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Rural Blog: Tuesday’s elections show increasing rural-suburban polarization; Trump’s pull mostly rural

Tuesday’s elections showed an increasing rural-urban divide, with suburban areas serving as battleground areas that trend increasingly blue. Suburbs helped unseat Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and gave Virginia Democrats control of both legislative chambers, putting the state under full Democratic control for the first time since 2003. Rural areas of the Old Dominion continued voting Republican, but...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet completes 100th bridge project through Bridging Kentucky program

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reached a major milestone, completing its 100th bridge restoration project through the transformational Bridging Kentucky program. KYTC also recently awarded a contract to restore 106 bridges through an innovative design-build project – a move that will efficiently deliver critical bridge projects in 21 Eastern Kentucky counties. Bridging Kentucky is a six-year,...

Bevin announces $37.9 million in federal grant funding for 135 Kentucky victim advocacy programs

Gov. Matt Bevin joined with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and victim advocates from across the state to announce a record $37.9 million in federal grants to support crisis intervention services for victims of crime. In total, 135 Kentucky programs have received funding this year through the federal Victims of Crime Act grant program, known as VOCA. The awards mark a 50 percent increase...

Al Cross: The values that drive voters will be the key as Kentuckians prepare to head to the polls Tuesday

Gov. Matt Bevin told The New York Times that Tuesday’s election won’t be close – that he will beat Attorney General Andy Beshear by 6 to 10 percentage points. “I think you’re going to be shocked at how uncompetitive this actually is,” he told reporter Jonathan Martin, who has a knack for getting politicians to say what they think. Bevin may have based his prediction on what happened four...

Amid Kentucky’s heated pension debate, nearly $580 million in corporate tax subsidies remain untouched

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Funding for Kentucky’s pension system continues to be a fiercely debated topic, and some experts say putting an end to corporate tax breaks could help boost the revenue stream for public-employee retirement plans. Captain Brian O’Neill is a firefighter and president of the Louisville Professional Firefighters Union. He said he’s troubled by the...

Bevin calls for Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to end use of reformulated gas

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his strong endorsement for ending the mandated use of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in Louisville and the surrounding counties, noting that improvements in automobile technology and cleaner gasoline from refineries have resulted in the Commonwealth’s citizens paying far too much for too little benefit. “Today, I call on Mayor [Greg] Fischer to direct the Louisville Metro Air...

Kentucky targets Illinois businesses in billboard campaign; Commonwealth boasts favorable tax rates

Changes improving Kentucky’s business climate have helped attract record corporate investment the past four years, paving the way for companies to announce 58,000 planned new jobs. Now the Commonwealth will drive that message home in Illinois. Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that southbound commuters on I-57 from Chicago to the Kentucky border will see a series of billboards touting the commonwealth’s...

Bevin announces new state-run prison in Eastern Kentucky to address overcrowding in county jails

Gov. Matt Bevin joined the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Personnel Cabinet on Friday to announce plans to operate a new state-run prison in Floyd County to address overcrowding in county jails. Southeast State Correctional Complex will be housed in an existing privately-owned, 650-bed facility in Wheelwright, providing much-needed space for medium-security inmates. The prison will...

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...

New high-tech workforce training center in Barbourville receives $6 million in grant funding

Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers joined Senate President Robert Stivers on Saturday to announce grant funding for a new high-tech workforce training center in Barbourville. The project received combined state and federal funding for the KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Inc. to construct and develop the facility. “I am excited today to join Congressman Rogers and President Stivers in...

Federal judges indicate they aren’t likely to revive Governor’s plan for Medicaid work requirements

Federal judges were dubious Friday of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s campaign to add work requirements to the Medicaid program, as they heard an appeal of rulings that have blocked it. “People are going to lose coverage … and you haven’t addressed that,” Judge Harry Edwards told Trump administration lawyers during oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...

U.S. Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments Friday related to Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., will hear oral arguments today in a case concerning Gov. Matt Bevin’s changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program, known as Kentucky HEALTH. Earlier this year, a federal judge blocked the new rules, which would have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer for 80 hours a month in order to receive...

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....

Governor Matt Bevin releases log of official trips on state-owned aircraft after critical media reports

Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday publicly released a log disclosing the purpose of his official trips using state-owned aircraft in light of recent media reports critical of him. “Since the start of our administration, we have been 100 percent committed to financial integrity and to ensuring that we are good stewards of taxpayer resources,” Bevin said. “This was, unfortunately, not the case under...

Bevin launches ‘Hope and Help’ initiative to combat substance use disorder, provide vital resources

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced a new statewide public awareness effort to continue the Commonwealth’s historic momentum in combating the opioid epidemic. The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s (JPSC) Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), is launching the “Hope and Help” initiative to provide vital resources to individuals...

Governors Bevin, Haslam to be featured presenters at CPE’s Sept. 17 symposium in Louisville

Gov. Matt Bevin and former Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee will be featured presenters at the 2019 Postsecondary Education Symposium Sept. 17 in Louisville. Other highlights include a panel of Kentucky’s recently appointed college presidents moderated by Brigitte Blom Ramsey of the Prichard Committee, and a panel of legislative leaders moderated by KET’s Renee Shaw. The symposium will be held at...

Amye Bensenhaver: KY citizens own the plane, Governor, and have a right to know how you use it


“The information is out there. The people can see all of the flights that have been taken and can see where the money came from. “The real question is: Why does it matter what the purpose (of the trip) is? Did taxpayers pay for it? If they did, then they should know the purpose. If they didn’t pay for it, it’s none of their business.” This, according to the Bowling Green Daily News,...

Bevin, KSP announce statewide victims assistance program; trained advocates to provide support

Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday joined with Kentucky State Police, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and the federal Office of Justice Programs, within the Department of Justice, to announce a new initiative that will provide trained advocates at every KSP post to support and assist victims of crime. KSP is among the first state police agencies to implement this program on a statewide basis. The program,...

Rogers, Bevin announce $34.4 million in grants to spur economic development, jobs in Eastern Ky.

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced 20 grants totaling $34.4 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky. Projects impacting 14 counties were selected for grants through the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, as part of the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot program to revitalize the...

KentuckyWired, a long-delayed project to bring high-speed internet to KY, has opened two new sections

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today KentuckyWired, a project to bring high-speed internet to all parts of Kentucky that has been beset by delays and cost overruns, has opened two new sections, primarily serving southern and eastern Kentucky.

 Gov. Matt Bevin and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, made the announcement on Friday at the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Summit in Pikeville...