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In final debate, Bevin and Beshear were asked to be nice to each other. They couldn’t.
Standard debate question: Name one good thing about your opponent. Andy Beshear and Matt Bevin struggled to answer that question in their last debate. (Forward Kentucky)
Trump isn’t on the ballot next week, but he’s in the race for Kentucky governor
With Election Day fast approaching, Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear have made President Trump part of their strategies to motivate their respective bases. (Forward Kentucky)
Bevin touts gun rights; Beshear talks education, health care
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin promoted gun rights and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear promised to defend public schools and health care as the bitter rivals in the Kentucky governor’s race outlined clear policy differences for voters in the campaign’s final week.
With six days left before their Election Day showdown, Beshear launched a statewide bus tour Wednesday that started in Louisville and took him to eastern Kentucky. The Democratic attorney general is hoping to win over voters in the mountains, where President Donald Trump — a Bevin supporter — is extremely popular.
Bevin was at the state Capitol in Frankfort to receive an award from the National Association for Gun Rights. (Herald-Leader)
Twitter bans political ads ahead of 2020 election
Twitter, reacting to growing concern about misinformation spread on social media, is banning all political advertising from its service. Its move strikes a sharp contrast with Facebook, which continues to defend running paid political ads, even false ones, as a free speech priority. (Kentucky Today)
New poll shows most Kentuckians want to raise tobacco buying age
More than half of surveyed Kentuckians still favor raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products, according to a new study from a statewide health organization. (Herald-Leader)
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Featured Content on Forward Kentucky
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[new] How closely should the Kentucky treasurer oversee tax dollars? Candidates disagree. – For an annual salary of $124,113, the Kentucky treasurer keeps tabs on state tax dollars. The two people running in the Nov. 5 general election for the constitutional office of state treasurer strongly disagree on how far that duty goes. (read)
[new] Kentucky’s school superintendents unveil legislative priorities – Public school superintendents across the state held press conferences to share their priorities for the upcoming General Assembly. (read)
[new] Grimes issues turnout prediction: 31% – SOS Grimes says turnout for the upcoming statewide election will be 31% of registered voters. But she encourages Kentuckians to prove her wrong. 🔥(read)
[new] Fact-checking the KET debate – In the KET debate, Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear exchanged assertions for an hour. Here’s an analysis by The State Journal of what they said. (read)
[new] Matt Bevin says he’s out-hustling other states for jobs. What do the numbers show? – The governor is claiming that his efforts at bringing in jobs has resulted in a Kentucky job resurgence. Dan Desrochers does some research to check. (read)
Repubs go further into the gutter in AG race – Republicans are apparently so worried about the race for attorney general that they have gone further into the gutter with their attacks – including sending a slime piece to a candidate’s wife. 🔥(read)
[new] Straub: Repubs relying on lies to scare voters – One way to get people to vote for you is to scare them,” said veteran journalist Bill Straub, reflecting on Bevin and Cameron’s use of immigrant-bashing. (read)
Who loses if Matt Bevin wins on November 5th? – If only 16% of Kentuckians re-elect Matt Bevin on Nov. 5, who are the real losers? Matt Kaufmann lays it out clearly, and tells us what to do about it. 🔥(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)
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)
[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)
Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days
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- Matt Jones on what is at stake in this election (2,000 shares)
- Four reasons Matt Bevin should not be governor (2,000 shares)
- 🔥 Who loses if Matt Bevin wins on November 5th? (1,000 shares)
- The Lexington Herald-Leader endorses Andy Beshear for governor (1,000 shares)
- Senate confirms Louisville’s Justin Walker as federal judge despite unqualified rating (776 shares)
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