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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

KY Primary Election Results


2018 Primary Election Results

Kentucky voters went to the polls today to determine party nominees for the General Election in November. There were 51 state legislative primary races with 19 incumbents facing primary challenges. Based on unofficial results, we have provided this spreadsheet, with House & Senate primary tabs, showing the outcome of tonight's elections. In addition, we want to highlight a few key races:

- Anti-Incumbent sentiment hit the State House with 4 incumbent State Representatives losing their primary election. Horlander (D-Louisville), Shell (R-Lancaster), Morgan (R-Richmond), and Couch (R-Hyden).

- The surprise of the evening was the defeat of House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell losing by 115 votes to high school teacher Travis Brenda. It appears this race was the focal point of advocacy for the teacher's unions, who are upset with the pension reform legislation that the legislature passed during this most recent session.

- The anti-incumbent bug didn't seem to hit the State Senate, where all 5 incumbent State Senators with primary races won.   

- Two former State Representatives won primary elections tonight, Democrat Cluster Howard in the 91st and Bill Farmer in the 88th. Both will have opponents in the General Election. 

- There were several congressional primary elections as well, but most attention was on the 6th Congressional district. Incumbent Andy Barr (R-Lexington) successfully won his primary. The focus, however, was on the Democratic primary to determine his challenger in November. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray ran against political newcomer and former Marine pilot, Amy McGrath. Gray was thought to be the frontrunner, however, McGrath defeated Gray in a 6-way primary garnering 49% of the vote. The Barr-McGrath race will likely draw national attention as Democrats see this as a place to possibly pick up a seat, but Barr will be well financed with a campaign fund of over $2 million.

We will have more analysis in the days ahead. 


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bill Lists - Day 59

From Government Strategies:

During the 2018 session of the General Assembly, you can view the following bill lists updated nightly.

Education Bill List

Energy-Environment Bill List

General Business Bill List

Health Care Bill List

Health Insurance Bill List

Insurance Bill List

Transportation Bill List

KY Legislative Update - Day 59


One to Go...

The KY General Assembly convened today for the 59th legislative day of the 2018 Regular Session, after returning from the ten-day veto recess break. Priorities for both chambers included consideration of vetoes issued by Governor Bevin. As we've previously reported, earlier this week Governor Bevin vetoed both the budget bill (HB 200) and the tax reform bill (HB 366). He had previously vetoed legislation allowing for a phase-in of pension contributions by local governments and school districts (HB 362). As thousands of protestors gathered in Frankfort again today, the House and Senate voted to override all three of these gubernatorial vetoes. HB 200, HB 366, and HB 362 all stand as passed by the General Assembly.


The House and Senate will meet tomorrow, April 14, for the final day of the legislative session. They plan to consider what is described as "clean up" legislation to make several changes to the tax reform bill and perhaps the budget bill as well. Both the House and Senate will convene at 9:00 am and must adjourn sine die by midnight, as required by the Constitution. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bill Lists - Veto Recess

From Government Strategies:

Though the General Assembly hasn't been in session, over the veto recess bills are acted on by the Governor, so we wanted to send out updated lists with actions through Thursday, April 12.

Education Bill List

Energy-Environment Bill List

General Business Bill List

Health Care Bill List

Health Insurance Bill List

Insurance Bill List

Transportation Bill List