Ralph Alvarado

Hampton Pushes Back on Reasons for Being Dropped from Ticket

Oct 4, 2019
J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton pushed back Friday against Gov. Matt Bevin's explanation for dropping her from his reelection ticket, saying she was unaware of any disagreements about her priorities until the governor discussed their political split at a tea party meeting.

The Republican governor told tea party activists meeting Thursday in Louisville that he and Hampton didn't see eye to eye on where Hampton's time was best spent, the Courier Journal reported.

Hampton, who has sued Bevin for the firing of her two top assistants earlier this year, staunchly defended her work as lieutenant governor and said she was unaware of any concerns about her priorities in office.

J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that his running mate during his re-election campaign this year will be Ralph Alvarado, a state senator and physician from Winchester.

The announcement came just four days before the deadline to run for office, January 29, and means that current Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton will not be on a ticket with Bevin again.

Gage Skidmore

A medical doctor from central Kentucky is the new chairman of state Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Republican state Sen. Ralph Alvarado is among several new committee chairmen the majority GOP Caucus announced Monday. Alvarado will replace Republican Sen. Julie Raque Adams, who was recently elected majority caucus chairwoman.

Alvarado is the first Hispanic member to lead a committee. He pushed for a law allowing a panel of doctors to review medical malpractice cases. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled the law was unconstitutional.

Gage Skidmore

During the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers will focus on making changes to the state’s pension systems and passing a two-year state budget.

But legislators are also eyeing making more changes to laws governing how Kentuckians can sue doctors for malpractice — a year after passing a law that requires claims to be reviewed by a panel of doctors before they can head to court.

Gage Skidmore

During his speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention, State Sen. Ralph Alvarado urged Hispanics to vote for Donald Trump.

“Hispanics believe what Republicans believe,” he said. “Traditional family values, church, faith in God, the dignity of work and the opportunity of self-sufficiency that comes from a free society and a limited government.”

Alvarado, a Republican from Winchester and a physician, is the first Hispanic elected to the Kentucky General Assembly and has garnered a reputation for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

He delivered part of his speech in Spanish, saying that Hispanics escaped countries full of corruption and political dishonesty.

“Please don’t let this misery occur in this country as well,” Alvarado said in Spanish. “Vote with me, vote Republican and vote for Donald Trump.”

Asma Khalid/NPR

It's no secret Donald Trump is struggling to woo Hispanics voters. He's currently polling worse with Latinos than Mitt Romney in 2012 (In that election, Romney captured just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote).

But on Wednesday night, the Trump campaign might have a chance to shift its messaging ever-so-slightly when three Hispanic Republicans take center stage during primetime. Two of them are familiar faces from the primary season; former GOP presidential candidates - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco (who will deliver a video message.)

The other man, Ralph Alvarado, is a little known state-senator from Kentucky.

Alvarado, 46, is also a doctor and a delegate for his home state. And in 2014, he became the the first Hispanic elected to state office in Kentucky.

In an interview at the Quicken Loans Arena between floor speeches, Alvarado took some time to chat about Trump, Hispanics, and the Republican party.

Gage Skidmore

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado will deliver a speech at the Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland.

Alvarado, a Republican from Winchester and a physician, is the first Hispanic elected to the state legislature.

In a news release from the Republican Party of Kentucky, Alvarado said that the Republican Party is the “party of opportunity for voters of all backgrounds, especially Hispanics.”

“I plan to talk about my story as a public servant striving to make my state and nation a land of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard and persevere,” he said in the statement.

Alvarado was elected in 2014, unseating Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, a Democrat. Over his first two legislative sessions, he has pushed for medical review panels and successfully shepherded a new law that creates an appeals process for medical providers who have Medicaid claims denied by managed care organizations (MCOs).