The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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KY 2011 Archives

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Kentucky Gubernatorial Headlines 2011 Archives

DECEMBER 2011

Governor rejects UofL hospital merger as ‘not in the best interest’ of Kentucky (cn|2 Politics, 12/30/11)
Beshear rejects hospital merger (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/30/11)
Beshear to work with Senate Republicans on gambling amendment (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/30/11)
Governor rejects merger of U of Louisville Hospital with St. Joseph (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/30/11)
Beshear: ‘Simple’ gambling amendment will be introduced next week (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/29/11)
Beshear pledges leftover campaign funds to help Democrats in legislative races (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/29/11)
Govs. Beshear and Daniels strike deal to split cost of Ohio River Bridges project (cn|2 Politics, 12/29/11)
Crit Luallen says if she runs statewide again it ‘would be for governor’ (cn|2 Politics, 12/29/11)
87% of Kentuckians want vote on expanded gambling, new poll finds (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/28/11)
Beshear releases his ‘Top 10 Accomplishments of 2011′ (Bluegrass Politics, 12/28/11)
State GOP poll also shows most Kentuckians want to vote on expanded gambling (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/28/11)
If congressional redistricting fails, candidates can always run statewide, Stumbo says (cn|2 Politics, 12/28/11)
KY Senate redistricting: In the absence of official maps, two approaches to consider (cn|2 Politics, 12/27/11)
Beshear orders review of University of Pikeville proposal to join state university system (Bluegrass Politics, 12/27/11)
Year end influencers: Winners of the 2011 election (cn|2 Politics, 12/26/11)
Kentucky expected to have slightly more money over next 2 years (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/21/11)
Senator calls for cabinet chief to resign over child abuse records (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/20/11)
Kentucky budget chief: More cuts possible (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/20/11)
Group highlights six-figure government pensions, calls for more transparency (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/20/11)
State budget director: Budget will be tough, cuts possible (Bluegrass Politics, 12/20/11)
Senator calls for Beshear aide to resign over child abuse records, other issues (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/19/11)
Northern Kentucky lawmaker pre-files bill to allow casinos at racetracks (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/17/11)
David Williams will remain Senate president in 2012 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/16/11)
Williams to remain Senate president after Senate Republicans ‘confirm’ their leadership for 2012 (cn|2 Politics, 12/15/11)
Williams calls Beshear talk of tactics on gambling legislation premature (Louisville Courier-Journal,12/15/11)
Political group received $4.1M from David Williams’ father-in-law (Louisville Courier-Journal,12/15/11)
State jobless rate falls in November (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/15/11)
Editorial: Take tax reform pledge seriously (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/15/11)
David Williams will remain Kentucky Senate President in 2012 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/15/11)
Gingrich as GOP nominee could hurt McConnell’s Senate takeover hopes, analysts say (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/14/11)
Hospital merger documents will be released to public (Business First, 12/14/11)
First Amendment group urges Beshear to block hospital merger (WFPL, 12/14/11)
Gambling foes ready for next round in casino fight (WDRB, 12/14/11)
Hospital merger foes, backers share views (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/14/11)
Lack of coal references in Beshear inauguration speech not surprising (WFPL, 12/14/11)
Beshear begins second term with a call for expanded gambling amendment (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/14/11)
At inauguration, Kentucky governor puts gambling on agenda (Stateline, 12/14/11)
Beshear to seek vote on gambling (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/14/11)
Beshear pushes gaming on Day 1 (The State-Journal, 12/14/11)
Editorial: A bet on tax reform (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/14/11)
Analysis: Beshear’s challenge is for his sequel not to become a rerun (cn|2 Politics, 12/14/11)
