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  • Democrats fail to thwart $500k contract probe into Beshear Administration

    08/16/2016 8:12:08 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    The State Journal (Frankfort, KY) ^ | 8/15/2016 | Brad Bowman
    Despite a lower bid, Democrats couldnít stop Mondayís approval of the $500,000 contract to carry out Gov. Matt Bevinís investigation of the former Gov. Steve Beshearís administration. The Democrats also criticized awarding the contract to a firm they said employs multiple Kentucky Republican Party operatives. The Government Contract Review Committee, made up of three Republicans and three Democrats, listened to testimony from Finance and Administration Cabinet Sec. William Landrum concerning the contract given to Indianapolis based law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister. Bevin announced in April that Landrum would undertake the investigation after former Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer was charged...
  • Once dysfunctional, Gov. Bevin now says former UofL board has illegal political makeup

    08/04/2016 8:45:27 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 08/02/2016 | Kevin Wheatley
    After a judge ruled that Gov. Matt Bevinís moves to replace the University of Louisville Board of Trustees did not pass legal muster, the governor is calling on Attorney General Andy Beshear to say whether he believes the former board meets legal requirements regarding the panelís political makeup. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd granted Beshearís request for a temporary injunction on Friday, finding that Bevinís actions in abolishing and reconstituting the UofL board overstepped his authority. Bevinís office has said it will appeal the ruling. In his June 17 press conference, Bevin justified his executive actions by saying the board...
  • Matt Bevin, Kentucky Governor, Orders Inquiry Into Beshear Administration (coerced contributions)

    04/20/2016 12:46:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 19, 2016 | RICHARD P…REZ-PE—A
    Kentuckyís Republican governor on Tuesday ordered an investigation into what he described as wrongdoing under his Democratic predecessor, charging that state employees were coerced into contributing to political campaigns and that a contract was improperly steered to a politically connected company. Gov. Matt Bevinís allegation of ďgreed and oftentimes corruptionĒ escalates the feud between the new governor, who took office in December, and the Beshear family: former Gov. Steven L. Beshear and his son Andy, the state attorney general. On April 11, Andy Beshear sued Mr. Bevin, saying the governor acted illegally in cutting higher education spending without approval by...
  • Liberals Bent on Impeaching KY Governor for Keeping Campaign Promises

    02/25/2016 4:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies ^ | February 25, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    When Republican businessman Matt Bevin ran for governor of Kentucky, he promised to make a number of budget cuts in order to help fix the commonwealth's budget and salvage the huge deficit in the state's pension plan. He also promised to change marriage licenses issued by county clerks and to end the commonwealth's healthcare exchange program.The heart of Kentucky's Democratic political fortresses in Lexington and Louisville didn't think Bevin stood a chance on beating out their candidate, Jack Conway, then Kentucky Attorney General. Since 1947, only 2 Republicans have won the governor's mansion in this good old boy state prior...
  • New group formed by Beshear looks to defend health initiatives that Bevin wants to shutter, amend

    02/11/2016 6:27:50 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/11/2016 | Kevin Wheatley
    Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, two months out of office, said Thursday that his conscience would not allow him to "ride off into the sunset" as he unveiled a nonprofit group that will advocate to retain federal health reforms he enacted. Save Kentucky Healthcare, a 501(c )(4) organization, will be launching an online advertising campaign, said Beshear... He also cited an economic report by Deloitte Consulting that Bevin has called "baloney." "Look, Gov. Bevin prides himself on being a successful businessman, and he should recognize and appreciate hard numbers, facts and evidence," Beshear said at a press conference at the...
  • House committee discussion leads to accusations and defense of Bevin Administration

