The Forward Five – Monday, 10/28/2019

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Kentucky gov’s race stirs clash over casino suicide claims

Entering the final days of Kentucky’s bitter race for governor, Republican incumbent Matt Bevin exposed himself to a new attack by flatly denying his recorded claim that suicides happen nightly in casinos.

Telling a debate audience Saturday night that the truth matters, Bevin challenged his opponent to produce a tape proving his denial wrong. Democrat Andy Beshear offered up the audiotape Sunday. (Herald-Leader)

KET governor debate is tonight at 8 ET

The fourth of five televised debates between Andy Beshear and Matt Bevin is tonight on Kentucky Educational Television. There are numerous debate-watch parties scheduled across the state. Or, you can watch anywhere you can stream KET. (Link to episode page on KET)

Senate confirms Louisville’s Justin Walker as federal judge despite unqualified rating

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Trump’s nomination of UofL law professor Justin Walker to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge, despite an “unqualified” rating from the American Bar Association. (Forward Kentucky)

Kentucky Supreme Court to decide whether pension system’s hedge fund managers can be sued

The Court of Appeals previously ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the lawsuit because they weren’t injured by hedge fund investments. (Courier-Journal)

Governor’s race could decide whether 100K+ Kentuckians regain the right to vote

An estimated 312,000 Kentuckians can’t vote because of a felony conviction. That could change after the state’s gubernatorial election on Nov. 5. (Courier-Journal)

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[new] Bevin begins bus tour with GOP slate in final campaign leg – Joined by other Republican statewide candidates, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin launched a bus tour Friday to galvanize voters in the final 11 days of the gubernatorial campaign. (read)

How Kentucky governors use state aircraft to raise money for their reelection campaigns – Kentucky governors have many structural advantages when they seek reelection — not the least of which is their apparent legal ability to use state-owned aircraft to whisk them to and from campaign events or fundraisers. (read)

Ivanka Trump tries to take credit for Kansas economy, state legislator sets her straight – Kansas is seeing a resurgence, and Ivanka Trump tied it to Republican leadership. Unfortunately for her, it started when Dems took over. A state Rep set her straight. 🔥(read)

Bevin has spent 80% more on plane trips than last governor – Gov. Matt Bevin’s flights aboard state-owned aircraft in the first 45 months of his term had a total billed cost 80% larger than that of his predecessor, former Gov. Steve Beshear, through the same period of his first term. (read)


Does having Repubs in charge lead to a better economy? – KY Repubs are crowing that the reason Kentucky has experienced job growth is because they are in charge. The statistics tell a different story. (read)


[new] America’s most insidious climate villain – If you were asked to name the most insidious, most dangerous climate denier serving in American politics today, who would you choose? (read)

Four reasons Matt Bevin should not be governor – Matt Bevin has been governor of Kentucky for almost four years. We have watched him govern, we have heard his speeches and his answers to questions, and we have seen the policies he pushes. We have a good sense of what a governorship by Matt Bevin looks like, even as he asks us to vote for him again. Having lived through Matt Bevin’s first term, we have four reasons he should not get a second. (read)

Cameron’s latest ad is typical Mitch — Stumbo responds – Daniel Cameron, the Repub AG candidate, is up with his latest Mitch-playbook ad. Greg Stumbo responded with a press release refuting the ad’s claims. (read)


Bevin’s Misdeeds #8 – Turnout Matters! – Aaron Smith concludes his “Bevin’s (Mis)Deeds” series with a reminder that only 16% of eligible voters elected Matt Bevin last time. Turnout matters! (view)

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)


[podcast] Councilwoman Angela Evans, Marshall County, ALG catchup, & more – This week, we spoke to Lexington Councilwoman Angela Evans. She told us about her reasons for running for office, serving as one of two African Americans on the LFUCG council, her future, and several other topics. We were excited to speak to her, and we are excited to bring this interview to you! Jazmin and Robert talked about two stories involving Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the insertion of the Marshall County shooting into the Governor’s race, and a few other smaller stories. (listen)

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