On the Trail

Jim Gray hopes message on jobs will help in E.Ky., where statewide Dems haven't fared as well as in past

08/28/2016 05:05 PM

OLIVE HILL — It’s an area of the state that has drifted more and more conservative in recent statewide elections, but Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray sounded optimistic of his prospects in eastern Kentucky at the Carter County Democratic picnic and reunion on Saturday. “We’re not giving up any county anywhere,” Gray told reporters after speaking to more than 50 Democrats assembled at Grayson Lake State Park. “We know that there are votes all over Kentucky and there are votes... Read more 

Federal Election Commission wants more info on $793K transfers from KDP to itself; spox says mistake will be corrected Monday

08/27/2016 09:16 AM

The Federal Election Commission wants to know more about a pair of fund transfers from the Kentucky Democratic Party, reportedly to itself, totaling $793,000 last month. The FEC sent KDP a letter Friday seeking additional information on the transactions, listed in the party’s August filing as a $600,000 transfer to “Kentucky Democratic Party — Federal” on July 13 and another $193,000 transfer on July 26. Those dates and amounts match the party’s receipts from the Hillary Victory Fund, a multi-state fundraising partnership... Read more 

Alison Grimes campaigns for Clinton in Ohio, says offer in administration if victorious "would be an honor"

08/26/2016 07:31 PM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton in Ohio on Friday, the second battleground state she’s visited in recent weeks. She started her day in Columbus, appearing on the Columbus ABC affiliate’s morning show Good Day Columbus. Grimes, referencing Women’s Equality Day, tweeted this picture from the set: Early AM on #GDC talking #WomensEqualityDay. 96 yrs since 19th Amend., 1st woman nominee for POTUS! HillaryClinton</a> <a href="https://t.co/PV4E6DQW6L">pic.twitter.com/PV4E6DQW6L</a></p>&mdash; Alison L. Grimes (AlisonForKY) August 26, 2016  Read more 

Paul and Gray answer questions at Kentucky Farm Bureau forum separately

08/25/2016 11:04 PM

LOUISVILLE – U.S Senator Rand Paul and Democratic challenger Jim Gray attended and answered questions from members of the Kentucky Farm Bureau on Thursday, but did not appear together for the candidate forum. It marked only the third time in memory that candidates appeared separately at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum. The last time prior to Thursday was in 2002 when Sen. Mitch McConnell opposed Lois Combs Weinberg. At the beginning of the press conference after he concluded his part... Read more 

Nonprofit arm of Democratic super PAC takes aim at McConnell over Medicare votes

08/25/2016 10:27 PM

The nonprofit affiliate of a top Democratic super PAC has launched a $340,000 television ad buy against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, attacking votes to transition Medicare to a voucher program and gradually raise the eligibility age to 70. Majority Forward’s 30-second spot began airing in the Lexington market on Thursday and will continue through Sept. 5, the group said in an email to Pure Politics. The 501©(4) nonprofit is linked with Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC started by ex-aides... Read more 

Jim Gray addresses high school agriculture students in Lexington, says his sole campaign focus is on Kentucky

08/23/2016 01:01 PM

LEXINGTON – Lexington mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray took a break from the campaign trail on Tuesday morning to tour and visit with students at Locust Trace Agriscience Center in Lexington, where students learn about all aspects of agriculture, equine studies and veterinary science. Gray talked to the students about how important agriculture is to the state, and said that’s he’s inspired to see so many young people are looking to focus on agriculture. “You see the passion... Read more 

Treatment of tracker at Paul town hall in Carter Co. questioned by Gray campaign, which downplays video of staffer hip-checking RPK tracker

08/20/2016 10:51 PM

They’re often forgotten by the public until a candidate’s tongue slips — or an aide’s tongue slips onto a camera’s lens — but the alleged mistreatment of political trackers has emerged in this year’s U.S. Senate race. And after Democrat Jim Gray harkened back the stomping incident outside KET studios that led to assault charges against a volunteer for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 2010 campaign, Pure Politics obtained footage of a Gray campaign staffer hip-checking a tracker for the Republican Party... Read more 

Young Professionals for Trump open Louisville office hoping to boost grassroots support

08/20/2016 07:45 PM

LOUISVILLE — A newly formed group of conservative business owners in Jefferson County hope to give grassroots support for the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump while also providing a networking resource for members. Young Professionals for Trump opened its campaign base in Fern Creek on Saturday, and from there, volunteers will man phone banks or grab canvassing material before walking door-to-door. About 30 Trump supporters attended the opening, and Jeff Klusmeier, chairman of Young Professionals for Trump, said he’s received interest from... Read more 

RPK, Political Action group targets House Democratic Leadership with radio ads

08/18/2016 05:44 PM

With the House once again hanging in the balance Republicans are taking their fight directly to the districts of House Democratic leaders. A series of ads from the Republican Party of Kentucky and an Independent Expenditure group, Kentucky Tomorrow, Inc. PAC, is casting House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins as out-of-touch with their districts. Former staffer for U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, Jennifer Krantz, President of Kentucky Tomorrow, which launched in late July, according to Federal Election Commission records... Read more 

Quarles, part of advisory panel to nominee, unconcerned with Trump campaign staff moves as Grimes says she'll stump for Clinton where needed

08/18/2016 04:12 PM

LOUISVILLE — National politics mixed with staples like locally produced eggs, pork and sausage during Thursday’s Kentucky Commodity Breakfast, with a pair of young constitutional officers taking more pronounced roles in the campaigns of their parties’ presidential nominees. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles was named to a panel advising GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on agricultural issues on Tuesday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who spoke in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, stumped for... Read more 

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