Sunday Chatter: McConnell meets with Ky. House GOP ahead of '16; Paul talks pot

12/07/2014 10:01 PM

With more three weeks left of 2014 House Republicans met up with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on Saturday to talk strategy before the 2016 House races.

The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported McConnell’s meeting with members of the House Republican caucus who again came up short in their hopes to flip the state House — the lone Democratically held chamber in the south.

As Pure Politics first reported in late November House Republicans formed a committee to identify potential GOP candidates and set a fundraising schedule for the next election cycle just after the November election wrapped up.

House Democrats are also meeting and they are expected to hold their first 2016 fundraiser in December.

One issue McConnell talked about with the GOP was candidate recruitment something House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover told Pure Politics hurt the caucus in 2014.

Paul hints at past marijuana use in WHAS interview

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has been traveling the early presidential primary states the past 19 months talking about criminal justice reforms, and the disproportional outcomes current drug laws have on minorities.

This week Paul sat down with WHAS11 to talk about a variety of issues, but the issue which has struck a national chord was about his own past.

Paul clarified in the interview that he believes drugs are bad, but seemed to indicate he had smoked marijuana while he was in college.

From WHAS11:

“Let’s just say I wasn’t a choir boy when I was in college,” Paul replied when asked whether he smoked marijuana while in college, “and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes, and I can say that I made mistakes when I was a kid.”

Paul has spoken out on federal sentencing guidelines, saying no one should lose their rights for life for a youthful mistake.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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