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Amy McGrath raised more than Mitch McConnell so far this year but still trails him overall

Democrat Amy McGrath has raised more money than U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell so far this year, but the Senate majority leader — who's been collecting contributions for his reelection campaign since 2015 — still has the edge in terms of overall fundraising.

New data posted by the Federal Election Commission shows McGrath brought in more than $10.7 million since she entered the race in July.

That outstrips the roughly $7.5 million McConnell has received in 2019.

Kentucky's longtime senator is still in the lead in terms of finances, though, with about $13.4 million raised for the 2020 election since Jan. 1, 2015.

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/16/amy-mcgrath-raised-more-than-mcconnell-but-still-trails-him/3995506002/
(Louisville Courier Journal)

Kentucky is paying $270 million to kick people off Medicaid. Where's the dignity in that?

Brandi Button works three part-time jobs that she loves: as an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University, a Montessori teacher in Glasgow and at a non-profit called Sustainable Glasgow.

None of them offer healthcare, so Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion allowed her to cover her husband and two children for the first time.

“We were in the in-between group, not far enough below the poverty line to get Medicaid, but we didn’t make enough to buy insurance,” Button said. “For a long time I felt the pressure to do something I don’t love, work that I’m not passionate about, just so I could afford health insurance, but with the expansion, I can do the things I’m passionate about.”

Button is one of thousands of success stories that came out of the Medicaid expansion adopted by former Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013. The expansion covered the “working poor,” people who earned up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Read more: https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/linda-blackford/article236195478.html

New poll shows Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear in dead heat in Kentucky governor race

Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear are in a dead heat in the race for governor of Kentucky, according to an independent poll released Wednesday.

Both Bevin and Beshear had the support of 46% of the 625 likely voters who responded to the telephone survey, while 7% said they were undecided. The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. Mason-Dixon has a B-plus pollster rating according to the website FiveThirtyEight.

Bevin has clawed back from an early deficit. Both his campaign and the Republican Governors Association have hammered Beshear on controversial issues like abortion and illegal immigration while touting the economy. They’ve also pushed back against the central message of Beshear’s campaign — that Bevin has a “war” on public education — by pointing to funding his administration has put into the education and teacher pension systems.

Bevin’s messaging appears to have worked. Only 36% of respondents had a favorable opinion of him, but 45% of respondents said they approved of his job performance. Republicans in particular have warmed to Bevin, as his campaign has asked them to vote their values. Seventy-two percent of Republicans approve of the job Bevin is doing as governor while 77% of Republicans said they would vote for him in November.

Read more: https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article236247718.html

The gubernatorial debate: Five key exchanges

Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates, Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear, faced off in a terse and sometimes tense debate at the University of Kentucky Tuesday night. Here are five major exchanges.

Bevin calls out Beshear {not} sending his kids to public school.

After Beshear outlined his plans for education and said, “We are going to have an education-first budget where we always take care of public education first,” Bevin accused Beshear of being a fraud for touting himself as a candidate for public education but not sending his kids to public schools.

“You love public education so much that your kids go to private school, is that right?” said Bevin.

“You’re attacking my kids?” Beshear retorted.

“No, I’m not. I’m just saying you’re a fraud,” said Bevin, adding that four of his nine children have attended public school.

Read more: https://www.state-journal.com/news/the-gubernatorial-debate-five-key-exchanges/article_2210d092-f043-11e9-8681-6b6f3a0dd7eb.html
(Frankfort State-Journal)

Protest attracts handful who want Danville Mayor Mike Perros out

A community meeting last week attended by more than 30 people resulted in a smaller protest of Danville Mayor Mike Perros outside city hall Monday evening.

“We’re not as tightly organized yet as we plan to be, because we just met for the first time last week,” said Elaine Wilson-Reddy, one of those who showed up around 4:30 p.m. Monday to hold protest signs while a special called meeting of the city commission was going on inside. “… It’s not as cohesive yet as we’d like.”

The group was about five strong, with others stopping by now and then to talk. Those protesting discussed “white male privilege” they said is rampant throughout Danville government. One protester was heard saying City Commissioner J.H. Atkins, who is African American, is “out of touch” with the local black community because he hasn’t more strongly condemned comments made by Perros to a city employee, Joyce Collins.

