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Stu Johnson

Democrat Jim Gray fell short in his bid to upend incumbent GOP U.S. Senator Rand Paul.  But, the two-term Lexington mayor said Tuesday night he felt good about his showing in the statewide race. 

Rand Paul pulled in about 57 percent of the vote as he retained his Senate seat.  Considering how well the Republican presidential candidate did in the Commonwealth, Jim Gray felt his campaign fared well.  “What the margin shows is that we did really respectable considering how well in the presidential race Donald Trump did,” noted Gray.

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates met Monday night on statewide television for the only debate of the 2016 campaign. Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Lexington Mayor Jim Gray appeared together on KET's "Kentucky Tonight.”


Sen. Paul Claims His GOP Vision Differs from Trump

Jul 27, 2016
Stu Johnson -WEKU News

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul admits his philosophy on expanding the Republican Party differs from its presidential nominee Donald Trump.  Paul held a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon in downtown Lexington. 

Afterwards, he said there are different approaches to growing the Republican Party.  Paul says he wants a bigger more inclusive Party, “I’m not saying he doesn’t, but I have a different way of approaching it, of trying to welcome people into the party."  "And, I’ll continue to be that distinct voice,” added the senator.

Gray Calls for Action on Assault Weapon Legislation

Jun 15, 2016
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U. S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says Congress should be doing more to prevent terrorist-related gun violence.  The Democratic challenger held a news briefing outside Senator Rand Paul’s Lexington office Wednesday. 

Gray told reporters he thinks people are distressed over continuing to see the headlines like they saw and heard on Sunday morning.  “We need to be doing something,” said Gray.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Wins U.S. Senate Primary

May 18, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is hoping to move from City Hall to Capitol Hill.  The Glasgow native took the first step in the race for U.S. Senate Tuesday with a Primary win over six competitors.

Sen. Rand Paul Holds Town Hall Meeting at EKU

Mar 11, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he’s not endorsing any of the presidential candidates on any of their positions.  Paul, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race just over a month ago, held a town hall meeting at Eastern Kentucky University Friday. 

“No, I’m going to stay out of it,” he said.  “I’ve sort of said my piece.  I was very clear on what I thought were strong suits, weak suits of all of them.  But I think in the end, the republican nominee will be a lot better than the democratic nominee.”

John Null / WKMS

Senator Rand Paul’s name will appear on the ballot at this Saturday’s Kentucky presidential caucus, even though he ended his White House bid a month ago. 

The names of all the eleven Republican candidates who originally filed to participate in the Kentucky caucus will remain on the ballot. However, signs will be posted at caucus sites informing participants which candidates have dropped out of the race.

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Rand Paul is suspending his presidential campaign, saying that he’ll focus his energy on running for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.

“Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over,” Paul said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.”

The pressure for Paul to drop out of the presidential race had been mounting after spending much of the past six months polling in the single digits.

Paul finished fifth in the Iowa Republican Caucus, taking 4.5 percent of the vote.

kydemocrat.com

One of Kentucky's top elected Democrats said Monday he is concerned the struggling party will not be able to field a viable candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in November.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville said he has been working with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to recruit potential candidates. He said some viable candidates are thinking about running for the seat but would not say they were likely to run. 

Paul Argues With Polling, Remains Optimistic on Presidential Bid

Dec 21, 2015
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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul believes his presidential bid will “exceed expectations.” Speaking in Bowling Green Monday, Paul discredited polling that shows him trailing badly for the Republican nomination.

"We think that a lot of young people are not included in polls, college students and younger people with cell phones, and we think that's where our great strength is," Paul told WKU Public Radio.  "We also think we do better with independents than any other candidates, and independents are allowed to vote in the caucus in Iowa and the primary in New Hampshire."

Ashley Lopez

Republican Sen. Rand Paul is moving forward with his dual campaigns in Kentucky.

On Monday, Paul filed to run in both the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus on March 5 and for re-election to his current seat in the U.S. Senate.

Kentucky’s presidential caucus is being held by the state Republican Party in an effort to help Paul skirt a state law prohibiting candidates from appearing twice on a ballot. The caucus allows him to run for re-election to the Senate while also drawing home state support in his bid for the White House.

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A political operative with ties to U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has been acquitted of charges of lying to the FBI.

A federal grand jury indicted Jesse Benton earlier this year on charges stemming from 2011 when he managed the presidential campaign of former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul. Benton and others were accused of paying off former Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson in exchange for his endorsement for Paul’s campaign in advance of the Iowa Caucus.

jeb2016.com

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is the first person to file for Kentucky's presidential caucus.

Bush filed his paperwork on Thursday during a visit to Louisville for a state Republican party fundraiser. He also paid a $15,000 filing fee.

Kentucky normally has a presidential primary in May. But this year, the Republican Party of Kentucky voted to have a presidential caucus on March 5. 

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Now that Kentucky Republicans are officially holding a presidential caucus in March, the party’s leader says the state can expect an influx of visits from presidential candidates.

First up: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s visit to Louisville on Thursday.

Despite Telling GOP Otherwise, Paul Hasn't Transferred Money for Proposed Caucus

Aug 19, 2015

Although U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wrote in a letter last week to nearly 350 members of the Republican Party of Kentucky's central committee that he had transferred $250,000 to a state GOP account to cover the initial costs of holding a presidential caucus next year, Paul hasn't provided a dime, committee members told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday.

Kentucky News Network

Ahead of Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, a top ally to U.S. Senator Rand Paul has announced he’s taking a leave of absence from Paul's super PAC. 

wfpl.org

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are backing an effort to completely strip federal funds from Planned Parenthood.

paul.senate.gov

Republican leaders in Kentucky are still figuring out whether a presidential caucus next year is feasible.

LRC Public Informtaion

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is asking Kentucky Republican leaders to change the party’s state primary to an early caucus. 

congress.gov

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul says he will seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

U.S. Senate

 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Fort Knox has been talked about as a possible site to temporarily house immigrant children pouring across the country's border. But a Democratic congressman indicates the Army post is not under consideration as a place to shelter young migrants.

2014 Fancy Farm Lineup

Jul 16, 2014
http://www.fancyfarmpicnic.org/

The 2014 Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete. But not quite. 


John, from Pikeville, wrote about an On Point show he heard this week. “I listened with disgust to the interview yesterday of Rand Paul by John Harwood.  The interviewer seemed to have a preconceived opinion of Mr. Paul.