Williams lost 6 of 9 GOP Senate districts up for re-election in 2012 giving Democrats fodder (cn|2 Politics, 12/14/11)
Gov. Steve Beshear inaugural address: ‘What I feel…is the call of responsibility’ (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/13/11)
Beshear puts gaming, tax reform on second term agenda (WFPL, 12/13/11)
Beshear wants constitutional amendment for gambling but hasn’t finalized a ’strategy’ (cn|2 Politics, 12/13/11)
Beshear outlines familiar goals in inauguration speech and hints at eventual tax reform (cn|2 Politics, 12/13/11)
Beshear will push for constitutional amendment to expand gambling (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/13/11)
Gambling measure could start in state Senate and pass, Dem leader says (cn|2 Politics, 12/13/11)
Beshear: ‘We’re going to go all-out to get expanded gaming on the ballot’ (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/13/11)
After landslide defeat, does David Williams matter? (WHAS11, 12/12/11)
The chatter: Changing how running mates are picked (cn|2 Politics, 12/12/11)
Fischer says 2012 could be last best chance to advance Ohio River Bridges project (cn|2 Politics, 12/12/11)
Beshear’s second inauguration will be more subdued, less costly (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/12/11)
Kentucky must improve infrastructure and ’streamline’ taxes, state Senate candidate McDaniel says(cn|2 Politics, 12/12/11)
Beshear’s 2nd inauguration will involve the public more on a budget of $400K, director says (cn|2 Politics, 12/12/11)
Observers watch for 2012 agenda hints in Beshear inaugural (WFPL, 12/12/11)
Opinion: Williams must fall for conservatives to rise (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/11/11)
Commentary: Steve Beshear, David Williams still not talking (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/11/11)
Opinion: Beshear’s hope for greatness in pre-K, tax reform (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/11/11)
Former governors offer advice for Beshear’s second term (Richmond Register, 12/10/11)
Gov. Steve Besheaar may lay out his agenda Tuesday during inauguration (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/10/11)
State courts wants $62M bump in next fiscal year (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/9/11)
Personnel board to decide Ag department investigation in January (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/9/11)
November state general fund receipts down (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/9/11)
Stumbo says budget will be tight but estimates of $337M gap are exaggerated (cn|2 Politics, 12/9/11)
Stumbo: Senate must ‘act first’ on gambling bill for House to be on board with it in 2012 (cn|2 Politics, 12/7/11)
Beshear administration losing, firing key aides (WHAS, 12/6/11)
House Democrat and Senate Republican say ‘crushing’ KY pension system must be reformed (cn|2 Politics, 12/6/11)
Analysis: Comparison of political effects of KY congressional map drafts (cn|2 Politics, 12/5/11)
Chandler’s seat is focus of redistricting in Kentucky, but Democrats may want more (Washington Post,12/5/12)
Kentucky lawmakers; past decisions haunt them in the upcoming budget session as bills come due (cn|2 Politics, 12/4/11)
Editorial: Governor’s son should not work on deals with state (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/2/11)
Beshear says he is open to standalone casinos in Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/1/11)
Wall Street 24/7 says Kentucky no longer the worst-run state (cn|2 Politics, 12/1/11)
Beshear says gambling revenues won’t be factored into next budget, hasn’t met with Williams yet (cn|2 Politics, 12/1/11)
AG commissioner Farmer defends hiring of girlfriend (cn|2 Politics, 12/1/11)

NOVEMBER 2011

GOP senator says gambling bill could pass but wants guaranteed proceeds for horse industry (cn|2 Politics, 11/30/11)
Beshear orders 2% cuts in most state agencies to balance budget (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/29/11)
Beshear says state should change how it releases child neglect and abuse records (cn|2 Politics, 11/29/11)
Sen. Thayer releases his proposed congressional map that’s similar to current version (cn|2 Politics, 11/29/11)
More 2% cuts to certain agencies needed to balance KY budget, official tells lawmakers (cn|2 Politics, 11/29/11)
Video: Sen. Thayer explains his thinking behind congressional map, including changes to 6th district(cn|2 Politics, 11/29/11)
Senator offers redrawn map of congressional districts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/29/11)
Rogers says he’s focused on being Appropriations chair; not looking at ‘15 governor’s race (cn|2 Politics, 11/29/11)
Hollenbach makes case for treasurer’s role, is open to running for something else in 2015 (cn|2 Politics, 11/28/11)
