On the Trail

Democrats in D.C. and Frankfort could earn "second look" in upcoming cycles, Edelen says

07/29/2017 06:10 PM

New Kentucky Project co-founder Adam Edelen expects voters will give Democrats at both the federal and state levels “a second look” in the 2018 and 2019 elections, calling both cycles referendums on President Donald Trump and Gov. Matt Bevin. But the former Democratic state auditor who hopes to attract new faces to politics through his group also had a warning for his party brethren. “If that second look reveals the same old folks saying the same old stuff, the look won’t last... Read more 

What political observers are expecting from the stage and behind the scenes at Fancy Farm

07/12/2017 01:27 PM

Even though this year is an off-cycle year political analysts say Fancy Farm has not lost its importance, adding every year is an opportunity for politicians to mix it up and interact with voters. Les Fugate, a Republican, the executive vice president of RunSwitch PR and the former deputy assistant secretary of state, and Sherman Brown, a Democrat, principal at McCarthy Strategic Solutions and the veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns, recently sat down with Pure Politics to talk about the... Read more 

Lt. Gov. Hampton will not appear at Fancy Farm

07/10/2017 10:30 AM

Republican Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be joining Gov. Matt Bevin in not attending the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August. A spokesperson for Hampton confirmed to Pure Politics on Sunday night via email that the Lt. Governor would not be taking part in the event. The spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about her schedule on Saturday August 5. Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin’s staff informed Fancy Farm organizers that... Read more 

Bevin out, Beshear in for Fancy Farm 2017

07/05/2017 01:35 PM

Republican Governor Matt Bevin will be skipping the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August, but his Democratic rival Attorney General Andy Beshear will be taking the stage. Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking event, told Spectrum News Pure Politics that the governor’s scheduling office simply stated that Bevin had “other commitments.” The news was first reported by Adam Beam of the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Wilson said Beshear was the first Constitutional officer... Read more 

State Sen. Reggie Thomas launches campaign for 6th Congressional District

07/01/2017 06:16 PM

LEXINGTON — State Senator Reggie Thomas became the first major Democrat to announce his plans to take on U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the 6th Congressional District. He touched on topics like health care, jobs, infrastructure and education before about 150 supporters at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center on Saturday. As Republicans in both chambers of Congress move their versions of health-care reform closer to President Donald Trump’s desk, Thomas bemoaned the state’s poor health statistics and said Barr,... Read more 

Bevin: GOP opposition to Senate health care plan should be wake up call to voters

06/27/2017 01:03 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his support for the Senate plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but voiced his frustration with Republican members of the caucus imperiling a vote on the bill. In an interview on “West Virginia talk radio”: http://800wvhu.iheart.com/onair/the-tom-roten-morning-show-675/gov-bevin-senate-health-plan-is-15943315/ with WVHU host Tom Roten on Tuesday, Bevin said he understood why conservative members are opposing the bill which he said wasn’t very good, still he turned his ire on “mushy moderates.” “Why are we continuing... Read more 

Way-too-early look at 2019: Democratic and Republican benches for Secretary of State

06/22/2017 02:16 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching the end of her second term in office and will soon be term-limited. While the Democratic politician considers her next move there are many on both sides of the aisle potentially waiting to fill the open position. Here’s a way-too-early look at the Republican and Democratic benches and some of the names which have been floated, but not confirmed for the position. Republicans: Michael Adams — The election lawyer and Republican insider Michael... Read more 

State Republicans re-elect Mac Brown as party chairman

06/10/2017 12:49 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky’s State Central Committee re-elected RPK Chairman Mac Brown to the party’s top post Saturday, the state GOP announced in a news release. Brown, a retired executive at Brown-Forman, has chaired RPK since November 2015 and oversaw the party as the GOP wrested control of the state House of Representatives from Democrats for the first time in nearly a century. The 2016 electoral wins in the House gave Republicans supermajorities in both chambers in the General Assembly. Brown... Read more 

Sen. Thomas talks his interest in possibly challenging Congressman Barr in next year's midterms

05/23/2017 09:13 PM

LEXINGTON — As national Democrats look to wrest control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republicans in next year’s midterm elections, state Sen. Reginald Thomas believes the road to a majority must pass through Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. Thomas, in an interview with Pure Politics at his church Tuesday, said his interest in the race rose after his potential opponent, Congressman Andy Barr, voted for the American Health Care Act earlier this month. “When you vote to repeal the Affordable... Read more 

Kentucky Democrats hoping to build back 120-county network ahead of 2018 elections

05/20/2017 09:26 PM

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Democratic Party is hoping to connect the state’s network of county parties and groups that are starting to emerge in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election. The KDP State Central Executive Committee discussed their plans to merge the efforts during a meeting at party headquarters Saturday. New KDP Executive Director Mary Nishimuta has begun traveling the state since she started the job last month, part of the Democratic Party’s renewed focus on a 120-county effort since... Read more 

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