- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015
AG candidates wrangle over clerk and same-sex marriage case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican attorney general candidate Whitney Westerfield took aim at his opponent’s close family ties to Kentucky’s governor Monday night, summing up the race as “experience versus inheritance.” Democrat Andy Beshear fired back by criticizing Westerfield’s record as a prosecutor and his reliance on outside money to prop up his campaign.

The candidates for attorney general squared off during an hourlong joint appearance on Kentucky Educational Television in Lexington.

The two also wrangled over how state leaders responded to the headline-grabbing case of a county clerk who chose jail time over issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In doing so, Andy Beshear defended his father’s handling of the contentious issue in socially conservative Kentucky.

The joint appearance came three weeks before Kentucky voters choose a new attorney general on Nov. 3.

The incumbent attorney general, Jack Conway, is the Democratic nominee for governor this year, facing Republican Matt Bevin.

Beshear, the son of Gov. Steve Beshear, touted his experience as a lawyer and promoted his plans to combat child abuse, drug abuse and scams against older Kentuckians. He said that legal background makes him best qualified for the job as Kentucky’s chief law enforcement official.


Bevin’s wife featured in latest TV ad in governor’s race

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The wife of Republican nominee for governor Matt Bevin is defending him in a new 30-second TV ad that began airing Monday.

Glenna Bevin says attack ads against her husband by Democratic nominee Jack Conway are wrong, misleading and false. She says Kentucky has many career politicians and it’s time for a fresh start with Bevin. She calls Bevin an outsider with a servant’s heart.

Conway has run ads attacking Bevin for failing to pay taxes on both his personal property and property his various businesses have owned. And Conway has ridiculed Bevin for refusing to release his individual income tax returns to show Kentuckians how he gets his money.

Glenna Bevin does not specifically refute Conway’s ads but says Bevin will lead Kentucky in new direction.


General fund increases as road fund decreases in September

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky state officials collected $24 million more in taxes last month than they did a year ago, keeping pace with official estimates.

Revenue for the state’s general fund, mostly made up of income and sales taxes, grew 2.6 percent in September. State revenue has grown 4.5 percent in the first quarter of the budget year that ends June 30.

But Kentucky’s road fund did not fare well. The fund made up mostly of gasoline taxes fell 20.5 percent in September, mostly because of a drop in the tax rate. Lawmakers had planned for the fund to increase 2.1 percent this year. But for that to happen, collections would have to increase 5.8 percent for the rest of the year.

The Consensus Forecasting Group meets Tuesday to revise official forecasts for the next biennium.


Couple fatally hit by limb while trying to trim tree

OLYMPIA SPRINGS, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky couple have died while trimming a tree on their property.

Kentucky State Police say 66-year-old Ralph C. Davis and 56-year-old Dorothy J. Davis of Wellington were trying to trim the tree when a limb fell on them, fatally injuring both. No foul play is suspected.

The accident happened around 10 a.m. Monday in the Olympia Springs community of Bath County.

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