Beshear inauguration to include former Govs. Fletcher and Brown among co-chairs (cn|2 Politics, 11/28/11)
Republicans offer suggestions on how to pass expanded gambling in 2012 (cn|2 Politics, 11/23/11)
Gov. Beshear’s son represents company seeking tax breaks from state (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/22/11)
BEAM to have final report by October 2012 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/21/11)
GOP state senators to have ‘frank discussion’ about agenda and Williams, Sen. Jensen says (cn|2 Politics, 11/21/11)
Democratic KY women’s group to push for tax changes to services and a new bracket on the rich (cn|2 Politics, 11/21/11)
State pension fund in worse shape despite reforms (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/17/11)
House GOP leader asks Beshear to reject special session on redistricting (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/16/11)
Analysis: Stumbo’s plan would make 1st and 5th more Democratic, 2nd and 4th more Republican (cn|2 Politics, 11/15/11)
House plan for redrawing congressional lines could result in much different looking districts (cn|2 Politics, 11/15/11)
Edelen’s first goals in following Luallen is to look into education, Medicaid and taxing districts (cn|2 Politics, 11/15/11)
Proposals to redraw Kentucky congressional districts would bring big changes (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/15/11)
Kentucky Democrats’ hold on state House make them a southern anomaly, target in 2012 (cn|2 Politics, 11/14/11)
Lt. Gov-elect Abramson says he’ll be ‘most active’ in that office in recent memory (cn|2 Politics, 11/14/11)
David Williams’ ‘diminished’ power means some change in Senate is inevitable, GOP’s Jackson says(cn|2 Politics, 11/14/11)
Personnel Board holds off on expanding Ag Dept investigation (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/14/11)
What’s next for three Republicans who fell short on Election Night? (cn|2 Politics, 11/13/11)
With Luallen’s success as auditor, Republicans see her as toughest challenger to McConnell (cn|2 Politics, 11/13/11)
Beshear got boost from some NKY Republicans (NKY.com, 11/12/11)
Commentary: Building a Christian political platform (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/12/11)
Gen X invades Kentucky government with four statewide elected officials (cn|2 Politics, 11/11/11)
As Republicans review 2011 election, rumblings of change begin (cn|2 Politics, 11/11/11)
After dud election, Tea Party activists want more influence in Kentucky GOP (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/11/11)
Conservative columnist says election should signal the ‘end of the era of David Williams’ (cn|2 Politics, 11/11/11)
Beshear plans to scale back inaugural celebration (WLWT, 11/11/11)
Editorial: Williams’ agenda rejected; compromise on solutions (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/11/11)
Editorial: Beshear, Williams must collaborate for Kentucky’s future (Business First, 11/11/11)
After election, Williams a ‘better Senate President,’ Beshear looking for common ground (WHAS, 11/10/11)
David Williams says he has enough support to remain Senate president (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/10/11)
Kentucky GOP’s high profile in DC doesn’t translate to state elections (Miami Herald, 11/9/11)
Beshear will face same financial woes in 2nd term (NKY.com, 11/9/11)
Editorial: A landslide (Louisville Courier-Journal, 11/9/11)
Faith factor absent in Kentucky vote (Louisville Courier-Journal, 11/9/11)
Beshear and Williams cautiously discuss expectations for working together (cn|2 Politics, 11/9/11)
Williams says he’s ready to find ‘common ground’ with Beshear after election defeat (cn|2 Politics, 11/9/11)
GOP’s Comer is night’s top vote getter in ag commish win, salvages election for Republicans (cn|2 Politics, 11/9/11)
David Williams says he has enough support to remain Senate president (Lexington Herald-Leader,11/9/11)
Gov. Steve Beshear wins re-election (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/9/11)
Kentucky AG Jack Conway wins re-election (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/9/11)
Election 2011: A dozen numbers that tell the story (cn|2 Politics, 11/9/11)
Galbraith says he ran for the strength of his message; loses 5th governor’s race (Kentucky Kernel,11/8/11)
Awaiting results in Lexington, Galbraith touts honesty, good ideas (WFPL, 11/8/11)
Conway: National Dems vs. Kentucky Dems (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/8/11)
Gatewood won’t rule out another run but says he won’t do it without more money (cn|2 Politics, 11/8/11)
Video: Beshear says his win is a call to move beyond ‘rank partisanship’ in Frankfort (cn|2 Politics, 11/8/11)
