On the Trail

KDP Chair Ben Self expects "power of the people" will help propel candidates this election cycle

05/10/2018 05:16 PM

Kentucky’s Democratic Party chairman Ben Self is a new kind of party chairman, who is trying to bring Democrats in the state back into power using new technology and new ideas. Self is seeking to use technology to change the political landscape in the state, and he’s had success in the past using the internet in campaigns for Howard Dean and Barack Obama. “People really expect a different kind of campaign,” Self said. “Traditionally campaigns in the 80’s and 90’s... Read more 

KDP will receive innovation funds from national party

05/10/2018 12:36 PM

The Democratic National Committee is sending $30,000 dollars in an effort to help the Kentucky Democratic Party reach new voters, organize and update their voter files. The KDP revived the first-of-its-kind grant known as the State Party Innovation Fund (SPIF), that incentivizes early organizing through state parties and supports efforts to engage local communities, according to the national party. The Kentucky Democratic Party will receive $30,000, which will be used to expand engagement efforts in key communities this election cycle, and... Read more 

3 GOP candidates hope to keep 88th District House seat in Republican hands

05/09/2018 08:11 PM

LEXINGTON – When Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, announced that he would not seek re-election, one familiar face and two relative political newcomers filed to run in the 88th House District Republican Primary. The candidates include former Rep. Bill Farmer, who served in the House from 2003 to 2012 before stepping down because of health issues related to rheumatoid arthritis, Lexington attorney Jennifer McVay Martin and Lexington businesswoman Ashley Bruggeman. Farmer, who says that his health issues are now under control, says there’s... Read more 

Edelen hopes for ideas based, 'raucous' Democratic gubernatorial primary; talks solar venture, platform

05/08/2018 04:57 PM

LEXINGTON — Potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates have been shadowboxing ahead of the 2019 primary election season, with former state Auditor Adam Edelen the latest to acknowledge his interest in a run, and the hopes for a raucous Democratic primary. Edelen allowed Pure Politics to come to his farm on the edge of Lexington on Monday, for a walk around the property and a conversation in his study on his life after leaving public office, and interest in a potential gubernatorial... Read more 

Three Democrats run in hopes of capturing open 88th District House seat

05/08/2018 02:00 PM

LEXINGTON – When 88th District State Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, decided not to seek re-election, three Republicans and three Democrats filed to run for the open seat. On the Democratic side, the candidates include Lexington Fairness chair and small business owner Josh Mers, Cherlynn Stephenson, who has worked in the health and wellness industry, and Gail Swanson, a state retiree, community activist and psychology professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington. Mers, who entered the race even before... Read more 

Thayer agrees with Mayor Fischer on Derby pick; says Bevin won't hurt GOP in KY midterms

05/05/2018 01:07 PM

CHURCHILL DOWNS — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer is betting on Republicans this year, and on an Irish trained horse on Derby Day. In the election horse races, Thayer said he expects to hold and possibly add to the Republican super majority in the upper chamber, pointing to Rep. Robby Mills running against Democratic Sen. Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, and the race against Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, in eastern Kentucky. In the lower chamber, Thayer said he sees Republicans are in... Read more 

Barr, Chao announce TIGER grant in Frankfort; Avoid talking Blankenship

05/04/2018 04:28 PM

FRANKFORT — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao appeared alongside U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in at Second Street School in Frankfort to announce a grant to redevelop the street in the state’s capital city. Barr faces a tough re-election bid this year, as Democrats battle it out for the nomination to challenge the Republican in the swing district. The Lexington Congressman has brought other high level officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, to hold policy summits and make announcements... Read more 

Gray hosts opioid council, bashes McConnell, others saying actions "too little, too late"

05/04/2018 10:49 AM

LEXINGTON — Sixth Congressional District Democratic candidate and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray convened a new opioid advisory council on Thursday, seeking a solution to the opiate epidemic that is ravaging the state and nation. Gray brought together families, survivors, medical professionals and law enforcement to talk about ways to combat the drug scourge. Gray also touted his efforts in bringing an overdose reversing drug to first responders and implementing a needle exchange program during his time as mayor. The Mayor... Read more 

Rep. Donna Mayfield drops out of House race at candidate forum, report says

05/02/2018 08:28 PM

State Rep. Donna Mayfield, R-Winchester, has dropped out of the 73rd Dist. House race, according to the Winchester Sun. The local newspaper said Mayfield announced an end to her candidacy on the stage at a candidate forum held Wednesday night. “It’s been an honor to represent Clark and Madison County as your state representative for the past eight years. I’ve enjoyed helping folks with constituent issues,” Myfield said, according to the report. “Politics has become too vicious,” she continued.... Read more 

Adkins says family is on board for gubernatorial run; Decision in the "very near future"

04/27/2018 02:45 PM

FRANKFORT — Democrats who ran successfully in 2015 essentially ran for two-years before the election; this year there are names floating and so far no one has declared their candidacy, but that could soon change. One potential candidate, House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, says a decision from him could be imminent. The 31-year member of the House of Representatives is being mentioned as a potential candidate along with Attorney General Andy Beshear, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan... Read more 

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