Collins filed a grievance earlier this year against Perros after he made a comment to a new city worker about Collins’ skin color and the fact she wore wigs when she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Read more: https://www.amnews.com/2019/10/14/protest-attracts-handful-who-want-danville-mayor-mike-perros-out/
(Danville Advocate-Messenger)

Local teachers rally to oppose being 'bullied' by Bevin

A group of retired teachers joined state Rep. Patti Minter, D-Bowling Green, at Western Kentucky University on Tuesday to oppose Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

“We are standing up to Matt Bevin and his record of bullying educators and disrespecting working families,” Minter said during the latest stop on the Kentucky Democratic Party’s “Won’t Be Bullied by Bevin Tour.”

During the event in WKU’s Cherry Hall, critics excoriated what they described as Bevin’s disrespect for educators and efforts to slash millions in state public education funding and revise teachers’ pension benefits.

Among them was retired teacher Dave Strode, who most recently taught at Richardsville Elementary School before ending his nearly 27-year teaching career last year.

Read more: https://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local-teachers-rally-to-oppose-being-bullied-by-bevin/article_eae94a24-e465-50e8-9009-c63f4702578f.html
(Bowling Green Daily News)

Tennessee Supreme Court won't intervene in Confederate statues appeal, paving way for relocation

The Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed Monday a lower court's decisions to dismiss a suit against the City of Memphis regarding the removal of Confederate statues.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp #215 had appealed a June decision from the Tennessee Court of Appeals to dismiss a suit regarding the legality of the City of Memphis removing the statues in late-2017.

Statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general, slave trader and member of the Ku Klux Klan, and Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America, and Captain J. Harvey Mathes were removed.

The decision paves the way for the statues, which are now in the possession of Memphis Greenspace, a nonprofit, to be relocated outside of Shelby County, the City of Memphis said Thursday.

Read more: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/10/16/tennessee-supreme-court-declines-hear-confederate-statue-appeal/4001795002/

PainMD owner arrested, accused of attempting to defraud taxpayers of $38M

A Nashville businessman who led a pain clinic company accused of giving patients unnecessary injections has now been indicted on allegations that he attempted to defraud taxpayers with $38 million in false medical claims.

Michael Kestner, 67, the CEO and majority owner of PainMD, was arrested Tuesday. Kestner was escorted to a federal court hearing in handcuffs and shackles, then pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released pending trial.

Kestner's attorney, Peter Strianse, said after the hearing that all injections provided at PainMD clinics were "medically necessary" and intended to alleviate the need for opioid painkillers.

"Mr. Kestner was relying exclusively on the expert advice of doctors who told him this was an acceptable alternative to opioids and there was a good, sound, medical reasons for giving these types of injections," Strianse said.

Read more: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/health/2019/10/15/rinova-painmd-ceo-michael-kestner-arrested-fraud-pain-clinics/3985244002/

Tennessee's refugee resettlement lawsuit dealt major setback, leaving U.S. Supreme Court as final

Tennessee's refugee resettlement lawsuit dealt major setback, leaving U.S. Supreme Court as final option

Tennessee's lawsuit against the federal government over refugee resettlement hit another major setback Wednesday, after a panel of judges rejected a request for the case to be heard by the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The move sets the stage for the case to possibly be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. An attorney working on behalf of Tennessee's lawsuit said Wednesday they plan to petition the nation's highest court to hear the case.

In September, attorneys hired on behalf of the Volunteer State filed a petition seeking the appeals court to reconsider the case, which dates back to a 2016 resolution approved by the Tennessee General Assembly.

The lawsuit, which was filed in March 2017, is based on an assertion that the federal government is forcing states to pay for costs related to refugee resettlement while violating the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Read more: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/16/tennessee-refugee-resettlement-lawsuit-dealt-major-setback-supreme-court/3996637002/

Family Of 2-Year-Old Killed At Cummins Falls Sues Tennessee State Parks

The family of a 2-year-old who died at Cummins Falls State Park this summer filed a lawsuit this week, saying the state's negligence led to Steven Pierce's death.

Central to the lawsuit against the state is park officials' decision to allow visitors to Cummins Falls on June 9. It also argues the park should have had more safety measures in place, and it claims rangers gave Steven Pierce's father directions that led to his getting swept away in floodwaters.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which oversees the state parks system, says it does not wish to comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit cites a "series of human errors," starting with park officials' deciding to open the waterfall to the public, despite knowing rain was in the forecast. Once visitors were there, the lawsuit says, the park provided life jackets at the base of the waterfall, but visitors had to give them back before they hiked through the gorge to the trailhead.

Read more: https://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/family-2-year-old-killed-cummins-falls-sues-tennessee-state-parks
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