On the Trail

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell shares his ideas on 2018 priorities

05/14/2017 11:00 AM

House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell isn’t sure what will be on the table when a special session is called to tackle tax and pension reform. But, he does have ideas on what he sees as a priority for the 2018 session. Shell, who was at the Northern Kentucky Republicans Spring Fling in Covington this week, said that one of his main focuses will be a familiar one – improving the job skills of Kentuckians. In regard to pensions,... Read more 

Piner voters choose to stay "dry" in wet/dry special election

05/09/2017 08:00 PM

PINER – An attempt which would have allowed a store owner in the small Kenton County town of Piner to sell alcohol at his small grocery has failed. Tuesday’s special election saw 170 votes cast at the Piner Baptist Church with 93 voting against the proposal to allow the sale of alcohol in the precinct, and 77 voting in favor. In 2016, Sam Pastal, owner of the Corner Market, applied for, and received a liquor license so that he could sell alcohol... Read more 

Way-too-early look at 2019: Four emerging as most likely Democratic gubernatorial candidates

05/06/2017 07:35 AM

As the entrants in this year’s Kentucky Derby prepare to take their places at the starting gate, another race two years away is slowly taking shape behind the scenes. A number of Democrats are exploring their political options ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial election, and consultants and operatives say they expect a wide-open field for the Democratic primary four years after former Attorney General Jack Conway boxed top-tier opposition out of that year’s May contest. It would be the first heavily contested... Read more 

Wet/dry special election set for tiny Kenton County precinct

05/03/2017 05:43 PM

PINER – A mistake by the Kentucky’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) in issuing an alcohol license last summer has led to a special election on Tuesday, May 9 in the rural Northern Kentucky community of Piner where a business owner hopes to have the opportunity to once again sell alcohol to customers who visit his store. Sam Pastal, owner of the Corner Market, applied for and received a liquor license last summer so that he could sell alcohol as his store,... Read more 

RPK seeks to convince pro-life Democrats to join the Republican Party

05/02/2017 11:15 AM

With an online ad highlighting a partial statement from the chairman of the national Democratic Party the Republican Party of Kentucky is seeking to convince registered Democrats in the commonwealth to join the GOP with an abortion related message. With a four-figure Facebook ad buy targeting Democrats in Kentucky the Republican Party of Kentucky is highlighting a quote from Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez. In an April 21 story by the Huffington Post Perez told the left leaning... Read more 

The Chatter: Fighter pilot mulling bid for 6th Congressional District

04/29/2017 01:35 PM

A soon-to-be-retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marines may challenge Congressman Andy Barr in next year’s midterm elections, CNHI News reported Thursday. Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, a fighter pilot on 85 combat missions in Afghanistan and Irag and former congressional aide who now teaches political science at the U.S. Naval Academy, is among possible contenders for the 6th Congressional District seat in 2018, according to Kentucky Democratic Party Chairwoman Sannie Overly, who declined to name other potential entrants in next... Read more 

KDP names Mary Nishimuta new executive director

04/21/2017 10:41 AM

The Kentucky Democratic Party has named Mary Nishimuta as its new executive director, KDP announced in a news release Friday. The position had been discussed in the immediate aftermath of last year’s election cycle, when Democrats lost control of the state’s House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. Nishimuta, co-owner of Kentucky Coffeetree Café in Frankfort, said she hoped to implement a 120-county strategy in her new role as KDP’s executive director. She officially began work on Monday. “Coming... Read more 

Bernie Sanders implores Democratic voters to fight on at Louisville rally

04/19/2017 10:51 AM

LOUISVILLE – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders urged Democratic supporters on Tuesday night to get involved in the political process and work to resist the current policies of the Trump administration. Sanders appeared with Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez as part of the Democratic Unity Tour sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. Perez took a shot at Gov. Matt Bevin in saying why Kentucky was chosen as one of the first stops on the tour. “As we were trying to figure out where... Read more 

Bernie Sanders will appear in Louisville on Tuesday

04/13/2017 04:38 PM

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is making a return trip to Kentucky as part of a larger effort to excite the Democratic base. Sanders and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez will be speaking at the Louisville Palace on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00. The duo will be speaking across several-states, and the events are being billed as the ‘Come Back Together and Fight tour. The aim is to reignite the Democratic base following the defeat of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton... Read more 

Fancy Farm organizers consider adding speakers during off-cycle election year

04/11/2017 01:47 PM

In Kentucky, the first Saturday in August is a time for mountains of meat, farm fresh vegetables and some of the best old-time political crowd interaction in the country. On the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic will feature more of what Kentuckians have come to love, but in an off-cycle election year the event will seek to add a few extra speakers to keep things lively. Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking... Read more 

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