Matt Bevin

Governor's Office

In an hour-long end-of-term news conference on Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear reflected on his time as the state’s top public official, saying Kentuckians have been able to “make democracy work” and rely on their elected officials to work together despite partisan differences during his two terms.

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Kentucky’s current and future governors hold opposing views on whether Syrian refugees should be accepted into the commonwealth.

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Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday defended Kentucky’s health care exchange and Medicaid expansion, both of which are facing drastic reforms by his incoming successor.

J. Tyler Franklin, Louisville Public Media

Governor-elect Matt Bevin has plans to scale back Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion, under which more than 400,000 residents have gained coverage.

And while he’s been mum on details so far, one thing is certain: He will have to seek federal approval to change the program.

Council on Postsecondary Education

The Commonwealth’s higher education funding will be among the competing concerns facing the upcoming 2016 General Assembly and Governor-elect Matt Bevin.  

J. Tyler Franklin, Louisville Public Media

Governor-elect Matt Bevin on Friday announced the early priorities of his administration: dismantling the state-run health insurance exchange and removing county clerks’ names from marriage licenses.

In his first news conference since the election on Tuesday, Bevin said he hopes to have Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, dismantled by the end of next year.

“It adds no value,” he said.

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  Governor-elect Matt Bevin has named a transition team to help him assemble his administration and fill hundreds of executive branch jobs for the next four years.

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Few saw it coming.

Leading into Tuesday’s elections, political prognosticators were predicting a close race for governor of Kentucky. If anything, public polling suggested a slight edge for Democrat Jack Conway.

But GOP candidate Matt Bevin defeated Conway by 9 percentage points, leading to elation for Republicans gathered in Louisville on Tuesday and deflation among Democrats watching results in Frankfort.

The dirt on the grave of Democrat Jack Conway’s campaign is still fresh, but Republicans already have their sights set on the state House. 

Rob Canning, WKMS

A candidate who barely made it out of the primary ended up leading Kentucky Republicans to one of their most successful election days in recent history.

Matt Bevin will be just the second Republican governor of Kentucky since 1971, a distinction he earned Tuesday with 53 percent of the vote — 9 percentage points better than Democrat Jack Conway. Independent Drew Curtis had less than 4 percent of the vote.