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Warren Greer: Andy Beshear’s victory saves the Kentucky Democratic Party’s ‘glass floor’

At long last, Kentucky’s 2019 gubernatorial election is over. As a life-long Democrat and a firm believer in decency and civility, I’m glad Matt Bevin got what he deserved. But I’m also a little sad that Andy Beshear won, because the elitist faction of the Kentucky Democratic Party (KDP) now has new life and was not as fully exposed as it otherwise would have been. Just think what the storylines...

Al Cross: Of course, we agree with Mitch McConnell that we need more ‘civility’ in our public discourse

“Elections have consequences” is a favorite saying for politicians of all stripes, and for those of us who try to make sense of what they say (or don’t say). But elections also have lessons, and those who learn from them are usually the most successful in politics. One of America’s most successful politicians, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, often keeps those lessons to himself, but...

Al Cross: McGrath stumbles, Broihier steps up, others in wings, then there’s Mitch McConnell

The very idea that Kentucky voters would turn out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next year, given his and their allegiance to President Trump, seems the stuff of fiction. But Amy McGrath made the all-but-impossible look possible in the first day of her Senate campaign last week, setting a first-day record of $2.5 million. McGrath thus raised the prospect that the national following and fund-raising...

Democrat and newcomer Michael Broihier enters primary race to take on McConnell in 2020 election

Staff report A second democrat and military veteran has entered the race for the primary nomination and a chance to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2020 elections. Michael Broihier is a former Marine lieutenant colonel, a farmer in Stanford, and a small-town newspaperman. Broihier released a campaign announcement video criticizing McConnell’s Grim Reaper role as refining...

Bill Straub: Enter fighter pilot Amy McGrath who will need big fire-power against Mitch McConnell

Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath is hoping that politics, like love in the old Sammy Cahn-Jimmy Van Heusen song, is lovelier the second time around. McGrath, the Democrat who fell to Rep. Andy “Empty Suit’’ Barr, R-Lexington, in a close-but-no-cigar race for the Commonwealth’s Sixth Congressional District seat last November, has emerged from the fog to challenge bigger game – Senate Republican...

Amy McGrath to seek Democratic nomination to face incumbent Mitch McConnell for Senate in 2020

Staff report Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter jet pilot from Northern Kentucky, has announced her 2020 candidacy for the Senate seat now held by Mitch McConnell. McGrath, 44, a Democrat, lost her first race last year against incumbent Republican Andy Barr, by just three percentage points but her strong campaign propelled her to national prominence. McGrath now lives in Georgetown with her husband,...

Bill Straub: Real winner of Tuesday’s election in Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin who wasn’t on ballot

The real winner emerging from Tuesday’s election in Kentucky wasn’t Rep. Andy Barr, who staged a come-from-behind victory in the Sixth Congressional District, or President “Tiny’’ Trump, who insisted to his supporters that this year’s vote was all about him. Nope. The honor goes to someone who wasn’t even on the ballot – St. Matt of New Hampshire, our boy Bevin, the reigning governor,...

Incumbent Andy Barr finds satisfaction in high stakes U.S. House victory against challenger Amy McGrath

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, savored a high-profile and hard-fought win over Democratic challenger Amy McGrath to retain his seat in the 6th Congressional District. Barr’s camp received a gigantic energy boost last month with a visit and endorsement from President Donald Trump, who came to Richmond on one of his many campaign stops in the past two months to try...

Bill Straub: Kentucky commands nation’s attention as Andy Barr-Amy McGrath race goes down to the wire

WASHINGTON – Kentucky doesn’t often command the nation’s attention unless it happens to be the first Saturday in May or the Wildcats are making a run in March. But during this vital political season, a lot of eyes are turning toward the congressional race in the commonwealth’s Sixth District, which could determine which party controls the House. The contest between incumbent Rep. Andy Barr,...

Trump in Richmond to support Congressman Andy Barr; Joe Biden rallied for Amy McGrath Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – President Donald Trump urged his supporters to re-elect U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the November midterm elections on Saturday at a raucous campaign rally and underscored the reason why. 
“The election of Andy is a really important thing,” Trump told the crowd of 6,100 in Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. “It could...

Bill Straub: Andy Barr is finding Amy McGrath a formidable opponent for 6th Congressional seat

It hasn’t been a very good last few days for Rep. Andy Barr, which is bad news for a financial industry that controls his every tic in Washington but potentially good news for the residents of Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District. Barr, R-Lexington, whose accomplishments during his first five years in office couldn’t fill a thimble, unexpectedly finds himself in a tough re-election campaign...

Rural Blog: This is how former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary

The victory of former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District was based in part on a strategy of appealing to rural voters, especially through rural newspapers. That was the idea of campaign manager Mark Nickolas, who had quit political work more than a decade ago and “had never worked in a campaign in the digital era,” reports Michael...

It will be a Barr-McGrath match-up in November; Linda Gorton prevails as Lexington mayor

Staff Report In one of the most-watched primary election races Tuesday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray lost by a surprising margin to political newcomer and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Amy McGrath in the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District. Republican incumbent Andy Barr won handily over challenger Chuck Eddy and will face McGrath in the fall. Gray conceded the race to McGrath...

Retired Marine fighter pilot McGrath announces she will challenge Barr for 6th Congressional seat

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another Democrat has announced a run for Kentucky’s Sixth District Congressional seat, currently held by Republican Andy Barr of Lexington. Amy McGrath, a retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel and former F/A-18 fighter pilot from northern Kentucky, made her formal announcement in a two-minute YouTube video Tuesday morning. “I believe we need to elect a new generation of leaders...

Four individuals, one pioneering firm earn spots in the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame

Four individuals with outstanding careers in aviation and aerospace, and a firm that is a pioneer in a new space science, have been named to the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame. Formal induction will occur on Nov. 12, 2016 at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport, in Lexington. The honorees are Robert “Bob” Cole of Lexington, former station manager for Eastern Airlines and Comair...