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Debate or knife fight? Bevin hurls attacks at Beshear in KY gubernatorial debate.
The relationship between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear has dripped with animosity for three and a half years. On Tuesday night, it poured onto the debate stage.
Less than five minutes into their second gubernatorial debate, held at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts, Bevin threw an insult as Beshear tied the governor to an unpopular pension overhaul bill passed by the Republican-led General Assembly.
“Legislators are the ones who pass bills,” Bevin said “They decide what gets stuck in what. Your complete incompetence as it relates to understanding the legislative process is a little concerning for a guy who wants to be the governor.” It only got nastier from there. (Herald-Leader)
In attorney general forum, Cameron touts ‘a new face,’ Stumbo cites legal experience
Democrat Greg Stumbo and Republican Daniel Cameron each tried to explain Monday night why they were the best qualified to be Kentucky’s next attorney general and why their opponent was too flawed to hold the state’s top law enforcement post.
On KET’s Kentucky Tonight, Stumbo, a former attorney general and Kentucky House speaker, said his chief priority if elected Nov. 5 would be continuing nine lawsuits the state is pursuing against opioid manufacturers and distributors, with any damages collected to be used to establish a fund for much-needed addiction treatment programs.
Stumbo hit Cameron on two points, saying that his current employer, the law firm Frost Brown Todd, has represented Purdue Pharma in the drug maker’s addiction-related lawsuits, and adding that Cameron himself has no practical courtroom experience. Cameron has served short stints as a federal judicial clerk and legal counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Herald-Leader)
If impeachment comes to the Senate – 5 questions answered
If the House of Representatives concludes its impeachment inquiry by passing articles of impeachment of President Donald Trump, attention will turn to the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, is known as a master of the Senate’s rules, and has been raising campaign donations with ads touting the power he would have over impeachment proceedings. Constitutional scholar Sarah Burns from the Rochester Institute of Technology answers some crucial questions already arising about what McConnell might be able to do, to either slow down the process or speed things along. (Forward Kentucky)
The “stars” school rating system has a fatal flaw
It’s not a rating, it’s a contest – and 75 schools have to lose every year. Or as one school board member put it, “It’s the Hunger Games for schools.” (Forward Kentucky)
Trump endorses Bevin on Twitter: He’s ‘done a wonderful job for the people of Kentucky’
President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Gov. Matt Bevin — who has just three weeks of campaigning left until Election Day — has “my Complete and Total Endorsement, and always has!” (Courier-Journal)
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