    02/09/2016 7:09:21 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/8/2016 | Don Weber
    FRANKFORT - Democratic and Republican lawmakers got into a heated debate over leadership in the administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in a committee meeting on Monday. Democratic members of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources questioned cabinet officials about why there are no specifics on how their department would be affected by the 4.5 percent cuts in the current fiscal year and the 9 percent cuts in the upcoming biennium. Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, criticized Bevin's administration for its lack of specific on the proposed cuts, saying that he felt that there was a lack of leadership...
  • Abortion bill passes 33-5, heads to governor to be signed into law

    02/01/2016 5:50:21 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    Kentucky Today ^ | 2/1/2016 | Kristen Lowry
    FRANKFORT, Ky. ‚Äď Women seeking abortions will have to have face-to-face meetings or real-time video consultations with their physicians at least 24 hours before undergoing the procedures under legislation that received final passage in the Senate Monday. The final vote was 33-5. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the legislation "will give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves." The measure, which has widespread support from religious groups, now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin, who is expected to sign it into law.
  • Governor Matt Bevin Shuts Down Illegal, Unlicensed Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Kentucky

    02/01/2016 6:28:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies ^ | February 1, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    FULL TITLE: Governor Matt Bevin Shuts Down Illegal, Unlicensed Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Kentucky A Louisville, Kentucky Planned Parenthood abortion clinic shut down Friday after pro-life Gov. Matt Bevin discovered the abortion clinic was operating without a license. The new abortion clinic opened in December and applied for a license to do abortions from the state; however, last week, Bevin‚Äôs office found out that the abortion clinic began offering surgical and medical abortions in January without a license, LifeNews reported. The Courier-Journal reports that the abortion clinic stopped doing abortions Friday after Bevin‚Äôs office sent a ‚Äúcease and desist‚ÄĚ...
  • Governor Matt Bevin blasts Planned Parenthood

    02/01/2016 8:17:23 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies ^ | 2/1/2016 | Governor Matt Bevin (R-Kentucky)
    From Governor Matt Bevin, responding to PP's allegation that his administration approved them to open an abortion clinic: You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. Nov. 19 - Planned Parenthood filed deficient application to provide abortions. Attached to the application were purported written agreements, however, neither was actually with a "licensed acute care hospital capable of treating patients with unforeseen complications," or a "licensed local ambulance service for the transport of any emergency patient," both of which are required to be filed with the Cabinet before abortions can be performed. Dec. 7 - Mere hours...
  • Gov. Bevin sends cease-and-desist letter to Louisville Planned Parenthood offering abortions

    01/30/2016 8:30:10 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    WKYT ^ | 1/28/2016 | WKYT NEWS STAFF
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Matt Bevin says a cease-and-desist letter was sent Friday to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Louisville that is accused of performing abortions illegally. On Friday, Bevin told WKYT's Bill Bryant that there were "people on site right now investigating the exact scope and nature of what they've been doing." "It's literally unfolding," Bevin said before a 1 p.m. taping of Kentucky Newsmakers. Planned Parenthood leaders say the health clinic opened in Louisville last month. Officials have said they applied for an abortion facility license, and began services under the guidance of the Kentucky Office of...
  • Ky. Governor claims Planned Parenthood performs 'illegal, unlicensed' abortions

    01/28/2016 8:47:00 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    WDRB-TV ^ | 1/28/2016 | Jessica Denson
    Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Gov. Matt Bevin (R) claimed Thursday that Planned Parenthood is performing illegal and unlicensed abortions in Kentucky. He spoke to reporters and photographers during an unrelated event in Louisville. "I've always been a very strongly unapologetic pro-life individual," Bevin said. "To that end, that has not changed. What I tell you is interesting, and this is just breaking news even today, is that Planned Parenthood is illegally performing abortions in Kentucky." He went on to say, "It's that brazen disregard for the law that is going to be hammered down. There is no tolerance whatsoever for...
  • Live coverage: Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY) State of the Commonwealth Budget Address

    01/26/2016 4:03:34 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    KET Live Stream ^ | 1/26/2016
    Governor Matt Bevin (R-Kentucky) State of the Commonwealth Budget Address - click link for live stream
  • In 2013 and 2014, Donald Trump Funded John Boehner and Mitch McConnell Against the Tea Party

