Bevin Administration Seeks To Recover Millions From Law Firm Wednesday, Nov 1 2017 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has sued a Louisville law firm it says unlawfully received $4.2 million as part of a state settlement with Oxycontin-maker Purdue Pharma.

The firm Dolt Thompsons Shepherd & Kinney had a contract to work on the case, but it expired in June 2015.

Former Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway settled the case in December 2015. In February 2016, new Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear issued the firm a retroactive contract to pay for its work. Months later, Conway joined the firm as a partner.

Attorney Tyler Thompson said the contract expired because of an oversight. He said the firm continued to work on the case and was lawfully paid. He said Conway never received a penny from the settlement.

Gov. Bevin: Legal opinion of former attorney general contradicts current AG’s lawsuit challenging order to restructure UofL Board of Trustees Friday, Jun 24 2016 

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Gov. Matt Bevin has fired back at Attorney General Andy Beshear’s lawsuit challenging the legality of executive orders to abolish and recreate the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, claiming a non-binding legal opinion by the office of former AG Jack Conway last year said the governor of Kentucky has the authority to do so. A […]

Ward and Conway were solid public servants if maybe not so hot on the stump Wednesday, Dec 30 2015 

By BERRY CRAIG In his annual tongue-in-cheek Christmas “Gifts for Kentucky politicians” column, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Al Cross suggested a special present for Attorney Gen. Jack Conway: “a portrait of Henry Ward, Conway’s predecessor as the worst Democratic candidate for Kentucky governor in … Continue reading →

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KY. Gov. Matt Bevin fires his first shots across our bow Saturday, Dec 26 2015 

By BERRY CRAIG Less than 31 percent of eligible voters went to polls on Nov. 3. I suspect people stay home on election days mostly because they think voting doesn’t matter. We’ve all heard the claim, “There really isn’t much … Continue reading →

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Attorney General opinion: Louisville’s syringe exchange program not required to be one-for-one (UPDATE) Monday, Dec 21 2015 

needle syringeThe Kentucky Office of Attorney General released an opinion Monday morning stating that Louisville’s syringe exchange program is not restricted from giving its participants more new syringes than they receive in used ones, saying new legislation passed by the Kentucky … Continue reading

Louisville Ky’s school system names new communications chief Wednesday, Dec 9 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Jefferson County Public Schools has a new spokesperson: Allison Martin. According to local news reports, JCPS says Martin will take over January 14, 2016.

Martin has served as chief of staff and communications director for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, deputy communications director for former Mayor Jerry Abramson and as a reporter/anchor at WLKY.

“Martin is a passionate supporter of public education and a highly experienced communicator who has great familiarity with JCPS, both as a parent and through her work overseeing education communications for the Mayor’s office,” said Superintendent Donna Hargens in a statement. “She is dedicated to reinforcing JCPS’ strong foundation of trust and productive relationships with parents, teachers, partners, volunteers and other members of the community.”

Martin will have an annual salary of $130,792.

 

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Election 2015: What Happened and What’s Ahead? Wednesday, Nov 11 2015 

Gubernatorial candidates Jack Conway and Matt Bevin gave conflicting accounts and statistics on Kentucky's job climate in last week's KET debateBy John Gregory | KET This story was reported by KET and is reposted here with permission. All the polling in the Kentucky governor’s race showed Democrat Jack Conway even with or ahead of Republican Matt Bevin. Conway outraised and … Continue reading

In Other News… Matt Bevin wins governor’s race, Chris Stapleton wins CMAs, Lawrence wins life Friday, Nov 6 2015 

Kentucky's next governor, Republican Matt BevinUpset: As some of you know, this past Tuesday was Election Day. Only about 30 percent of us voted, so maybe not everyone knew. But Election Day it was, with a few key government jobs up for grabs. Like, say, governor, for instance, with … Continue reading

State Auditor Adam Edelen shares thoughts on his election loss, the Democratic Party’s decline, and how to move forward Thursday, Nov 5 2015 

Kentucky State Capitol | Photo via Wikimedia CommonsPublic and private polling on the eve of Tuesday’s election in Kentucky showed not only Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway with a small lead, but Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen with a commanding 8 to 11 percent lead in his … Continue reading

KY DEMS GET HIT WITH A TKO AS GOP WINS BIG! Wednesday, Nov 4 2015 

Louisvillepolitics.com - The Kentucky GOP won big in yesterday's state elections. How big? To quote a favorite word of Donald Trump, it was "YUUUUUUUGGGGEEEEEE." In many circles today in Kentucky, that itself could be an understatement.

Tea Party Republican Matt Bevin didn't just win the Gubernatorial election, he destroyed Democrat Jack Conway's bid for Governor. In a landslide. It was a knockout of epic proportions for Kentucky.


If you need proof of just how pathetic the liberal polling is in Kentucky look no further than the Bluegrass polls, the CJ led one, which had Jack Conway ahead by 5 points all the way up to the election itself. Many of us in Kentucky look at that poll as nothing more than a push poll by a liberal press. Once again this election may have proved many of us right.

