Bevin appoints new Kentucky racing commission

BY JANET PATTON, jpatton1@herald-leader.com –  A week and a half before one of Thoroughbred racing’s biggest events, the Kentucky Derby, Gov. Matt Bevin named 12 new members to the regulatory body that governs racing. Bevin revamped the structure of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission “in hopes of focusing more on the industry,” according to a news release. According to…

Fundraising update: How the top five most interesting primary races are stacking up

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two part break down of recent fundraising efforts from legislative candidates. The candidates locked in serious primary elections are digging deep into their own pockets and searching for donors to keep their Frankfort dreams alive. Pure Politics has identified the most interesting primary races to watch on…

Jim Gray keeps jobs message at forefront of campaign talking points, takes aim at Rand Paul ahead of primary

by Nick Storm, @NickStorm_cn2 – LEXINGTON — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is already spending campaign cash in an effort to introduce himself to voters ahead of a six-way primary for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on May 17, but he’s also taking aim at Republican junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in carefully laid statements of late. “I’ve got the…

Bobby Knight to campaign with Donald Trump

by Joseph Gerth, @Joe_Gerth – Former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, who was fired for behavior the schools’ president said was “uncivil, defiant and unacceptable,” will appear Wednesday at an Indianapolis rally for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, according to multiple sources. The Hill reported the Trump campaign announced Knight’s appearance on Monday. Trump tipped his…

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…