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Al Cross; Now that the governor’s race is down to a grudge match, expect scorched-earth campaign

Kentucky voters delivered two mild surprises in Tuesday’s primaries for governor: Rocky Adkins ran a strong second to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, and Robert Goforth ran a comparable second to Republican incumbent Matt Bevin. What does that mean for the fall? The performance of Adkins, the state House minority leader, has several threads that relate to the Beshear-Bevin contest. First,...

Bill Straub: Bevin didn’t get a landslide, but don’t count him out; Beshear faces uphill battle

Landslide Matt Bevin, the incumbent, didn’t exactly set the world on fire in Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary, garnering just 52 percent of the vote against three other jamokes who aren’t even substantial enough to be referred to as nobodies. But don’t kid yourself. When November rolls around, the Commonwealth’s least-liked-in-the-nation governor could very well earn sufficient...

Kentucky Today: Where the two Republican candidates for governor stand on important issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The gubernatorial primary is Tuesday and here is a look on how the major gubernatorial Republican candidates stand on some key issues.    
The responses are based information gained from a variety of sources, including responses to a questionnaire, public statements, the candidate’s website and past news reports. Candidates: Gov. Matt Bevin and Rep. Robert Goforth. 
The...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos moves first load of dirt at groundbreaking of Prime Air Hub at CVG in Hebron

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Amazon broke ground Tuesday for its new $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub in Hebron, KY at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, driving a front loader, moved the first load of dirt at the groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Prime Air Hub at CVG Tuesday (photos by Mark Hansel). Flanked by two Prime Air cargo planes, Amazon CEO...

Al Cross: Primary candidates trying to attract voters with largely irrelevant, misleading arguments

If you’re one of the relatively few Kentuckians who will vote in the May 21 primary for statewide constitutional offices, beware. Several candidates are seeking your vote with arguments that are largely irrelevant and sometimes misleading. Irrelevant political pitches are nothing new, but they dominate this month’s TV ads, videos, mail pieces and online chatter in a way we haven’t seen before. That’s...

Al Cross: Welcome, Derby visitors, to Kentucky; here’s a brief introduction to the political landscape

Welcome, Derby visitors! This column continues our longstanding tradition of giving folks who are in Kentucky for the big race, and those looking at Kentucky news media online, a snapshot of our current political landscape. We’re in the middle of a race for the Democratic nomination for governor. It’s our first contested Democratic primary for the office since 2007, an indicator of how the party’s...

Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Terry Gill resigns, Gov. Bevin recommends Sarin as interim

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday accepted with regret the resignation of Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, effective at the end of May. Terry Gill “The impact that Terry’s leadership has had on the economy of our commonwealth cannot be overstated,” Gov. Bevin said. “He brought to our economic development efforts the perspective of a business executive who knows...

Bill Straub: Since it’s baseball season, let’s bat some things around – oops, out of strikes already

It’s baseball season once again — thank the lord — so let’s toss it around-the-horn political style: First. Give Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, credit – he’s not afraid to make a fool out of himself. And this time Wonder Boy, as the old saying goes, did it in front of God and everybody. Massie serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee,...

Beshear investigating pharmacy benefits managers for over-billing, discrimination against independents

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced March 21 that he is investigating pharmacy benefit managers, the “middlemen” between drug companies and health insurers, including Kentucky’s Medicaid program and state-employee health plan. Beshear is investigating whether PBMs have overcharged the state “and discriminated against independent pharmacies,” his office said in a press...

Bill Straub: Worth it or not, the time is coming for decisions to be made and it has to be right

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a bit of a stir in political circles this week when she told The Washington Post that she opposes impeaching President Trump (yech!) because the spectacle of attempting to remove him from office would prove “divisive to the country.” In something of a coda, Pelosi, a California Democrat, further offered that the blackguard currently holding down the nation’s...

Matt Bevin: We will fight with our intellect, our talent, and our heart to defend the innocent

At least now we have clarity on the issue. Now that the hard left has dropped the pretense of “safe, legal and rare” or “a collection of cells is not a fetus,” we can better see beneath their masks. With the passage of a barbaric new law in New York, we now see that the true agenda of pro-abortion advocates across this nation is the mass murder of innocent babies, even after they have been...

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in employee pension case at 10 a.m. Thurs.; here’s how to watch

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20. The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity As Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.

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Kentucky bourbon continues to boom as September is officially declared ‘Bourbon Heritage Month’

On the heels of the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center opening in Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin praised Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry for its continued growth by declaring September as “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth. Click to enlarge “The roots of Kentucky’s Bourbon industry run deep, and we are pleased to recognize the contributions of this economic engine during...

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include associate’s degrees, high school dual credit courses

Governor Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate of applied science degree in the state’s top five high-demand workforce sectors. The scholarship will also now be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education (CTE) courses in pathways in Kentucky’s...

Corvac Composites plans $6.1 Million Investment in Morgantown, will add 30 Full-Time Jobs

Automotive supplier Corvac Composites LLC will expand production in Morgantown with a $6.1 million investment expected to create 30 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin has announced. Gov. Bevin “When a company makes the decision to locate in Kentucky, they often end up deciding to also expand here. That’s the case with Corvac Composites, who first opened their Morgantown facility 13 years ago,” Gov....

Bourbon without borders – Gov. Bevin signs shipping bill, sends first bottles of signature spirits

Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed a new law that allows visitors to ship bottles of Kentucky’s signature spirit home, then joined Bourbon Barons and legislative leaders to box and dispatch the first commemorative bottles to celebrate the historic occasion. Gov. Bevin The event took place at the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum along Louisville’s famed...

Braidy Industries buys additional parcels at EastPark Industrial Center; breaks ground on $1.3B mill

Braidy Industries has announced that it has invested $3.4 million to acquire additional land and buildings at the EastPark Industrial Center in Ashland, just hours before the groundbreaking for its new mill. In April 2017, Braidy Industry announced its plans to build a $1.3 billion mill, which has been called a game changer, in Boyd County. The newly-acquired properties include the 12.6-acre HT Hackney...

Matt Bevin: Kentucky’s low unemployment numbers, economic growth are reasons for optimism

“We are Kentucky!” This is more than just a simple catchphrase. From our cities to our rural communities, the Commonwealth’s greatest assets are our people. When given the opportunity, the ability of Kentuckians to accelerate our state’s economic engine is greater than any government program. A good job empowers our fellow citizens to provide for their families and contribute to their communities....

Bill Straub: What’s in store for our duly sworn governor after his one term? Senate? Presidency?

Since the job of Pope is currently filled, there exists speculation aplenty over what position St. Matt the Divine, the duly sworn governor of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, might pursue once his term expires 19 months hence. Of course, a perusal of the latest surveys, like one released last month by the Western Kentucky University Social Science Research Center, dubbed The Big Red Poll, indicate...

Gov. Bevin’s comments that school closures led to sexual assault, poisoning of children, draw ire

KyForward staff Reaction was swift and critical to comments made late Friday by Gov. Matt Bevin that protests in Frankfort by Kentucky teachers, which resulted in the closure of more than 30 school districts, led to sexual assault and poisoning of children. Gov. Bevin (LRC photo) Thousands of teachers were on hand Friday as the Kentucky General Assembly began the last two days of its regular session. Bevin...