Matt Bevin

Rob Canning

Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin said Wednesday he wouldn’t vote for Kentucky’s U.S. Senator Rand Paul in next year’s Republican presidential primary, and would instead cast a ballot for Detroit neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Rob Canning

  The Republican Governors Association’s decision to stop airing ads for Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin may fuel perceptions that his campaign is struggling about a month before Election Day, a political observer says.

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  Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin spoke Thursday about ways to initiate economic development in western Kentucky during a campaign stop in Murray.

Rob Canning

Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for governor, said he isn’t worried about the use of “alternative investments” by the state’s troubled pension system for public workers.

Alternative investments make up about 35 percent of the Kentucky Retirement Systems fund’s assets. Managers of alternative investments generally require high fees for overseeing assets invested with hedge funds, oil and gas leases, timberland and leveraged buyouts.

composite: Conway (Gage Skidmore / Flickr (Creative Commons License); Bevin: Alix Mattingly

In about two months, Kentucky voters will select the next governor. 

The race between Republican nominee Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway is currently a statistical tie, but veteran political commentator Al Cross says it hasn’t generated much enthusiasm within either party.  

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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.

composite: Conway (Gage Skidmore / Flickr (Creative Commons License); Bevin: Alix Mattingly

  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.

Rob Canning

  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.

Rob Canning

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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