    01/22/2016 9:09:51 PM PST · by TBP · 180 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | January 22, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    In 2013, the tea party rallied to Matt Bevin against Donald Trump. RedState and tea party groups around the country swung into action in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to get Matt Bevin through the primary against Mitch McConnell. We were completely out-funded by establishment interests and Washington lobbyists. It turns out, one of those establishment interests was Donald J. Trump. In 2013, Donald Trump gave $220,000.00 to organizations, many of them dedicated to stamping out the Tea Party. From Karl Rove’s American Crossroads to Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC, Trump spread out money. Rove got $50,000.00 and McConnell got $60,000.00. Trump...
  • Trump Gave $50k to McConnell to Defeat Tea Partier Bevin

    01/17/2016 11:50:31 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 161 replies
    The Pundit Press ^ | 1/17/2016 | Thomas
    Donald Trump has been trying to burnish his conservative credentials in his recent attacks on other Republican candidates. Despite his normal attacks on Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush, he has now taken to attacking Ted Cruz, calling him an "ultimate hypocrite" and implying that he is ineligible to run for the Presidency. Now it is revealed that Trump attacked current Kentucky Governor and former Senate candidate Matt Bevin. Before Bevin's victory last November he attempted to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate primary.
  • McConnell, Bevin say political changes on the horizon for Democrat-led House

    FRANKFORT - Two Kentucky Republicans who won lopsided victories over their Democratic opponents - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin - predicted Wednesday that the last southern legislative chamber in Democratic hands would soon come under GOP control. McConnell, who met with Bevin privately in the governor's Capitol office, called the political outcome "inevitable", and Bevin said Republicans would triumph in the upcoming election cycle. "It is a matter of time," Bevin said. "It's a function of when the House turns. It will happen in 2016. There's no question about that." ... "In my election where...
  • Stumbo: "We're worried about the possibility of more defections"

    12/10/2015 5:41:53 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    cn|2 ^ | 12/10/2015 | Nick Storm
    LOUISVILLE ‚ÄĒ House Speaker Greg Stumbo was speaking with members of the media in Louisville Thursday as official word came down that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Tilley had accepted a role as the next Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Tilley‚Äôs move to Bevin‚Äôs administration further wounds an already bleeding Democratic majority caucus in the House of Representatives. Democrats now have their slimmest majority since 1921 with a 52-47 lead in the chamber and three special elections to run in 2016. Talking with reporters, Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, called the moves by Tilley and former Democratic...
  • Bevin says Herald-Leader editorial cartoon one of "racial intolerance"

    11/21/2015 8:53:30 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/19/2015 | Madeline Janicki
    Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has issued a statement in response to a Lexington Herald-Leader editorial cartoon that took aim at his position on the Syrian refugee crisis. The cartoon, drawn by editorial cartoonist Joel Pett, ran in Thursday’s edition of the Herald-Leader. The drawing shows Bevin hiding under his desk next to a newspaper showing the Eiffel Tower with the headline 'Paris', and a map of Syria lying on the floor. On Bevin’s desk sits framed pictures, an aid holding one saying "Sir they're not terrorist … they're your own adopted kids!" Several lawmakers took to twitter saying that the cartoon...
  • Louisville Rep. Denny Butler switches party affiliation to GOP [Bevin effect]

    11/21/2015 8:46:56 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/19/2015 | Nick Storm
    Rep. Denny Butler of Louisville has switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. ... The impetus for Butler‚Äôs decision to move from the Democratic ranks to the Republican column may stem from retiring Rep. Larry Clark‚Äôs endorsement of Alan Gentry in the Democratic primary to replace him in the 46th House District... ‚ÄúI know there‚Äôs been a, sort of a feud down there in the district that Larry Clark represented,‚ÄĚ Stumbo said at the Kentucky Association of Counties conference in Lexington. ‚ÄúI assume that has something to do with it, but I hope that he will reconsider. He comes...
  • KY Newspaper Cartoonist Joel Pett Thinks Governor-elect Matt Bevin‚Äôs Children Look Like Terrorists

