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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina make their case for Paul's re-election to Senate at fundraiser

06/25/2016 03:47 PM

LOUISVILLE — They were once rivals for this year’s Republican presidential nomination, but former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina appealed to supporters assembled at a fundraiser Friday evening to push U.S. Sen. Rand Paul across the finish for a second term in the U.S. Senate. Fiorina’s added firepower comes days before the June 30 deadline for the second fundraising quarter of 2016. Paul is competing against Democrat Jim Gray, whose deep pockets have helped him narrow the incumbent’s financial edge. Paul had... Read more 

Former U.S. Senate candidate Sellus Wilder now acting as campaign manager for Nancy Jo Kemper

06/22/2016 05:10 PM

Sellus Wilder, who ran in a crowded Democratic primary campaign for U.S. Senate this year, has joined forces with 6th Congressional District candidate Nancy Jo Kemper. Wilder will transition from candidate to campaign manager in an attempt to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, who has held the seat since 2013. Describing the conversations to help Kemper take on Barr, Wilder called it an “easy decision” that came about “organically.” Wilder said the two candidates talked during the primary... Read more 

Jim Gray says Sen. Rand Paul's vote against gun reform, NSA filibuster "dangerous" in new Web ad

06/19/2016 08:00 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray is calling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul “dangerous” in a Web ad released Friday, targeting his opponent for voting against legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists from buying firearms and shutting down the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program in a filibuster last year. “With America under attack, when will Rand Paul vote to prevent terrorists from buying dangerous weapons?” a female narrator asks in the 30-second ad. “When will he change his vote to... Read more 

Conversations shifting in General Assembly, but more work to do, Thayer says

06/17/2016 09:50 AM

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer saw the conversation shift in the Capitol during the legislative session, but he says the Republican Party can’t get the rest of their agenda completed without a change in majority in the state House. Crediting first year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin with changing the political dynamic in the General Assembly, Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the first session for Bevin was “great.” “The governor is a fast learner. It’s a steep learning curve in Frankfort particularly for... Read more 

Jim Gray calls on Sen. Rand Paul to support denial of guns for suspected terrorists; Paul says challenger and Obama want to grab guns

06/15/2016 06:51 PM

LOUISVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray called on his opponent, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, to support efforts to prevent suspected terrorists from buying firearms on Wednesday. Gray’s comments came as Democrats in the Senate filibustered a spending bill in hopes of advancing legislation that would block those listed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terrorist watch list from purchasing gun and enact universal background checks. The renewed push for gun policy reforms follows the fatal shootings of 49 patrons... Read more 

Top 10 Kentucky state House races to watch

06/12/2016 02:57 PM

With control of the state House at stake Democrats and Republicans are buying bulk in antacids as they plot their strategy to either hold ground or flip the last remaining obstacles in place. The Kentucky House of Representatives is the lone state legislative chamber in the south that Democrats still control. Republicans want to change that, and have upped their candidate recruitment efforts this cycle in an attempt to get there. Democrats have handled their House races in recent cycles... Read more 

Paul endorses Shenita Rickman in 33rd Dist. state Senate race

06/06/2016 09:48 PM

LOUISVILLE — A newcomer to politics, Shenita Rickman, received the backing of Kentucky junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Monday in her efforts to defeat longtime Sen. Gerald Neal. Rickman’s challenge to Neal represents the Kentucky GOP’s attempts to attract the African American population of west Louisville. Republicans in the state Senate currently hold a supermajority in membership with 27 of the 38 members caucusing with the GOP. For Paul, his endorsement in the race is an attempt to make a “bigger,... Read more 

Trump-bashing en vouge at this year's Wendell Ford Dinner HUD Secretary Castro calls statements on federal judge "appalling"

06/04/2016 12:00 AM

LOUISVILLE — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was a focal point of Friday’s Wendell Ford Dinner, with Democrats repeatedly bashing the New York real estate mogul from the stump during one of the Kentucky Democratic Party’s premiere events. The dinner at the Kentucky Exposition Center, with keynote speaker U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, drew more than 600 party faithful, with 700 tickets sold. After detailing the accomplishments of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, Castro... Read more 

Sen. Paul releases wide-ranging ad highlighting record in first part of Web series

06/02/2016 04:17 PM

UPDATED — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s re-election campaign is focusing on the junior senator’s record in Congress in a series of Web ads launched Thursday. The first ad, titled “Defend” as part of the series dubbed “Rand’s Record: Standing for Kentucky,” highlights his work against gun-control measures, bulk data collection by the National Security Agency and abortion and for criminal justice reform, among other issues. “The Bill of Rights protects us all, but only if we stand up for the entire Bill... Read more 

Attica Scott plans on taking progressive fight to Frankfort in January

05/27/2016 10:27 AM

After defeating 34-year incumbent Tom Riner in the Democratic 41st House District primary, Attica Scott has scooped up national attention and plans to make waves in the General Assembly. Scott, a former Louisville Metro Council member, is known for her activism. With no Republican opponent filed to contest the seat in the general election, Scott will attempt to turn that activism to action when she heads to Frankfort in January. “Because of my experience I’m able to talk to other... Read more 

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