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Ky. Democrats on the hunt for new party chair after Sannie Overly says she's stepping down before next election cycle

08/23/2017 03:56 PM

The Kentucky Democratic Party is looking for a new chair after state Rep. Sannie Overly informed the party’s executive committee on Saturday that she will be stepping down ahead of next year’s election cycle, KDP spokesman Brad Bowman confirmed Wednesday. Overly, a Paris Democrat and 2015 candidate for lieutenant governor who became chairwoman of the KDP in January 2016, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on her decision. Bowman told Pure Politics that Overly will remain in the position... Read more 

McConnell approval numbers in Kentucky at 18%; Trump at 60% in latest public polling

08/22/2017 03:13 PM

Just 18 percent of Kentuckians approve of the job U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is doing, according to a survey released this week. Public Policy Polling released the poll on Monday which found 18 percent of respondents approving of the job McConnell is doing, compared to 74 percent who disapprove. Seven percent of respondents were unsure of McConnell’s performance in office. McConnell fairs slightly better when respondents were asked if they would vote for McConnell if the election... Read more 

Sen. Whitney Westerfield announces run for Attorney General on Pure Politics

08/22/2017 05:30 AM

After coming up a mere 2,201 votes shy out of the more than 950,000 ballots cast in the 2015 race for Attorney General, Sen. Whitney Westerfield has announced he will once again vie for the post. “Pretty excited about the idea of running again and showing people why I’m the best choice for the job,” Westerfield said in an exclusive interview with Pure Politics. Westerfield said he and his wife had been discussing another run for the Constitutional office over... Read more 

RPK chair eyes potential GOP candidates to run for AG and Secretary of State in 2019

08/07/2017 12:50 PM

BENTON – Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman J. McCauley “Mac” Brown believes that the so-called “Trump bandwagon” which resulted in the GOP winning 64 House seats in 2016 was more the result of Gov. Matt Bevin’s popularity which led to a Trump landslide in the bluegrass state during the 2016 presidential election. Brown feels that growing conservative values of the state and the leadership of Bevin led to the GOP onslaught in 2016. “People are tired of not seeing things happen, and... Read more 

Fancy Farm 2017: Politics, food, games and fellowship

08/07/2017 12:25 PM

FANCY FARM – While the Fancy Farm picnic is known around the state and country for political speaking and theatrics, the picnic is a whole lot more. For many western Kentucky families the annual event marks a homecoming for many relatives. For St. Jerome Catholic Church, it’s the major fundraiser that provides financing for their mission work. For many it’s simply a fun family outing with great food, games, and interaction with family and friends in the community. Here’s... Read more 

Republicans take plenty of swipes at depleted Democrats, Beshear challenges Bevin and others to release tax returns at Fancy Farm

08/05/2017 05:31 PM

UPDATED FANCY FARM — Kentucky Republicans delivered a blistering rebuke of their counterparts on the other side of the aisle at the 137th Fancy Farm picnic on Saturday, often tossing barbs at the two Democrats who appeared at the annual event. And a day after telling reporters that he had outlined his concerns about a home purchase by Gov. Matt Bevin to federal authorities, Attorney General Andy Beshear continued to fan the flames of his feud with the governor by... Read more 

Adkins says he'll offer red meat to party faithful at Fancy Farm after encouraging signs recruiting candidates and for a possible gubernatorial bid

08/04/2017 09:08 PM

GILBERTSVILLE — House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins will be one of two Democrats to take the stage at this year’s Fancy Farm, and he says to expect some policy points mixed with a healthy dose of politics in his picnic speech as head of the House Democratic caucus. Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, told Pure Politics before the Mike Miller Bean Supper on Friday that he will offer “a little history lesson” of his party and touch on issues like health care,... Read more 

Democrats in D.C. and Frankfort could earn "second look" in upcoming cycles, Edelen says

07/29/2017 06:10 PM

New Kentucky Project co-founder Adam Edelen expects voters will give Democrats at both the federal and state levels “a second look” in the 2018 and 2019 elections, calling both cycles referendums on President Donald Trump and Gov. Matt Bevin. But the former Democratic state auditor who hopes to attract new faces to politics through his group also had a warning for his party brethren. “If that second look reveals the same old folks saying the same old stuff, the look won’t last... Read more 

What political observers are expecting from the stage and behind the scenes at Fancy Farm

07/12/2017 01:27 PM

Even though this year is an off-cycle year political analysts say Fancy Farm has not lost its importance, adding every year is an opportunity for politicians to mix it up and interact with voters. Les Fugate, a Republican, the executive vice president of RunSwitch PR and the former deputy assistant secretary of state, and Sherman Brown, a Democrat, principal at McCarthy Strategic Solutions and the veteran of numerous Democratic campaigns, recently sat down with Pure Politics to talk about the... Read more 

Lt. Gov. Hampton will not appear at Fancy Farm

07/10/2017 10:30 AM

Republican Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be joining Gov. Matt Bevin in not attending the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August. A spokesperson for Hampton confirmed to Pure Politics on Sunday night via email that the Lt. Governor would not be taking part in the event. The spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about her schedule on Saturday August 5. Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin’s staff informed Fancy Farm organizers that... Read more 

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