Governor Matt Bevin

Ryland Barton

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton appeared in court Monday as she sues Gov. Matt Bevin for firing two of her staffers, which she says was illegal.

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  This week in Kentucky politics, Lieutenant Gov. Jenean Hampton filed a lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin for firing two of her staffers. The University of Louisville announced a deal to try and buy the struggling Jewish Hospital system with a $50 million loan from the state. And sports radio host Matt Jones announced he’s writing a book about Mitch McConnell, but still won’t say if he’s running against him. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this week’s edition of Kentucky Politics Distilled.

Trump To Headline Fundraiser For Kentucky Governor

Aug 12, 2019
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President Donald Trump will headline a fundraiser next week for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who is banking on his close ties with the Republican president as he faces a tough challenge from a Democratic rival in a state that Trump dominated in 2016.

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Saturday is the annual Fancy Farm political speaking picnic, where Kentucky’s elected officials and candidates hurl insults at each other in front of a jeering crowd hopped up on Sun Drop soda and barbecued mutton.

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Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear won an endorsement Monday from a longtime Republican state lawmaker who criticized GOP Gov. Matt Bevin for "running around the state insulting" people — including teachers in his own family.

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While Kentucky lawmakers worked Tuesday on a pension-relief bill he wants them to pass, Gov. Matt Bevin was in Colorado for a partisan event that he says let him talk trade issues with the vice president.

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Tax officials in Kentucky will get a second tour of Gov. Matt Bevin's Anchorage mansion amid a long-running dispute over whether the home is assessed too low for tax purposes.

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Governor Matt Bevin has ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor two Kentucky servicemen killed in action during World War II and the Korean War.

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Kentucky's Republican governor says President Donald Trump is "absolutely not" a racist, but he sidestepped questions about the president's recent tweet that said four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries from which they came.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has called a special legislative session that will start on Friday in an effort to offer pension relief for regional universities and dozens of quasi-governmental agencies.