Chatter: Paul eyeing April 7 for presidential bid; mine inspector names Keith Hall in plea deal

03/18/2015 04:43 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is eyeing April 7 as the day he will pull the trigger and officially toss his name into the ring for the White House.

Multiple national and local news outlets citing confidential sources are reporting that Paul will announce his presidential bid at the Galt House in downtown Louisville.

Paul has been traveling the country and telegraphing a run for the White House for the last two years with frequent visits to early primary states. The Bowling Green Republican also has been pushing the Republican Party of Kentucky’s Executive Committee to hold a presidential caucus in the state, circumventing a prohibition in the state Constitution against appearing on a ballot twice in the same election cycle.

Paul has announced plans to seek re-election in 2016.

Former Rep. Keith Hall named in bribery plea deal

Former state Rep. Keith Hall has been named in a plea deal entered into court Wednesday.

The news was first reported by John Cheves of The Lexington Herald-Leader.

Hall, a Phelps Democrat who lost a close primary battle in 2014, is accused of paying $46,000 in bribes to former mine inspector Kelly Shortridge. Shortridge pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their case against Hall.

Hall’s trial is scheduled to begin April 20.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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