2015 gubernatorial race

1:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Rep. Anne Northup Endorses James Comer for Kentucky Governor

James Comer and Anne Northup
Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

Northup joined Comer for a press conference atop Waterfront Park’s Big Four pedestrian bridge Friday morning, commending the 2015 gubernatorial hopeful on his success in helping legalize industrial hemp in the state. She urged Republican voters in Jefferson County and across the state to support his candidacy.

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4:51 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

James Comer Introduces Running Mate Chris McDaniel In Kentucky Gubernatorial Campaign Kick-Off

James Comer, left, and Chris McDaniel (with microphone)
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TOMPKINSVILLE — Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and his running mate, State Senator Chris McDaniel, are framing their 2015 gubernatorial campaign around both conservative and liberal-leaning agenda items.

Following a campaign kick-off Tuesday before about 2,000 people, Comer and McDaniel discussed their support for right-to-work laws and lower corporate tax rates. They also offered ideas to create an earned income tax credit for working-class families and rescinding tax incentives for businesses that don’t pay employees a living wage.

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7:45 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Where Do Kentucky's Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Climate Change?

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

As candidates to become Kentucky’s next governor scramble to pledge allegiance to the coal industry, there’s one question they’re not addressing: Does burning coal contribute to climate change?

None of the three announced candidates for governor—former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, both Republicans; nor Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway—have offered a statement one way or another about whether they agree with the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels like coal makes the planet warmer and destabilizing the climate.

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5:48 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Hearing Becomes Proxy Battle For GOP Gubernatorial Candidates

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters (left) and Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy John Lyons (right).
Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT—A state legislative hearing Friday on proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions became a flashpoint in Kentucky's Republican gubernatorial primary.

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12:32 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Live Updates From Kentucky's Fancy Farm: Grimes, McConnell Trade Barbs

James Comer speaking at the 2014 Fancy Farm picnic.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

  Update 3:45 p.m.: James Comer Is Running for Governor

As he did the day before, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer took jabs at 2015 gubernatorial candidates.

This time, though, he also said he's officially running for governor in 2015.

— JL

Update 3:25 p.m.: McConnell Draws Obama, Grimes Parallels

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11:24 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Fancy Farm: James Comer Jabs Opponents Ahead of Gubernatorial Announcement

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer speaks beside his wife, T.J., at The Night Before Fancy Farm event hosted by the Marshall-Calloway GOP.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

AURORA — On the eve of the Fancy Farm picnic, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Friday night took jabs at the current crop of gubernatorial candidates, setting the stage for his likely entrance into the race.

Comer has been in Western Kentucky for the past week in advance of the annual political event, where political observers expect he'll announce his own bid for the Republican nomination.

Related: WFPL's coverage of the 2014 Fancy Farm picnic

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12:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

On the Eve of Fancy Farm, Remembering Gatewood Galbraith and an Old Kentucky Oratory Tradition

Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley during their campaign for governor and lieutenant governor.
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It’s Fancy Farm, 2011. Gatewood Galbraith, clad in his trademark fedora, takes the stage. 

“Thank you very much folks," he tells the applauding crowd. "Gatewood Galbraith here. First of all, I’m gonna go away from my regular speech for just a second and tell you Gov. Beshear, that was the worst darn speech I ever heard anybody give!”

The audience cheers.

Dubbed by many Kentucky political observers as one of the best stump speakers in recent history, Galbraith’s populist oratory style and steely resolve was a perfect match for the event.

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7:01 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Adam Edelen Won't Run For Kentucky Governor, But Says Democrats Must Have a 'Reform Element'

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen declared Wednesday that he won't run for governor next year.

Edelen, viewed by many as a potential Democratic candidate, cited family reasons as the basis for his decision.

“My wife and my sons were all gung-ho for me to run, but at the end of the day I made the determination that I’d rather spend the next year-and-a-half coaching little league and catching crooks and running for re-election than I would worrying about my name ID in a governor’s race," Edelen told Kentucky Public Radio.

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11:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen won't be a candidate for governor in 2015.

Political observers considered Edelen a serious contender. He'd made in-roads toward a run for governor, including courting Democratic donors and nailing down a running mate who was never publicly identified.

Edelen released this statement today announcing his decision:

In 2015, I will be a candidate for re-election as State Auditor.

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2:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Governor, Others Must Drive to Farthest East, West Points in Kentucky, Legislator Proposes

Steve Beshear
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

A Kentucky lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would require many state leaders—including the governor—to visit the state’s most eastern and western counties before taking office.

State Rep. Kenny Imes, a Murray Republican, has sponsored the bill. It requires policy makers in the executive cabinet and their deputies to drive—not fly—to Fulton and Pike Counties at least six months before they take office. It does not reimburse their travel costs.

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