Can down-ticket candidates avoid a wave? Some numbers to consider (cn|2 Politics, 11/8/11)
Early voting steady and brisk; no lines at polls (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/8/11)
Gov. Steve Beshear wins reelection easily (Washington Post, 11/8/11)
Candidates’ focus on turnout as Democrats make final push (cn|2 Politics, 11/7/11)
Sarah Palin, Howard Dean weigh in on KY race (USA Today, 11/7/11)
Williams takes parting shot at Beshear as Republicans urge supporters to get out votes (cn|2 Politics, 11/7/11)
College political activists discuss what they would’ve liked to have heard from candidates (cn|2 Politics, 11/7/11)
Williams accuses Beshear of lying about the state’s finances (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/7/11)
Voter’s Guide 2011: Where the candidates stand on the issues (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/7/11)
Williams and Galbraith bash Beshear on eve of election (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/7/11)
Beshear promotes Democratic ticket at rally (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/6/11)
Election preview (NKY.com, 11/5/11)
Commentary: Steve Beshear could show Obama the reelection ropes (Huffington Post, 11/4/11)
Gov. Beshear hasn’t repaid state so far for all campaign-related travel (Louisville Courier-Journal,11/4/11)
Williams’ criticism of Hindu ceremony is ‘not the way to win an election,’ Moffett says (cn|2 Politics, 11/4/11)
GOP group urges Republican attorneys general to help P’Pool raise $50K (cn|2 Politics, 11/4/11)
Beshear appoints members to prescription drug panel (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/4/11)
Indian business owners outraged over Williams’ comments about Hindu ground blessing (The News-Enterprise, 11/3/11)
Commentary: Learn how to get off the sidelines and into the political game (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/3/11)
State has spent $56,000 on security building near Beshear’s farm (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/3/11)
Legislators want to end loophole that gives job-switching lawmakers a higher pension (cn|2 Politics, 11/3/11)
Governor says he might back a bill to require prescriptions for certain forms of pseudoephedrine (cn|2 Politics, 11/2/11)
Beshear won’t commit to additional pension reforms; says he can work with Williams (cn|2 Politics, 11/1/11)
Williams blasts Beshear for participating in Hindu ceremony (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/2/11)
Williams debuts ad featuring his wife (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/1/11)
Fundraising reports show all but two Democrats hold fundraising edge (cn|2 Politics, 11/1/11)
Restoring America ads say Beshear is out of touch with out-of-work Kentuckians (cn|2 Politics, 11/1/11)
Robyn Williams takes turn as face of Williams-Farmer campaign in TV ad against Beshear (cn|2 Politics, 11/1/11)
With election a week away, rhetoric heats up at last Kentucky gubernatorial debate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/1/11)

OCTOBER 2011

Williams, Beshear launch new TV ads (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/31/11)
Feds OK Medicaid managed care contracts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/31/11)
Beshear seeks to finish positive on TV highlighting ‘leadership’ during disasters (cn|2 Politics, 10/31/11)
Williams-Farmer’s new ad puts Farmer in the front court to take shots at Beshear (cn|2 Politics, 10/31/11)
On bus tours, one party plays up unity the other defends ‘likability’ (cn|2 Politics, 10/30/11)
Court upholds Kentucky law  requiring reliance on ‘Almighty God’ for security (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/29/11)
Steve Beshear says this campaign is his last and will serve full term if re-elected (cn|2 Politics, 10/28/11)
Beshear campaign’s latest ad shifts criticism to Terry Stephens’ funding of ’shadowy group’ (cn|2 Politics, 10/28/11)
Democrats allege collusion between Williams and outside political group funded by father-in-law(Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/28/11)
After leading Louisville, Jerry Abramson wants job in KY Capitol (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/28/11)
KY Dems allege coordination in complaint against Terry Stephens, David Williams (cn|2 Politics, 10/28/11)
Beshear alone in support for Obama’s re-election (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/28/11)
Galbraith says this is his last race (Richmond Register, 10/28/11)
Democrats claim David Williams’ campaign violated law (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/28/11)
Rand Paul formally endorses Williams-Farmer ticket (Bowling Green Daily News, 10/28/11)
