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  • State Democrats look to make hay from Matt Bevin's "on the draw" comment with senior-citizen voters

    10/08/2015 4:13:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/08/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    FRANKFORT — Kentucky Democrats are hoping to capitalize on a comment they say shows Republican Matt Bevin’s insensitivity toward Medicare recipients during Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate, urging about 40 senior citizens to rally against the GOP nominee on Thursday. Bevin’s campaign, however, is accusing Democrats of targeting seniors with scare tactics weeks before voters elect the next governor Nov. 3. Democrats are seeking to make hay out of an “on the draw” remark from Bevin. Conway asked Bevin why he favored drug testing Medicare recipients, and the Democrat clarified that he was asking about Medicare, not Medicaid, during his opponent’s response....
  • KSR Debate: "Would you defund Planned Parenthood?"

    10/06/2015 8:01:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    Matt Bevin: "Flashback to the last debate, when my opponent dodged a question on defunding Planned Parenthood." (video at link)
  • Bluegrass Poll: Jack Conway maintains slim lead over Matt Bevin

    09/30/2015 7:54:45 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    Attorney General Jack Conway maintains a nominal five-point lead over Republican Matt Bevin with just more than a month to go in Kentucky's race for governor, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. The poll shows little change from July, with Conway garnering 42 percent support, Bevin with 37 percent and independent Drew Curtis with 7 percent. Fifteen percent of voters say they are undecided. The survey of 701 likely voters was conducted Sept. 22 to 27 by SurveyUSA and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points, which means the race remains a statistical toss-up. The...
  • Hampton, Overly debate hot button issues in second lt. governor debate

    09/28/2015 9:20:58 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 9/28/2015 | Nick Storm
    ... The topic turned to Hampton’s statements on early childhood education during the debate, as Hampton was asked about her comments she made calling federal early childhood education program Head Start a way “to get the kids at an even earlier age and just start the indoctrination sooner.” ... On Monday, a visibly perspiring Hampton, told the panel at WAVE 3, “…all we ask is that Head Start funds be evaluated objectively so we can see if they are being used properly, and effectively and efficiently,” “And, there’s no point spending those funds if we’re not seeing results,” Hampton said,...
  • Overly, Hampton showcase philosophical gulf in first lt. governor debate

    09/23/2015 7:29:33 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 9/23/2015 | Madeline Janicki
    MIDWAY — Set against the back drop of Kentucky’s lone women-only college, candidates for lieutenant governor Jenean Hampton a Republican and Rep. Sannie Overly a Democrat went head to head at Midway College tonight. ... Overly said she and running mate Attorney General Jack Conway, “want to encourage programs that offer partnerships, a state wide apprentice program, and other opportunities so students can earn while they learn.” Hampton spoke of her time of working her way through college, and using loans grants and scholarships. Hampton said that she and Bevin would work to strengthen partnerships and emphasized alternative education. “We...
  • Sam Youngman: “Conway sweats. A lot.”

    09/20/2015 12:56:48 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    Over at the Lexington Herald-Leader, political writer Sam Youngman offers a blistering critique of Jack Conway’s performance at Tuesday night’s debate. Not only did Youngman compare Conway to “A 1980s commercial for antiperspirant,” but said: “Between the Al Gore body language and the 1960 Richard Nixon sweating, Conway looked ill at ease on the stage, and he desperately needs strong debate performances from here on out to break through a political environment that is potentially apocalyptic for Democrats.” Conway’s answer to a question about a sexual harassment case bothered Youngman (among others) “The larger problem for Conway came from some...
  • Matt Bevin launches football themed first ad of general election

