New Kentucky Project, founded by former auditor and Ky. Sports Radio host, launches basic website ahead of June kickoff

04/20/2016 07:17 PM

A new group founded by former Auditor Adam Edelen and Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones to promote Democratic ideas in the state launched a bare-bones website on Wednesday as it prepares for an early June rollout.

Insider Louisville first reported on New Kentucky Project’s website, which includes a form to sign up for updates and links to the group’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. On its homepage, the group says it “seeks to reform Kentucky’s broken politics and modernize the Commonwealth through identifying and promoting new ideas and leaders.”

Erik Jarboe, who joined New Kentucky Project as its executive director on Monday, called the website reveal a “soft opening” for the organization, which did not include a contribution link on its site, ahead of its June kickoff. The group does not have a set fundraising goal “at the moment,” he said.

“We’re still in the very organizational phase, so right now it’s just building up a foundation of membership and getting our information out,” Jarboe, who previously served as a field organizer for NextGen Climate Iowa and Secretary of State Alison Lunderan Grimes, said in a phone interview with Pure Politics.

“We wanted to make sure that everything’s up and running before we can actually go full-fledged and start operating at 100 percent,” he added.

Those who have been tabbed to serve on New Kentucky Project’s executive committee include state Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville; state Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles; state Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills; Clay Ford, grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford; and Craig Greenberg, president of 21c Museum Hotel, according to Insider Louisville.

Exactly what role the group will play in this year’s election cycle remains to be seen.

“I can’t speak to what our involvement is going to be in terms of an endorsement or even going after different candidates,” Jarboe said.

“Right now we’re focused more on ideas as opposed to backing individual candidates, so this is more of we’re looking for Kentucky solutions to Kentucky problems, so we’re looking more towards the people of this state.”

CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this report indicated that New Kentucky Project was founded to boost Democratic candidates. Jarboe said the group is primarily focused on Democratic ideas.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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