David Williams raises $57K more for governor’s race (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/28/11)
Williams’ fundraising lagging in latest report (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/28/11)
Campaign Watchdog: Claim that Abramson’s friend didn’t show up for work much at city job true(Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/28/11)
Overhaul of Kentucky Medicaid program takes effect Nov. 1 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/28/11)
Governor says he’ll push for gambling but not tax reform ‘until I feel comfortable’ with economy (cn|2 Politics, 10/27/11)
Beshear: Kentucky to go live with managed care on Nov. 1 (cn|2 Politics, 10/27/11)
Analysis shows Williams heading towards ‘Historic Loss’ in Kentucky (WFPL, 10/27/11)
Beshear defends record to county leaders (KYPost, 10/27/11)
Gov. Beshear says a double-digit win would be a mandate; But for what? (cn|2 Politics, 10/26/11)
Public records show no wrongdoing by Williams (KYPost, 10/26/11)
Gambling issue all quiet for now: Expansion debate likely to resume in 2012 legislature (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/26/11)
Editorial: A donor revealed (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/26/11)
Judge blocks Conway’s attempt to join lawsuit against for-profit college (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/26/11)
New Williams-Farmer ad focuses criticism on ‘liberal’ Jerry Abramson (cn|2 Politics, 10/25/11)
At debate, candidates for Lt. Gov disagree on tax reform (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/25/11)
Beshear tops $10M in latest fundraising report (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/25/11)
Beshear adds $517K to campaign coffers (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/25/11)
Beshear keeps up fundraising momentum (KYPost, 10/25/11)
Documents shed no new light on 2002 investigation of David Williams (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/25/11)
Williams: Gov misleading voters about Kentucky recovery (RealClearPolitics, 10/24/11)
Sec of State predicts 25-28% voter turnout for KY’s Nov. 8 election (cn|2 Politics, 10/24/11)
Gubernatorial running mates differ on mining (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/24/11)
Williams kicks off statewide bus tour (WLKY, 10/24/11)
David Williams embarks on bid to catch up to Gov. Beshear on the road and in the polls (cn|2 Politics, 10/24/11)
Candidates differ over transparency vs. free speech issues raised by Restoring America (cn|2 Politics, 10/24/11)
AG: Beshear ‘may need to’ take a stand on pseudoephedrine issue (cn|2 Politics, 10/24/11)
Voter turnout expected to be under 30% on Nov. 8 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/24/11)
Campaign Watchdog: Beshear’s claim about Restoring America’s ads mostly false (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/24/11)
David Williams wants a new bully pulpit (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/23/11)
Kentucky gov’s race poses eternal question: Can a father-in-law love too much? (Huffington Post,10/23/11)
Endorsement: Re-elect Steve Beshear as Kentucky governor (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/22/11)
Commentary: Courts, ads add spark to campaign (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/22/11)
Video: David Williams’ record: Not just a ‘no’ man (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/22/11)
Beshear hopes to repeat NKY success (NKY.com, 10/22/11)
Judge lifts ban on political group’s TV ads (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/21/11)
Campaign Watchdog: Claims about Beshear’s record on pardons HALF TRUE (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/21/11)
Video: New Beshear TV ad focuses on Restoring America ads (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/21/11)
Beshear and other Democrats still lead as numbers barely move from Aug, cn|2 Poll shows (cn|2 Politics, 10/20/11)
With restraining order on ads lifted, debate over Restoring America shifts to ‘coordination’ (cn|2 Politics, 10/20/11)
Down ticket races unveil host of new TV ads (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/20/11)
Beshear campaign uses Restoring America’s legal issue in ad called ‘clear violation’ (cn|2 Politics, 10/20/11)
Political group confirms that David Williams’ father-in-law is its sole contributor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/20/11)
Williams’ father-in-law Terry Stephens says he is funding Restoring America (cn|2 Politics, 10/19/11)
David Williams’ father-in-law says he gave to group whose ads have been banned (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/19/11)