    09/18/2015 3:17:04 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 9/18/2015 | Nick Storm
    Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin has launched his first campaign ad of the general election which features a football themed attack against Democratic candidate Jack Conway. The ad plays heavily on ESPN styling with head-to-head matchup graphics pitting Bevin and Conway. “Conway’s playbook supports Obama’s liberal agenda – that means Obamacare and Obama’s job-killing Cap and Trade Plan,” an announcer says. “Conway will take us the wrong way.” The ad follows the same track as recent Republican Governors Association ads which target Conway for his support of Obama. “Leading Kentucky’s team of greater prosperity is outsider businessman Matt Bevin,”...
  • Conway Cites Owning A Female Dog When Asked How He's Made Kentucky Safer For Women

    09/17/2015 8:20:19 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    Conway Cites Owning A Female Dog When Asked How He's Made Kentucky Safer For Women - video
  • Gubernatorial candidates spar in first televised debate

    09/15/2015 10:19:53 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 9/15/2015 | Nick Storm
    LOUISVILLE — The three candidates for governor met Tuesday night at Belleramine University in an hour-long debate where social issues took a sharper focus. Democratic candidate Jack Conway, Republican candidate Matt Bevin and independent candidate Drew Curtis shared the spotlight on Tuesday night in Louisville at the debate sponsored by The Courier Journal, WHAS-TV, WKYT-TV and the Lexington Herald-Leader. Bevin and a visibly sweating Conway exchanged barbs over state pension plans and same-sex marriage from the stage as a crowd of 300 people watched on from the Cralle Center. All the while Curtis slipped in and out of the wider...
  • Bob Babbage on the impact of Kim Davis, Kentucky's bellwether status and fall campaigns

    09/12/2015 11:04:28 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 9/11/2015 | Nick Storm
    With the campaigns focusing on their fall strategy and increasing their television presence, politicians are being forced to react to the controversy surrounding Democratic Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Bob Babbage, the former Democratic secretary of state and managing partner of Lexington-based lobbying firm Babbage Cofounder, described the Davis situation as “significant” in the political realm not just in 2015, but likely for politicians in years to come. No public poll has been taken since Davis’s incarceration and release for contempt of court, but Babbage said the conventional wisdom is that she helps GOP candidate Matt Bevin in the short-term....
  • RGA defends Matt Bevin on tax claims in latest campaign ad

    09/08/2015 11:10:47 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 9/8/2015 | Nick Storm
    The Republican Governors Association has returned to the airwaves in Kentucky in defense of Matt Bevin’s tax record. The ad, released Tuesday, seeks to characterize Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway as misrepresenting the facts behind Bevin’s tax delinquencies — a point raised by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and his allies in the 2014 GOP primary for Senate. “Jack Conway is playing fast and loose again. Matt Bevin did pay the taxes,” a narrator in the ad says. The ad is split into half defensive mechanism, and half positive spot featuring Kentuckians speaking on behalf of Bevin’s family bell business...
  • Conway weighs in as Kentucky clerk appeals jailing over gay marriage

    09/07/2015 7:26:19 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 68 replies
    WAVE 3 News ^ | 9/7/2015 | Maira Ansari
    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A defiant county clerk in Kentucky is willing to stay in jail for her beliefs, but she would prefer to be a free woman. Attorneys for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis have officially appealed a judge's decision to put her in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The three-page motion doesn't include arguments as to why Davis should be released but amends Davis' earlier appeal of the judge's order. Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her to issue the licenses and the U.S. Supreme...
  • Matt Bevin Responds to Kim Davis Arrest

    09/03/2015 8:32:50 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 23 replies ^ | 9/3/2015 | Matt Bevin
    Today, Matt Bevin responded to the arrest of Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis. “It is utterly unnecessary that Rowan County clerk, Kim Davis, is sitting in a jail cell, when there is a simple solution that would respect the rights of every Kentuckian. I first put this solution forward many weeks ago. Why the cowardly silence from our Attorney General, Jack Conway? Jack Conway violated his oath of office as Attorney General when he refused to defend our state in court. Where was our Governor then demanding his resignation? The double standard applied in this case is reprehensible. Jack Conway...
  • New pro-Bevin super PAC launches fundraising effort

