On the Trail

Comer hires new campaign manger to replace Holly Harris-Von Luehrte

12/19/2014 08:45 PM

The campaign for GOP Gubernatorial primary contender James Comer announced late Friday that senior strategist Holly Harris-Von Luehrte was leaving the campaign and she would be replaced by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s former field representative, Edwin King. King will take over day-to-day operations of the campaign including Campaign Director and spokesman, something Harris-Von Luehrte had been doing. Harris said the decision to step aside came with family considerations. “[I] Just need to spend time with my 3 yr old and enjoy... Read more 

Andy Beshear releases endorsements after again declining to list companies he's represented against the state

12/15/2014 09:38 AM

Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear is releasing a list of prominent endorsement days after telling the Lexington-Herald Leader he will not be disclosing his client list — a question Pure Politics has posed to Beshear since the summer of 2013. Beshear, the son of current Gov. Steve Beshear, is currently the lone candidate in the race for attorney general in 2015 and has been breaking records with more than $1.48 million already raised for the race. On Saturday... Read more 

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann defends Obama vote, says she too will be against EPA if elected ag commissioner

12/13/2014 10:03 AM

Jean-Marie Lawson Spann is currently the lone Democratic candidate running for agriculture commissioner in 2015, but she says the party label won’t be a factor in her statewide race — even if her GOP opponent wants to make one. Lawson Spann, who hosts a weekly talk radio show on agriculture that airs in the Bowling Green and Glasgow radio markets on the AM band, announced her candidacy for the post in June. And in an interview on Pure Politics... Read more 

House Republican leader Jeff Hoover in first leadership challenge as Rep. Adam Koenig vies for top GOP spot

12/12/2014 09:31 AM

UPDATED WITH HOOVER REACTION: After leading his Republican caucus for 14 years and becoming the longest serving House minority floor leader in Kentucky history, Rep. Jeff Hoover will face his first ever challenger next month as Rep. Adam Koenig announced on Friday his intent to run for the top House GOP post. Koenig, chairman of the northern Kentucky House GOP caucus who is entering his fifth term in office, said he discussed the leadership post with much of the Republican caucus... Read more 

Senate Democrats preparing for 2016 focusing on candidate recruitment and fundraising

12/11/2014 11:00 PM

LEXINGTON — With Democratic membership in the state Senate at a measly 11 legislators, a newly elected leadership team is preparing to hit the road in an effort to make up lost ground. Democrats elected Sen. Ray Jones to the post of minority floor leader last week after a tumultuous election season for state Senate Democrats in Kentucky and national southern Democrats. The state House, meanwhile, stayed in Democratic control due in large part to candidate recruitment efforts and... Read more 

State Sen. Walter Blevins will likely resign at end of year, setting up mid-session special election

12/11/2014 09:56 AM

After winning the Rowan County judge-executive’s race by a 6 percent margin last month, state Sen. Walter Blevins has felt some pressure from the right to immediately resign his Senate seat so a special election could be held before the 30-day legislative session convenes in January. Republicans have been ready for the possibility of Blevins’ election and hope to make the 27th Senate District their 27th pickup in the chamber after expanding their majority to 26-12 in the fall elections. Blevins, D-Morehead,... Read more 

Sunday Chatter: McConnell meets with Ky. House GOP ahead of '16; Paul talks pot

12/07/2014 10:01 PM

With more three weeks left of 2014 House Republicans met up with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Saturday to talk strategy before the 2016 House races. The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported McConnell’s meeting with members of the House Republican caucus who again came up short in their hopes to flip the state House — the lone Democratically held chamber in the south. As Pure Politics first reported in late November House Republicans formed a committee to identify potential... Read more 

Quarles says his focus will be on expanding Ky.'s int'l ag reach and EPA in ag commissioner campaign

12/05/2014 09:48 AM

Calling the position of agriculture commissioner a “childhood dream,” Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, said he is honored to run for the post in 2015. The 31-year-old lawmaker announced a run for the position Monday , just weeks after winning a third term to the Kentucky House of Representatives in the re-drawn Scott County-centric district by nearly 18 percentage points. “In politics it’s all about timing,” Quarles said. “After Election Day the party — it was apparent we needed a strong candidate.... Read more 

House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says he's been contacted about running for governor, lt. governor in 2015

12/02/2014 10:11 PM

FRANKFORT — As Democrats look to field another gubernatorial candidate in a sparse primary field, House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says some in the party have gauged his interest in joining a slate at either the top or bottom of a ticket. Adkins, D-Morehead, told Pure Politics in an interview Tuesday he was “flattered” and “humbled” by the consideration, but his focus remains on his role in leading the House Democratic caucus. The only office he’s currently seeking, he said,... Read more 

Rep. Rick Nelson announces a run for Treasurer in 2015

12/02/2014 02:51 PM

Democratic state Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro announced Tuesday that he will run for state treasurer in 2015. Nelson, who has served in the legislature since being elected in 2001, becomes the second Democrat to announce intentions for the race to replace term limited Treasurer Todd Hollenbach. Louisville Democrat Neville Blakemore announced his run in October. According to the secretary of state’s website, Nelson filed to run for the office Nov. 20. In a release about his decision Tuesday, the retired teacher... Read more 

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