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by Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio

The economy dominated an often contentious gubernatorial debate hosted last night by Kentucky Educational Television.

It was the second time all three candidates appeared together in a forum. Incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear has declined to attend several other debates. As he has previously, the governor repeated that, thanks to his work over the last three years, Kentucky’s economy may pick up quicker than other states.

“Kentucky is starting to come out of this recession and I think because of what we’ve done, is gonna come out a lot faster and a lot better off than most other states,” he said.

The governor touted the economic incentives his administration has offered to businesses that are considering moving to Kentucky. But independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith hasn’t been impressed. [click to continue…]

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Non-Partisan Group Says Gubernatorial Candidates Lack Courage

by Gabe Bullard October 13, 2011

All three candidates for governor of Kentucky have failed to turn in a survey put out by the non-partisan group Project Vote Smart. The Political Courage Test quizzes candidates on a variety of issues, including abortion, education and taxes. To encourage participation, candidates are not allowed to use the results of the survey in campaign ads. […]

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Gubernatorial Debate Offers Few Surprises

by Gabe Bullard October 11, 2011

For the first time, Kentucky voters had a direct comparison between the three candidates vying for governor when incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith shared a debate stage. There were few surprises in the hour-long forum, but the candidates took several jabs at one another while defending their platforms. State […]

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Police Chief’s Son Charged with Felonies, Gubernatorial Candidates to Debate Tonight, JCPS Will Appeal Neighborhood School Ruling, Ferry Service Ends: Afternoon Review

by Laura Ellis October 11, 2011

The son of Louisville Police Chief Robert White is facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge stemming from an altercation with his wife. For the first time in the general election, the three candidates for governor of Kentucky will debate tonight. The Jefferson County Board of Education will appeal an appellate court ruling that […]

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EPA Responds to Beshear’s Letter

by Erica Peterson September 30, 2011

This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency responded to an email asking for comments on a letter Governor Steve Beshear sent to President Barack Obama earlier this week. In an interview, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters expressed frustration with the EPA’s requirements for permits. He says Kentucky worked with the regional EPA on a template […]

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Beshear Calls for Consistency in Coal Regulations From Federal Government

by Erica Peterson September 29, 2011

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Obama asking for more consistency and clarity in regulation of the coal industry. The letter was a follow-up to a brief meeting between Beshear and President Obama at the Cincinnati airport last week. Since the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would be scrutinizing surface mining […]

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GOP Group’s Ad Criticizes Beshear on LGBT Support

by Gabe Bullard September 29, 2011

An outside political group is running a radio ad criticizing Governor Steve Beshear for once earning support from LGBT rights groups and for protecting state employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The ad was paid for by the Restoring America Campaign Committee, which is also running television ads blasting Beshear on a number of […]

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Galbraith on Education, Mountaintop Removal, Same-Sex Marriage and More

by Gabe Bullard September 29, 2011

Independent candidate for governor Gatewood Galbraith says he would support lifting Kentucky’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but he won’t campaign on the issue. In an interview with WFPL News, Galbraith said the issue is divisive, and he won’t make it part of his platform. “I don’t even want to know. If people want to […]

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Ford Plant Prepares to Begin Manufacturing Escape

by Erica Peterson September 9, 2011

After a $600 million renovation, Louisville’s Ford Assembly Plant is almost ready to begin production. The plant is cavernous. There aren’t many people—or cars—around, because the plant hasn’t restarted production yet. But the robots are working, demonstrating how the bodies of the new Ford Escape will be welded, and how the dashboards will be installed. […]

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KET Debates Begin Tonight

by Gabe Bullard September 5, 2011

The first of eight special election episodes of Kentucky Tonight will air on KET this evening. All candidates for statewide office this year have agreed to appear live on the show. Monday, the candidates of Agriculture Commissioner will debate. Democrat Bob Farmer and Republican James Comer will appear for one hour starting at 8 pm. […]

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