    11/19/2015 1:06:43 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | November 19, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    I'm sure members of the Circle of Jerks will look on this and give it a complete pass. They will not see the media bias. But even Democrats in Kentucky are expressing outrage at the Lexington Herald-Leader's decision to run an editorial cartoon comparing Matt Bevin's children to terrorists. The cartoonist, Joel Pett, was reacting to Matt Bevin's call to curtail the influx of Syrian refugees. Bevin has multiple children adopted from overseas and regularly conducts Christian mission trips to Africa. You'd think a man like that might be someone to listen to when even he expresses concerns about Syrian...
  • New Kentucky Governor Says All the Kim Davises Are Off the Hook

    11/16/2015 7:10:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/16/2015 | Rod Kackley
    Kim Davis and other county officials in Kentucky should not have to worry about violating their religious conscience by performing official duties much longer. Less than a week after the title "governor-elect" was added to his name, Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin announced he would make sure that Davis and other county officials who don't want to sign gay marriage licenses would no longer have to put their names on the documents. Davis couldn't be happier. "I am ecstatic. He is such a genuine and caring person. I will be forever thankful that he came to visit me while I was...
  • Gov.-elect Bevin says Election Day results "a cry for help" from Kentuckians as GOP celebrates wins

    11/15/2015 6:48:51 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/14/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    With 106 of the state‚Äôs 120 counties in his column, Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin said the state‚Äôs electoral map last week represented ‚Äúa cry for help from the people of Kentucky‚ÄĚ during his remarks to the Republican Party of Kentucky‚Äôs state central committee on Saturday. The meeting of top GOP officials doubled as a rallying cry ahead of next year‚Äôs legislative races, with Republicans vying for control of the state‚Äôs House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. The celebratory mood at the Ramada Plaza in Louisville on Saturday offered a stark contrast with the feeling among Democratic leaders,...
  • Hey Larry, the RNC‚Äôs hatred for Trump is a big reason why he is on top

    11/09/2015 6:59:48 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/9/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Like almost all established political prognosticators, Larry Sabato is befuddled by the meteoric rise of Donald Trump to the top of the Republican Party’s presidential primary field. That Trump, who is not a politician, can merely get into the arena, do a few deep knee bends and pummel one professional politician after another seems to have him stupefied. Although he has not commented on the victory of Matt Bevin in Kentucky yet, that race has to have had him tied in knots as well. Sabato called Bevin, who won with 14 points more than the polls Sabato relies on, a...
  • Laugh Alert: Liberals claim GOP cheated to rig election for Bevin

    11/07/2015 3:05:44 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 32 replies
  • House GOP sees fertile ground in 2016 with Bevin win

    11/07/2015 1:21:50 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/4/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Their hopes buoyed by a conservative wave that carried Gov.-elect Matt Bevin to a 9-point win on Tuesday, Republicans are optimistic in their prospects to retake control of Kentucky's House of Representatives for the first time since 1921. "I’ve been on the phone since seven o'clock this morning fielding calls from the candidates that we’ve been recruiting and looking at districts where we lacked a little bit of interest to this point," state Rep. Jonathan Shell, chairman of the House Republican Caucus Campaign Committee, told Pure Politics in a phone interview on Wednesday. "And in those districts where we lacked...
  • Removing clerks' names from marriage licenses will be among top priorities of Gov.-elect Matt Bevin

