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Jack Conway Makes Careful Run for Governor

Oct 30, 2015


One of the most significant moments of Attorney General Jack Conway’s career was his refusal in 2014 to appeal the state’s same-sex marriage ban in federal court.

It was a bold move in Kentucky, where polls have shown that most of the state’s likely voters disapprove of same-sex marriage. During his campaign this year for governor, Conway has had to answer to critics who say he shirked his duty by not defending a state law.

  Kentucky's "Constitutional Offices" are on the November 2015 ballot.  On Tuesday, voters statewide will elect a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as a Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture.

On this week’s show we discuss the election with journalists covering the campaigns and the election.


As Kentucky’s gubernatorial campaign enters the final three weeks before the election, the latest poll shows Democrat Jack Conway with a very slim lead over Republican Matt Bevin. 

Statewide, 43% of likely voters support Conway while 41% back Bevin.  Six percent favor Independent Drew Curtis and ten percent are undecided.  Conway’s 2 point lead over Bevin is well within the survey’s margin of error of plus-or-minus four percentage points.

Centre College Site of Gubernatorial Debate on Tuesday

Oct 5, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

  The race for Kentucky governor will be decided in just over a month. Two of the three candidates will take center stage during a debate Tuesday night.

Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin will participate in an hour-long debate at Centre College.  Centre Assistant Professor of Politics Benjamin Knoll says debates typically do not sway allegiance.  “Because the type of people who spend an hour of their night on a Tuesday night to tune in to watch are the types of people who are already interested and likely already have a preference,”  said Knoll.

Matt Bevin Says He Wouldn’t Vote For Rand Paul

Sep 30, 2015
Rob Canning / WKMS News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin said Wednesday he wouldn’t vote for Kentucky’s U.S. Senator Rand Paul in next year’s Republican presidential primary, and would instead cast a ballot for Detroit neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

“I like Ben Carson, he’s not taking shots at people. He’s intelligent, he’s articulate, he’s respected. There’s a lot about him that I think America would do well to have at the helm,” Bevin said during a gubernatorial debate on Kentucky Sports Radio.

Bevin has previously supported Paul’s White House bid. And his comments could prove awkward this weekend. Paul is scheduled to stump for Bevin at a rally Saturday in Frankfort.


Kentucky's major party nominees for lieutenant governor clashed over a sexual harassment scandal in their first televised debate.

Democratic nominee Sannie Overly denounced "false attacks" from Republican Matt Bevin that she turned her back on the female state workers who said they were sexually harassed by a former Democratic state lawmaker. Overly said both she and Democratic nominee for governor Jack Conway condemned the behavior and would work to change the culture in Frankfort.

Kentucky Coal Association / KCA via Twitter

The Kentucky Coal Association is under fire for again planning a closed-door meeting with the state’s leading gubernatorial candidates.

J. Tyler Franklin / Louisville Public Media

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he’ll again sue the Environmental Protection Agency over new federal carbon dioxide rules. 

Fancy Farm 2015

Aug 3, 2015
J. Tyler Franklin / Louisville Public Media

For some in Western Kentucky, the Fancy Farm Picnic is about chopped mutton and pork, bingo and music. 

J. Tyler Franklin / wfpl.org

In a rare moment for the 2015 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday spoke on behalf of his former intra-party rival Matt Bevin, endorsing him for Kentucky governor during the Fancy Farm picnic.

In Debate, Bevin and Conway Tout Rural Roots, Clash Over Kynect

Jul 23, 2015
Ryland Barton

Kentucky’s major party candidates for governor squared off Thursday at a forum hosted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the first public appearance in which the two men directly responded to one another.

High Ranking Democrats Rally For Conway in State's Capital City

May 20, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The state's most prominent democrats are rallying behind Jack Conway for Kentucky governor.  That sentiment was expressed during a Frankfort gathering Tuesday night, just minutes after the polls closed.

Jack Conway Hopes Third Try for Higher Office is a Charm

May 17, 2015

    Jack Conway, in his run for governor, is seeking to advance to a higher office for the third time in his career. The 45 year old Louisville native has been involved in politics for much of his adult life. 

Conway has a political past.  At age 25 he joined Paul Patton's gubernatorial campaign and served in the Patton administration.  The two term state attorney general also made unsuccessful runs for Congress in 2003 and the U.S. Senate in 2010.  Now, he has his eye on the governor's mansion.


Republican James Comer officially filed for governor Thursday morning.

The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with running mate state Sen. Chris McDaniel from northern Kentucky. But Thursday marks the official start of his 2015 campaign.

Comer is the second Republican to file for governor following former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott. Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner also plans to run but has not officially filed yet.

Conway: Grimes’ Loss Not a Setback for State Democratic Party

Nov 5, 2014

Kentucky's attorney general says Alison Lundergan Grimes' decision about whether to run for another political office is a personal one. Jack Conway attended Grimes' post-election event in Lexington Tuesday night.

Ky AG Encourages Voters to Report Fraud

May 19, 2014

Federal and State law enforcement agencies are looking to the general public to report improper electioneering and voter fraud on Tuesday.  The state attorney general's office is taking calls at one-800-328-vote.  

Attorney General Jack Conway admits the anticipated low voter participation in this primary increases the chances of fraud,  "In a low turnout with a lot of local elections, that's where you tend to see a lot of the corruption problems."  "That's where those of us in law enforcement who are monitoring elections need to be the most vigilant," said Conway.

A Frankfort judge, in a price gouging case against Marathon Petroleum, has refused to force the oil company to roll back gas prices in Kentucky.   The ruling comes in a case originally filed several years ago, in which the oil company was accused of price gouging following disasters.

Nothing was resolved at a Frankfort hearing in Kentucky's price gouging case against Marathon Oil.  Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate is in the middle of a murder trial, and rescheduled the Marathon case for Thursday morning.

For the second consecutive day, the Republican Party of Kentucky is challenging Attorney General Jack Conway to clarify his involvement in a compromised drug investigation involving his younger brother. Earlier this week, Matt Conway resigned from the prosecutor’s office for undisclosed reasons almost a year after it was revealed he lied twice about being tipped off by Louisville police detectives, who told Conway he was the target of a drug investigation.