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Attica Scott plans on taking progressive fight to Frankfort in January

05/27/2016 10:27 AM

After defeating 34-year incumbent Tom Riner in the Democratic 41st House District primary, Attica Scott has scooped up national attention and plans to make waves in the General Assembly. Scott, a former Louisville Metro Council member, is known for her activism. With no Republican opponent filed to contest the seat in the general election, Scott will attempt to turn that activism to action when she heads to Frankfort in January. “Because of my experience I’m able to talk to other... Read more 

Trey Grayson talks 2016 presidential election

05/24/2016 03:06 PM

CRESCENT SPRINGS – Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and former director of the Harvard Institute of Politics, Trey Grayson, says that the 2016 presidential election is historic from the standpoint that the two likely nominees, Republican Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, have the worst approval ratings among the general public in the history of polling. Grayson, who served as Kentucky Secretary of State from 2004 to 2011, says that he finds it interesting that Trump is detested by... Read more 

The Chatter: Bernie Sanders seeks recanvass in Democratic primary, state seeks proposals for pension audit

05/24/2016 02:18 PM

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary to front-runner Hillary Clinton by 1,924 votes last week, requested a recanvass on Tuesday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said county clerks will double-check their voting machine totals starting 9 a.m. Thursday. “My office is notifying all county boards of elections that Sen. Sanders has requested a recanvass, and we are reminding them of the laws and procedures to be followed,” Grimes said in a statement. “As always, we will... Read more 

Carly Fiorina headlining fundraiser for Sen. Rand Paul in June

05/23/2016 01:02 PM

UPDATED: Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will be in Kentucky weeks ahead of the Republican National Convention helping the campaign of her one-time presidential rival Sen. Rand Paul, who is competing in his first re-election bid for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Fiorina will be the guest of Cathy Bailey, former Ambassador to Latvia under President George W. Bush, who says that the former candidate and Hewlett Packard executive is committed to helping Paul in the U.S. Senate race and... Read more 

Emerge Kentucky candidates win big in primary elections

05/21/2016 10:13 AM

Democratic women’s group Emerge Kentucky won every primary race a candidate was running in on Tuesday. “We are ecstatic about Tuesday’s primary results,” Emerge Board Chair Jennifer Moore said. “As you mentioned 100 percent of Emerge women on the ballot won their primaries, and some of those are very hard fought primaries — from the top of the ballot with Congressional candidate Nancy Jo Kemper running in central Kentucky all the way to the Mayor of Paducah, Brandi Harless’ race, where... Read more 

Donald Trump, NRA take aim at Hillary Clinton in Louisville

05/20/2016 03:19 PM

LOUISVILLE — Politics took center stage at the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Louisville on Friday with NRA leaders bashing Hillary Clinton and promoting the candidacy of Donald Trump. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, spoke directly to the gun lobby that he has been an NRA member for a long time, and that it was “a fantastic honor” to receive the group’s endorsement. The New York businessmen said his sons, Eric and Donald, own a lot of guns and... Read more 

First glimpse at hotly contested general election House races

05/20/2016 10:12 AM

With majority control of the Kentucky House of Representatives once again up for grabs there could be a bevy of closely watched contests as Democratic candidates try and hold ground and Republicans once again attempt to become the majority. The House has been under Democratic control since 1921, and in recent years Democratic membership has dwindled. Democrats currently hold 53 seats to Republicans 47. As primary races were wrapping up Tuesday night, Republican analyst Les Fugate and Democratic analyst Sherman... Read more 

How Kentucky Democrats will handle presidential delegate distribution

05/18/2016 12:35 PM

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both claimed victory after Kentucky’s presidential election after the campaigns essentially split Kentucky’s 55 pledged delegates. The delegates are awarded by the Kentucky Democratic Party, and a spokesman for the party says the results will be split by congressional districts to determine exactly how many delegates will be awarded to Clinton and Sanders. Clinton unofficially bested the Vermont senator last night, bringing in 212,550 votes across the commonwealth to Sander’s 210,626. It’s likely Clinton will... Read more 

Legislative primary race roundup: Jefferson County incumbents lose while Senate Democratic leaders, Speaker Stumbo take wins

05/18/2016 12:01 AM

Tuesday was not a good day for incumbents in Jefferson County, with two longtime lawmakers meeting their last legislative days in the primary. The election also revealed a close race for House Speaker Greg Stumbo and set up some interesting general election matchups. 33rd House District Twenty-year incumbent Rep. Ron Crimm, R-Louisville, will not be returning to Frankfort next session after succumbing to Louisville lawyer Jason Nemes. Nemes handed Crimm a 17 point defeat in the Republican primary in the district... Read more 

Grimes says Hillary Clinton will edge Bernie Sanders in Kentucky presidential primary

05/17/2016 11:10 PM

With less than a 2,000-vote margin, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says unofficially that she expects Hillary Clinton will win Kentucky’s presidential primary. “We have 99 percent of our precincts reporting based on unofficial vote totals that we are seeing Hillary Clinton will be unofficial nominee on behalf of the Democratic Party here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Grimes told CNN Tuesday night. With a five percent showing on Tuesday, more than 24,000 Democrats voted for “uncommitted” in the... Read more 

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