    09/02/2015 8:16:36 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | September 2, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    A new outside group has kicked off a fundraising effort to help Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin win in November. Fighting for Kentucky, a super PAC run by two Kentucky Republicans and one from Texas, said it has $100,000 in pledges and hopes to raise $1 million by Sept. 15. In a fundraising email sent to Republican donors Wednesday afternoon, the group's founders said they are not bound by state laws that ban corporate donations to candidates and limit other contributors to $1,000. "To win, this campaign will cost millions of dollars, so our super PAC is raising unlimited contributions...
  • Americans for Prosperity takes to airwaves with ad attacking Jack Conway, Affordable Care Act

    08/31/2015 6:13:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/31/2015 | Nick Storm
    The political 501(c )(4) group Americans for Prosperity is jumping into the fall election cycle with an ad attempting to tie Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway to President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. The ad, first reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader, launched Monday in what AFP told the newspaper is a “hefty” six-figure ad buy. AFP is supported by the billionaire ultra-conservative Koch brothers. “Jack Conway chose Washington insiders over Kentucky families when he decided not to take Obamacare to court — now we are yolked with double-digit premium increases and thousands of lost jobs,” Julia Crigler, state...
  • A Life in Games

    08/31/2015 3:18:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 8/28/15 | Siobhan Roberts
    A Life in Games John Horton Conway claims to have never worked a day in his life. This adaptation from the biography Genius at Play shows how serious advances such as the surreal numbers can spring out of fun and games. Princeton University, Office of Communications, Denise ApplewhiteJohn Horton Conway at Princeton University in 2009. By: Siobhan RobertsAugust 28, 2015 Comments (6) Gnawing on his left index finger with his chipped old British teeth, temporal veins bulging and brow pensively squinched beneath the day-before-yesterday’s hair, the mathematician John Horton Conway unapologetically whiles away his hours tinkering and thinkering — which...
  • Pro-Jack Conway super PAC ad sharpens focus on Matt Bevin's refusal to release tax returns

    08/25/2015 5:24:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/25/2015 | Nick Storm
    Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values is sharpening their messaging in their latest TV with a focus on Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns. The 30-second ad released on Tuesday by the pro-Jack Conway PAC focuses on the “tradition” of gubernatorial candidates releasing their tax-returns for public inspection as a candidate. The ad also turns to the previous tax delinquency claims made by the campaign of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP primary against Bevin, and numerous Democratic attacks in the gubernatorial campaign this year. “It’s a tradition in Kentucky,” A male narrator...
  • Chatter: Matt Jones courted to challenge Andy Barr; Hillary email scandal "political bomb" in Ky.

    08/24/2015 6:39:58 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/24/2015 | Nick Storm
    Controversial sports radio host Matt Jones is considering challenging U.S. Rep. Andy Barr for the 6th District Congressional seat in 2016. Jones, an unabashed supporter of President Barack Obama, first confirmed he has been approached by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman on Sunday. ... Hillary Clinton and Kentucky’s gubernatorial race Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press”, has already predicted that Kentucky’s gubernatorial election could be the “last of the Obama wars,” but now the Todd says Hillary Clinton’s expanding problems with her private email server could play a role too. In...
  • Thayer: Gov. Beshear "has broken the law," Jack Conway is a "complicit partner"

    08/23/2015 11:23:04 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/23/2015 | Nick Storm
    GEORGETOWN — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer is known for his ability to stir the pot when it comes to partisan politics. Thayer, R-Georgetown, is doing just that in the gubernatorial election by connecting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway, the state’s attorney general, to an imbalance in university board appointments in the state which has landed a previous Republican governor in court. “The for sale sign is up” in the executive branch, Thayer said, pointing to reporting done by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Louisville Courier-Journal showing university boards around the state are out-of-whack with the partisan...
  • Passport gives to Democratic Governors

