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Heiner's super PAC spends nearly all its money in seven House races

10/28/2014 06:46 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner’s super PAC, New Direction Kentucky, is targeting four Democratic incumbents and three open seats in this fall’s election cycle, dropping more than $232,000 on radio advertising and mailers this month. The $232,771 spent by New Direction Kentucky represents nearly all of the $234,139 dispersed by the super PAC in the 15 days before the election, leaving the group with $12,160 on hand, according to KREF records. In a statement, Heiner said he expects Republicans to assume control... Read more 

McConnell says world is watching Ky. U.S. Senate race

10/28/2014 04:35 PM

GLASGOW — Campaigning with country music artist Lee Greenwood, the singer of “God Bless the USA,” U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell wrapped up his two-day swing across Kentucky on Tuesday. On the “Kentucky Leads America Bus Tour,” McConnell made 14 stops across the commonwealth where he delivered a familiar version of his stump speech, speaking on coal regulations, President Barack Obama, dysfunction in Congress and his opponent, Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell also noted that the Kentucky U.S.... Read more 

McConnell, Grimes go positive in latest round of statewide ads

10/28/2014 02:02 PM

In a nod back to his first election in 1984, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is bringing back the bloodhounds in one of his last ads of the 2014 electoral season as his Democratic challenger Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes also aims for a personal touch in her latest ad. Kentuckians still brave enough to watch commercials in this $50 million dollar ad season will soon be seeing positive campaign spots featuring both McConnell and Grimes in the coming... Read more 

Key House race devolves into accusations about who has real family values

10/28/2014 12:20 PM

Reporting by Jacqueline Pitts and Kevin Wheatley EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part three in a series of stories by Pure Politics examining claims being made in contentious House races in the state. Part one and part two . As the Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values tries to sour western Kentucky voters on a freshman GOP lawmaker, the Republican Party has responded by saying the Democrat in that race represents anything but family values. Based on the late surge of activity in... Read more 

GOP's road to attempt to flip the House goes through Owensboro

10/28/2014 12:00 PM

OWENSBORO — The focal point for Republicans in their efforts to take control of the state House come down to taking out one incumbent in West Kentucky where Rep. Jim Glenn ,D-Owensboro, has clung to political life in the past two elections. The race for 13th District House Representative has all of the elements of a premiere race — from hefty campaign accounts, to big spending outside groups leveling negative attacks, shifting voter patterns, and a reclusive incumbent who refused to... Read more 

New poll shows majority of Kentuckians in favor of personal injury lawsuit reforms

10/27/2014 07:38 PM

A new survey paid for by the Partnership for Commonsense Justice, or PCJ, shows a majority of Kentuckians support legal reforms to personal injury law. The PCJ is a 501(C )4 advocacy group which to is aimed at educating the public on “commonsense legislation to reform Kentucky’s legal system.” A look at the bills in their legal tracker include issues like medical review panels which drew vigorous debate between Democrats and Republicans in the state Senate. In the past two sessions Republican... Read more 

Checking the facts behind claims in 6th state House District as race gets dirty ahead of election

10/27/2014 04:48 PM

A flood of negative calls, ads, and mailers are making an appearance in the 6th state House District as state Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, is attacked for his votes and a workplace lawsuit and Republican Keith Travis is hit on his tenure in a state position. A mailer from Washington D.C.-based group Republican State Leadership Committee has been sent out in the district that says “Thanks to Will Coursey, we’ve reached the bottom of the barrel.” The mailer, which features Coursey’s... Read more 


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