They missed by double digits, even after the liberal press did all they could to prop him up for months. Again, YYUUUUGGGGGEEEE!

The liberal press and democrats were whining because the Republican Governor's Association spent last minute money on Matt Bevin. Even including the RGA spending, Conway and the Democrats outspent Bevin $8.75 million to Bevin's $5.5 million.

We expected those bastions of liberal democrats who believe in the "at all cost" approach that Democrats must be elected in Louisville. We were not disappointed. As usual, regardless of the failed Democratic leadership policies in Louisville, Louisville voted overwhelmingly Democrat and that probably saved Andy Beshear and Alison Grimes in those tight races.

What was surprising was that Jack Conway only got roughly 58% of the vote here. Typically we expected him to be much higher. Not that it mattered.

For those who worried about Independent Drew Curtis being a "spoiler?" Those concerns didn't materialize as Curtis votes would not have changed the outcome in any way.

There was much to be proud of for the GOP.

First, the GOP is not known as a party of diversity, and yet Kentucky just elected the first African American to statewide office in Kentucky ever. A GOP conservative tea party woman at that. Congrats Lt. Governor elect Jenean Hampton.

Secondly, Governor elect Matt Bevin becomes only the second Republican Governor elected in Kentucky in 48 years, the last being Ernie Fletcher. Fletcher lasted all but one term.

Third, this was a clear win not just for the GOP, but a win for the ANTI establishment wing of the GOP in Kentucky.

This could speak volumes about what is to come in next year's national elections. We will see.

Going into Tuesday's elections, the Republicans held only one seat in the statewide offices. Afterwards they held 4 seats.... and almost ran the gamut.

Democrat incumbent Alison Grimes, who lost in a landslide to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in last year's Senate race,  had one hell of a fight to retain the Secretary of State seat. Democrat Andy Beshear, the do nothing follow in his daddy's footsteps establishment candidate, won the Attorney General race by less than 2/10's of 1% of the vote.

Amazingly, Kentucky has no automatic recount provision in the KRS to address these extremely close races so Republican Whitney Westerfield will have to request one. Oh yeah, he has to pay for the recount himself if he does.

This issue needs addressed and we should also look at having outsiders to the two party system machine be the ones who verify elections. More on that to come in the future.

Here in Louisville, democrat Todd Hollenbach got to keep his government pay by winning the Judicial election. On name only. He wouldn't know how to live without our government check.

In the District 10 Metro Council special election, Democrat Pat Mulvihill defeated Republican Bob Redmon. Relax folks Mulvihill will be outed soon enough for some questionable ethical, and perhaps illegal, behavior. It will be interesting to see if he can keep the seat until next November's regular elections.

Stay tuned. 

In the meantime, there were many musings last night post election.

First, it would appear that Greg Stumbo had to have some sort of substance problem last night. Make of that what you will, but never have I seen such a train wreck of a post election address by a leader in my life. Not from one sober and drug free anyway.

Watching Stumbo trying to talk about the bible and Christian beliefs, while admitting he hasn't read the bible, was, well you need to watch it for yourself.  Everything from Mary riding into Bethlehem on a donkey and it gets worse. It was the most desperate thing I have witnessed in some time from a politician.

Believe me, that is saying something.

The race for Auditor was one that I was surprised by personally.

Democrat Adam Edelen was the one race I would have bet the Dems would maintain. No offense to Auditor elect Republican Mike Harmon. Harmon is well deserving of the job, and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet in politics, but Edelen has been described in many circles in Kentucky as the Democrats "rising star," the "future," and everything in between you can imagine.

More importantly with all that support, the accolades that come with it, and the fact that he did a pretty good job overall, especially following former Auditor, and current Lt. Gov. Crit LuAllen, it would make the most sense that was the safest seat.

Not so as Harmon beat Edelen handily.

What does that mean for the Democrats future candidate to face Rand Paul? That will be determined going forward, but it would not appear that Conway or Edelen will be that candidate this cycle.

Finally, perhaps we have seen the last of Jack Conway running for office. At least for awhile, maybe forever, but I would not rule out Conway settling at some point for the Mayorship here in Louisville. He has failed miserably at the National level, losses to Anne Northup, and Rand Paul in a landside loss in the last US Senate race in Kentucky, and now at the state level for Governor.

The golden child has failed, it is time to let him rest.

What was interesting to me though is how Conway physically looked at his concession speech last night.

For the first time in years, I glimpsed the Jack Conway of old.

He looked oddly happy it was over, and finally looked........ at peace. It was strange but perhaps he finally is at peace. The pressure he has been under for so many years trying to live up to everyone's expectations appear to have gotten to him in this election.

What did we learn in Kentucky's election? We now know that we Kentuckians are finally sick of the establishment status quo.

Get ready Kentucky, next year we elect Senator and the President.

The next year is going to be a helluva ride. You up for it?


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