KENTUCKY | KY-gov

Beshear, Adkins, Edelen Meet for Debate

Comer suggested dissatisfied Republicans may vote for a Democrat over Bevin.

April 19, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

“With about a month to go before Kentucky’s primary elections, all three major Democratic candidates for governor appeared together on stage for the first time on Thursday. During a forum held by Louisville’s Rotary Club, candidates differed only slightly in their stances on a wide range of issues including preserving Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion, shoring up public education and allowing casino gambling to generate revenue for the state’s ailing pension systems.”

State Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) “emphasized numerous lawsuits he has filed against” Gov. Matt Bevin (R), “saying that he’s a ‘fighter.’”

Former state Auditor Adam Edelen (D) “said he thinks the biggest issue facing Kentuckians is access to broadband internet and renewable energy.” Edelen: “We don’t have the internet available to 100,000 Jefferson Countians and over half of our rural population, meaning they’re not relevant to the opportunities of the digital age.”

State House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins (D) “touted his experience in the legislature, which he said would be necessary to hammer out compromises with the Republican-dominated statehouse.” (WFPL)

YOU BET. Beshear “says he wants to expand gambling in Kentucky and use the proceeds to fund struggling public pension systems.”

“Beshear told a Louisville audience on Thursday that his plan calls for earmarking all expanded gambling revenues to shore up public pension plans. Kentucky has one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems.”

“Adkins says it's an ‘unrealistic proposal’ that can't pass the Republican-led legislature. … Edelen says it's an ‘irresponsible gamble’ since past proposals failed.” (AP)

COMER. Rep. James Comer (R-01) “said in an interview on the show Hey Kentucky! that some state Republicans may vote for a Democrat for governor as opposed to … Bevin.”

Comer: “I personally think Rocky [Adkins] would be the best candidate because I know there are a lot of Republicans who are dissatisfied with Bevin that could hold their nose and vote for Rocky. I don’t know that they could do that with Andy Beshear.” (CNHI Kentucky)

OPIOID GRANT. “Kentucky is taking part in a new national effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose deaths, thanks to an $87 million grant from the federal government. The University of Kentucky announced the receipt of the grant — its largest ever — on Thursday.”

“Bevin, who attended the announcement at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, said this program is a ‘great opportunity’ for the state.”

Bevin: “I am convinced we'll get it done in Kentucky.”

“The grant, which will be awarded over four years, lays out an ambitious goal: to reduce opioid deaths in 16 Kentucky counties by 40% in three years.” (Louisville Courier Journal)

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