Restoring America says it planned to get involved in Ohio races in addition to Kentucky (cn|2 Politics, 10/19/11)
Court of Appeals denies Restoring America’s request to override restraining order (cn|2 Politics, 10/19/11)
Richie Farmer determined to bounce back after a tough year (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/18/11)
Restoring America appeals order banning ads (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/18/11)
Restoring America urges state appeals court to let its ads back on the air (cn|2 Politics, 10/18/11)
Questions raised as democratic group runs ads against P’Pool (cn|2 Politics, 10/18/11)
Analysis: Fight over GOP group’s ads inject political and legal intrigue into governor’s race (cn|2 Politics, 10/18/11)
“If you learned that the candidate was a jerk, would you vote for him? Please Press 3″ (Slate, 10/17/11)
Republicans send out a fun push poll on Kentucky races (LEO Weekly, 10/17/11)
Judge bars group’s ads supporting Williams from airing (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/17/11)
Beshear says cabinet secretary will keep her job after improper fundraising e-mail ‘mistake’ (cn|2 Politics, 10/17/11)
Kentucky Democratic candidates take ‘clean sweep’ message on the road (cn|2 Politics, 10/17/11)
Judge issues restraining order to block Restoring America ads after Democrats’ request (cn|2 Politics, 10/17/11)
Ad checks: Restoring America’s latest batch of 4 ads go after Beshear on jobs, pardons, energy (cn|2 Politics, 10/17/11)
AG says Kentucky needs campaign finance reform, defends for profit college lawsuit (cn|2 Politics, 10/17/11)
Judge bars group from running ads against Beshear (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/17/11)
Beshear says there’s no effort to force state employees to give (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/17/11)
Gatewood Galbraith: Independent, unconventional candidate for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/16/11)
Commentary: Williams’ fundraising strategy may portend the future (Louisville Courier-Journal,10/16/11)
Democrats release list of recipients of Flanery e-mail (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/14/11)
Beshear, Dems tour the state (NKY.com, 10/14/11)
Beshear: Flanery e-mail fundraising matter ’settled’ (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/14/11)
Economists cautiously optimistic about KY budget, despite fears of double-dip recession (cn|2 Politics, 10/14/11)
Economists predict modest growth for state revenues over next two years (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/14/11)
State employees have given nearly $850K to Beshear (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/14/11)
Non-partisan group says gubernatorial candidates lack courage (WFPL, 10/13/11)
Gubernatorial finance records show Beshear outraising Williams 4 to 1 (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/13/11)
Beshear raises 6 times what Williams does as former colleagues, state employees give big (cn|2 Politics, 10/13/11)
When it comes to fundraising, reports show every race has a front-runner (cn|2 Politics, 10/13/11)
KY finance secretary used state e-mail to solicit campaign funds for Beshear (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/13/11)
Dems unveil bus tour (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/13/11)
Lexington pastor makes robo-call urging pro-life voters to support Williams-Farmer (cn|2 Politics, 10/13/11)
Gov. Steve Beshear reports raising $4M for campaign, David Williams takes in $1M (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/13/11)
Debate Analysis: Did the candidates for governor accomplish their goals? (cn|2 Politics, 10/12/11)
Beshear rakes in $9.5M for re-election bid; Galbraith takes in $165K (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/12/11)
KY gubernatorial candidates face off in debate (WLKY, 10/12/11)
Kentucky gubernatorial candidates make points, exchange barbs in debate (Louisville Courier-Journal,10/12/11)
Dea Riley brings energy, and baggage, to Gatewood Galbraith’s campaign (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/12/11)
Kentucky ethics panel reprimands and fines state Rep. Keith Hall (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/11/11)
Beam, Kentucky officials celebrate (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/11/11)
Debate features all 3 Kentucky gubernatorial candidates (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/11/11)
Live Blog: 2011 Gubernatorial debate in Richmond (cn|2 Politics, 10/11/11)
Gubernatorial debate offers few surprises (WFPL, 10/11/11)
Beshear defends jobs record in first debate (NKY.com, 10/11/11)
Many of Gov. Beshear’s 2007 campaign pledges remain undone (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/10/11)
