Publisher’s Note: As announced in our newsletter, we are starting a new “News and Notes” feature to cover Kentucky politics. This will essentially be a bullet list of political items from across the state that don’t merit a story on their own, but that we think you would want to know about. Some will be a sentence, some will be a graf or two, some might just be a tweet or a picture. Essentially, it’s an expanded version of the Forward Five that we email each M-F.
We will post these “Kentucky Politics News & Notes” whenever we get enough items to make it worth your while. (So, not daily, usually.) And, a couple of notes about News and Notes: You won’t be able to get these via email, and you won’t be able to read them on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll have to come to the web site to read them.
So, tell your political-junkie family and friends to bookmark the site and begin checking it daily, so they don’t miss a Kentucky Politics News and Notes when it posts. And you do the same.
Kentucky Politics News and Notes for Monday, July 9
- Andy Beshear announced his run for governor this morning, with Jacqueline Coleman as his running mate. We’ve got a brief story up, but the Courier-Journal has more on the announcement.
- The Herald-Leader has a profile of Coleman up as well. She’s a public school teacher, a principal, and a basketball coach. She’s also the founder of Lead Kentucky, a non-profit leadership training program for women.
- And of course, Governor Bevin is already tweeting about the announcement:
For those Kentuckians who did not get enough corruption, self-dealing, embezzlement and bribery during the 8 corrupt years of Governor Steve Beshear, his son, Andy, is now offering a chance for 4 more years of the same…#BeshearFamilyTradition https://t.co/iZZrEVlham
— Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) July 9, 2018
- The @OccupyICELou group has been protesting in front of the ICE headquarters since last Monday. Now the city is telling them that they have to figure out how to shrink their presence on the public sidewalk … because of ADA regulations.
- They got the Medicaid work requirements thrown out by a judge. Now the same groups are asking the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) to stop Kentucky from taking away dental and vision benefits.
- Mitch McConnell not able to eat at any restaurant in The Ville, apparently:
– Heckled on the way out of the Bristol (WDRB)
– Then run out of Sarino’s (Facebook post)
- Governor Bevin’s administration is spending more time in court than they are running the state, or so it seems. Now they’re being sued for withholding funds from Kentucky’s Area Development Districts that lawmakers had earmarked for the agencies.
- The Bevin administration has also been ordered by a different judge, in a different case, to pay legal fees and penalties for withholding records about Braidy Industries.
- State representative Wesley Morgan has filed suit against Deanna Frazier, who beat him in the Republican primary, claiming that her campaign libeled him in their campaign ads. Frazier accused Morgan of sponsoring legislation that would enrich his business.
- Attica Scott continues to get encouragement to run, and is weighing her options:
Yes, "seriously considering." I am listening to Kentuckians. If, ultimately, they say we need you in the legislature, cool. If, overwhelmingly, the response is we want you to run, it's all hands on deck!!!!! #WeAreKY #WeBelongHere https://t.co/3Byxv1OcAr
— Attica Woodson Scott (@atticascott) July 6, 2018
- Congressman Thomas Massie continues to defend fellow House member Jim Jordan, who has been accused of knowing of sexual abuse allegations when he was a coach at Ohio State, and not reporting them:
I support Jim Jordan. He has tremendous integrity. I have faith in the American people and I believe most recognize a baseless smear campaign they see it. And no, I’m not even a member of the Freedom Caucus.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 8, 2018
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