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Former Secret Service officer, CIA contractor Carl Nett announces run for Secretary of State

02/23/2018 09:19 AM

Former intelligence officer Carl B. Nett, an author and former candidate for the state House, has declared his intent to run in the Republican primary for Secretary of State in 2019. Nett is the third candidate into the race vying for the Republican nomination, and is counting on his background as a native Kentuckian, who protected President George W. Bush and various dignitaries and world leaders. Nett also pursued terrorists in Afghanistan working within the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. The GOP... Read more 

Democratic women's training group predicting 2018 will be, "real year of the woman"

02/22/2018 01:46 PM

With a record number of women running for office in the Kentucky General Assembly, Emerge Kentucky Board chair Jennifer Moore says efforts are reaching a critical mass in the Commonwealth. Spurred into action by divisiveness within the system, the 2016 election of President Trump and the “me too” movement, Moore said there are nearly 200 women who are finding their voice and running for elected office this year. There are 23 Emerge Kentucky Democratic women’s training group candidates running for... Read more 

Belcher wins 49th Dist. House special election

02/20/2018 07:54 PM

Democratic House candidate Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, will return to Frankfort for the remainder of 2018 as the winner of Tuesday’s special election against Rebecca Johnson, the widow of the late incumbent. Belcher replaces the late Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, who killed himself with a .40 cal handgun on a bridge in Bullitt County in December, following reports that he molested a 17 year old girl. With approximately 15 percent of registered voters turning out to vote, Belcher defeated Johnson with 3,386... Read more 

Analysis: Why the 49th Dist. House special election is not a bellwether

02/20/2018 03:28 PM

As voters in the 49th Dist. special election in Bullitt County make their way to the polls on Tuesday, many will look at the outcome as a sign of things to come in Kentucky politics, but the race likely will not be a sign of a Democratic resurgence — even if Linda Belcher wins back the seat. Belcher, a former educator who held the seat prior to being defeated in 2016, faces Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson, the widow of former Rep.... Read more 

49th House Dist. special election by the numbers

02/19/2018 03:27 PM

UPDATED: Bullitt County residents will decide on Tuesday who will represent them for the rest of 2018, Democratic candidate Linda Belcher or Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson. The two-widows of men who have held the seat are making last minute appeals to their voters to come to the polls for the special election on Tuesday. Johnson is seeking to continue the legacy of her husband, former Rep. Dan Johnson, who killed himself in December after accusations that he molested a 17... Read more 

Primary 2018: An early look at the top primary races to watch

02/13/2018 02:56 PM

The candidates have filed and there are a ton of them, 252 House candidates and 43 Senate candidates, and a ton of open seat races as both Democrats and Republicans have left office to seek other opportunities. With the May 22 primary a few months away here is an early first glimpse at the contested primary races I think will be interesting to watch now, but there are some really interesting General Election races brewing in the background. A couple... Read more 

Fmr. Gov. Steve Beshear goes on attack against Rebecca Johnson in 49th Dist. special election

02/07/2018 04:58 PM

Former Gov. Steve Beshear, D-Kentucky, is bashing the Republican candidate in the special election to replace Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, who took his own life last year. In an email sent to Democratic supporters, Beshear is calling on party faithful to get out and vote, and donate to Democratic nominee Linda Belcher in the election and to fight back against what he is calling the current political reality. “Racists, sexual predators, liars, criminals have no place serving in public... Read more 

GOP election lawyer Michael Adams announces run for Secretary of State

02/01/2018 05:30 PM

Constitutional lawyer Michael G. Adams announced his candidacy Thursday for Secretary of State in 2019 — an open seat in 2019, as current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is term limited. Adams, is a western Kentucky native and attended the University of Louisville and Harvard Law School, previously he served as an aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Ernie Fletcher, and as Counsel to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General in President George W. Bush’s administration.... Read more 

Election Season 2018: CHFS Sec. Glisson resigns to challenge Yarmuth, Overly pulls a fast one, Wuchner won't run for re-election

01/30/2018 09:17 PM

The last day for candidates to file came and went at the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday with a flood of last minute surprises, including a major GOP challenger to U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, in Vicki Yates Brown Glisson, the now former secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Glisson, who formally resigned to Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, but offered to stay on in a volunteer role with the agency, said she had been considering a... Read more 

Last day filing rush: Candidates file for Congress, House, Senate seats

01/30/2018 10:32 AM

UPDATE 12:05 Flanked by acting House Speaker David Osborne, House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher and Rep. Phil Moffett, Republican Party of Jefferson County Jim Standsbury filed his paperwork for the GOP nomination in the 46th Dist. This district is currently held by Rep. Al Gentry, D-Louisville. UPDATE 11:25 Matt Koch, a Republican from Paris, was joined by Sen. Steve West, R-Paris, and greeted by Blake Brickman, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, as he filed paperwork for the 72nd House District, currently held... Read more 

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