State revenues up in September; sales tax fuels growth (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/10/11)
Feds subpoena current and former Kentucky Retirement Systems execs (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/10/11)
State auditor candidates face questions about qualifications (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/10/11)
Sec State candidate Grimes downplays gubernatorial ambitions (cn|2 Politics, 10/10/11)
Governor’s race heading for ‘blowout’ but GOP ads could bolster down-ticket candidates (cn|2 Politics, 10/10/11)
Report doesn’t shed light on source of $1.3M for ads attacking Beshear (NKY.com, 10/10/11)
Independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith wants to make the system work (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/9/11)
Commentary: Rand Paul is still a puzzling presence (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/9/11)
Commentary: Race for governor has been a letdown (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/9/11)
Lt. Gov candidate Riley backs mountain-top mining protesters (The State Journal, 10/9/11)
Bankruptcy surfaces as issue in auditor’s race (Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/8/11)
Galbraith running mate Dea Riley is out to promote Kentucky (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/8/11)
Political group has spent $1.365M backing Williams for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/8/11)
Top Democrats announce plans to battle prescription drug abuse (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/7/11)
Source of $1.3M spent on ads attacking Beshear unclear (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/7/11)
Steve Beshear pushes proposal to curb prescription abuse (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/7/11)
After GOP’s Restoring America ads, Gov. Beshear says his campaign has ‘adjusted’ (cn|2 Politics, 10/7/11)
GOP super PAC spends $1.365 million in governor’s race (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/7/11)
State officials announce multipronged effort to reduce impact of prescription drug abuse (Kentucky Forward, 10/7/11)
Tea Party leader: Ditch Williams message not personal (WFPL, 10/7/11)
Beshear campaigns in central Kentucky, touts NRA rating (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/6/11)
David Williams visits WFPL, drama ensues (LEO Weekly, 10/6/11)
Audio: News special – David Williams, the interview (WFPL, 10/6/11)
Tea Party knives are out for David Williams (LEO Weekly, 10/6/11)
Kentucky House, Senate leaders at odds on redistricting (Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/6/11)
Williams challenges Beshear, dismisses poll numbers and tea party critics (WFPL, 10/6/11)
NRA gives ‘A’ ratings to Beshear, Williams (Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/6/11)
Beshear, Dem leaders announce plans to battle prescription drug abuse (Lexington Herald-Leader,10/6/11)
Conway says politics will not influence election complaints (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/6/11)
Lt. Gov candidate Riley says voting independent isn’t a ‘wasted vote,’ says ticket will be well-funded(cn|2 Politics, 10/6/11)
At Kentucky League of Cities conference, Beshear says better financial days are ahead (cn|2 Politics, 10/6/11)
Former Sec of State Grayson says Bill Johnson is ‘wrong’ on homeless voting issue (cn|2 Politics, 10/6/11)
Democratic leaders to push proposal to crack down on pain clinics and track prescriptions (cn|2 Politics, 10/6/11)
Voter turnout for Kentucky’s November election co

JULY 2011

Commentary: David Williams is down but far from out (Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/31/11)
Williams ready to face Gov. Beshear (Richmond Register, 7/31/11)
Commentary: Gov. Beshear ’schedule’ invited trouble with Obama’s Fort Campbell visit (Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/31/11)
Beshear has big lead on Williams in Kentucky gov race, Bluegrass Poll says (Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/31/11)
Business leaders to meet with Beshear on unemployment insurance (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/29/11)
Green Party faces tough fight for recognition in Kentucky (Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/29/11)
Beshear aide allegedly gave coal industry early word of regulator’s firing (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/29/11)
Williams calls for special session to fix unemployment insurance issue (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/29/11)
Beshear denies accusation that he misled public about Obama visit (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/28/11)
