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Rep. Rick Nelson won't run for re-election, will seek position as Middlesboro mayor in 2018

09/26/2017 03:14 PM

Democratic Rep. Rick Nelson won’t be seeking a return trip to the House of Representatives in Frankfort next year; instead he is seeking a local office. The state Representative who first won election to the House in 2,001 will seek the position of Mayor in Middlesboro, Nelson told Pure Politics on Tuesday. With Nelson seeking local office, he puts House Democrats one step further away from making up ground lost in the 2016 election cycle, when the Republican Party took... Read more 

Reggie Thomas launches web videos listing priorities, takes jab at McGrath

09/26/2017 10:31 AM

UPDATED: Democratic 6th Congressional district primary candidate Reggie Thomas kicked off his first web ad of the campaign with a direct-to-camera video listing his priorities and taking a shot at challenger Amy McGrath. The two-minute long video focuses on issues including health care, raising the minimum wage, eliminating student debt and the politicians he opposes. “I want to tell you what I’m for and what I’m against. I am for Medicare for all, a single payer health care system for everyone... Read more 

Is health care a basic right? Here's what the candidates currently in the race for the 6th Congressional Dist. told us

09/21/2017 05:01 PM

In America there’s the presumption of being endowed certain unalienable rights, like, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which are set forth in the Declaration of Independence. But does health care fit into those rights? Four candidates seeking to represent the people of the 6th Congressional district were asked if health care is a basic human right and their views on health care by Pure Politics. Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington, who has represented... Read more 

Perennial candidate Geoff Young seeks Democratic nomination as he sues KDP, fellow Democratic candidates

09/20/2017 02:29 PM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Geoff Young of Lexington is vying for the nomination of his party even as he brings a lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party, and is trying to add fellow Democratic candidates for the post to his lawsuit. Young has twice run and lost for the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District, but this year he thinks will be different — pointing to a lawsuit. The Lexington Democrat alleges his campaign rivals; former Marine Corps fighter... Read more 

Democratic Congressional candidate Reggie Thomas says health care is the top issue, and he wants a single-payer model

09/14/2017 11:17 AM

State Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, jumped into the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District this summer citing a vote by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “That led me to believe that, look, Reggie it’s time for you to do something and so I began to think about seriously getting into the race, and ultimately decided that I can be better for the people of the 6th Congressional District than he can,” Thomas said.... Read more 

6th Dist. Democratic Congressional candidate Amy McGrath lays out her vision

09/08/2017 11:03 AM

Sixth Congressional District Democratic primary candidate retired Lt. Col. Amy McGrath explained her decision to seek political office after retiring from the Marine Corps as an opportunity to continue her service and bring leadership to the country. McGrath found herself about to retire from a 20-year career in the armed services during the 2016 election, and was compelled to do something in response to the election of President Donald Trump. “The actual campaign changed me — the fake news, the idea... Read more 

Democratic state Rep. Gerald Watkins decides against running for fourth term in 2018

08/23/2017 05:41 PM

State Rep. Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, will not seek re-election next year as Democrats look to rebound from a 17-seat swing in Kentucky’s House of Representatives. Watkins, who won a third term in office last year, made the announcement Tuesday on his personal Facebook page and told Pure Politics in an interview Wednesday that he made his intentions known to give others in the 3rd House District ample time to consider entering the 2018 race. Watkins, who served as a city commissioner in... Read more 

Ky. Democrats on the hunt for new party chair after Sannie Overly says she's stepping down before next election cycle

08/23/2017 03:56 PM

The Kentucky Democratic Party is looking for a new chair after state Rep. Sannie Overly informed the party’s executive committee on Saturday that she will be stepping down ahead of next year’s election cycle, KDP spokesman Brad Bowman confirmed Wednesday. Overly, a Paris Democrat and 2015 candidate for lieutenant governor who became chairwoman of the KDP in January 2016, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on her decision. Bowman told Pure Politics that Overly will remain in the position... Read more 

McConnell approval numbers in Kentucky at 18%; Trump at 60% in latest public polling

08/22/2017 03:13 PM

Just 18 percent of Kentuckians approve of the job U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is doing, according to a survey released this week. Public Policy Polling released the poll on Monday which found 18 percent of respondents approving of the job McConnell is doing, compared to 74 percent who disapprove. Seven percent of respondents were unsure of McConnell’s performance in office. McConnell fairs slightly better when respondents were asked if they would vote for McConnell if the election... Read more 

Sen. Whitney Westerfield announces run for Attorney General on Pure Politics

08/22/2017 05:30 AM

After coming up a mere 2,201 votes shy out of the more than 950,000 ballots cast in the 2015 race for Attorney General, Sen. Whitney Westerfield has announced he will once again vie for the post. “Pretty excited about the idea of running again and showing people why I’m the best choice for the job,” Westerfield said in an exclusive interview with Pure Politics. Westerfield said he and his wife had been discussing another run for the Constitutional office over... Read more 

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