Matt Bevin

Kentucky Supreme Court hears from insurers fighting over share of state’s Medicaid business

BY: - March 7, 2024

FRANKFORT — A dispute involving six insurance companies over a share of Kentucky’s $15 billion a year Medicaid business moved to the state Supreme Court Thursday where justices tried to sort out a long running battle over the lucrative contracts. Litigation has stretched on several years, largely over Anthem Kentucky’s claim it was unfairly shut […]

Partisan games or power to the people? Kentucky’s GOP legislature clips governor’s wings

BY: - March 1, 2024

FRANKFORT — Republican lawmakers say a flurry of bills to limit the governor’s authority would give more power to Kentuckians. However, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear chalks up the trend to partisan “games.” While the power struggle between Kentucky’s legislative and executive branches is nothing new, it’s become a recurring theme since voters elected a Democratic […]

Bill limiting Kentucky governor’s pardon power near elections wins bipartisan approval in Senate

BY: - February 21, 2024

FRANKFORT — With bipartisan support, the Kentucky Senate took another step toward limiting pardon and sentence commutation powers of the governor.  Republican-backed Senate Bill 126 proposes a constitutional amendment to suspend the governor’s power to issue pardons or sentence commutations from 30 days before a gubernatorial election until the fifth Tuesday after the election, the day […]

Bill to limit governor pardons, commutations around elections passes Senate committee 

BY: - February 14, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill that would limit Kentucky governors’ power to issue pardons or commute sentences was approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee Wednesday.  Senate Bill 126 proposes a constitutional amendment to suspend the governor’s power to issue pardons or sentence commutations from 30 days before a gubernatorial election until the fifth Tuesday […]

Man convicted of rape and murder loses shot at parole made possible by former Gov. Matt Bevin

BY: - January 30, 2024

Gregory Wilson, who was sentenced to death after being convicted in 1988 of kidnapping, raping and killing Deborah Pooley of Covington but had his sentence reduced by former Gov. Matt Bevin to make him eligible for parole, has to spend the rest of his life in prison. The Kentucky Parole Board decided Monday that Wilson, […]

Citing a Bevin commutation, Republican lawmaker wants to limit Kentucky governor’s pardon powers

BY: - January 24, 2024

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky Republican lawmaker wants to limit pardoning and sentence commuting powers for Kentucky governors after learning a convicted murderer and rapist is now up for parole after outgoing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin commuted his death sentence.   Sen. Chris McDaniel, of Ryland Heights, is proposing a constitutional amendment that would suspend the governor’s […]

Kentucky Senate leader proposes partisan elections for state school board

BY: - January 9, 2024

FRANKFORT —  Senate Republican Whip Mike Wilson wants voters to begin choosing Kentucky Board of Education members in partisan elections.  Wilson, of Bowling Green, filed Senate Bill 8 Tuesday. The legislation “would change the selection of Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members from a unilateral appointment by the governor to an election by voters across […]


Make the mountains blue again?

BY: - December 12, 2023

Eastern Kentucky is an ancestrally Democratic region that usually doesn’t vote Democratic, except last month. Gov. Andy Beshear was reelected to a second term, and he did so by winning across Eastern Kentucky. As a proud Eastern Kentuckian, I want to offer my take on the election — not only on how Beshear won in […]


Andy Beshear’s success is not a fluke

BY: - November 10, 2023

When Democrat Andy Beshear won the 2019 gubernatorial contest, election observers both inside and outside Kentucky passed off his success as a fluke.  Usually, they didn’t even give Beshear credit for his own victory. Instead, they attributed Beshear’s win to his opponent, combative Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Beshear won because Bevin was “a jerk.” Now […]

Kentucky activists step in to deliver on the promise of voting rights restoration

BY: - October 23, 2023

This story first appeared in Bolts and is reprinted with permission. Alonzo Malone Jr. says he felt “less than human” during the 27 years the state of Kentucky barred him from voting. Malone lost his voting rights, along with his freedom and a slew of other civil liberties, in 1989 when he was convicted of […]


Why I’m very worried about a Gov. Cameron 

BY: - September 13, 2023

In Alabama, the governor earlier this year forced out the state’s early childhood education director, who is a Black woman, over the use of a teacher training book that the governor deemed “woke.” In Arkansas, the state’s education department, led by appointees of the governor, recently announced students could not get credit towards graduation by […]


Beware Sanders-like attack on government transparency by Kentucky’s supermajority

BY: - September 12, 2023

Arkansans set a high bar for Kentuckians in responding to their governor’s direct assault on the state’s public records law, and their message is clear: Stop putting the public’s interest last yet again.  As one critic loudly proclaimed, “Avoiding public scrutiny is neither bold nor conservative; it’s weak and reactionary. Requiring elected officials to obey […]