    08/20/2015 9:12:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    Courier-Journal ^ | 8/20/2015 | Tom Loftus
    <p>Incredible - after the scathing auditors report, they are able to do this - read the excuses given.</p>
  • Jack Conway launches first negative nominee ad, hammering Matt Bevin over taxes

    08/18/2015 6:54:47 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/18/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway launched the first negative ad from a gubernatorial nominee on Tuesday, hitting Republican Matt Bevin on seemingly every tax issue that has emerged this year and in last year’s U.S. Senate primary. The 30-second spot, titled “30 Times,” begins with Bevin’s press conference upon launching his bid to unseat then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, telling reporters that he had “no tax delinquency problem, nor have I ever.” The ad then transitions to reports of more than $100,000 owed by Bevin Brothers Manufacturing in East Hampton, Conn., earning the company a spot atop a listing of...
  • Showdown in Kentucky Could Be Last of the Obama Wars

    08/16/2015 12:57:59 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    Outside of the presidential contest, the best political race worth watching THIS YEAR is the gubernatorial showdown in Kentucky between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin. The reason: It could very well be the last Obama War. Indeed, the Republican Governors Association this month has released two TV ads -- one linking Conway with Obama's energy policies and the other hitting Conway on the health-care law. And it seems like Conway is following the Alison Grimes playbook. He is up with an ad bragging that he was the only Democratic attorney general to sue the Obama admin over coal...
  • FTM Radio Podcast: GOP Governor Candidate Matt Bevin (interview)

    08/16/2015 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    We hit on several topics and allowed the GOP nominee to go beyond soundbites and explain in his own words where he stands on several topics being discussed in the Kentucky Governor's race. The election is set for November 3, 2015. Bevin is running against Democratic candidate Jack Conway. ... Please take the time to hear GOP Gubernatorial Candidate discuss these topics in his own words. (audio of interview at link)
  • At Fancy Farm, Bevin takes an unusual turn while Conway brings the heat

    08/02/2015 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 8/1/2015 | Sam Youngman
    FANCY FARM — The annual political picnic here has long been a partisan battle of wits and one-liners, where the politicians trade barbs and laughs and the crowd eggs them on. ... On Saturday, while Democrats, including gubernatorial nominee and attorney general Jack Conway, used their time on stage to remind voters of Bevin's rocky past as a politician, Bevin took the stage to decry the nature of the event and call for unity. In a sharp departure from the theme of the picnic, Bevin said he was glad to be at the event, which primarily serves as a fundraiser...
  • Jack Conway tosses jabs while Matt Bevin criticizes partisan tone of Fancy Farm picnic

    08/02/2015 10:52:33 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/1/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    FANCY FARM — Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway heaped criticism on his GOP opponent at the 135th annual Fancy Farm picnic Saturday, repeating numerous attacks against Matt Bevin that have sprouted in his two runs for office. In response, Bevin completely reversed the Fancy Farm norm, eschewed the partisan tenor of Kentucky’s signature political event before leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and painting in broad strokes in his remarks. “The one thing that discourages me, however, about this process is that we literally are celebrating the very worst elements of the political process,” Bevin said. “We are...
  • Live Stream - Fancy Farm 2015 (Matt Bevin and other speakers)

    08/01/2015 11:44:49 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    KET live stream ^ | 08/01/2015
    Speaking Order Minutes ______________________________________________ Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman…….…..Welcome/Intros Bishop William Medley………………Invocation Ms. Ramsey Carpenter……….……..My Old Ky Home Ms. Carson McKee…………..………The National Anthem ______________________________________________ Matt Jones – Emcee……………………………..3 Rep. Richard Heath (R)………………………….2 Sen. Stan Humphries (R)…………………..….2 Cong. Ed Whitfield (R)…………………..….….3 Sen. Mitch McConnell (R)…………………..…5 Gov. Steve Beshear (D)…………………………5 *Gov. Cand. Jack Conway (D)…………………5 *Gov. Cand. Matt Bevin (R)…………………….5 Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen (D)…………..…………….2 *Lt. Gov. Cand. Jeanean Hampton (R)…….…4 *Lt. Gov. Cand. Sannie Overly (D)…………….4 Ag. Comm. James Comer (R)…………………2 (pending) *Ag Comm. Cand. Jean Marie Spann (D)…….4 *Ag. Comm. Cand. Ryan Quarles (R)…..…….4 *Att. Gen. Cand. Andy Beshear (D)…..………4 *Att....
  • BLUEGRASS POLL: Kentucky Gov. race a barnburner