    11/07/2015 1:07:43 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/6/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    FRANKFORT ‚ÄĒ Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin plans to make marriage licensing one of his first priorities after his inauguration Dec. 8, pledging Friday to take executive action to strip county clerks‚Äô names from the documents. Bevin spoke to the media in the Capitol Rotunda in his first post-election news conference, where he reiterated his plan to shutter Kentucky‚Äôs health insurance exchange, kynect, as well as his stance against releasing his tax returns. The state‚Äôs next governor spent much of his day at the Capitol meeting with his transition team and legislative leaders, saying he expects to announce his chief of...
  • Incoming Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Tells EPA to ‚ÄėPound Sand‚Äô on Big Issue

    11/07/2015 12:28:52 PM PST · by bestintxas · 72 replies
    the blaze ^ | 11/6/15 | Tré Goins-Phillips
    Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin said in an appearance on The Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday that he will push back against the Environmental Protection Agency‚Äôs efforts to regulate the coal industry, telling the EPA to ‚Äúpound sand.‚ÄĚ Bevin‚Äôs comments came after Glenn Beck asked, ‚ÄúNow that you‚Äôre in, President Obama has said that he‚Äôs going to destroy the coal industry. Kentucky is a coal state. What are you going to be doing specifically to push back on that?‚ÄĚ In August, President Barack Obama unveiled his coal policy in partnership with the EPA, granting the agency authority over what is traditionally...
  • Analysis: Bevin Win in Kentucky Underscores Decimated Democratic Party Under Obama

    11/04/2015 2:30:55 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 24 replies ^ | 11/4/2015 | Guy Benson
    Last night's off-year elections produced a number of noteworthy outcomes, none larger than Republican Matt Bevin's upset victory in Kentucky's gubernatorial race. Bevin ran as a hard-charging outsider conservative, warts and all. Public polls gave his opponent, Democrat Jack Conway, a modest but stable lead throughout the race's home stretch, averaging out to a three-point Conway advantage in a three-way contest. They were off by double digits. Bevin won handily:DailyKos tweet at link ... Bevin, boosted by a massive investment from national Republicans and help from his former nemisis Mitch McConnell, nationalized the race, tying Conway to President Obama at...
  • The GOPe can fool itself but Kentucky‚Äôs Democrats call Bevin‚Äôs win ‚ÄúTrump-mania‚ÄĚ

    11/04/2015 9:49:58 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/4/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Republican establishment take note: At the end of the night a Kentucky Democrat called the crushing defeat of his Party‚Äôs candidate a result of ‚ÄúTrump-mania.‚ÄĚ For the GOPe, in just one year Matt Bevin has come from ‚Äúannoying‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúserious‚ÄĚ to Governor Elect of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Bevin, the personification of ‚Äúoutsider,‚ÄĚ has won a resounding victory in the Blue Grass State that changes the make-up of its government across the board. Sweeping to a victory that the pollsters tried to convince Kentuckians would be an upset if at all, Bevin whipped the tar out of Democrat Jack Conway...
  • Election Night in Kentucky, Virginia; Bevin wins in Kentucky; GOP holds VA Senate

    11/04/2015 7:43:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/04/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Most of the attention in politics has focused on the 2016 elections, but a few contests on this Election Day 2015 are worth noting, too. Republicans have had a long history of frustration in gubernatorial races in otherwise friendly Kentucky, and they may well add another chapter of failure today ‚ÄĒ unless a last-minute infusion of cash can bridge the gap for Matt Bevin: Republicans are pouring money into a last-minute effort in Tuesday√ʬĬôs Kentucky gubernatorial race, aiming to rescue Matt Bevin√ʬĬôs struggling campaign and keep the GOP from again being shut out of the conservative state√ʬĬôs governorship.Bevin, who...
  • From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories in off-year elections

    11/04/2015 8:24:22 AM PST · by fifedom · 94 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Novermber 4, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Just like the midterms one year ago, it was another awful night for Democrats. Republican Matt Bevin won a big upset in the Kentucky governors race. Democrats failed to pick up Virginias state Senate. Houstons Equal Rights Ordinance, designed to protect the rights of gay citizens and others, failed by a wide margin. Ohio rejected marijuana legalization by a two-to-one margin. Even in San Francisco, the sheriff who steadfastly defended the citys sanctuary city policy went down.
  • Dems in shock over near landslide loss of Kentucky governorship to Tea Party Republican

