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A country ham was auctioned off for $400,000 and Kentucky politicians turned up the heat Thursday as campaigns near the 60-day mark before Election Day.

This year’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast & Auction was Democrat Steve Beshear’s last as governor, and he used the event to publicize economic successes over the course of his administration.

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  Bringing charter schools to Kentucky has long been a goal of Republicans in the state, and especially GOP members of the Senate, which has made the issue a priority in recent legislative sessions.

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  Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin said again this week that some recipients of welfare benefits should be tested for drugs as a condition of receiving public assistance.

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Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin won’t say whether he plans to attend a private meeting hosted by the Kentucky Coal Association and representatives of the energy industry.

KCA President Bill Bissett said Monday that Bevin and Democratic candidate Jack Conway were invited to speak at the group’s annual meeting, which is scheduled for October.

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Kentucky’s Republican nominee for governor is pledging to defund Planned Parenthood operations in the state if he’s elected.

Matt Bevin’s campaign issued a statement Wednesday saying he would order the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to stop distributing federal taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics in Lexington and Louisville.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway’s campaign team is trumpeting the support of several Republicans who have endorsed him instead of their party's nominee, Matt Bevin.

The new wave of "Republicans for Conway" comes a month after the first group, which included Monroe County judge-executive Tommy Willett.

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Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway leads Republican Louisville businessman Matt Bevin by a slight margin in the race for governor according to the latest Bluegrass Poll.

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  Gubernatorial candidates Jack Conway and Matt Bevin again clashed over the expansion of the state’s Medicaid system and state-run health exchange, Kynect, at a debate Tuesday hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame will announce this year’s class of inductees Wednesday, among them is Kentucky’s Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. 

Jenean Hampton of Bowling Green joined the Air Force after graduating from high school in Detroit.

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Kentucky’s major party candidates for governor squared off Thursday at a forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the first public appearance in which the two men directly responded to one another.

The most heated exchange centered on the Affordable Care Act. Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee, accused Republican Matt Bevin of wanting to kick 500,000 people off of health insurance, calling him “callous.”

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