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Al Cross: McConnell cares most about the state Attorney General race, and things are looking up

For Mitch McConnell, things in Kentucky are looking up. In Washington, not so much. The races are close, but the Senate majority leader’s state appears likelier than not to elect Republicans to the state’s top offices Nov. 5. McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin, former rivals, have learned how to get along and stay out of each other’s way, and a Bevin victory should increase McConnell’s chances of...

Attorney General Andy Beshear announces $40 million in settlements in two drug lawsuits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear announced settlements in lawsuits against two drug companies Wednesday that are worth nearly $40 million. “Oftentimes it takes years, sometimes it even takes almost a decade, to hold these large companies accountable for the harms they inflict on our families. Today, we have won two of those battles,” Beshear told a Capitol press conference...

Attorney General releases Charitable Giving Guide in recognition of Charity Fraud Awareness Week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In observance of Charity Fraud Awareness Week, Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a charitable giving guide to help Kentuckians avoid falling victim to charity scams. According to figures from the Attorney General’s office, Americans donate approximately 2% of their disposable income to charity each year. In 2017, Americans gave $410 billion to charities. (Click...

Al Cross: Facts are facts and they matter; Matt Bevin has convictions — but it’s fair to ask hard questions

Matt Bevin is a conviction politician; he has beliefs and sticks to them. That’s one thing to like about the governor. But some of his beliefs are mistaken, perhaps even about himself. That was on display Tuesday night at the University of Kentucky, after he and Attorney General Andy Beshear tangled in a televised debate. Afterward, Beshear told reporters that Bevin was “unhinged” in their hour-long...

Republican leaders Stivers, Thayer say any casino bill presented in their chamber is ‘dead on arrival’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two Republican senators have weighed in on one issue in the governor’s race by pronouncing any casino bill that arrives in their chamber “dead on arrival.” Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, made the comment while condemning a proposal by Democrat Andy Beshear to legalize casino gaming. Beshear says the revenue...

Governor’s race is a dead heat just three weeks from election day, according to Mason-Dixon poll

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The governor’s race in Kentucky is a dead heat, according to poll results released on Wednesday, less than three weeks until the election. The Mason-Dixon Poll of likely voters shows 46 percent support Matt Bevin’s bid for re-election, and 46 percent for Democratic challenger Andy Beshear, the current Attorney General. One percent of respondents...

Bevin, Beshear share the gubernatorial debate stage at University of Kentucky; it’s mostly contentious

Staff report The debate between gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear got contentious Tuesday night, with heated exchanges on several subjects. The debate in Lexington was held at the University of Kentucky. The two will meet in NKY at the Northern Kentucky University on October 29. Incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear are facing off in the November 5 general election. (File...

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...