    07/30/2015 9:21:24 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    WHAS 11 ^ | July 30, 2015 | Joe Arnold
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- As Matt Bevin and Jack Conway prepare for the unofficial kickoff of the Kentucky gubernatorial campaign at Fancy Farm, the race appears to be a barnburner. Conway, Kentucky's Democratic Attorney General, holds a slim lead over Bevin, the Republican nominee and businessman, 45 percent to 42 percent, in the WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released Thursday. The three percentage point margin is within pollster Survey USA's 3.8 percent margin of error. The poll surveyed likely voters between July 22 and July 28. The Bluegrass Poll also queried voters on a potential three-candidate governor's race. founder Drew Curtis...
  • Analyst: Ky. Governor's Race May be Bellwether for Dems in 2016

    07/30/2015 9:12:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/29/2015 | Courtney Coren
    While Democrats may be hoping to improve their numbers in Congress in the next election, political analyst Nathan Gonzales says that the Kentucky governor's race may be a bellwether election for 2016. Since losing the Senate in 2014, as well as even more seats in the House, the Democrats have been looking to 2016 with hope in light of the fact that they typically have better voter turnout during presidential election cycles, Gonzales explained in a blogpost for Roll Call. However, he contends that there is at least one race that is expected this fall that "could dampen some of...
  • Analysts predict sharp elbows in fight for earned media at Fancy Farm

    07/30/2015 8:10:34 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/29/2015 | Nick Storm
    With rhetoric heating up between gubernatorial candidates Kentuckians can expect one-liners sprinkled with vitriol at Fancy Farm, but Matt Bevin and Jack Conway will also be competing for air time and column inches in what has so far been a sleepy open-seat general election. “Last year when we all went to Fancy Farm to me it felt like … we were coming out for the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. This year it feels more like the kickoff — or maybe even the coin flip,” said Scott Jennings a GOP strategist. Some have called the raucous speaking event outdated,...
  • Flashback: Pro-Abortion Group Says Jack Conway "Perfect Candidate"

    07/29/2015 4:33:39 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    Bluegrass Bulletin ^ | September 16, 2010
    Describing Jack Conway as their "Perfect Candidate", the pro-abortion group JAC will be hosting an event on Monday, September 27 in Prospect. Not likely to be there are any of the 1.3 million babies aborted this year, or or any of the 50,000,000 babies who lost their lives since 1973, when Jack had survived 4 years. But Jack cozying up to pro-abortionists is not surprising really...
  • Bevin, Conway clash over policy at Chamber forum

    07/28/2015 8:13:37 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/28/2015 | Nick Storm
    In their third joint appearance of the general election gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway traded barbs as policy took center stage. The forum between Bevin and Conway keynoted the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit in Louisville on Tuesday. The forum was moderated by former Pure Politics managing editor Ryan Alessi. The next governor will assume office in December and will quickly have to produce a budget to guide the state over the next two years. A seemingly straightforward question to Bevin about what his top budgeted priority would be drew a quick rebuke. “If I told...
  • President Obama is antagonist in new ads by Jack Conway, Republican Governors Association

    07/28/2015 8:09:54 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/28/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    As Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway seeks separation between himself and an unpopular president in one of two new television ads released on Tuesday, the Republican Governors Association is attempting the opposite in a competing spot unveiled the same day. Conway’s campaign released two 30-second ads that are set to air statewide in a six-figure buy. In one, titled “Fiscal,” Conway pledges to “hold the line on taxes” and touts his office’s record of winning high-dollar judgements during his two terms while the other, called “Coal,” highlights his decision to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for proposed regulations on...
  • Americans for Prosperity says Jack Conway would lead Kentucky in wrong direction in pre-Fancy Farm

