Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

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The Director of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism says reports of Senator Rand Paul declaring his presidential run next month in Louisville aren’t surprising. 

Al Cross says Paul is among a handful of Republicans who’ve been waging Presidential campaigns unofficially for months.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said he’s buckling down in western and southern Kentucky ahead of the May 19 Republican primary election for governor.

Last week, the Bluegrass Poll showed that Comer trails Louisville businessman Hal Heiner by about 8 points statewide among likely Republican voters—but he has a commanding 16-point lead over Matt Bevin in western Kentucky.

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This Wednesday - New Year's Eve - is the deadline to switch your party affiliation for next May’s primary election in Kentucky, due to the state’s “closed” primary system.


Will the enduring popularity of former UK basketball star and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer affect the gubernatorial aspirations of Farmer’s successor, James Comer?

The man who ran for governor on a slate with Farmer says he doesn’t think that the gubernatorial campaign of Farmer’s successor will be affected by backlash over Farmer’s corruption investigation and conviction.

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner will officially launch his campaign for governor tomorrow in his hometown of Tompkinsville.  

Here’s an essential Kentucky political truth: politics and the state’s coal industry are intertwined.

That’s one of the reasons both of Kentucky’s Senate candidates—Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes—have been nearly indistinguishable on the subject.

But coal’s fortunes in Kentucky have been declining for decades. 

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

Lawmakers on an energy subcommittee heard testimony from Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters on how the state must respond to regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, which seek to lower carbon dioxide emissions in the state by about 17 percent by 2030, with a national target reduction of 30 percent that same year.

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Commissioner James Comer says many of the reforms he brought to the Kentucky Agriculture Department are needed across state government.  The gubernatorial candidate was in Bowling Green Friday speaking to the group Leadership Kentucky. 

  FANCY FARM—Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer officially announced his bid for governor Saturday at the 134th annual Fancy Farm political picnic. He's the third candidate to launch an gubernatorial bid in the 2015 race.

What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy?

May 30, 2014
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It’s a cool, overcast afternoon at Gaining Grounds Farm, about 60 miles south of Lexington. About 90 people, many of them veterans, farmers, or a combination thereof, are seated under a makeshift tent, taking refuge from a light rain that’s drizzling Gaining Ground's undulating 425 acres.