On the Trail

The first 10: Most interesting (primary) races to watch

02/07/2016 01:08 PM

For yet another election cycle the collective minds at Democratic and Republican Party headquarters will be spent trying to outwit and outlast their opponents for control of the state House. Outside of the March 8 special elections, parties will be watching the May 17 primary to see how the races unfold so they can determine which recruited candidates will emerge from the primaries, the flow of capital in the general election and which incumbents can outlast internal challengers. The roster... Read more 

Rand Paul suspends presidential campaign

02/03/2016 09:11 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION, VIDEO MESSAGE FROM PAUL – After a fifth place finish in Iowa, and the very real probability of not qualifying for ABC’s Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has suspended his campaign for the White House. In a statement, Paul said it had been “an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House.” “Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of... Read more 

After 5th place finish in Iowa Rand Paul vows to 'fight on,' calls on ABC to include him in next debate

02/02/2016 09:25 AM

After coming in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses Kentucky Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul indicated the race for the White House is “wide open,” and he called on debate organizers to put him on the stage for the next GOP debate in New Hampshire. Paul finished with 4.5 percent of the vote in Iowa coming in behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; New York real estate mogul Donald Trump; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida; and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.... Read more 

Conservative issues front and center with start of six-week ad campaign

02/01/2016 09:55 PM

An issues based non-profit group which played a major role in the 2014 U.S. Senate race is revamping their efforts with a new ad campaign focusing on public policy issues in Frankfort. The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a 501(c )4 non-profit organization dropped their first ad of a six week campaign spotlighting spending, pensions and tort reform. The first ad of the six week campaign says the state is facing “major financial problems, but longtime Frankfort politicians and insiders refuse to... Read more 

Rep. David Floyd announces he will retire at end of 2016

02/01/2016 02:08 PM

Rep. David Floyd announced on Monday that this year will be his last in the legislature. The news of the Bardstown Republican’s retirement was announced via email with Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover issuing a statement before Floyd officially withdrew from the election. Floyd would have faced a primary opponent in Chad McCoy, who filed for the post on Tuesday Jan. 26, the day of the candidate filing deadline. In a statement sent to Pure Politics, Floyd said he met... Read more 

Republican group attempts to tie Democrats to Obama in March 8 special elections

02/01/2016 12:40 PM

Kentucky’s four March 8 special elections are being targeted by two outside groups supporting Republicans. With control of the House of Representatives up for grabs with a 50 – 46 split in favor of Democrats in the chamber, outside GOP groups are tossing some serious cash into the races in an effort to tie-up the majority. On Monday, the Republican State leadership Committee (RSLC) launched a website attempting to tie the four Democratic special election nominees to President Barack Obama with... Read more 

Rand Paul makes last-minute push in Iowa, files for West Virginia primary

01/31/2016 03:12 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is trying to keep his dreams of reaching the White House alive with an event in Iowa City the day before Iowans make their way to the caucuses. Paul will be joined by his father, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, for the “Revolution Continues Rally” at the University of Iowa Sunday night. The Pauls are focusing on energizing college-aged supporters by discussing the importance of protecting the Bill of Rights and being boldly for... Read more 

Greg Stumbo plays starring role in Kentuckians for Strong Leadership super PAC video focused on flipping the House

01/27/2016 11:22 AM

A group which played a pivotal role in the re-election of Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now setting their sights and their dollars on the state House. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership have reformed their mission to flip the state House to GOP control. The group released their first web ad of the election season on Wednesday with a message to Republicans to flip the state House. Democrats have controlled the lower chamber since 1921. The web... Read more 

Kentucky's 2016 election season is set

01/27/2016 12:52 AM

Filing day has officially drawn to a close with 220 candidates seeking election to the state House, 35 to the state Senate, 10 seeking election to the U.S. Senate , and 20 candidates seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives. The surprise of the day came from the withdrawal of candidacy from Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, and the long waited for moment with the addition of a top tier Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Lexington Mayor... Read more 

Filing Update: Ron Leach joins six-way Democratic primary for U.S. Senate

01/26/2016 03:16 PM

Just minutes before Lexington Mayor Jim Gray created a whirlwind of media interest in the Secretary of State’s Office former Green Beret Medic Ron Leach filed his paperwork to enter the U.S. Senate race. Leach is a familiar candidate, he last ran in 2014 against U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, a race he lost by 36 percentage points. The former military man is back and hoping to face Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the General Election.... Read more 

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