    11/04/2015 5:46:00 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 82 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov 4, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Democrats outspent and outpolled Republican novice Matt Bevin, and expected their candidate, Attorney General Jack Conway, to keep the Kentucky governorship in Democrat hands, where it had been for all but one term of the last half century. Instead, Tea Partier Bevin, who had previously challenged Mitch McConnell for the GOP nomination for Senator and lost big, pulled off a near landslide victory with an 85,000 vote margin. Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Alan Blinder of the New York Times: In beating his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, by almost nine percentage points, Mr. Bevin, 48, shocked people in his...
  • Democrats Credit ‚ÄėTrump-Mania‚Äô for Matt Bevin‚Äôs Shock Victory in Kentucky Governor Race

    11/04/2015 5:51:12 AM PST · by libstripper · 53 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Executive Director of the Democratic Governors Association, Elisabeth Pearson, issued a statement Tuesday night crediting Donald Trump with creating the political conditions of ‚Äėoutsider‚Äô popularity that allowed Republican Matt Bevin to win the Kentucky governor‚Äôs race over Democrat candidate Jack Conway. . . . ‚Äú‚ÄúAttorney General Jack Conway ran a strong campaign focused on the issues that matter to Kentuckians: good schools, good-paying jobs and economic opportunity,‚ÄĚ Pearson said. ‚ÄúUnfortunately, he ran into the unexpected headwinds of Trump-mania, losing to an outsider candidate in the year of the outsider. While Jack Conway came up just short tonight, his presence...
  • Democrats Blame 'Trump-Mania' for Matt Bevin Victory in Kentucky

    11/03/2015 10:07:08 PM PST · by Vision Thing · 107 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 3 Nov 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Democrats stunned by Matt Bevin's victory in the race for Kentucky governor blamed "Trump-mania" for the Tea Party candidate's unlikely 53%-44% win over Democrat Jack Conway. "Attorney General Jack Conway ran a strong campaign focused on the issues that matter to Kentuckians: good schools, good-paying jobs and economic opportunity," said Elisabeth Pearson, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, in an official statement on the results. Pearson added: "Unfortunately, he ran into the unexpected headwinds of Trump-mania, losing to an outsider candidate in the year of the outsider. While Jack Conway came up just short tonight, his presence in this...
  • Businessman who has been likened to Trump wins Kentucky governor‚Äôs race

    11/03/2015 7:14:14 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3 Nov 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    Republicans stole a key governor's seat in a hotly contested race in Kentucky on Tuesday, installing an outsider businessman who has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump as the state's next chief executive. Meanwhile, neighboring Ohio voted against becoming the fifth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. In Kentucky, millionaire GOP investor Matt Bevin led Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway 52.5 percent to 44 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting. The race, which was perhaps the most watched among a series of lower-profile races in Tuesday's off-year election, has been called for Bevin.
  • Bevin New Repub Gov of Kentucky

    11/03/2015 6:01:41 PM PST · by LowNslow · 35 replies
    11/3/2015 | LowNslow
    Matt Bevin elected new Gov of Kentucky. Dem Jack Conway has conceded.
  • Matt Bevin, Republican, Wins Governor‚Äôs Race in Kentucky

    11/03/2015 5:22:02 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 82 replies ^ | 11/3/15 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and ALAN BLINDER
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. ‚ÄĒ Matt Bevin, a Republican political novice, wealthy Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, was elected Kentucky‚Äôs next governor on Tuesday, a victory that could herald a new era in a state where Democrats have held the governor‚Äôs mansion for all but four of the last 44 years. The Associated Press declared Mr. Bevin the winner shortly after 8 p.m. In beating his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, Mr. Bevin surprised many in his own party, who believed that the climate in Kentucky was ripe for a Republican but feared that Mr. Bevin, a charismatic conservative with...
  • Kentucky Governor General Election RESULTS (Bevin WINS!)

