Five Things to Know Today
We have exit polls!
As a result of a collaboration across multiple universities and multiple counties, we have actual exit polls for last week’s guv race! The data is presented in both table form and in graphs, and is pretty interesting. Read the story and view the data to become your own political pundit! (Forward Kentucky)
Bevin administration again ordered to release Braidy records
Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has again been ordered to release records about Braidy Industries, which is partly owned by the state and plans to build an aluminum mill in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd said in a ruling released Tuesday that he reviewed documents submitted by the Cabinet for Economic Development and found four that are within the scope of the Open Records Act and should be released with only minor redactions. (Herald-Leader)
Beshear announces transition website, Bevin awaits recanvass
As a recanvass requested by Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin approaches, Democrat Andy Beshear continues to move forward with his plans to take over the governor’s office. Beshear, the state’s attorney general, unveiled a website Tuesday for the transition, and people can go there to apply to work in the administration. (Herald-Leader)
Charles Booker on possibly challenging Mitch McConnell: ‘Goliath underestimated David’
Speaking to a crowd of roughly 100 people at Port Shaw Community Center, Booker said his exploratory committee is about listening to citizens. (Courier-Journal)
Related: Rep. Charles Booker’s launch event (video) – Here is the video from today’s launch event for Rep. Charles Booker’s exploratory committee. Good crowd, good speeches, and good stuff from Booker. Enjoy! (Forward Kentucky)
‘We’re Down to the Bone’: Kentucky’s Higher Ed Agency Calls for More State Spending
After a decade of decline that has resulted in a 21 percent cut in state spending on public colleges and universities, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is asking lawmakers to reinvest in higher education next year. “We’re asking for meat and potatoes here,” Thompson told the Daily News. “We’re not asking for dessert.”
According to the CPE, the total operating funds request amounts to a 6.2 percent increase in the first year and an 8.8 percent increase in the second year.
The second part of the CPE’s state funding request aims to chip away at a $7 billion need for campus maintenance. The request calls for $400 million in state bonds matched with $200 million of campus funds. (Bowling Green Daily News)
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Featured Content on Forward Kentucky
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[new] Rep. Charles Booker announces Senate exploratory committee – In addition to announcing his exploratory committee, Booker also announced a rally on Tuesday at 1:30 PM at the Port Shaw Community Center in Louisville. (read)
[new] 🔥Senate president says Bevin should concede election if recanvass doesn’t alter vote totals – “It’s time to call it quits and go home, say he had a good four years and congratulate Gov.-elect Beshear,” Stivers said in a brief Friday interview at the Capitol. (read)
🔥Beshear says he’ll immediately rescind Bevin’s Medicaid plan; Republicans wary of legislating it – Governor-elect Andy Beshear says he will rescind Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s Medicaid plan, which includes, among other things, highly controversial requirements for work and other “community engagement,” and key Republicans in the General Assembly seem wary of trying to legislate such requirements over the Democrat’s likely veto. (read)
🔥Appalachian communities say prison jobs are ‘phantom promise’ – In the scramble to “save” Appalachia as the coal industry collapsed, prisons — many housing incarcerated individuals transferred from distant states — have been presented as an antidote to the joblessness and poverty plaguing parts of the region, especially the more isolated rural areas. Prisons are big projects with hefty price tags, and they bring pledges of “jobs, jobs, jobs.” But more often, prisons do not deliver promised local employment, at least not initially, and carry with them a host of other issues. (read)
As the coal industry shrinks, miners deserve a just transition – here’s what it should include – Murray Energy, one of the biggest private U.S. coal companies, has become the fifth coal company to file for bankruptcy in 2019. As the coal industry continues to shrink, it is time to talk about a “just transition” program for miners. Here’s what it is, and what it should include. (read)
[new] 🔥The crazy has come out about the election – There’s a conspiracy theory going around on the far Right about the Kentucky governor election, and it hit our Twitter account. Here’s the story. (read)
🔥Matt Bevin lost the Kentucky governor’s race because he’s a jerk. Good riddance! – Let’s make one thing crystal clear: Matt Bevin didn’t lose because of his policies, the way he governed, or scandal. He lost for one simple reason. (read)
[podcast] 2019 election results – In this week’s MOKP podcast, Jazmin and Robert explain everything that happened in election 2019, including how Beshear builds his administration, and down-ballot races. (listen)
Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days
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- ‘Absurd’ and ‘ridiculous’: What officials, experts say about Bevin’s voter fraud claims (2,000 shares)
- Presser: Beshear announces transition team, names “day-one priorities” (1,000 shares)
- Alison Lundergan Grimes: Bevin should ‘honor’ election result and help Beshear transition (952 shares)
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