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Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public...

Beshear completes filling cabinet secretary posts

Dec. 9, 2019 6:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hours before taking office, incoming Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday appointed a former state Supreme Court justice and an ex-federal prosecutor to run two state cabinets. Former Supreme Court justice Mary Noble will serve as Justice Cabinet secretary, while former U.S. Attorney...

Kentucky paid $600K for probe but not known what it produced

Dec. 6, 2019 5:08 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An Indiana law firm has been paid at least $600,000 by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration for an investigation of former Gov. Steve Beshear's administration. The Lexington Herald-Leader obtained the information through an Open Records Act request to the state Finance and...

Beshear says avoiding national politics fueled Kentucky win

Nov. 22, 2019 3:04 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Friday that he won in the red state of Kentucky by distancing himself from national politics and connecting with voters desperate for leaders focused more on their needs and less on “the 24-hour cable news cycle.” Beshear, who...

2019 Takeaways: Suburb shift, high turnout and ‘Socialism!’

Nov. 17, 2019 9:15 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Odd-year elections in Louisiana, Kentucky and Virginia have let Democrats expand their footprint in Southern states where Republicans dominated not long ago. Those outcomes hardly predict national 2020 results: President Donald Trump isn’t suddenly at risk of losing Louisiana...

Some in GOP warn against election challenge in Kentucky

Nov. 7, 2019 7:24 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky Republicans are warning Gov. Matt Bevin against challenging the election results in his reelection bid unless he finds evidence of massive fraud. U.S. Rep. James Comer, who lost to Bevin by 83 votes in the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary, is among Republicans suggesting...

Bevin seeks vote recanvass while Beshear starts transition

Nov. 7, 2019 5:32 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin asked Wednesday for a recanvass of Kentucky election results that showed him more than 5,000 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear, who discounted the challenge and began preparing to take office. Beshear, the state's attorney general, said he's confident in...

The Latest: Bevin: Recanvass of votes to ensure 'integrity'

Nov. 6, 2019 5:36 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky's race for governor (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he asked for a recanvass of Tuesday's election results in order to make sure there is "integrity in the process." The election results currently show the Republican incumbent trailing...

Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call

Nov. 6, 2019 8:44 AM EST

Democrats took full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in more than two decades while the race for governor in deeply Republican Kentucky was too close to call despite a last-minute boost from President Donald Trump. In Kentucky, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear held a narrow lead and...

Dem leads Kentucky governor's race that is too close to call

Nov. 6, 2019 2:37 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The hotly contested governor's race in Kentucky was too close to call Tuesday night, with Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear holding a narrow lead — and declaring victory — over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. With 100% of precincts reporting, the tenacious Beshear...