    11/03/2015 4:34:20 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 121 replies
    WKYT.Com ^ | November 3, 2015
    CANDIDATE PARTY PERCENT VOTES Matt Bevin GOP 49.9% 213,492 Jack Conway Dem 46.2% 197,493 Drew Curtis Ind 3.9% 16,834
  • Race for governor tops Ky. general election (Election Day!)

    LOUISVILLE (AP) - Here is a look at Kentucky's top races in Tuesday's general election, from the contest for governor at the top of the ticket to down-ballot races for statewide offices: GOVERNOR Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin square off in the race to become Kentucky's next governor in a pivotal off-year election. The winner succeeds Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who could not seek re-election because of term limits. The campaign turned into a referendum on President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear used an executive order to expand the state's Medicaid program to...
  • Matt Bevin focuses on northern Kentucky with electoral finish line in sight

    10/31/2015 8:19:38 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/31/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    FLORENCE ‚ÄĒ After a bruising primary against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell last year, few would have predicted Bevin, in his second political campaign ever, would be where he is today: potentially becoming the second Republican elected governor since former Gov. Louie Nunn won the office in 1967. Bevin looked to the state‚Äôs three northernmost counties to rouse supporters on Saturday, spurring on about 50 volunteers at his Boone County headquarters before they made the door-to-door rounds or continued phone-banking. He made earlier stops in Kenton and Campbell counties ahead of Tuesday‚Äôs election. Bevin thumped his three GOP rivals ‚ÄĒ Agriculture...
  • Chatter: Conway hold 5-point lead on Bevin in Bluegrass Poll; RGA drops $1M in final week

    10/28/2015 8:24:45 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/28/2015 | Nick Storm
    The last public gubernatorial survey from Bluegrass Poll partners shows Democratic candidate Jack Conway maintaining a slim lead over Republican candidate Matt Bevin. The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of the Lexington Herald-Leader, WKYT-TV, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and WHAS-TV, shows Conway leading Bevin 45 percent to 40 percent. Independent candidate Drew Curtis has dropped in polling with 6 percent of the vote, and 10 percent of the survey’s respondents were undecided. The poll survey 798 likely voters between Oct. 23 to 26, and has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. The Conway campaign told the Courier-Journal that they...
  • Full video: Final debate between Matt Bevin (R) and Jack Conway (D) - Kentucky Governor's race

    10/27/2015 7:25:42 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    KET ^ | 10/26/2015 | Kentucky Tonight
    Gubernatorial Candidates - Candidates running for governor of the commonwealth appeared on Mondayís edition of Kentucky Tonight on KET. The program featured Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway. Click link for full video.
  • Tensions boil over in final debate between Conway, Bevin ahead of Nov. 3 election

    10/27/2015 7:13:05 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/26/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    LEXINGTON ó Sitting mere feet from one another in their final gubernatorial debate televised on KET Monday evening, tensions between Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin spilled into public view as they tussled on issues like public pensions, health care and the stateís economy. Conway often laughed aloud during Bevinís responses and interjections, drawing animated reactions from the GOP candidate as the Democrat sat, at times, with a forced grin on his face. Both argued simultaneously, drawing moderator Bill Goodman to intervene to get the candidates on track and speak one at a time. Bevin, who released...
  • Full video: Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate [Bevin (R) vs. Conway (D)]

  • RGA's re-emergence brings President Obama back into spotlight with Election Day nearing

    10/20/2015 5:18:40 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/20/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    The return of the Republican Governors Association to Kentucky television airwaves brings an unpopular national figure back to the stateís political consciousness: President Barack Obama. The RGA and Republican Attorneys General Association have dumped millions in the state to link Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway and attorney general candidate Andy Beshear to the president, hoping Obamaís poor approval numbers in Kentucky rub off on his fellow Democrats in their respective campaigns for constitutional office. Speaking to Pure Politics after addressing an animated crowd at the AFL-CIOís 31st biennial convention at Louisvilleís Crowne Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, Conway dismissed the $1.6...
  • Conway ads turn positive in home stretch of campaign as RGA goes back on air for Bevin

