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Rebecca Johnson drops out of GOP primary

03/12/2018 02:49 PM

Former House special election candidate Rebecca Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, has withdrawn her candidacy from the May 22 GOP primary election. Johnson, the widow of Dan Johnson, who killed himself in December of 2017, lost the special election for the 49th District House seat in February to Democratic Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville. With approximately 15 percent of registered voters turning out to vote in the special election, Belcher defeated Johnson with 3,386 votes to Johnson’s 1,561. Johnson’s campaign initially claimed voter... Read more 

Democratic PAC reserves $564,000 in ad time to take on Barr

03/08/2018 03:11 PM

The House Majority PAC, an organization aimed at electing Democrats to Congress, has made a half a million dollar TV ad reservation in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is being targeted by Democrats in the district which he has represented since 2013, defeating former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Lexington, in 2012. The $564,000 in television advertising time the group has reserved is the earliest mark the PAC has reserved for the final weeks of an election.... Read more 

GOP retains 89th Dist. seat in special election

02/27/2018 09:26 PM

Republican candidate Robert Goforth, R- has won the special election to replace Rep. Marie Rader in the 89th Dist. special election. Goforth, of East Bernstadt, won with 2,809 votes to Democratic candidate Kelly Smith’s 1,399 votes in the district which encompasses all of Jackson and part of Laurel and Madison County. Republicans hold a two-to-one voter registration advantage in the eastern Kentucky district. Which brings Republicans to 63 seats held in the House of Representatives. Gofroth’s campaign manager T. J.... Read more 

Former Secret Service officer, CIA contractor Carl Nett announces run for Secretary of State

02/23/2018 09:19 AM

Former intelligence officer Carl B. Nett, an author and former candidate for the state House, has declared his intent to run in the Republican primary for Secretary of State in 2019. Nett is the third candidate into the race vying for the Republican nomination, and is counting on his background as a native Kentuckian, who protected President George W. Bush and various dignitaries and world leaders. Nett also pursued terrorists in Afghanistan working within the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. The GOP... Read more 

Democratic women's training group predicting 2018 will be, "real year of the woman"

02/22/2018 01:46 PM

With a record number of women running for office in the Kentucky General Assembly, Emerge Kentucky Board chair Jennifer Moore says efforts are reaching a critical mass in the Commonwealth. Spurred into action by divisiveness within the system, the 2016 election of President Trump and the “me too” movement, Moore said there are nearly 200 women who are finding their voice and running for elected office this year. There are 23 Emerge Kentucky Democratic women’s training group candidates running for... Read more 

Belcher wins 49th Dist. House special election

02/20/2018 07:54 PM

Democratic House candidate Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, will return to Frankfort for the remainder of 2018 as the winner of Tuesday’s special election against Rebecca Johnson, the widow of the late incumbent. Belcher replaces the late Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, who killed himself with a .40 cal handgun on a bridge in Bullitt County in December, following reports that he molested a 17 year old girl. With approximately 15 percent of registered voters turning out to vote, Belcher defeated Johnson with 3,386... Read more 

Analysis: Why the 49th Dist. House special election is not a bellwether

02/20/2018 03:28 PM

As voters in the 49th Dist. special election in Bullitt County make their way to the polls on Tuesday, many will look at the outcome as a sign of things to come in Kentucky politics, but the race likely will not be a sign of a Democratic resurgence — even if Linda Belcher wins back the seat. Belcher, a former educator who held the seat prior to being defeated in 2016, faces Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson, the widow of former Rep.... Read more 

49th House Dist. special election by the numbers

02/19/2018 03:27 PM

UPDATED: Bullitt County residents will decide on Tuesday who will represent them for the rest of 2018, Democratic candidate Linda Belcher or Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson. The two-widows of men who have held the seat are making last minute appeals to their voters to come to the polls for the special election on Tuesday. Johnson is seeking to continue the legacy of her husband, former Rep. Dan Johnson, who killed himself in December after accusations that he molested a 17... Read more 

Primary 2018: An early look at the top primary races to watch

02/13/2018 02:56 PM

The candidates have filed and there are a ton of them, 252 House candidates and 43 Senate candidates, and a ton of open seat races as both Democrats and Republicans have left office to seek other opportunities. With the May 22 primary a few months away here is an early first glimpse at the contested primary races I think will be interesting to watch now, but there are some really interesting General Election races brewing in the background. A couple... Read more 

Fmr. Gov. Steve Beshear goes on attack against Rebecca Johnson in 49th Dist. special election

02/07/2018 04:58 PM

Former Gov. Steve Beshear, D-Kentucky, is bashing the Republican candidate in the special election to replace Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, who took his own life last year. In an email sent to Democratic supporters, Beshear is calling on party faithful to get out and vote, and donate to Democratic nominee Linda Belcher in the election and to fight back against what he is calling the current political reality. “Racists, sexual predators, liars, criminals have no place serving in public... Read more 


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