Tag Archives: Kentucky

Outrage Grows Over Former Kentucky Gov’s Pardons

The Washington Post reports:  Matt Bevin is no longer the governor of Kentucky, but his decisions continued to send shock waves through the state’s legal system this week after he issued pardons for hundreds of people, some of whom committed violent offenses. Bevin issued 428 pardons since his defeat to Democrat Andy Beshear in a close election in November. His …

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New Kentucky Gov Vows Voting Rights For Ex-Felons

The New York Times reports: A fast-growing movement among states to return voting rights to former felons is scheduled on Thursday to add a prominent convert: Kentucky, one of only two states that still strip all former felons of the right to cast a ballot. The state’s newly elected Democratic governor, Andy Beshear, promised in his inauguration speech on Tuesday …

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In Last Act Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Pardoned Killer Whose Family Raised Money To Retire Campaign Debt

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: The family of a man pardoned by Gov. Matt Bevin for a homicide and other crimes in a fatal 2014 Knox County home invasion raised $21,500 at a political fundraiser last year to retire debt from Bevin’s 2015 gubernatorial campaign. The brother and sister-in-law of offender Patrick Brian Baker also gave $4,000 to Bevin’s campaign on …

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SCOTUS Rejects Challenge To Abortion/Ultrasound Law

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone remaining …

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Bevin: I Lost Because Dems Are Good At “Harvesting Votes In The Urban Communities” Like Housing Projects

Louisville’s NPR affiliate reports: Matt Bevin lost to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear last month by a little more than 5,000 votes. During an interview on 55KRC in Cincinnati, Bevin said that the election was a “surprise” that defies logic. “The left, those who think of a different ideological bent, they are getting so good at harvesting votes in the …

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Kentucky Gov Pardons Man Serving Life For Child Rape

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Gov. Matt Bevin has pardoned a man serving a life sentence for sexually abusing and sodomizing his 6-year-old stepdaughter 20 years ago. In his pardon and commutation order on Friday, Bevin wrote that Paul Donel Hurt had been wrongly convicted in 2001. In 2015, Hurt’s accuser recanted her testimony in an evidentiary hearing. However, the trial …

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KENTUCKY: Gov. Matt Bevin Finally Concedes Election

Kentucky’s PBS affiliate reports: More than a week after initial results showed him losing to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes, Gov. Matt Bevin has conceded the election. Bevin’s concession means that Beshear will become the 64th governor of Kentucky on Dec. 10th, Inauguration Day. Bevin made the announcement during a press conference in the state …

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Kentucky Begins “Recanvass” Of Gov Election Votes

The Lexington Courier-Journal reports: All 120 county boards of elections began a recanvass of the votes in Kentucky’s race for governor at 9 a.m. today. Gov. Matt Bevin requested the recanvass last week after he came up roughly 5,189 votes short of Democrat Andy Beshear. In a recanvass, a county reviews printouts of their vote totals to make sure they …

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Twitter Bot Networks Targeted Kentucky Election

USA Today reports: As the final votes trickled in during last week’s Kentucky gubernatorial election, a network of automated Twitter accounts suddenly sprang into action. They spread misinformation about the election being rigged, according to the CEO of a company that tracks political misinformation on social media. Gideon Blocq, the founder and CEO of VineSight, told The Courier Journal his …

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KENTUCKY: McConnell Says Matt Bevin Lost Election

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday it appears that Gov. Matt Bevin has lost the election for Kentucky governor, but he declined to say whether he thinks the Republican governor should concede. “I’m sorry Matt came up short, he had a good four years and all indications are we’ll have a new governor,” McConnell …

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KENTUCKY: Bevin Backer Launches Robocalls Seeking Reports Of “Suspicious Activity” And/Or Voter Fraud

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Conservative political activist Frank Simon, a longtime supporter of Gov. Matt Bevin, is sending robocalls asking Kentuckians to report suspicious activity or voter fraud to the State Board of Elections before Nov. 14 — the day of Bevin’s requested recanvass. Bevin finished 5,189 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election but has refused to …

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GOP Reps Urge Bevin To Provide Evidence Or Concede

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: A growing number of Republican lawmakers are urging Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a fellow Republican, to either provide evidence of the voting “irregularities” he has alleged or concede Tuesday’s election to Gov.-elect Andy Beshear, who defeated him by 5,189 votes. “The best thing to do, the right thing to do, is for Governor Bevin to concede …

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GOP Kentucky Gov Requests Official Vote “Recanvass”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: Citing “multiple reports of voting irregularities,” the campaign of Gov. Matt Bevin has formally requested an official recanvass of the results in Kentucky’s election for governor. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear led Bevin by 5,189 votes after 100% of precincts reported voting results Tuesday night, after which Beshear declared victory to a crowd of supporters. However, …

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GOP Kentucky Gov Won’t Concede, Cites “Irregularities”

Newsweek reports: After a highly contested race, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is refusing to concede his seat, even though the race has been called in favor of his opponent by Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.  The Associated Press refused to call a winner due to the tight margin of the race. Bevin, citing “irregularities” in the voting process, …

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BREAKING: Democrat Unseats Kentucky Governor

WOMP WOMP: As the polls closed Tuesday, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin repeated his prediction of a big victory over Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear in their heated race for Kentucky governor. “We’re cleaning things up and I think you’re going to see that evidenced by the fact that people are turning out and they want better government, they want cleaner …

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Live 2019 Election Returns: Open Thread

The New York Times reports: Votes have started to come in for the governor’s race in Kentucky, which has been cast as a showdown between an unpopular governor and an unpopular party. The Republican incumbent, Matt Bevin, has focused his campaign on his alignment with President Trump and his opposition to impeachment, with the president holding a rally on Monday …

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KENTUCKY: City Official Worried That Day Of The Dead Celebration Will Summon Corpses From Their Graves

Evansville’s NBC News affiliate reports: In just a few weeks Henderson’s Central Park will be the site for a Day of the Dead celebration. Officials with the planning committee tell us it is a good opportunity for people to learn about Hispanic culture. But, City Commissioner is speaking out against the event. Judge-Executive Brad Schneider says there has been a …

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Court Vacates “Lenient” Sentence For Paul’s Attacker

The Hill reports: A federal appeals court on Monday vacated a 30-day prison sentence for a neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who assaulted him in 2017, ruling it was overly lenient while ordering a re-sentencing. In a 16-page opinion, Judge Jane B. Stranch of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., writes that the lower court where …

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Junior’s Rally For Kentucky Gov Flops Embarrassingly

Shareblue reports: Donald Trump Jr. could not attract much of a crowd in an extremely pro-Trump area of Kentucky to rally for Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday. The eldest Trump son promoted the event on Tuesday to his 3.79 million followers with a link touting the event as “an excellent opportunity to show your support” for Bevin. But the event …

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McConnell Undergoes Shoulder Surgery After Falling

CNN reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell underwent surgery Thursday in Kentucky related to a shoulder fracture he suffered earlier this month. “Senator McConnell had successful surgery yesterday in Louisville, Kentucky to repair a fracture in his shoulder. The surgery was performed without incident, and the Leader is grateful to the surgical team for their skill,” McConnell’s spokesman David Popp …

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