McGrath Stumbles

In just 24 hours, Amy McGrath spoiled the Democratic race against Mitch McConnell for any other Democrats who might join the fight.

Here’s why her campaign is already over.

The path to defeating McConnell is microscopically narrow. It has to run by the perfect Democratic candidate to win on the first Tuesday (after the first Monday) in November. It would take the perfect coalition of motivated Democrats and anti-swamp Republicans to beat him. Because McConnell is unpopular enough — the most unpopular U.S. senator — that is possible.

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Focus, People… Focus!

What do Mitch McConnell, Matt Bevin and the John B. Castleman statue have in common? They’re each at the center of superficial, highly publicized political battles — a lot of nattering over a lot of nothing that affects, or barely... Read More ›

Budget Props Up Politicians

Mayor Greg Fischer said he’s worried that the budget will deepen inequities in the city. We all should share his concern, but we also should be outraged. Why? Because the politicians who chose austerity and draconian budget cuts did more... Read More ›

Thank You, Jenean!

Jenean Hampton’s tenure as lieutenant governor was on track to be one of the shortest, least-interesting footnotes in Kentucky political history. For three years she seemed like little more than an extension of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Twitter feed. Yet, with... Read More ›

Horse Racing, Save Yourself

This piece is part of a package of stories and commentary on horse racing in Kentucky and elsewhere. For more, click here. Growing up, one of my favorite things was to go to Churchill Downs. Poring over the racing forms and... Read More ›

Bevin hangover in November

The last time there was a contentious, three-way primary in a Kentucky gubernatorial election, it worked out well for Matt Bevin in 2015. So, I guess you could say there’s hope for Andy Beshear, the Democratic nominee who survived that... Read More ›

Burning down the city

The grand Notre Dame Cathedral was falling apart long before the fire, but France had trouble raising enough for the restoration: only a third of what was needed. Yet, within two days of the fire, over 1 billion euro was... Read More ›