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Familiar refrains and new advertising promises emerge from latest debate

10/06/2015 10:51 PM

DANVILLE — Candidates for governor appeared on the same stage for an hour on Tuesday in a rehash of the well-worn issues in the race with one exception — Medicaid. In the historic Newline Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts, where Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan faced off in 2012, Republican nominee Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway again showed their disdain for one another in the debate moderated by WAVE-TV anchor... Read more 

Louisville bridges electronic tolling procedures in process of finalization

10/06/2015 06:17 PM

SPARTA – Details are still being worked out with the single all-electronic tolling system that will be used for collecting tolls for the Kennedy and two new Louisville bridges. Indiana and Kentucky have signed a 7-year contract with Kapsch to construct, test, and operate the system. Officials with the Kentucky Transportation cabinet told lawmakers today at the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation, held at Kentucky Speedway, that no one will have the ability to pay cash and believe that it... Read more 

Lawson Spann, Quarles spar on medical marijuana, GMOs at Ky. Farm Bureau forum

10/06/2015 04:20 PM

Candidates vying to become Kentucky’s next agriculture commissioner differed on the controversial subject of medical marijuana Tuesday during a forum hosted by Kentucky Farm Bureau. Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in her opening statement at KFB’s “Measure the Candidates” forum, voiced her support for medicinal cannabis, saying Kentuckians suffering from ailments like glaucoma, epilepsy and cancer shouldn’t have to seek relief in other states that allow the illicit drug’s prescription. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana since... Read more 

Adam Edelen releases campaign ad highlighting work on untested sexual assault kits

10/06/2015 12:31 PM

State Auditor Adam Edelen’s campaign has released their first television ad with a focus on an extensive audit into untested sexual assault kits in Kentucky. The highly produced 30-second ad titled: “Backlog” features quotes from news articles highlighting Edelen’s discovery of more than 3,000 untested sexual assault kits in Kentucky. The ad, which began airing on cable, satellite and broadcast markets across the state on Tuesday, also highlights Edelen’s audits into the Agriculture Department run by Richie Farmer... Read more 

Andy Beshear releases plan to combat drug abuse in Kentucky

10/05/2015 09:33 PM

Democratic candidate for attorney general Andy Beshear is zeroing in on drug policy with a three step plan to level off drug addiction in the commonwealth. Beshear’s plan considers a three-pronged approach at fighting drug abuse in the state: enforcement, treatment and education. Enforcement As part one of his plan, Beshear says that the General Assembly needs to revise drug laws so law enforcement can target traffickers of heroin, meth and “other dangerous drugs.” In that vein the state should further target... Read more 

As Trans Pacific Partnership deal announced GOP candidate for ag commish warns of repercussions

10/05/2015 04:59 PM

On Monday the United States and 11 other nations announced the largest regional trade deal in history which would connect 40 percent of the world’s economy, from Canada to Japan and Australia. However, the Trans-Pacific Partnership faces a rigorous road of approval or disapproval in Congress, and concerns back in Kentucky. The full text of the TPP will not be available for as long as a month, according to the New York Times but as details of the deal... Read more 

Campaigns butt heads over Sannie Overly's exclusion from lieutenant governor forum at Ky. State University

10/04/2015 01:31 PM

FRANKFORT — Saturday’s gubernatorial forum hosted by Operation Turnout at Kentucky State University provided some familiar shots and one-liners among the candidates, but the real fireworks occurred before the event started. Republican Matt Bevin’s campaign objected to a late attempt by Democrat Jack Conway’s team to add Rep. Sannie Overly to a section of the program in which candidates for lieutenant governor fielded questions from moderators. Jenean Hampton, Bevin’s running mate, had the stage to herself as she addressed a variety of... Read more 


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