired executive at Brown-Forman, has chaired RPK since November 2015 and oversaw the party as the GOP wrested control of the state House of Representatives from Democrats for the first time in nearly a century. The 2016 electoral wins in the House gave Republicans supermajorities in both chambers in the General Assembly. Brown... Read more 

Sen. Thomas talks his interest in possibly challenging Congressman Barr in next year's midterms

05/23/2017 09:13 PM

LEXINGTON — As national Democrats look to wrest control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republicans in next year’s midterm elections, state Sen. Reginald Thomas believes the road to a majority must pass through Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. Thomas, in an interview with Pure Politics at his church Tuesday, said his interest in the race rose after his potential opponent, Congressman Andy Barr, voted for the American Health Care Act earlier this month. “When you vote to repeal the Affordable... Read more 

Kentucky Democrats hoping to build back 120-county network ahead of 2018 elections

05/20/2017 09:26 PM

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Democratic Party is hoping to connect the state’s network of county parties and groups that are starting to emerge in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election. The KDP State Central Executive Committee discussed their plans to merge the efforts during a meeting at party headquarters Saturday. New KDP Executive Director Mary Nishimuta has begun traveling the state since she started the job last month, part of the Democratic Party’s renewed focus on a 120-county effort since... Read more 

New Democratic PAC seeking to recruit millennials to run for office

05/19/2017 01:24 PM

A new political action committee is seeking to recruit a bench of millennial candidates in Kentucky. Back the Bluegrass PAC filed by Grace Wise, the former political director to Democratic US Senate Candidate Jim Gray, is launching an effort to identify and win battleground districts with targeting, extensive polling and research, according to a news release. “It became obvious over the course of the 2016 election cycle that Democrats in Kentucky are in need of fresh blood and an entirely... Read more 

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell shares his ideas on 2018 priorities

05/14/2017 11:00 AM

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell isn’t sure what will be on the table when a special session is called to tackle tax and pension reform. But, he does have ideas on what he sees as a priority for the 2018 session. Shell, who was at the Northern Kentucky Republicans Spring Fling in Covington this week, said that one of his main focuses will be a familiar one – improving the job skills of Kentuckians. In regard to pensions,... Read more 

Piner voters choose to stay "dry" in wet/dry special election

05/09/2017 08:00 PM

PINER – An attempt which would have allowed a store owner in the small Kenton County town of Piner to sell alcohol at his small grocery has failed. Tuesday’s special election saw 170 votes cast at the Piner Baptist Church with 93 voting against the proposal to allow the sale of alcohol in the precinct, and 77 voting in favor. In 2016, Sam Pastal, owner of the Corner Market, applied for, and received a liquor license so that he could sell alcohol... Read more 

Way-too-early look at 2019: Four emerging as most likely Democratic gubernatorial candidates

05/06/2017 07:35 AM

As the entrants in this year’s Kentucky Derby prepare to take their places at the starting gate, another race two years away is slowly taking shape behind the scenes. A number of Democrats are exploring their political options ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial election, and consultants and operatives say they expect a wide-open field for the Democratic primary four years after former Attorney General Jack Conway boxed top-tier opposition out of that year’s May contest. It would be the first heavily contested... Read more 

Wet/dry special election set for tiny Kenton County precinct

05/03/2017 05:43 PM

PINER – A mistake by the Kentucky’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) in issuing an alcohol license last summer has led to a special election on Tuesday, May 9 in the rural Northern Kentucky community of Piner where a business owner hopes to have the opportunity to once again sell alcohol to customers who visit his store. Sam Pastal, owner of the Corner Market, applied for and received a liquor license last summer so that he could sell alcohol as his store,... Read more 

RPK seeks to convince pro-life Democrats to join the Republican Party

05/02/2017 11:15 AM

With an online ad highlighting a partial statement from the chairman of the national Democratic Party the Republican Party of Kentucky is seeking to convince registered Democrats in the commonwealth to join the GOP with an abortion related message. With a four-figure Facebook ad buy targeting Democrats in Kentucky the Republican Party of Kentucky is highlighting a quote from Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez. In an April 21 story by the Huffington Post Perez told the left leaning... Read more 


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