    07/26/2015 10:18:51 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 07/25/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Americans for Prosperity says Jack Conway would lead Kentucky in wrong direction in pre-Fancy Farm Web ad, mailer The Kentucky chapter of the conservative 501(c )(4) Americans for Prosperity has launched a digital and direct-mail campaign ahead of this year’s Fancy Farm festivities, hoping to connect Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway with President Barack Obama in the minds of voters. AFP released a digital ad titled “You’re Going The Wrong Way, Jack Conway” on Friday, depicting Conway as a supporter of cap-and-trade legislation, the Affordable Care Act and high-dollar government spending. Julia Crigler, AFP Kentucky state director, said the group...
  • Conway, Bevin bare knuckles in second public gubernatorial forum at Kentucky Farm Bureau

    07/23/2015 5:55:13 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/23/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway traded barbs and accused one another of spreading mistruths during Thursday’s “Measure the Candidates” forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau. In their second public appearance as their parties’ nominees, the pair touched on topics such as tax exemptions, tort reform, health care and rural infrastructure, with Conway continually seeking to present contradictory stances from his opponent while Bevin repeatedly urged the audience in the KFB boardroom and watching online to visit his website and learn about his views. And when their own words weren’t enough, they reached for quotations from others to...
  • Ky. Democrats hope to pin Bevin with past comments on farm bill in run-up to Ky. Farm Bureau forum

    07/22/2015 7:17:57 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 07/22/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin is taking lumps for critical comments he made about last year’s U.S. farm bill a day before he meets Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway at a gubernatorial forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau. The Kentucky Democratic Party organized a conference call on Wednesday with two farmers supporting Conway’s candidacy, Democratic Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett and 2007 Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate David Neville. The trio heaped criticism on Bevin based on a February 2014 Associated Press report in which the Louisville investment manager said the country is “becoming more and more dependent on the...
  • Kentucky governor's race now 'leans Republican,' group says

    07/16/2015 8:02:29 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 29 replies
    WAVE 3 News ^ | 7/16/2015 | Theo Keith
    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Republican Matt Bevin is a slight favorite to win Kentucky's race for governor this year, according to a group that analyzes political races. The Center for Politics, led by prominent political scientist Larry Sabato, on Thursday moved the race from "toss-up" to "leans Republican." Bevin, a Louisville businessman, faces Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway. "The national Democratic brand is toxic in Kentucky," analysts from Sabato's Crystal Ball said. "Bluegrass Democrats will want to keep the race local, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling created an opening for Bevin to connect Conway to national politics."...
  • Bevin takes aim at Courier-Journal reporter in Conway's absence at Louisville forum

    07/14/2015 9:57:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/14/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    The event was touted as a gubernatorial forum and its logo featured the mascots of both political parties, but those who lined the pews of Crescent Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday only heard from one candidate: Republican Matt Bevin. The Louisville investment manager had the stage to himself for more than an hour, touching topics like poverty, health care, drug abuse and early childhood education in front of officials from myriad non-profits and community groups at the forum hosted by the Council of Agency Executives. Donovan Fornwalt, chief executive officer of the Council on Developmental Disabilities and public policy chairman...
  • Bevin, Overly spar in Radcliff

    07/12/2015 9:15:19 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    The News-Enterprise ^ | July 12, 2015 | Judah Taylor
    While advocating diversity in politics Saturday before the Kentucky Black Caucus meeting in Radcliff, GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin said he was against extending equal protection to the LGBT workforce. Asked afterward if he was OK with an individual being fired because of sexual orientation, Bevin said, “I believe in equal opportunity under the law,” and in the forum said he believed in protecting religious freedoms. “I think we have laws that protect everybody’s rights and that they should continue to exist just as they do,” he said in an interview. During the forum, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Sannie...
  • KDP launches social media ads targeting Bevin as 'pathological liar'

