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In fight to keep Medicaid contract, Anthem alleges Molina Health had unfair edge in Beshear transition

By Lisa Gillespie Kentucky Health News Insurance company Molina Health had an unfair advantage in winning a state Medicaid contract, claims rival insurer Anthem, which was a loser in the bidding. Anthem claims California-based Molina hired a former employee of Gov. Andy Beshear who was privy to key documents that other bidders couldn’t see. Anthem says that’s just one reason the state should withdraw...

Beshear plans to restart Kynect, the health-insurance marketplace his father launched in 2013

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Andy Beshear has said he will restart the state health-insurance exchange that his father, then-Gov. Steve Beshear, began in 2013 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Kynect was dismantled in 2017 by Republican Matt Bevin, who served between the two Democrats. Beshear announced that he had told federal officials of his intent to move to...

William McCann: For long-term benefit of students, charter schools deserve a chance in Kentucky

The first application for a charter school has been rejected. The Bevin-appointed state board of education has been ‘fired’ and replaced. Wayne Lewis, the former commissioner of education, is now living and working in Tennessee. Current and retired educators are running for the state legislature. So now is the time to formally adopt a funding mechanism and move forward with charter schools...

Bill Straub: Prisons are bursting at seams, nonviolent prisoners deserve pardons; devil is in the details

Let me put my cards on the table: I am one of those people who would rather see 100 guilty individuals go free than witness one innocent person go to prison. I believe it should be extremely difficult – emphasize, extremely difficult – to deprive anyone of his or her freedom. The death penalty is immoral, savage, and should immediately be abolished in all 50 states, DC and the federal government. There...

Governor Andy Beshear signs executive order rescinding Matt Bevin’s Medicaid waiver

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday he is rescinding former Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order on the Medicaid waiver program and will protect the Medicaid expansion instituted by his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, in 2014. “The last thing our families need is to pay more for their healthcare coverage, or even worser, to lose that coverage entirely,” Beshear told...

Matt Bevin responds with tweetstorm defense of his decisions on controversial pardons; 400 after defeat

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Former Gov. Matt Bevin responded to a swirl of controversy over his pardons and commutations he signed on Monday with a tweetstorm on Friday. It was his first public statements. 
In a string of 20 tweets on Friday night, Bevin defended his decisions, saying America was built on “support for redemption and second chances.” Matt Bevin 
Bevin pardoned and/or commuted...

Matt Bevin coming under harsh, bipartisan condemnation for long list of ‘extreme’ pardons

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, joined a bipartisan lineup of other lawmakers who have spoken up in condemnation of Gov. Matt Bevin’s long list of pardons. In fact, Stivers may have had some of the strongest language of all officials.   
“From what we know of former Governor Bevin’s extreme pardons and commutations, the Senate Republican...

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...

Commentary: Kentucky’s incoming governor has a mandate to restore voting rights, should take action

By Eliza Sweren-Becker and Sean Morales-Doyle Brennan Center for Justice   On Election Day, voters in Kentucky made a strong statement in support of expanding democracy and restoring voting rights to people with past felony convictions, building on a years-long trend around the country. Ending Kentucky’s policy of lifetime felony disfranchisement was a prominent part of Andy Beshear’s platform...

Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor’s race after Thursday’s recanvass produces no changes

Governor-elect Andy Beshear speaks to reporters after Matt Bevin conceded the race Thursday. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A statewide recanvass of voters in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race showed no change in the totals, giving Democrat Andy Beshear a 5,136-vote margin over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in the Nov. 5 general election, and leading Bevin to concede...

Recanvass of votes: Andy Beshear/Jacqueline Coleman prevail in governor/lt. gov. race, 5,136 votes

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, has announced that a statewide recanvass of the votes in the 2019 General Election for Governor/Lieutenant Governor did not change the results of the election. Bevin concedes (Photo by Tom Latek, Gov. Matt Bevin is asking for a recanvass of Tuesday’s results. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today)In a press conference,...

Allegations of fraud debunked after two Bevin re-election campaign workers claim voting irregularities

Erika Calihan (above) and Kris Stuebs, of Lexington alleged voter fraud at a press conference Wednesday at the Capitol. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two Lexington women who worked on Matt Bevin’s re-election campaign are raising questions about possible polling irregularities and manipulation of the election night numbers in last week’s general election. During...

Al Cross: For Andy Beshear, ‘I’m not Matt Bevin’ actually mattered; Bevin now knows words matter too

What seemed like Andy Beshear’s unspoken campaign theme – “I’m not Matt Bevin” – turned out to be sufficient after all, contrary to opinions expressed in this space more than once.                The Democratic attorney general ran a solid, steady campaign that gave voters little to fear – contrary to the alarmist, abusive rhetoric of the governor, which only confirmed the...

Bill Straub: Looks like Bevin managed to step on his own tail, but don’t count Mitch out just yet

It was during the Republican National Convention in Houston in 1992 and renowned columnist Molly Ivins was talking about Clayton Williams, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Texas who, despite all odds, lost to Democrat Ann Richards as a result of highly erratic behavior and questionable comments, like publicly recounting various adventures in a Mexican cathouse. Ivins allowed that the Williams...

Secretary Grimes receives recanvass request from Governor Bevin, will take place November 14

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has formally filed a request to have a recanvass conducted of the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election. Unofficial results from the Secretary of State and State Board of Elections showed Democrat Andy Beshear, Kentucky’s Attorney General, defeating Republican Bevin’s re-election bid by a margin of 5,189 out of 1.4 million votes cast, although...

Large urban turnout leads Andy Beshear to victory in Tuesday’s governor’s race; Bevin not yet conceding

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky voters turned out in bigger than expected numbers and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear may have shown incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin the door. Beshear took the lead around 8 o’clock and kept it the rest of the way in likely keeping Bevin from becoming the first Republican governor in Kentucky history from winning a second term. “I haven’t had...

Chris Perry: Kentucky’s electric cooperatives work to make sure rural voters show for gubernatorial election

Will rural voters show up in the 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election? As political campaigns and pundits ask that question, Kentucky’s electric cooperatives have been working to make sure that the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Because co-ops are owned, operated and were built by the very people we serve, we are dedicated to improving Kentucky’s quality of life and advocating for issues that...

Bill Straub: Ah, the memories of George Wallace’s yesteryear revisit KY in Bevin, Cameron campaign

Return with us now, for a moment, to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when Alabama Gov. George Corley Wallace, whose face, a witness once observed, resembled a clenched fist, stood before the state capital in Montgomery to declare “in this very heart of the Great Anglo-Saxon Southland’’ — “segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.” It was Jan. 14,...

Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

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...