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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...

Audit uncovers over $3 million in inappropriately awarded claims during Longmeyer tenure

The Finance and Administration Cabinet has released the results of a months-long audit into financial mismanagement and improprieties involving the Commonwealth’s self-insured Workers’ Compensation Program. The audit, requested by Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens, uncovered over $3 million in claims inappropriately awarded under the administration of previous Personnel Cabinet...

KyCIR: O’Bryan pleads guilty to kickback scheme; former state official Longmeyer gets 70 months

By Brendan McCarthy Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Louisville political consultant Larry O’Bryan pleaded guilty Wednesday to serving as a middleman in a corrupt kickback scheme involving former state official Tim Longmeyer. O’Bryan acknowledged in federal court in Lexington that he helped funnel payoffs between a contractor and Longmeyer, a longtime Democratic Party insider from Louisville...

Under former Personnel chief Longmeyer, department heads were reliable Democratic donors

By James McNair Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting During Tim Longmeyer’s four-year run as secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, giving money to Democratic candidates for state office was a gesture widespread among his so-called “non-merit” employees. Of the 32 full-time non-merit employees — all politically appointed — 25 contributed to campaigns, a participation...

In the aftermath of Longmeyer’s guilty plea, the question of who paid the bribes remains unanswered

By James McNair Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting In the wake of former Kentucky official Tim Longmeyer’s admission of accepting bribes while running a state agency, one central question remains unanswered: Who paid the bribes? His guilty plea in federal court Tuesday in Lexington, before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, was perfunctory and did not shed light on other possible targets...

Bevin says his administration will begin probe of ‘questionable activities’ under former Gov. Beshear

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that his administration was launching a special investigation after state officials uncovered when he described as areas of “serious concern dealing with potentially illegal and unethical contracting processes” during the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear. During a news conference, Bevin said has asked the Secretary of the Finance and Administration...