    07/08/2015 2:01:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/8/2015 | Nick Storm
    The Kentucky Democratic Party has launched its first targeted digital ad against Matt Bevin piggybacking on U.S. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 GOP primary campaign’s efforts to label the Republican candidate a “pathological liar.” The KDP has strung together a video featuring news clips and interviews targeting Bevin on tax delinquencies; his attendance at a pro-cockfighting rally; claims that he attended MIT; and others. “Matt Bevin’s flagrant dishonesty, deceit and self-interested political agenda is exactly why Kentuckians cannot trust him to look out for us as governor,” said Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes in a statement. “Whether Bevin is lying about...
  • RGA launches first TV ad linking Conway to Obama

    07/08/2015 1:49:24 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/08/2015 | Nick Storm
    The Republican Governor’s Association is launching its first ad of the gubernatorial campaign seeking to tie Democratic candidate Jack Conway to President Barack Obama. The ad titled: “Vague” is running statewide in what the RGA is calling a significant ad buy across broadcast and cable networks. In the spot the RGA follows a similar track that has been used against Conway in past Elections. The group attempts to tie Conway to Obama saying the two Democrats are similar in their “vague promises. The RGA ad specifically targets Conway over cap and trade. Cap-and-trade is essentially putting a limit on greenhouse...
  • Toss Up for Governor in Kentucky (Bevin 38%, Conway 35%)

    06/23/2015 2:20:03 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    PPP's first poll of the general election for Governor in Kentucky finds a toss up race. Republican Matt Bevin gets 38% to 35% for Democrat Jack Conway, with independent Drew Curtis getting 6%. In a two person race with Curtis taken out of the mix, Bevin's lead over Conway is 40/38. More than 20% of voters are undecided and that's a function of neither candidate being particularly well known. Even after a pair of terms as Attorney General, a 35% plurality of voters in Kentucky have no opinion about Conway with those who do have one pretty evenly divided on...
  • Conway releases tax records in spite of Bevin's refusal, reveals forced energy stock sale

    06/20/2015 12:27:53 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/18/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    ...Conway, who filed jointly with his wife Elizabeth, paid $837,700 in capital gains taxes in the sale — $644,385 to the Feds and $193,315 to the state — according to campaign spokesman Daniel Kemp. That’s 76.8 percent of his family’s $1.3 million in state and federal income taxes paid, according to the tax summary. He also reported $18,875 in charitable contributions last year. Conway, who earns $118,217 annually as attorney general, and his wife earned $233,421 in gross income in 2013 and $213,055 in 2012, and the couple paid $47,916 and $40,615 in federal and state income taxes in those...
  • First joint appearance lacks debate feel, but gubernatorial hopefuls continue public sparring

    06/19/2015 11:53:34 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/19/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    The first “debate” between Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin Friday wasn’t an exchange of ideas, but rather a pair of broad speeches limited to 15 minutes with only Bevin, by virtue of speaking last, given an opportunity at rebuttal. The two shared the stage for the first time as their parties’ nominees at the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association/Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Summer Conference at the Galt House in Louisville. Their pre-lunch remarks drew about 300. Both Conway and Bevin did their best to present their visions for the state in the allotted...
  • Bevin, Conway plan to follow recent tradition in disclosing tax filings if elected, but only Conway

    06/10/2015 4:28:17 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/10/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    ...will release his as a candidate BARDSTOWN — Recent governors and some candidates for the office have made their tax filings public, a trend that will continue in the next administration. Both Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin said they will release their tax returns if elected governor. “Let me win the job first,” Bevin told Pure Politics at a meet and greet at Handy Food Mart in Bardstown on Wednesday. “I’ve released plenty of financial information as a result of decisions I’ve made to run for office in the last couple years. What I’m required to...
  • Jack Conway defends donations from 'political ally' whose company was subject of audit he reviewed

