On the Trail

Previewing Tuesday's primary elections

05/18/2018 12:56 PM

Primary elections are just days away and there are definitely more incumbents in the Republican Party facing opponents, but one of the biggest races in the state is taking place on the Democratic side on Tuesday. Les Fugate, a Republican, the executive vice president of RunSwitch PR and the former deputy assistant secretary of state, and Sherman Brown, a Democrat, partner at McCarthy Strategic Solutions and the veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns, sat down with Pure Politics on Friday to... Read more 

ROCKY 2019 sticker spotted; potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate still weighing decision

05/17/2018 01:19 PM

Rocky Adkins might be still deciding on a run for governor, but there are what appear to be campaign stickers carrying an apparent campaign logo, ROCKY 2019, already floating around Kentucky. The logo, with the letters ROC in white and KY in blue, were spotted this week on a car in Georgetown, Kentucky. A call to Adkins about the bumper sticker was not returned on Wednesday evening, but a spokesperson for Adkins told Pure Politics that the Sandy Hook Democrat... Read more 

Primary 2018: The most interesting primary races to watch in the state House and Senate

05/16/2018 04:22 PM

Kentuckians have less than a week before making their way to the polls (if they’re registered as Democrat or Republican), and deciding who to nominate to represent them in the November General Election. There are a slew of open seats this year, 21 to be exact — 10 held by Republicans and 11 held by Democrats; the fight for control of the lower chamber still rages, even though Republicans hold 63 seats to Democrats 37. Democrats feel bullish in their... Read more 

Dueling complaints filed as 26th Senate Dist. GOP primary nears

05/15/2018 03:41 PM

In the battle for the Republican primary in northern Jefferson and all of Oldham County the GOP candidates are feuding over campaign logos and a perceived threat against the challenger. State Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, is seeking a seventh term in the chamber he has served in for 26 years. Harris faces personal injury attorney and small businessman, Alex White of Louisville in the Republican primary and the 26th District race has gotten nasty. The Senate Republican Caucus Campaign Committee... Read more 

McConnell hires campaign staffer, donates to House candidates in ramp up to 2020 re-election bid

05/11/2018 03:00 PM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is getting ready to defend his seat in the upper chamber once again — hiring staff and cracking into his political goodwill war chest well ahead of the 2020 re-election campaign. Shane Noem is the first hire on his campaign team in Kentucky, in what is the earliest McConnell has started his campaign efforts ahead of a re-election contest. Noem is a McConnell senior political staffer, working with the team in 2014, and... Read more 

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 

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