    10/20/2015 4:47:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/20/2015 | Nick Storm
    Attorney General Jack Conway has hammered Republican gubernatorial opponent Matt Bevin in recent months over statements on education, taxes and other issues, but as the campaign nears the final days the Democratic candidate has turned positive on-air. Conway still has outside super PAC support in the form of Kentucky Family Values who continue to hammer Bevin in their ads. ... Meanwhile, the Republican Governorís Association has gone back on-the-air with a ďseven figure ad buyĒ in support of Bevin through the end of the election. The group had pulled their ads in late September ó leaving Bevin essentially alone and...

    10/11/2015 1:34:04 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    Democrat Jack Conway holds a very slim lead over Republican Matt Bevin as Kentuckyís gubernatorial campaign enters its final three weeks. Statewide, 43% of likely voters currently support Conway, while 41% back Bevin, 6% are for independent Drew Curtis and 10% are undecided. Conway has a slightly better positive name recognition ratio. Statewide, 42% have a favorable opinion of him and 30% having an unfavorable view. Bevinís ratio is a bit lower at 39% favorable and 34% unfavorable. Bevin, however, is getting a stronger party cross-over vote, which is vital for a GOP candidate to win statewide in Kentucky. Bevin...
  • Matt Bevin Statement on Closing of Kentucky Health Cooperative

    10/11/2015 11:33:22 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    Matt Bevin ^ | 10/11/2015
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin issued the following statement regarding the closure of Kentucky Health Cooperative, Inc. "This financial debacle is a direct result of Obamacare, which Governor Beshear was too quick to embrace. Even though it is a disaster for Kentucky taxpayers, Jack Conway still says he would have been proud to vote for Obamacare," said Bevin. "It is the job of the attorney general to watch out for Kentucky consumers. Where has Jack Conway been in investigating this catastrophic co-op? Once again, Jack is playing political games instead of doing his job. The tragic result is that 51,000...
  • Kentucky Health Cooperative going out of business; 51,000 insurance customers affected

    10/10/2015 8:35:04 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 12 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 10/9/2015 | JACK BRAMMER
    FRANKFORT ó The largest private provider of health insurance policies on Kynect, Kentucky's health insurance exchange, is going out of business. The Louisville-based Kentucky Health Cooperative Inc. announced Friday that it will end current memberships on Dec. 31 and will not add new members because of financial problems. It will not offer health insurance plans on Kynect when open enrollment for 2016 coverage starts on Nov. 1. The cooperative has about 51,000 members in all 120 Kentucky counties. ... Jonathan Gold, press secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email that the federal government...
  • State Democrats look to make hay from Matt Bevin's "on the draw" comment with senior-citizen voters

    10/08/2015 4:13:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/08/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    FRANKFORT ó Kentucky Democrats are hoping to capitalize on a comment they say shows Republican Matt Bevinís insensitivity toward Medicare recipients during Tuesdayís gubernatorial debate, urging about 40 senior citizens to rally against the GOP nominee on Thursday. Bevinís campaign, however, is accusing Democrats of targeting seniors with scare tactics weeks before voters elect the next governor Nov. 3. Democrats are seeking to make hay out of an ďon the drawĒ remark from Bevin. Conway asked Bevin why he favored drug testing Medicare recipients, and the Democrat clarified that he was asking about Medicare, not Medicaid, during his opponentís response....
  • KSR Debate: "Would you defund Planned Parenthood?"

    10/06/2015 8:01:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    Matt Bevin: "Flashback to the last debate, when my opponent dodged a question on defunding Planned Parenthood." (video at link)