    06/04/2015 10:10:12 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | May 30, 2015 | JOHN CHEVES
    Actual title: Jack Conway defends donations from 'political ally' whose company was subject of state audit Conway reviewed FRANKFORT — In early 2011, Attorney General Jack Conway decided he lacked probable cause to act on a state audit that criticized public business deals worth tens of millions of dollars at an Eastern Kentucky utility company and questioned improper bidding procedures, violations of the Open Meetings Act and possible conflicts of interest. However, Conway — this year's Democratic nominee for governor — kept in touch with people at that company, Pikeville-based Utility Management Group, which privately runs Pike County's water and...
  • Though skeptics may remain, GOP voters seem ready to get behind Bevin's gubernatorial bid

    06/01/2015 2:43:44 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/1/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    LEXINGTON — Unity within the Republican Party of Kentucky has been a narrative since Louisville businessman Matt Bevin’s win in the May 19 gubernatorial primary. Not only did Bevin survive a bitter four-way primary for governor on the Republican side by a mere 83 votes, he also unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. The latter race has drawn the lion’s share of attention given Bevin’s inability to publicly endorse McConnell by name after his nearly 25-point loss to the now Senate majority leader. The Kentucky Democratic Party, in fact, has published a website dedicated to past anti-Bevin comments from fellow...
  • Review shows Bevin holding lead in Kentucky GOP primary

    05/28/2015 3:46:57 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    WDRB ^ | 5/28/2015 | Lawrence Smith
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The 83-vote margin holds in the Republican race for Kentucky governor. A second look at voting machine totals and absentee ballots Thursday revealed no change in the results of the May 19 primary. Matt Bevin finished ahead of state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer by 83 votes. The Comer campaign says he is in Florida, and will issue a statement on his next steps Friday afternoon. WDRB caught up with Bevin as he arrived at his campaign headquarters moments after the results of the recanvass were announced. He says the result was not unexpected, but he won't...
  • If Bevin win holds, Conway beware

    05/21/2015 8:15:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    WDRB ^ | May 20, 2015 | John David Dyche
    It appears that 17.3 percent of Kentucky's registered Republicans have by 83 votes nominated Matt Bevin to be the party's candidate for governor. We will not know this for certain, however, until the recanvass requested by apparent runner-up James Comer is completed, and perhaps after that if there is an actual recount. Democrats nominated Jack Conway. His opponent, a complete unknown who did not mount a serious campaign, nonetheless got more than one out of every five votes cast. Conway supposedly wanted Bevin to win. He got his wish and will soon regret it if Bevin's well-run primary campaign and...
  • Attorney General Jack Conway files federal antitrust lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum

    05/13/2015 4:55:36 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/12/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has sued Marathon Petroleum, accusing the fuel company on Tuesday of unfairly keeping competitors out of the state and keeping gas prices high. Conway filed the antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Louisville against the state’s largest supplier of gasoline and reformulated gasoline, which must be sold in Louisville and Covington during summer months to curb pollution from emissions. Louisville residents typically pay between 20 and 30 cents per gallon more than others throughout Kentucky, and a comparison of reformulated gasoline prices between Louisville and St. Louis revealed gasoline typically cost 25 cents more...
  • Kentucky State AFL-CIO throws its support behind Jack Conway's gubernatorial campaign

    01/21/2015 8:03:43 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 1/20/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    After collecting endorsements from various labor groups throughout his gubernatorial campaign, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway received the Kentucky State AFL-CIO’s backing on Tuesday. The AFL-CIO represents a number of labor organizations, some of which have already endorsed Conway’s gubernatorial bid. Still, the group’s support brings the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, United Steelworkers and United Association of Pipefitters, among others, to the fold. Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Sannie Overly of Paris, remain the only prominent Democratic ticket in the race with a week until the Jan. 27 filing deadline. The 45-year-old,...