On the Trail

Adkins looking towards frustrated electorate to help Democrats take control of state House

04/26/2018 04:36 PM

FRANKFORT – Another election cycle is upon Kentucky, and there is more disruption in the air. Two years ago, it was Trump who helped Republicans clear the hurdle they’d long faced in claiming the majority in the state House. Now, Democrats look to teachers to buoy their chances at reclaiming the majority. House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, says teachers across the state will be are engaged like he’s never seen his 31 years in office. Adkins is pointing... Read more 

McGrath's campaign says they're leading in polling; Gray campaign "don't buy it"

04/24/2018 05:40 PM

The campaign for 6th Dist. Democratic candidate Amy McGrath says they’ve jumped Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in polling by 7 points, but the Gray campaign isn’t buying the results. Citing a polling memo from Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group, Mark Nickolas says they’ve overtaken the popular frontrunner with their positive campaign advertisements. McGrath leads Gray in the polling memo, with 42 percent to Gray’s 35 percent, state Sen. Reggie Thomas comes in with 6 percent, other candidates gather 3 percent of the vote,... Read more 

The list: Who could run for the GOP if Bevin doesn't in 2019

04/23/2018 11:19 AM

Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, is underwater in popularity in the state, and according to the man himself he is not enjoying the job of governor. Bevin has not said if he will run for re-election, but the latest signs don’t look good for re-election. According to the “Big Red Poll” Bevin’s approval rating is at a dismal 32 percent, under performing former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, R-Kentucky, who had a 35 percent approval rating in Nov. 2016 as he was under... Read more 

Grimes, Homeland Security prepare for threats against local elections

04/19/2018 04:58 PM

FRANKFORT — Local election officials met in one of the first in the nation statewide trainings on cybersecurity and threats to elections. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, convened a meeting of Kentucky’s Election Integrity Task Force on Thursday before the announcement, in an effort to protect elections bringing in stakeholders from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, Kentucky State Police and the state Board of Elections. After the meeting... Read more 

Republican PAC promises to spend $1.8 million on ads in support of Barr

04/18/2018 11:15 AM

A Republican super PAC is announcing a massive campaign ad reservation in an effort to support incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, of Lexington. Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican group endorsed by House Republican leadership, announced an ad reservation of $1.8 million for broadcast and cable television advertising in the General Election. The Kentucky race is in the top ten races for the GOP super PAC in funding. Barr’s race and 29 other Republican races will also get $10 million in... Read more 

Thomas campaign says they're not worried about polls as Gray, McGrath release polling, fundraising numbers

04/08/2018 08:04 PM

As the campaigns for Jim Gray and Amy McGrath release internal polling memos and their early first quarter FEC campaign finance reports, the campaign of Reggie Thomas is seeking to avoid the fray and find space in the crowded campaign field for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District. Thomas’ campaign says they’re not worried about the poll numbers being released this week by the Gray and McGrath campaigns. “I’ve heard from voters across the sixth district, and... Read more 

Gray rakes in fundraising haul, releases polling; McGrath Campaign remains close in fundraising, offers their own poll

04/06/2018 12:16 PM

LEXINGTON — Democratic 6th Dist. Congressional candidate Jim Gray has brought in a significant first quarter fundraising haul, reporting more than $790,000 dollars for the first three months of the year. The campaign also released an internal polling memo which shows Gray leading by double digits in the final 7 weeks of campaigning. Meanwhile, the campaign of first-time candidate Amy McGrath is also releasing their fundraising report, and calling into question Gray’s chances to win in November. Gray’s campaign has... Read more 

RPK targets Democrats voting against budget with robocalls

04/04/2018 04:34 PM

The Republican Party of Kentucky has launched a series of robocalls against Democrats who voted against the biennium budget bill. The calls seem to be targeting rural Democrats, mainly House members, with Republican challengers in the general election. The calls are meant to inform voters a Republican Party spokesperson said on Wednesday, when asked about the calls by Pure Politics. “We felt it was important to communicate directly with voters in these districts and let them know the truth about... Read more 

McGrath's kids play starring role in latest 6th Dist. campaign ad

04/04/2018 09:53 AM

Days after pulling her ads from Sinclair television stations, Democratic 6th Dist. Congressional candidate Amy McGrath has dropped a new advertisement highlighting her priorities if elected. McGrath’s children play a starring role in the advertisement, which features her push to protect the Affordable Care Act. The television spot also references her time as a Marine Corps fighter pilot, flying 89 combat missions. “I think health care is a fundamental right that should be guaranteed,” she says in the ad. “It’s why... Read more 

Jim Gray goes on TV with his first ads of Congressional campaign

04/02/2018 08:39 PM

LEXINGTON — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has launched his first television ad buy of the 6th District Congressional campaign with two sopots, joining former Marine Corps fighter pilot Amy McGrath who first went on air during the NCAA tournament. The Democratic candidate for Congress launched two television advertisements for his campaign on Monday, nearly two-months before the Democratic primary election in the contested primary race to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington. One of the ads titled: Grayisms... Read more 


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