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Bevin requests recanvass, alleges ‘irregularities’
Riding a huge margin in Jefferson County and surprise wins in rural counties across the state, Democrat Andy Beshear beat incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin on Tuesday. The final vote margin was 5,189 out of more than 1.4 million votes cast.
Governor Matt Bevin has filed a formal request for a recanvass of Tuesday’s election results, but is also saying that “irregularities” in the election itself need to be investigated. (Forward Kentucky)
Related: Next steps in gov election: recanvass, file a challenge … but no recount – If Matt Bevin isn’t satisfied with the results of the election recanvass, then what? Turns out there is no recount provision; it goes straight to the leges. (Forward Kentucky)
Related: The state laws for contesting a governor’s election – Just in case Governor Bevin decides to pursue a contest of the governor’s election, here are the pertinent sections from the Kentucky Revised Statutes. (Forward Kentucky)
Presser: Beshear announces transition team, names “day-one priorities”
Governor-Elect Andy Beshear on Wednesday announced the head of his transition team, and named three priorities he will act on as soon as he is sworn in. (Forward Kentucky)
Matt Jones steps aside from KSR due to RPK complaint
Matt Jones, the well-known host of Kentucky Sports Radio and possible 2020 opponent to Mitch McConnell, is taking a leave of absence from the show due to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission by the Republican Party of Kentucky. (Forward Kentucky)
Rand Paul blocks Senate resolution backing protection for whistleblowers, wants whistleblower’s name revealed
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution Wednesday reaffirming the Senate’s support for whistleblower protections and accused Democrats of “fake outrage.”
The back-and-forth on the Senate floor came after Paul rankled his GOP colleagues as well as Democrats by calling for the media to disclose the whistleblower’s name.
He initially made the request during a rally with Trump in Kentucky on Monday night before doubling down on it Tuesday. (The Hill)
McConnell files bill to secure coal miners’ pensions, but not black lung fund
Sen. Mitch McConnell, along with both senators from West Virginia, introduced legislation Wednesday that could help shore up the unstable pensions and health care benefits of retired coal miners and their widows.
McConnell’s bill is different from other previously-introduced pension legislation in that it does not reinstitute a tax on coal companies to fund the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which provides health benefits and small stipends to miners afflicted by black lung disease, and to their widows. (Herald-Leader)
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[new] Daniel Cameron elected Kentucky attorney general, says he will ‘work with whomever’ – Daniel Cameron is the next KY attorney general – a young, conservative protégé of Mitch McConnell who nevertheless said he would “work with whomever.” (read)
[new] Voter turnout tops 42 percent in tight race for Kentucky governor – Unofficial results show a voter turnout of more than 42 percent in Tuesday’s election, well above the 31 percent predicted last week by SOS Grimes. (read)
[new] Nickell wins District 1 seat in KY Supreme Court – Appellate Judge Shea Nickell walked away with a narrow victory in the race against Sen. Whitney Westerfield to the Kentucky Supreme Court District 1 seat. (read)
[new] How Beshear won – and other fun with numbers – Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the numbers from last night’s election, and see if we can learn any lessons from the results. (read)
[new] Election 2019: Morning-after summary – Here is a quick summary of the results of Tuesday’s state-wide election, where Beshear won a very narrow victory that Bevin may challenge. (read)
[new] ‘Send Matt Bevin and his circle fly back to new Hampshire’ – The Dem bus tour stopped in Murray this morning, and Berry Craig got the pix and the story – including Matt Bevin and the circle fly. (read)
Are restrictive voting laws one reason for Kentucky’s low voter turnout? – SOS Grimes predicted voter turnout of 31%. There are a number of factors at play to explain such a low voter turnout, but it’s worth noting that Kentucky has some of the most restrictive laws in the country when it comes to early voting, absentee voting and the time the polls close on Election Day. (read)
[new] Three quick takes on the election – Berry Craig makes three good observations about the values of Bevin and Beshear, the name-calling in the campaign, and GOP “diversity.” (read)
Teachers aren’t the only ones outraged by Matt Bevin’s elitist education policies – Teachers have gotten lots of attention this election. But parents, students, and everyday citizens are also outraged by Bevin’s policies. Here’s why. (read)
A must-watch video about civility (in response to Scott Jennings and others) – As pundits across the county cry out “Civility!” in response to Trump being booed, an internet vlogger named Beau has the right response. Watch this video. (view)
[podcast] Robert Haley Conway, election preview, debate 3 & 4 recap, and Justin Walker confirmed – This week’s show features Robert Haley Conway, candidate for ag commissioner. And, Robert and Jazmin share their predictions for Tuesday’s election. (listen)
Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days
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- Who loses if Matt Bevin wins on November 5th? (7,000 shares [!!])
- The Lexington Herald-Leader endorses Andy Beshear for governor (2,000 shares)
- Senate confirms Louisville’s Justin Walker as federal judge despite unqualified rating (1,000 shares)
- 🔥 Presser: Beshear announces transition team, names “day-one priorities” (1,000 shares)
- Donors pledge enough money to get Baby Trump balloon to Lexington for president’s visit (874 shares)
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