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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...

Ky. creates insurance innovation ‘sandbox’ to allow development of creative risk management solutions

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law legislation that will permit and encourage insurance innovation in the Commonwealth. House Bill 386 creates a “sandbox” that will allow for the development of creative risk management solutions. This legislation positions Kentucky as a leader in considering and embracing innovation across the insurance industry. Gail Russell “Implementation of the...

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...

Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life Organ Donation Registry surpasses 2 million registrants

During a riveting and at times emotional press conference held in Lexington on Monday, Trust for Life, the charitable arm of the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ announced that the Commonwealth’s Organ Donation Registry now has more than 2 million registrants. This is a major milestone for the nonprofit and its partner organizations, which all support lifesaving mission of organ, eye and tissue donation...

Commentary: Sky-high jump in retirement costs an issue that cannot be ignored by Kentucky’s leaders

By Rocky Adkins, Derrick Graham and Joni Jenkins Special to KyForward Sometime before the end of June, Gov. Matt Bevin is expected to call the General Assembly to the Capitol to address an issue that cannot be ignored: a sky-high jump in retirement costs for nearly 120 human-service agencies and our regional universities. Time is truly of the essence, because few if any can afford that increase, which...

Democratic gubernatorial candidates to debate at UK Wednesday in Gatton Student Center Ballroom

A Democratic party gubernatorial candidate debate will be held on the University of Kentucky campus this Wednesday (May 15). The debate is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. The UK community is invited to attend. Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young will participate in the debate that is co-sponsored by the UK Student...

Lawmakers from both sides aren’t sold on Bevin’s pension proposal, say they have their own ideas

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lawmakers from both parties and both chambers still say the votes are not yet there to pass Gov. Matt Bevin’s bill to address the public pension crisis, especially as it affects the state’s regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies. Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, who says he supported the bill lawmakers approved earlier this year but was vetoed by the governor,...

Governor Matt Bevin sends letter to lawmakers seeking support for pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin sent a letter to state lawmakers Wednesday, seeking support for his pension proposal affecting Kentucky’s regional universities, quasi-governmental agencies and their employees considered during a special session before July 1. 
Members of his administration held briefings on his plan for Republican lawmakers last week and for House Democrats earlier...

As special session looms, Ky. House Democrats are still not sold on Governor’s pension proposal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s still no word on when Gov. Matt Bevin will call a special session of the General Assembly to address a public pension bill because he doesn’t appear to have enough votes to pass his proposal. The governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Bryan Sunderland, Budget Director John Chilton and Kentucky Retirement Systems Executive Director David Eger spent more than two hours...

Regional universities send letter supporting Bevin’s proposed pension bill; questions remain

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has received support for his proposed pension reform bill from one of the groups who would be affected the most if it passes. 
A letter has been sent to all members of the General Assembly, signed by six of the seven presidents of Kentucky’s regional public universities, as well as the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, urging them to...

Elizabeth Caywood: New service array gives relative caregivers more options; improves outcomes for kids

Across the Commonwealth, relatives and fictive kin are unsung heroes of our Kentucky Department for Community Based Services child welfare program. Kentucky leads the nation in utilization of kin placements: Thousands of families care for children who would otherwise be in foster care. Because of the tremendous commitment from these families, more children have the opportunity to continue to thrive...

Bill Straub: There’s Trump and his ‘Mini-Me’ Bevin — but one of them benefits from distance

WASHINGTON – Unlike Superman and Clark Kent, President Trump (good golly!) and Kentucky Gov. Matt “Yosemite Sam’’ Bevin have been seen together in a room, so one can assume they are not one and the same person. But that’s about the only way to tell the two of them apart. By personality, attitude and politics there is no apparent separation between The Donald and the man who seems to be constantly...

Kentucky cattle producers, clothing store ‘Raising the Steaks’ against hunger as part of KDA’s initiative

Kentucky’s beef industry is celebrating Beef Month by “Raising the Steaks” against hunger in May. For the second year in a row, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, the Kentucky Beef Council, and Wildcat Wearhouse are teaming up on a T-shirt to honor the Commonwealth’s beef cattle industry while helping Kentuckians in need. Gov. Matt Bevin prepares to ceremonially sign House Bill 311 as...

Governor Matt Bevin says pension bill is ‘getting done’ as special session looms sometime this month

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin says the legislation is ready and that a special session will be called sometime in May to provide relief for regional universities and other quasi-governmental agencies who face a huge jump in pension costs July 1. On Tuesday, Bevin spoke with reporters on the status of proposed legislation. “The bill is written, the bill has been scored. I met with all...

Beshear demands Kentucky teacher attendance record subpoenas issued by state be rescinded

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has threatened to take the Administration of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to court if subpoenas seeking teacher attendance records are not rescinded. 
Earlier this month, the Labor Cabinet issued the subpoenas to at least six local districts, seeking the names of teachers who might have used sick days to attend rallies at the Capitol...

Governor signs into law ban on use of tobacco in all Kentucky public schools and events, effective July 1

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law to ban the use of tobacco products in all Kentucky public schools and events, a policy that has taken several years to pass. It will take effect July 1, 2020. Kim Moser “It’s not only going to help kids become less addicted in the future and improve overall health, but I think it will actually improve the light...

Kentucky Supreme Court hears arguments over Bevin’s reorganization of education boards

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Friday on a lawsuit filed by Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s reorganization of several education boards. 
There were seven state boards affected by reorganizations that were the targets of the suit:  the Kentucky Board of Education, Education Professional Standards Board,...

Gov. Bevin, Sen. Stivers at odds over governor’s veto of public pension bill passed on last day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two of Kentucky’s top Republican leaders, Gov. Matt Bevin and Senate President Robert Stivers, are at loggerheads over the governor’s decision to veto pension reform legislation passed on the final day of the 2019 General Assembly. 
“The rationale behind this decision is perplexing,” Stivers said.  “Just weeks ago, during the 2019 regular session, the governor...

Governor vetoes public pension bill, plans to call for special session to address the issue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday vetoed a public pension bill approved on the final day of the 2019 General Assembly and vowed to call a special session to address the issue. During the 11 p.m. hour on the last day of the session, lawmakers passed public pension legislation that would have affected the regional public universities, as well as quasi-governmental agencies, such...

KYTC promotes work zone safety during construction season; motorists reminded to slow down

As warm weather sweeps across Kentucky bringing signs of spring, motorists can expect to see orange cones and flashing lights on roadways as construction and maintenance activities resume. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is driving attention to National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) – April 8-12 – to encourage motorists to take a vested interest in work zone safety by slowing down...