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Rural Kentucky teachers getting anti-Andy Beshear emails at work weeks before election
Teachers in at least eight rural Kentucky school districts are receiving anti-Andy Beshear messages sent to their district-issued email accounts weeks before November’s election.
An email titled “The Truth About Andy Beshear” landed in the school email accounts of teachers in Henderson, Ohio, Allen, Livingston, Crittenden, Union, and Calloway counties over the past two weeks. Teachers in Paducah Independent Schools also got the email. (Courier-Journal)
Daniel Cameron grilled about legal experience in disqualification case
Republican attorney general candidate Daniel Cameron testified Monday that working as a law clerk for a federal judge fulfills the constitutional requirements to run for Kentucky’s chief prosecutor. He was peppered with questions about his legal career, which is at the center of a lawsuit challenging Cameron’s eligibility to be on the November ballot. (Forward Kentucky)
More issues with the “inactive voters” list
Does the new inactive voters list violate a state statute? Will it cause confusion and delays on election day? This is a follow-up to our earlier article about the newly-instituted “inactive voters” list, with some additional issues and questions. (Forward Kentucky)
Major political donor Christy Brown shows interest in Matt Jones’ Senate bid
Louisville philanthropist and major Democratic political donor Christy Brown gave a $2,800 contribution, the maximum allowed, to the exploratory committee of sports radio host Matt Jones, who is considering a U.S. Senate run next year. (Forward Kentucky)
New ads in final weeks of campaign
Bevin keeps spotlight on Purdue Pharma case in new ad – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to keep the spotlight on Kentucky’s settlement with the manufacturer of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin in a new TV ad attacking his Democratic opponent. (Herald-Leader)
New Beshear ad features teacher criticizing Bevin – A Kentucky school teacher who moonlights as an Uber driver to make ends meet is being featured in a political ad sharply critical of Gov. Matt Bevin and supportive of his opponent in the gubernatorial race, Democrat Andy Beshear. With the TV ad’s release Monday, teacher Laura Hartke becomes the face behind Beshear’s efforts to highlight Bevin’s feud with teachers over revamping public pension systems and his wanting charter schools to compete with public schools. (West Kentucky Star)
Volunteer for KDP Voter Protection Program
KDP launches voter protection program, needs volunteers
The Kentucky Democratic Party is launching a number of measures to “ensure that all eligible voters in Kentucky are afforded a lawful opportunity to cast a ballot.” They need everyday citizens to volunteer to help at their local voting location. (learn more)
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