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State House races 2018: The districts that are likely to be in play

10/11/2017 11:13 AM

In 2016 Republicans finally achieved what they had been trying to do for years, halt Democratic advances in Kentucky and take control of the state House of Representatives. Now that Republicans control the lower chamber with a 64 to 36 super majority, they will face their first test in holding their legislative advantage. The map of races on the table currently sit well for the GOP as more Democrats announce their plans to leave office, and the state party struggles... Read more 

Andy Barr stocking good-will war chest ahead of 2018

10/10/2017 12:41 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is restocking his good-will war chest, Building America’s Republican Representation, BARR PAC, heading into a re-election year. Barr will be hosting a dinner on Thursday in Washington D.C. at Acqua Al 2, a rustic Italian restaurant on 7th Street in the nation’s capital. Contribution levels to BARR PAC range from $1,000 for a political action committee or personal guest, to $2,500 to be a host level PAC or guest host, according to Political Party Time a... Read more 

RPK calls on Grimes to donate 2014 Weinstein donations; Grimes spox fires back at "political ploy"

10/09/2017 10:34 AM

The Republican Party of Kentucky is trying to tie Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to a national news story on sexual harassment via a 2014 campaign donation from the film producer to Grimes. On Friday, the RPK called on Grimes to donate $5,200 from embattled film producer Harvey Weinstein donated to Grimes for her 2014 US Senate campaign against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. “Given what we now know about Mr. Weinstein, Alison Grimes should lead by example... Read more 

6th Dist. Democratic candidates weigh in on gun reforms in the wake of Las Vegas

10/06/2017 09:10 AM

LEXINGTON — There are few things in life that will get people talking like a disagreeable comment on social media. President Trump and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin have, according to some used their Twitter accounts as a bully pulpit. After the Mandalay Bay shooing in Las Vegas, Nevada Gov. Bevin took to Twitter criticizing political opportunist “seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas,” he wrote “you can’t regulate evil,” it was retweeted almost 8,000 times. Bevin is no stranger to... Read more 

GOP Louisville councilwoman Angela Leet announces run for Louisville mayor

10/03/2017 12:53 PM

Republican Louisville metro councilwoman Angela Leet announced her bid for Louisville mayor on Tuesday with the release of a two-minute long introductory video. The east-end Republican said she was tapping her experience as an environmental engineer, businessperson and more in the campaign for the Republican nomination. Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer is seeking a third term in 2018. “We have an important decision to make — we can either keep building bike lanes, or we can begin building a better city... Read more 

Rep. Rick Nelson won't run for re-election, will seek position as Middlesboro mayor in 2018

09/26/2017 03:14 PM

Democratic Rep. Rick Nelson won’t be seeking a return trip to the House of Representatives in Frankfort next year; instead he is seeking a local office. The state Representative who first won election to the House in 2,001 will seek the position of Mayor in Middlesboro, Nelson told Pure Politics on Tuesday. With Nelson seeking local office, he puts House Democrats one step further away from making up ground lost in the 2016 election cycle, when the Republican Party took... Read more 

Reggie Thomas launches web videos listing priorities, takes jab at McGrath

09/26/2017 10:31 AM

UPDATED: Democratic 6th Congressional district primary candidate Reggie Thomas kicked off his first web ad of the campaign with a direct-to-camera video listing his priorities and taking a shot at challenger Amy McGrath. The two-minute long video focuses on issues including health care, raising the minimum wage, eliminating student debt and the politicians he opposes. “I want to tell you what I’m for and what I’m against. I am for Medicare for all, a single payer health care system for everyone... Read more 

Is health care a basic right? Here's what the candidates currently in the race for the 6th Congressional Dist. told us

09/21/2017 05:01 PM

In America there’s the presumption of being endowed certain unalienable rights, like, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which are set forth in the Declaration of Independence. But does health care fit into those rights? Four candidates seeking to represent the people of the 6th Congressional district were asked if health care is a basic human right and their views on health care by Pure Politics. Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington, who has represented... Read more 

Perennial candidate Geoff Young seeks Democratic nomination as he sues KDP, fellow Democratic candidates

09/20/2017 02:29 PM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Geoff Young of Lexington is vying for the nomination of his party even as he brings a lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party, and is trying to add fellow Democratic candidates for the post to his lawsuit. Young has twice run and lost for the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District, but this year he thinks will be different — pointing to a lawsuit. The Lexington Democrat alleges his campaign rivals; former Marine Corps fighter... Read more 

Democratic Congressional candidate Reggie Thomas says health care is the top issue, and he wants a single-payer model

09/14/2017 11:17 AM

State Sen. Reggie Thomas, D-Lexington, jumped into the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District this summer citing a vote by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “That led me to believe that, look, Reggie it’s time for you to do something and so I began to think about seriously getting into the race, and ultimately decided that I can be better for the people of the 6th Congressional District than he can,” Thomas said.... Read more 


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