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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...

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,...

Winning candidate Jim Glenn, a democrat, wants records on use of House lawyers by his opponent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The attorney representing Jim Glenn, the Democrat involved in an Election Contest in the Kentucky House of Representatives, has filed an open records appeal with Attorney General Andy Beshear, claiming House Republicans have been unresponsive in requests for information. 
Attorney Anna Whites said in a statement issued on Wednesday that lawyers who appear to be employed...

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville was elected to chairman of House Budget Committee come January

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The only Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation will have a powerful position when Congress convenes in January. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville was elected by the Democratic Caucus as chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, which will become effective when Democrats take control of the House. He has served as the Democrats’ ranking minority member...

Democrat Rocky Adkins files paperwork to run for governor; announcement today in Morehead

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The element of surprise is gone from Democratic House Leader Rocky Adkins’ “special announcement” today in Morehead. 
As most suspected anyway, Adkins is running for governor. 
An examination of Kentucky Registry of Election Finance records shows a filing for a gubernatorial slate consisting of the Sandy Hook Democrat, along with Stephanie Horne, an outgoing member...

Bill Straub: Following Tuesday’s primary election, the Republican Party now the party of Trump

WASHINGTON – There can no longer be any doubt that the Republican Party, once known as the party of Lincoln and, later, the party of Reagan, is now the party of Trump. The proof comes in Tuesday night’s primary election results. In South Carolina, state Rep. Katie Arrington toppled incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford to capture the GOP nomination for that state’s 1st Congressional District seat centered...

Special election to replace lawmaker who killed himself goes to Democrat Linda Belcher

Staff report A special election in the 49th District to replace Dan Johnson, a Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year, was won by retired teacher and Democrat Linda Belcher, who lost to Johnson by less than 200 votes in 2016. Linda Belcher Johnson’s widow Rebecca Johnson was also a candidate. She refused to concede, though Belcher won with 72 percent of the vote. Johnson killed himself...

27-year veteran Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, announces early that he won’t seek re-election

Longtime state lawmaker Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, has announced that he will not seek re-election to another term in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Wayne said he was announcing his retirement from the House a year before the next election so that interested candidates would have time to plan their campaigns. Wayne has served in the legislature for 27 years, championing social justice issues....