On the Trail

How the man behind a major PAC says GOP independent expenditure groups helped to take control of the House

11/11/2016 01:49 PM

Two-years ago coming off his re-election to the Senate, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell gathered his troops in a mission to take the reins of power in Frankfort. McConnell, and his allies, knew they needed to have quality GOP candidates running for House seats in 2016, something they lacked in some cases in 2014, as McConnell swept the state, but did not lead to majority control in Frankfort. The group also needed money — a lot of it. Kentuckians for Strong... Read more 

Republican observers urge new House supermajority to exercise patience while Democrats say party needs to rethink strategy, message

11/09/2016 10:15 PM

As Republicans retake control of the state’s House of Representatives for the first time since 1921, GOP operatives say their party’s representatives in the lower chamber should proceed with some caution to protect their unanticipated supermajority. For Kentucky Democrats, it’s time to regroup after the combination of a heavy anti-Hillary Clinton wave and big money swept away one of their last bastions of influence in Frankfort. “Democrats have to go back to the drawing board,” Democratic consultant Matt Erwin, of Louisville, told... Read more 

Jim Gray noncommittal about future political plans

11/09/2016 01:28 PM

LEXINGTON – Lexington Mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jim Gray was noncommittal about his future political plans after his loss to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday night. Gray, who lost the U.S. Senate race to Paul by just over 15 points, was asked by Pure Politics immediately after his concession speech, if he would consider a future run for a state office. “What I learned a long time ago is that you never say never,” Gray said. When asked... Read more 

Republicans take control of the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century

11/08/2016 09:39 PM

LOUISVILLE — Republicans rode a heavy wave led by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, netting 17 seats en route to a 64-seat supermajority after Tuesday’s elections. It marks the first time Republicans have held the state’s House of Representatives since 1921, claiming the final Southern legislative chamber held by Democrats. The donned red caps reminiscent of those worn by Trump on the campaign trail and emblazoned with #newmajority across the front. Tuesday’s results also give Republicans supermajorities in both houses of the... Read more 

Jim Gray concedes victory to Sen. Rand Paul

11/08/2016 09:06 PM

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray took the stage Tuesday evening to concede victory to Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in his bid for a second term in office. In his speech, Gray said quote, “While Senator Paul and I have our differences, I will continue to work with him for the people of Kentucky.”  Read more 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo defeated in the race for the 95th House District seat

11/08/2016 08:26 PM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo conceded to Republican Larry Brown tonight releasing a statement that read: “The voters have spoken, so I want to congratulate Larry Brown for his win tonight, and I want to thank the people of the 95th House District for a great career. I hope only the best for the district , my county, my commonwealth and my country.” Brown is an attorney from Prestonsburg. You’ll remember Stumbo was the subject of GOP website late in the campaign. The site... Read more 

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr re-elected, Nancy Jo Kemper concedes in the same way she campaigned

11/08/2016 07:46 PM

Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Nancy Jo Kemper hoped the political climate would help her defeat two-term U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. But Kemper conceded to Barr just before 7:30. Former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky Crit Luallen congratulated Kemper stepping up to run and for keeping the race based on what’s important to the people. This was the first political campaign for Kemper who is 73 years old. She’s also a grandmother and minister who took leave from the church to... Read more 

Rand Paul elected to second term in U.S. Senate

11/08/2016 07:45 PM

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul was elected to a second term Tuesday defeating Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. Paul said in his acceptance speech that his victory is just one of many for conservatives this election night. Paul spent Monday campaigning across the state concluding his “Defend Kentucky” fly around tour with eight stops across the commonwealth before returning home to Bowling Green. During his acceptance speech early Tuesday evening Senator Paul offered his ideas for the future of the GOP Also, Rand... Read more 

Attorney general's office fields 64 calls from 26 counties on election fraud hotline

11/08/2016 11:55 AM

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office reported Tuesday that 64 calls from 26 counties have been made to its election fraud hotline as of 10:30 a.m. That’s up slightly from the 60 calls received during the 2012 presidential election. Here’s a breakdown of the calls, according to a news release: Anderson County: Procedural question Barren County: Election official Bath County: Disrupting polls Boone County: Procedural question and voter identification Breathitt County: Procedural question Bullitt County: Voter identification and voting machine Campbell County: Election official and procedural question Carroll County: Voting machine Elliott... Read more 

Rand Paul makes final push with fly around across Kentucky

11/07/2016 12:51 PM

ERLANGER – Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul spent Monday, the final day of the campaign, concluding his “Defend Kentucky” fly around tour with eight stops across the commonwealth. Paul, who is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate against Democratic candidate Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, told a crowd of about 75 supporters in Erlanger that there are a number of reasons why Kentucky’s conservative base has grown over the years. “People have figured out that big government is not their... Read more 

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