Day one of the Republican National Convention "Make America Safe Again"

07/18/2016 07:30 PM

CLEVELAND — The first day of the Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, and the Pure Politics team is there following the Kentucky delegates over the next four days.

Mac Brown, chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky, got the day started addressing the delegates.

“We’ve come on a long road and I’m excited. I’m excited about where we are, the opportunity to nominate a man to lead this country in the right direction,” Brown said to the group of Kentucky delegates.

For Kentucky’s Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Auditor Mike Harmon, this is their first national convention. One aspect they are most looking forward to — supporting state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who will be speaking in a primetime spot on Wednesday night.

Alvarado gave us a brief preview of what he will talk about, but didn’t want to give too much away, making sure people still tune in to see him represent Kentucky on the national stage.

While Republicans have taken over the northern part of Ohio, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was down in Cincinnati addressing a large crowd at the NAACP convention. Clinton spoke about the recent shootings targeting police officers, and the relationship between law enforcement and the African-American community.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at


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