Rep. Keith Hall, former state mine inspector indicted on federal bribery charges

A federal grand jury has indicted outgoing state Rep. Keith Hall and a former mine reclamation inspector on charges of bribery, alleging the Phelps Democrat...

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Federal Highway Trust Fund's insolvency could pose problems before summer construction season

FRANKFORT — Kentucky road projects may again be jeopardized without congressional action on the federal Highway Trust Fund before next summer’s construction season, Transportation...

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Republicans Quarles and Mitchell targeted in ads from Kentucky Family Values

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two in a series of stories by Pure Politics examining claims being made in contentious House races in...

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Internal McConnell poll shows incumbent up 8 percent

UPDATED WITH GRIMES CAMPAIGN RESPONSE: Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell released an internal poll Wednesday showing an 8 percent lead...

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McConnell urges supporters to influence friends to vote for him

VANCEBURG – With 13 days remaining until Election Day, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told supporters Wednesday at a campaign stop in Lewis County that...

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McConnell, Grimes release competing television ads in U.S. Senate race

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates launched new television ads Wednesday, with Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell highlighting his support among young women while Democrat Alison Lundergan...

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Rep. Keith Hall, former state mine inspector indicted on federal bribery charges

10/23/2014 06:08 PM

A federal grand jury has indicted outgoing state Rep. Keith Hall and a former mine reclamation inspector on charges of bribery, alleging the Phelps Democrat paid more than $46,000 to have violations at his mining operations ignored. A grand jury in London, Ky., returned the indictment against Hall, 55, and Kelly Shortridge, who was also charged with attempting to extort additional payments from Hall and lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials during a July interview, Thursday. Both are scheduled to... Read more 

Federal Highway Trust Fund's insolvency could pose problems before summer construction season

10/23/2014 02:17 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky road projects may again be jeopardized without congressional action on the federal Highway Trust Fund before next summer’s construction season, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock told lawmakers Thursday. The trust has crept perilously close toward insolvency this year before Congress extended the plan through next May on Sept. 30. Gov. Steve Beshear, appearing with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Hancock at the state Capitol in July, said the state had at the time delayed about $185 million... Read more 

Republicans Quarles and Mitchell targeted in ads from Kentucky Family Values

10/23/2014 09:43 AM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two in a series of stories by Pure Politics examining claims being made in contentious House races in the state. Part one can be found here . An agenda being pushed by the House Republicans and the legitimacy of the co-author designation of a Republican House candidate for a book are just some of the attacks being launched by Kentucky Family Values. Kentucky Family Values PAC is getting involved in the open seat race in the 39th... Read more 

Internal McConnell poll shows incumbent up 8 percent

10/22/2014 05:14 PM

UPDATED WITH GRIMES CAMPAIGN RESPONSE: Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell released an internal poll Wednesday showing an 8 percent lead on Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. The poll, conducted by Voter Consumer Research Chairman Jan van Lohuizen, has McConnell ahead of Grimes among 815 likely voters 49 percent to 41 percent, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson drawing 3 percent. The survey has a margin of error of 3.5 percent with 7 percent of respondents undecided, according to a polling memo released... Read more 

McConnell urges supporters to influence friends to vote for him

10/22/2014 04:27 PM

VANCEBURG – With 13 days remaining until Election Day, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told supporters Wednesday at a campaign stop in Lewis County that they have more influence than they think in deciding this year’s U.S. Senate race between him and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. A crowd of approximately 100 supporters were on hand in Vanceburg for the second of a four city tour on Wednesday of Kentucky coal country — which McConnell has focused on throughout his reelection bid. McConnell... Read more 

McConnell, Grimes release competing television ads in U.S. Senate race

10/22/2014 03:07 PM

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates launched new television ads Wednesday, with Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell highlighting his support among young women while Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes targets remarks the five-term incumbent made at a meeting of wealthy conservative donors in June. McConnell’s campaign struck first in his statewide ad titled “Represent Me,” which features four young women who back McConnell’s reelection as well as a link to the website womenformitch.com. “She (Grimes) thinks I’ll vote for the candidate who looks like... Read more 

DSCC going back on air in Kentucky for Grimes

10/22/2014 02:44 PM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going back on-air for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in her battle against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Buoyed by recent polling, the DSCC told Politico that they were investing $650,000 in air time after “reviewing recent internal and public polling,” according to Manu Raju. The latest Bluegrass Poll published Monday shows McConnell up one percentage point on Grimes, but the race remains within the margin of error. The decision to go back on... Read more 

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