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Governor signs legislation that will result in creation of more than 14,500 jobs across Commonwealth

Gov. Andy Beshear joined legislative leaders from both parties on Wednesday to sign bipartisan legislation appropriating funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to create jobs, build better schools, expand broadband and invest in infrastructure, including clean drinking water. The Governor also signed House Bill 574, which expands voting opportunities in Kentucky. “While points of friction...

Twice as many deceased voters removed from rolls than new voters added for second consecutive month

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced for the second consecutive month, more voters were removed from Kentucky’s rolls than added. In January, 5,613 new voters registered, and 14,927 voters were removed – 12,705 deceased voters, 460 nonresident voters, 65 voters who voluntarily de-registered, 56 mentally disabled voters, and 1,641 felony convicts. There are 9,314 fewer voters on the rolls...

Secretary of State Michael Adams to participate in seventh cohort of Hunt-Kean Education Fellows

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams has been selected to participate in the seventh cohort of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows, an initiative of The Hunt Institute founded in 2001 by former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt. “I am honored and delighted by this opportunity to immerse myself in education policy, particularly as I intend to advocate for improved civic education in Kentucky,”...

Al Cross: Mischievous Christmas gifts for Kentucky politicians, a tradition continued

Thirty-nine years ago, Ed Ryan, then the Frankfort Bureau chief of The Courier-Journal, wrote a column headlined “Possible gifts for officials, first family.” Ed had great material to work with – Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., his appointees and wife Phyllis George Brown – and he made the column annual. Ed died in 1984, at only 45, but his journalistic legatees have continued the tradition. Since...

Secretary of State Adams gets encouragement from county clerk survey to pursue election policy reforms

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Michael Adams has more support in his effort to have some of the changes made to the way elections were conducted this year made permanent by the Kentucky General Assembly next year. In an interview with Kentucky Today shortly after the November general election, Adams, a Republican, said there were four items he hopes lawmakers consider after he and Democratic...

Kentucky voter registrations increased by more than 47,000 prior to Oct. 5 deadline for 2020 election

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced that, approaching the October 5 voter registration deadline for the 2020 general election, Kentucky saw a big bump in new registrants, its biggest monthly increase this year. As of September 30, 3,565,428 Kentuckians were registered to vote, a jump of 47,861 registered voters since the end of August. Secretary of State Michael Adams “I’m pleased so...

New beer packaging promotes poll worker recruitment, voter registration for November

Secretary of State Michael Adams, on National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, announced a new initiative to promote poll worker recruitment and voter registration. There is a critical need for poll workers as Kentucky heads toward November’s general election. A normal election requires 15,000 poll workers in Kentucky. During the primary, many voting precincts were unable to open because there were not...

Commentary: Bipartisan election agreement puts Kentuckians’ health first for this November

By Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams In the midst of a global health pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), as a Democratic Governor and a Republican Secretary of State we have proven that we can put partisanship aside to make our elections safer for our people. We know that working across the aisle to reach a bipartisan agreement, regardless of where you live from Washington,...

Secretary of State Michael Adams puts out APB for poll workers in Kentucky for November election

Secretary of State Michael Adams is putting out an all-points bulletin for poll workers for the November election. “Like most Kentuckians, I want things to get back to normal – and that includes our elections,” Adams said. “I want more robust in-person voting options than we had in June, but that is only possible if Kentuckians step up and volunteer to be poll workers.” Michael Adams A...

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...