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Ahead of first gubernatorial debate, poll finds voters burdened by high prescription drug costs

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A new poll from AARP finds 83% of Kentucky voters age 50 and older think drug companies have influence over their governor and state legislators. The findings come as incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Party challenger Andy Beshear, the state’s attorney general, gear up for the first gubernatorial debate being held Thursday night in Paducah....

Al Cross: As political earthquake shakes Washington, how will it tilt Kentucky’s political landscape?

A political earthquake is shaking Washington. How will it tilt Kentucky’s political landscape? The quick and easy answer – and for now, probably the right one – is that the impending impeachment of President Trump will rally his Kentucky supporters and help re-elect unpopular Gov. Matt Bevin. As soon as the Democrat-controlled U.S. House announced its impeachment inquiry, the Kentucky Republican...

Al Cross: Bevin resorting to scare tactics on immigration in ad designed to appeal to Trump’s base

On Sept. 9, Gov. Matt Bevin accused his opponent for re-election, Attorney General Andy Beshear, of using a “scare tactic” by running a TV ad alleging that Bevin’s “education cuts” could leave some communities without schools. Bevin had a point. But a week later, he started an ad of his own that is nothing but a scare tactic – a base, simplistic appeal to fear of immigrants. This, from...

Al Cross: As race for governor heats up, both sides are missing an honest discussion of health care

The race for governor has begun in earnest, with both sides using scare tactics. But both sides also seem scared of saying the wrong thing about the most important issue to voters, health care. Yes, health care. That may have been the most surprising news of the week, in the Prichard Committee’s release of its poll, taken in June. Asked which issue “should be the top priority for your elected officials...

KY Supreme Court overturns lower court, rules that legislature can reject Attorney General’s contracts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision Thursday, finding a contingency fee contract the Attorney General’s office signed with an outside law firm to represent the state in lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors is subject to legislative approval. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Request for Proposals for law firms in September...

Andy Beshear unveils economic and jobs plan; platform promotes agritech and manufacturing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear rolled out the first part of his economic and jobs agenda during a campaign stop Wednesday in northeastern Kentucky. Accompanied by his running mate Jacqueline Coleman, House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook and Rep. Terri Branham Clark, D-Catlettsburg, Beshear unveiled what he terms the first pillar of his “Kitchen...

Andy Beshear: Progress made in fight to stop scam calls; sophisticated methods create new challenges

As your attorney general, I have made it a top priority to protect Kentuckians from scammers and stop annoying and illegal scam phone calls. A recent opinion article published in many local newspapers called on my office to “see what can be done to get a ‘no call’ list that actually works.” While the National Do Not Call Registry effectively protects against telemarketing sales calls for...

Al Cross: We learned some meaningful things at Fancy Farm; raucous crowd tells us something too

FANCY FARM, Ky. – For all its hoopla, the political speaking at the Fancy Farm Picnic rarely has much effect on statewide elections. But it always provides a unique measurement of the candidates, their campaigns and their prospects, and this year’s version told us some meaningful things about Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his challenger, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. The speaking has...

Matt Bevin, Andy Beshear fire off familiar jabs in front of rowdy crowd at annual Fancy Farm Picnic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Both gubernatorial candidates, Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Andy Beshear, used familiar themes during their remarks Saturday at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic and political speaking event in this small western Kentucky community. Partisans on both sides did some cheering and jeering in a typically rowdy atmosphere as the political rivals faced off. It won’t be...

Fancy Farm this Saturday kicks off political season, focus on gubernatorial candidates; election Nov. 5

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Expect some fancy talking at the Fancy Farm picnic Saturday in western Kentucky as the fall political campaign season gets off to a rousing start.

 Much of the spotlight will be on the gubernatorial race with incumbent Republican Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. They will have eight minutes apiece to bend the ears of an audience that knows how...

Al Cross: Beshear, Bevin, Alvarado finagling with the facts, but everyone wants their own version of truth

People and politicians have always wanted their own versions of the truth, facts and science be damned, but the modern media environment has made it easier to do that – and to fool others into mistaken belief. Witness the Kentucky governor’s race. When Attorney General Andy Beshear, who is the antithesis of nimble, went off-script June 26 and called his Democratic candidacy “an opportunity ....

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...

Attorney General’s Office secures $2.2 Million in student loan debt relief for ITT Tech students

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced that the OAG’s Office of Consumer Protection has secured $2.2 million in student loan debt relief for 325 former Kentucky students of the failed for-profit college ITT Tech. Beshear Beshear’s office and 10 other attorneys general led a 43-state coalition to reach a settlement with Student CU Connect CUSO, LLC (CUSO), which offered deceptive loans to finance...

Al Cross: More questions arise about governor’s race as Bevin continues to dig hole and Beshear advances

When America’s most unpopular governor limped through last month’s four-way Republican primary with 52 percent of the vote, losing 31 counties to an obscure legislator, some of us still thought – and said publicly – that Matt Bevin was still the favorite in the general election. We had plenty of reasons: Kentucky’s encouraging economy; Bevin’s incumbency and personal wealth; the strong...

Advancing crime victims’ rights focus of AG’s Office of Victims Advocacy conference

To better assist survivors, victim advocates, law enforcement and allied professionals in advancing the rights of crime victims, Attorney General Andy Beshear and the AG’s Office of Victims Advocacy are hosting a two-day conference, beginning today. Beshear The conference will take place at the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort and the theme is “Honoring our past. Creating hope...

Al Cross; Now that the governor’s race is down to a grudge match, expect scorched-earth campaign

Kentucky voters delivered two mild surprises in Tuesday’s primaries for governor: Rocky Adkins ran a strong second to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, and Robert Goforth ran a comparable second to Republican incumbent Matt Bevin. What does that mean for the fall? The performance of Adkins, the state House minority leader, has several threads that relate to the Beshear-Bevin contest. First,...

Bill Straub: Bevin didn’t get a landslide, but don’t count him out; Beshear faces uphill battle

Landslide Matt Bevin, the incumbent, didn’t exactly set the world on fire in Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary, garnering just 52 percent of the vote against three other jamokes who aren’t even substantial enough to be referred to as nobodies. But don’t kid yourself. When November rolls around, the Commonwealth’s least-liked-in-the-nation governor could very well earn sufficient...

It will be Bevin vs. Beshear in Nov. 5 general election; matchups for other state constitutional offices set

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky voters have spoken – or at least nearly 20 percent of them – and the race for the governor’s seat is going to be a battle between two political heavyweight rivals. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin received 51 percent of the party’s vote in Tuesday’s primary in his bid for reelection and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be his opponent...

Kentucky Today: How the three democratic gubernatorial candidates stand on key issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The gubernatorial primary is Tuesday and here is a guide on how the major Democratic candidates stand on some important issues. The responses are based on information gained from a variety of sources, including responses to a questionnaire, public statements, the candidate’s website and past news reports. The major candidates are defined as those who have raised at...

Al Cross: The primary looms and so do choices; voters may be asking, ‘Who am I most tired of?’

The race for governor of Kentucky is occasionally a harbinger of the contest that begins or ends the four-year election cycle, the race for president. In 1995, Democrat Paul Patton defeated Republican Larry Forgy, who had hoped to ride the GOP wave of 1994 but got caught in the undertow, and Bill Clinton carried the state in 1996. This year, Democrats see the possible ouster of Republican Gov. Matt...