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Colmon Elridge bows out of 2019 speculation

07/23/2018 10:21 AM

Democrat Colmon Elridge, the former executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear, is pulling out of speculation surrounding 2019 statewide races. Elridge told Pure Politics on Sunday night that he would not be a candidate for governor in 2019, or any other statewide constitutional office. In a statement sent Monday, Elridge said there will be no shortage of candidates seeking office in 2019 that will support his values, and issues the state must confront. “I see in Democratic and Republican candidates... Read more 

Attorney General Beshear talks education, hopes for the future in Louisville speech

07/19/2018 03:38 PM

LOUISVILLE — “I’ve got your back,” Attorney General Andy Beshear said, as he delivered the keynote speech to hundreds of educators and human service providers in Louisville on Thursday. Beshear’s speech was met with applause from those in attendance at the Family Resources and Youth Services “Victory Over Violence” conference in downtown Louisville. The Democratic Attorney General, and so far only declared candidate in the 2019 race for governor, listed highlights from his time in office and said there were... Read more 

The list: Who could run for Attorney General in 2019?

07/17/2018 10:38 AM

With Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, officially running for governor in 2019 he’s created an open seat for the constitutional office he currently holds, but there are only so many people that fit the bill for the post. Under Kentucky’s Constitution there’s an additional requirement that a candidate for the office of Attorney General needs to be a practicing lawyer for eight years prior to the election, be at least 30 years old and a resident of the state for... Read more 

Beshear announces candidacy for governor in 2019

07/09/2018 11:47 AM

LOUISVILLE — Attorney General Andy Beshear made his first campaign stop for the 2019 race for the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Louisville on Monday morning, with a message focused on teachers and the future of Kentucky. The Louisville announcement on Monday morning was the first for Beshear, and his running mate, Jacqueline Coleman, an educator and founder of non-profit LEAD Kentucky — a program that recruits and trains college women in an effort to build the next generation of leaders.... Read more 

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray endorses Democratic nominee Amy Mcgrath for Congress

06/29/2018 03:55 PM

LEXINGTON – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has officially endorsed Democratic 6th District Congressional Candidate Amy McGrath in her race against Republican incumbent Andy Barr. Gray made the announcement on Friday as took took McGrath on a tour of the recently renovated old Fayette County Courthouse. Gray, who lost to McGrath in the primary by 8,000 votes, says that McGrath is the one candidate who can build unity across the state as well as the country. “Our countries divided, and this is a... Read more 

Quarles named 2018 Fancy Farm emcee

06/04/2018 11:47 AM

Kentucky’s most raucous political speaking event will be emceed by Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles this year. Quarles will moderate the 138th annual Fancy Farm picnic political speaking event on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church, event organizers announced on Monday. “Growing up a farm kid in Kentucky, you always hear about the Fancy Farm picnic,” said Commissioner Quarles. “It was the fulfillment of a dream when I got the opportunity to take the stage for the first time... Read more 

Rep. Wesley Morgan walks back departure from GOP, rescinds Democratic endorsement

05/24/2018 11:25 AM

Days after losing a re-election bid in the GOP primary, promising to leave the Republican Party and endorsing a Democrat for his position Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, changed his mind. On Thursday, Morgan took to his Facebook page to inform his friends and followers of his decision to rescind his previous statements. “I have had time to reflect on my loss over the last day or so,” Morgan wrote. “I obviously said some things in shock that I did not... Read more 

After losing GOP primary Wesley Morgan quits GOP, backs Democratic candidate

05/23/2018 02:58 PM

Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, has vowed to remain a thorn in the side of the Republican Party and is endorsing Democratic nominee for the 81st House District Morgan Eaves. Rep. Morgan posted his frustrations in a lengthy statement posted to his Facebook page after losing the Republican nomination on Tuesday night to audiologist Deanna Frazier, who garnered 56.8 percent of the vote. “I will never cease to be a thorn in the side of every member of the Republican Party who... Read more 

PRIMARY 2018 | House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, two other GOP incumbents lose primary battles

05/22/2018 10:42 PM

With a slim loss in the 71st House District Republican primary House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell lost a stunning race as his GOP opponent, a teacher running on largely Democratic education talking points pulled out a victory. R. Travis Brenda, a teacher from Berea, defeated Shell by 123 votes, less than 2 percentage points, despite being heavily outspent. Brenda has raised $16,126 for the campaign, according to a finance report filed 15 days before the election. Shell raised a... Read more 

Rep. C. Wesley Morgan battling primary opponent as well as the GOP in trying to retain House seat

05/18/2018 02:46 PM

RICHMOND – 81st District incumbent Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, could be in for a fight as he faces audiologist Deanna Frazier in the GOP primary. Morgan, who was one of the most vocal voices in calling for the ouster of former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, amid sexual harassment allegations, has found it hard to gain friends in the Republican caucus, which includes getting action of any of his bills. “By me calling him out in November and all the... Read more 

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