kentucky governor’s race

All 12 GOP governor candidates invited to Northern Kentucky debate

BY: - March 27, 2023

The 12 Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in the upcoming governor’s race have been invited to a two-night debate in Northern Kentucky next month.  A collaboration between the Kenton County Republican Party, WCPO 9 and LINK nky, the event will be held at the Lincoln Grant Scholar House on April 25 and 26.  A press […]

Few differences emerge among top Republicans in first debate of Kentucky governor’s race

BY: - March 7, 2023

LOUISVILLE —  Four top Republican governor candidates agreed on school choice and lowering the state income tax, but differed on abortion and legalizing medical marijuana Tuesday night.  The debate at The Henry Clay in Louisville was the first ahead of the May 16 primary election.  Five of the 12 Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for […]

Cameron wants increased teacher pay, ‘far-left’ out of classroom

BY: - March 1, 2023

Kentucky Republican candidate for governor Daniel Cameron released his plans for Kentucky’s education system if elected in November. They include raising starting pay for teachers and keeping “far-left” policies at bay.  In a Wednesday press release, his campaign said his framework aims to “keep the far-left from indoctrinating our students” and that the attorney general […]

Quarles wants to work with legislature to legalize medical marijuana in first year as governor

BY: - February 28, 2023

FRANKFORT — On the steps of the Kentucky Capitol, Republican governor candidate Ryan Quarles told reporters he would work with the General Assembly to legalize medical marijuana within his first year of taking office. The agriculture commissioner touted his experience running Kentucky’s hemp licensing program in his two terms leading the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. […]


‘Cringeworthy’ performances by Quarles, legislature rankle. Especially on a Sunday.

BY: - February 21, 2023

This past Sunday, I did what many of my fellow Kentuckians do: I went to church.  I live way out in the country, so on the drive to town I called to check on my dad. He told me my stepmother’s little dog, Magic, had died and that he had taken Magic’s ashes to the […]

Crafts have interests in 20-plus businesses, no worth estimate required in candidate disclosures

BY: - February 20, 2023

FRANKFORT — Republican candidate for governor Kelly Craft recently disclosed that she and her husband Joe Craft have financial interests in more than 20 businesses, primarily the coal giant Alliance Resource Partners LP, which is headed by Joe Craft. Candidates for statewide office were required to file personal financial statements by Feb. 15 covering calendar […]

Craft won’t be part of March 7 GOP debate in Louisville, cites travel conflict

BY: - February 16, 2023

LOUISVILLE — Voters tuning in to the first Republican gubernatorial debate on March 7 will not get to hear from candidate Kelly Craft.  Craft, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday that she is not participating in the Louisville GOP Gubernatorial Debate on March 7 because of conflicts with her campaign travel […]


“Furry” fears far from reality, so why do some Republicans fan them?

BY: - February 13, 2023

FRANKFORT — I researched “furry” so you wouldn’t have to. I had been only peripherally aware of the hoax that schools are equipping restrooms with litter boxes to accommodate students who identify as animals. Then the Kelly Craft-Max Wise campaign dumped an allusion to this tall tale onto the Kentucky Senate floor and into the […]


Legislative session is a battleground in Kentucky governor’s race

BY: - February 10, 2023

FRANKFORT. – The General Assembly is back in the state capital, and we can safely assume the governor’s not happy about it. Andy Beshear is a Democrat running for a second term, and the legislature is run by Republicans who want a fellow partisan to replace him. It’s the first time a Kentucky legislature controlled by one […]

Sen. Berg says ‘parental rights’ bill is about scoring political points

BY: - February 9, 2023

This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. FRANKFORT — The Senate Education Committee voted 11-1 Thursday to advance a bill sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, Republican candidate for governor Kelly Craft’s running mate, over the objections of Sen. […]

Kelly Craft vows to ‘dismantle’ Kentucky Department of Education and ‘start over’

BY: - February 6, 2023

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kelly Craft on Monday issued two statements, hours apart, in which she first appeared to tone down and later to double down on her vow, made at a campaign stop last week, to dismantle the Kentucky Department of Education.  A Democratic opposition research group had recorded and on Monday released Craft’s remarks […]

Kentucky Democratic Party has more money than Republicans heading into governor’s race

BY: - February 2, 2023

FRANKFORT — Just as Democrat Andy Beshear has built a big fundraising lead over his Republican rivals for governor, the Kentucky Democratic Party has amassed a much bigger warchest than the Republican Party of Kentucky at the outset of this gubernatorial election year. In disclosures filed with campaign finance regulators this week, the Kentucky Democratic […]