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Prominent lawyer, politician, and legislator Terry McBrayer dies in Lexington at 83 after cancer battle

Staff report Prominent Kentucky politician, lawyer, and long-time legislator Terry McBrayer died Sunday in Lexington after an extended battle with cancer. He was 83. McBrayer held numerous positions in state government. He was an elected member of the House of Representatives, serving in leadership roles of House Speaker Pro Tempore and Majority Floor Leader, and also served as chief executive officer...

Warren Greer: Andy Beshear’s victory saves the Kentucky Democratic Party’s ‘glass floor’

At long last, Kentucky’s 2019 gubernatorial election is over. As a life-long Democrat and a firm believer in decency and civility, I’m glad Matt Bevin got what he deserved. But I’m also a little sad that Andy Beshear won, because the elitist faction of the Kentucky Democratic Party (KDP) now has new life and was not as fully exposed as it otherwise would have been. Just think what the storylines...

Judge rules in favor of Democratic Party in lawsuit filed over 165,000 voters moved to inactive list

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Franklin Circuit Judge Monday afternoon ruled in favor of the Kentucky Democratic Party in their lawsuit filed over moving 165,000 registered Kentucky voters to an inactive list. The suit was filed at Franklin Circuit Court by the Kentucky Democratic Party against the State Board of Elections, and Attorney Anna Whites said following oral arguments Monday morning that while...

Bill Straub: As incomprehensible as it sounds, Bevin has a halfway decent shot at winning

It was the venerated Sam Rayburn, a Texas Democrat who served as speaker of the House for 17 years in the mid-1900s, who expressed unease over many of the men advising President John F. Kennedy, asserting that “I’d feel a whole lot better if one of them had ever run for sheriff.’’   Kentucky, with a rich if erratic political history, hasn’t always shared Mr. Sam’s preference for...