Jack Conway, in his run for governor, is seeking to advance to a higher office for the third time in his career. The 45 year old Louisville native has been involved in politics for much of his adult life.
Conway has a political past. At age 25 he joined Paul Patton's gubernatorial campaign and served in the Patton administration. The two term state attorney general also made unsuccessful runs for Congress in 2003 and the U.S. Senate in 2010. Now, he has his eye on the governor's mansion.
Much of the media attention in the 2015 gubernatorial primary race for Kentucky governor has focused on the GOP contest. But, there's also competition on the democratic side. Retired state engineer Geoff Young is making his third run for public office. The longtime social activist feels he's fighting an uphill battle.
Although campaign advertisement spending this spring is well below last year, it still could impact voter turnout come Tuesday. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts one out of 10 registered voters will go to the polls. Grimes says money spent on political ads this year is also probably a tenth of what was paid last year. "There is no question and no doubt that negative nasty ads, it doesn't have the impact of actually positively bringing folks out to vote, but rather deterring them from getting out on Election Day," said Grimes.
Top row: Hal Heiner, left, and James Comer. Bottom row: Matt Bevin, left, and Will T. Scott.
Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer tag-teamed attacks against former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner on Wednesday during a debate of Republican gubernatorial candidates.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Geoff Young says he is being unfairly slighted in Kentucky's primary election. The retired state engineer appeared Monday on KET'S Kentucky Tonight. Young is suing his opponent Attorney General Jack Conway and other powerful state democrats, claiming he is illegally being dismissed as a candidate before voters have a chance to make their choice. "I just strongly disagree with that idea," said Young. "It's not democratic. It resembles more like an organized crime operation than it does a political party."
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says if he’s elected governor he’d essentially offer Kentucky students a $20,000 degree to University of Kentucky and University of Louisville if they can graduate in four years and then stay in the state.
A religious freedom law, similar to the one that has recently drawn national attention in Indiana, has been on the books in Kentucky for two years and is currently being used as an argument to sue the state.
Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers.