On the Trail

Luallen explains her decision and what's next for her and for the 2015 Democratic primary

04/24/2014 03:21 PM

After announcing her decision not to run for governor next year, Crit Luallen spent much of Thursday on the phone with supporters — and later reporters — explaining her reasoning for taking a pass on a race she had been gearing up to run. She told supporters what she said in the initial statement: that her personal life took precedence over politics. In a phone interview with Pure Politics, Luallen said her friends and supporters reacted initially with disappointment, then expressed... Read more 

Potential candidates for governor react with praise for Luallen, remain mum on their next moves

04/24/2014 01:09 PM

Former State Auditor Crit Luallen drew praise and appreciation from many in Kentucky politics Thursday after announcing her decision not to run for governor in 2015. But other prospective Democratic candidates for governor offered few hints about their timelines for announcing their intentions. A longtime friend of Luallen, Attorney General Jack Conway, has considered her to be his mentor for many years. In a statement about Luallen’s decision, Conway said he was grateful for her guidance and wisdom and... Read more 

Former Auditor Crit Luallen says she won't run for governor in 2015

04/24/2014 12:29 PM

Crit Luallen, the former auditor and longtime state government official, on Thursday took herself out of the conversation for the Democratic primary in next year’s governor’s race. Luallen said in a statement to reporters that 2015 “wasn’t the right time” based on family and personal goals. Here’s her statement: After careful deliberation, I have decided not to enter the 2015 Governor’s race. I remain passionate about Kentucky and its potential for the future. But in the end, I... Read more 

How different are Bevin and McConnell their approaches to health care?

04/23/2014 10:22 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and his chief Republican challenger, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, have spent a considerable amount of their public remarks and commercial airtime bashing the Affordable Care Act. Bevin has even tried to contrast himself with McConnell by saying the Senate Republican leader hasn’t done enough to block or repeal the Affordable Care Act. As for the alternative, well, McConnell and Bevin seem to want to prescribe the same fixes to the U.S. health care system. Here’s what... Read more 

Bevin's closing pitch to GOP primary voters: Pick me because McConnell won't win in November

04/23/2014 06:45 PM

CARROLLTON — Matt Bevin is continuing to crisscross Kentucky trying to convince Republican voters a dozen at time that he is their only hope to keep the U.S. Senate seat from Democrats. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Bevin says, has “no chance of winning in November.” “It’s why I’ve got to win this nomination in the primary,” Bevin said. “We will lose this seat in the General Election if Mitch McConnell is the nominee. There is such a weariness for him. There is... Read more 

Judge-Executive candidates who showed up at debate call for Boone Co. to take larger role in Cincy airport

04/23/2014 06:31 PM

FLORENCE – It’s tough to have a meaningful debate of the issues when one of the two major primary candidates is absent, as was the case in Florence Wednesday at the Boone County Judge-Executive debate sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Business PAC. Judge-Executive Gary Moore showed up to defend his record and ask voters for a fifth term. But Boone County Commissioner Matt Dedden, who is challenging Moore in the May 20 primary, skipped the debate because of a scheduling conflict.... Read more 

NY Times poll shows close Ky. Senate race, but are respondents representative of '14 voters?

04/23/2014 11:15 AM

The latest national media poll shows Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes still neck-and-neck. The New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll of the 891 registered Kentucky voters shows McConnell leading Grimes by one point, 44 percent to 43 percent with eight percent undecided. Grimes does beat Republican candidate Matt Bevin in a hypothetical match up by six percentage points. But as Aaron Blake of the Washington Post first pointed out in a tweet , the... Read more 

In 1st TV ad, Chris Harris slams Rep. W. Keith Hall for using tax dollars 'to line his pockets'

04/22/2014 07:53 PM

In what is shaping up to be one of the most intense legislative primaries of the spring, 93rd House District challenger Chris Harris took to television Tuesday calling on Pike County voters to stop Rep. W. Keith Hall’s tenure of using “tax dollars to line his pockets.” The ad sets up Harris’ campaign theme of sweeping out the incumbent by using a metaphor of his SUV whisking one of Hall’s old campaign sign off a tree as it goes by. The... Read more 

Beshear doubles down on embracing Affordable Care Act in Ky. as 413,000 have signed up for insurance

04/22/2014 07:22 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear offered his latest deflection of criticisms and offered state Democrats a campaign strategy heading into the fall elections in Tuesday’s pep-rally of sorts for Kentucky’s health exchange. Beshear unveiled the tally of 413,410 Kentuckians who have received health insurance through Kentucky’s health care exchange, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. At a press conference in the state Capitol, Beshear announced the latest enrollment numbers and said they would only climb as the Commonwealth draws into... Read more 

Campbell County judge-executive candidates disagree on tolls for new bridge

04/22/2014 07:14 PM

WILDER — In some primaries, it’s hard to find differences between candidates on major issues. The May 20 race for Campbell County judge-executive is not one of those. Incumbent Steve Pendery and challenger Kevin Sell offered voters Tuesday different approaches to making progress on a new bridge to carry interstate traffic across the Ohio River, as well as different philosophies toward economic development competition. The two candidates debated Monday in Wilder in the first of three Northern Kentucky Judge-Executive debates... Read more 


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