The Forward Five – Friday, 10/18/19

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Judge puts limits on investigation of how Grimes and staff used voter data

An investigation of how Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her staffers used voter data has been temporarily stymied after Kentucky State Police seized a computer from Grimes’ office without first obtaining a warrant. (Forward Kentucky)

Lawyer accuses Board of Elections of not following court order

In a letter sent to both the State Board of Elections and their legal counsel, as well as the judge in the case, the lawyer representing the KY Democratic Party has accused the board of ignoring the judge’s ruling handed down on Monday. (Forward Kentucky)

GOP Secretary Of State candidate represented disgraced Missouri governor

The Republican who is running for Secretary of State in Kentucky has ties to former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Greitens resigned last year amid accusations of campaign impropriety.

Attorney Michael Adams is running against Democrat Heather French Henry, the former commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in the election on Nov. 5. The Secretary of State oversees all elections in Kentucky.

Adams serves as a board member as well as the secretary and treasurer of A New Missouri, a dark money nonprofit created by Greitens. Missouri lawmakers alleged the nonprofit was designed to sidestep campaign disclosure laws and that Greitens illegally coordinated with it. (WFPL)

Top Republicans pledge to block expanded gambling in KY Senate, undercutting Beshear

The two highest ranking Republicans in the Kentucky Senate said Thursday that any legislation expanding casino gambling in Kentucky will not be heard in the Senate in the next legislative session, undercutting a campaign pledge by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear to find new sources of revenue for the state’s ailing pension systems. (Herald-Leader)

Bevin approval edges up in latest Morning Consult ratings

The latest survey from Morning Consult shows Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin improving his standing with voters, lifting the Republican incumbent out of his spot as America’s “least popular governor.” Yet Bevin’s approval numbers remain lopsided. (WUKY)

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Listen to conference-goers at Trump resort chant for “War!” – Speakers at a pro-Trump conference urged attendees to “go to war” for the president and laughed about beating up classmates. It’s the same conference where a video of a fake Trump shooting members of the media played. (read & listen)

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. (read)

Anderson County school board told ‘You have failed students of color’ – Both a board member and a local resident leveled racial accusations against the school district for allowing a Trump-themed banner at a football game. 🔥(read)

Here’s one Bevin flight where we know where he’s going – Most of the time, when the Gov uses a state plane for personal or political reasons, he won’t say why. But today, we figured out what this trip is for. 🔥 (read)

Federal appeals-court judges indicate they are unlikely to revive Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan for Medicaid work requirements – Federal judges were dubious Friday of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s campaign to add work requirements to the Medicaid program, as they heard an appeal of rulings that have blocked it. (read)


Have you seen this Pander Bear anywhere in the state? It appears that as we get closer to the election, a new creature has been observed in various location across our state. He gets around by hitching rides on state equipment, we think, and always seems to bring large amounts contracts with him, which he gives to local elected officials. Then he is whisked off to another part of the state to do it all again. (view)


[new podcast] Rep. Patti Minter, fundraising reports, election lawsuits, & Medicaid oral arguments – In this week’s show, we’ve got Rep. Patti Minter, talking about her campaign and her first year in Frankfort. Plus fund-raising, lawsuits, and more! (listen)

[new photo gallery] UMWA prexy, entire Dem slate speak at state AFL-CIO convention – UMWA President Cecil Roberts was joined by this year’s Dem slate at the KY AFL-CIO’s recent convention in Lexington. Here are pix from the event. (view)

[photo gallery] #ImpeachNow rally in Danville  – Indivisible Danville joined the nationwide call urging Congress to follow the path laid out in the Constitution. Nick Lacy was there, and sent these pics. (view)

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