Trump allies sidelined in KY delegate battle

by Scott Wartman and Jeremy Fugleberg, jfugleberg@enquirer.com – LEXINGTON, Ky — Mitch McConnell squared up against Donald Trump for control of the Kentucky delegation that will help pick the Republican presidential nominee, and McConnell won. The Senate Majority Leader, who hails from Louisville, heads the slate of 25 delegates picked by the Kentucky GOP at its state convention on…

Cruz in Indiana: ‘Help is on the way’

Joseph Gerth, @Joe_Gerth – Cruz, Kasich join forces to try to defeat Trump Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is scheduled to speak at Huber’s Orchard and Winery at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Cruz has joined forces with fellow candidate John Kasich, Ohio’s governor, in a bid to prevent Donald Trump from winning the GOP presidential nomination. Cruz’s…

Bevin-Beshear higher ed case weighed by judge

Deborah Yetter, @d_yetter – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said he will rule within a few weeks on whether Gov. Matt Bevin has the authority to cut funds to higher education in the current fiscal year. Meanwhile, Attorney General Andy Beshear, who is challenging that action, and lawyers for Bevin struck a deal in which…

Clinton hires Grimes campaign veteran to lead Kentucky campaign

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hired a veteran of Alison Lundergan Grimes’ 2014 Senate run to lead her Kentucky campaign ahead of next month’s presidential primary. The Clinton campaign hired Elizabeth Cantrell Brooks as its state director ahead of the May 17th Kentucky presidential primary. Brooks worked for Grimes’ unsuccessful Senate campaign and was…

Despite Pension Attention In Kentucky, Transparency Bill Fails

by Ryland Barton – A bill that would have enacted transparency measures for Kentucky’s ailing pension systems failed to pass this legislative session, despite a last-minute push. Some lawmakers say the systems need more scrutiny from the legislature. They’ve criticized hefty fees paid to investment managers and devotion to so-called “alternative investments,” which they’ve said are too risky.…

Republican Party of Kentucky hires communications director, political director ahead of fall elections

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – With control of the state House of Representatives up for grabs the Republican Party of Kentucky has added a political and communications director. Tres Watson, who last ran Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles campaign, has been named as the Republican Party’s communications director. The RPK has also named Josh Thomas as political director. “Republicans stand to…

Bevin: Possible illegal activity uncovered in predecessor’s administration, Andy Beshear’s AG campaign

by Joey Brown, Digital Content Manager – FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – Gov. Matt Bevin announced on Tuesday that a preliminary investigation by his administration has uncovered “questionable activity” within the administration of his predecessor, Gov. Steve Beshear. Furthermore, Bevin said there is evidence that state employees were coerced into donating to the 2015 campaign of Beshear’s…