Kentucky gubernatorial race

Ryland Barton

This week in Kentucky politics, Gov. Matt Bevin stepped into controversy again by claiming teacher protests caused a child to be shot in Louisville. And Democratic candidates for governor took part in their first televised debate of the campaign season, differing on the abortion issue.

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Six of the eight candidates for Kentucky governor are scheduled to take part in a forum April 11 in Lexington that will stream live on Facebook. The forum is sponsored by Community Action Kentucky.

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Democrat Adam Edelen said that if he is elected governor of Kentucky, he’ll push to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen said Friday he wants to make changes to Kentucky's criminal justice system from start to finish, with proposals spanning pre-trial bail to restoration of voting rights for nonviolent felons who served their time.

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Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton said Governor Matt Bevin wanted his second term running mate to have more legislative experience.

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A Republican Kentucky lawmaker who voted against an ill-fated pension bill last year is planning a political announcement, and an early website launch signaled he's preparing to challenge GOP Gov. Matt Bevin in the spring primary.

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When Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's top deputy was busted for using kickbacks and bribes for political donations, Beshear vowed to donate all of the tainted money from his 2015 campaign account to charity.

Ryland Barton

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is trying to capitalize on Gov. Matt Bevin’s unpopularity with school teachers. He’s focusing his run for governor on public education and has selected a rural high school administrator as his running mate.


Update: All three call-in interviews are now posted online. See the links below.  

Starting this Tuesday at Noon, WKMS News partners with WFPL in Louisville and Kentucky Public Radio to begin airing live interviews with the three candidates for Kentucky Governor. The interviews will be conducted by WFPL’s Rick Howlett and Ryland Barton, Frankfort bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio.


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Independent candidate for governor Drew Curtis needs to get 5,000 signatures by Aug. 11 in order to appear on the ballot in November’s general election.