Kentucky gov race makes #6 on list of nation’s most competitive (Politico, 7/28/11)
Beshear: Lawmakers must ‘get their act together’ on federal debt deal (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/28/11)
Obama, not Beshear, skipped invite (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/27/11)
Opinion: In a summer of political discontent, those in middle see few alternatives (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/27/11)
Claims about unemployment increase during Beshear’s term true (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/27/11)
State deposits $121 million in Rainy Day Fund (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/27/11)
Legislators spar over homeless voter registration and independents voting in primaries (cn|2 Politics, 7/26/11)
RGA-group’s latest ad: ‘Work would be good’ (cn|2 Politics, 7/25/11)
RGA launches second TV ad supporting Williams (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/25/11)
Forgy says Beshear wants Obama re-elected, has taken ‘boodling’ to an art form (cn|2 Politics, 7/25/11)
Dem Speaker: Expanded gambling unlikely to pass until Senate leadership changes (cn|2 Politics, 7/22/11)
Galbraith files to become independent candidate for governor (Lexington Herald Leader, 7/22/11)
Feds deny request to delay new insurance rules to 2014 (Lexington Herald Leader, 7/22/11)
Williams challenges Beshear on gambling proposal (WNCT, 7/21/11)
It’s official: Galbraith a candidate for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/21/11)
Galbraith turns in 7,396 signatures to be on ballot, says status quo won’t change KY (cn|2 Politics, 7/21/11)
Beshear, Williams reach out to KY farm leaders (WNCT, 7/20/11)
Beshear, Williams spar on gambling, leadership at forum (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/20/11)
Williams turns red over Beshear’s ‘orange’ comment as they argue over taxes, education (cn|2 Politics, 7/20/11)
Even though they disagree on issue, Williams and Beshear lay out path for expanded gambling(cn|2 Politics, 7/20/11)
Williams-Farmer campaign airs first ad (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/19/11)
David Williams takes personal approach in new ad by focusing on father (cn|2 Politics, 7/19/11)
Republican Super PAC to get involved in KY 2011 races (cn|2 Politics, 7/18/11)
In pre-Fancy Farm shots, political parties telegraph their potential gimmicks (cn|2 Politics, 7/18/11)
GOP rips Beshear for use of state aircraft and Speedway traffic snarl (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/18/11)
Beshear-Abramson campaign touts economic records in new TV ads (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/18/11)
Beshear’s new ads stick with jobs theme on the heels of RGA commercials (cn|2 Politics, 7/18/11)
Galbraith’s volunteer campaign manager departs (cn|2 Politics, 7/15/11)
Galbraith expects to make race for gov official next Thursday (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/15/11)
Williams and Galbraith debate (Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/14/11)
Williams takes shots at Beshear, JCTA (cn|2 Politics, 7/12/11)
At forum without Beshear, Williams calls for dissolution of Jefferson school board (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/12/11)
Higher than expected general fund receipts could mean big boost to rainy day fund; road receipts also up (cn|2 Politics, 7/12/11)
Judge orders mediation in Richie farmer divorce case (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/12/11)
RGA launches TV ads for David Williams, website against Steve Beshear (cn|2 Politics, 7/11/11)
Former KDP chair says governor’s race is preventing tax reform, which must happen soon (cn|2 Politics, 7/11/11)
RGA launches TV ad to support Williams for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/11/11)
Williams: Legislature will hold hearings on Speedway traffic problems (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/11/11)
Opinion: Republicans should pay very close to the Tea Party (Richmond Register, 7/10/11)
Coal workers fuel Kentucky primary candidates (Louisville Courier-Journal, 7/9/11)
Two women involved in Ag Dept hiring investigation resign, Personnel Board to continue investigation (cn|2 Politics, 7/8/11)
Williams’ campaign accuses Beshear of ducking face-to-face events (Louisville Courier-Journal,7/8/11)
Most Kentucky Medicaid recipients will choose a company to manage their care (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/8/11)
Beshear declines to appear twice next week with Williams (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/8/11)
Two women at center of Ag Dept investigation resign (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/8/11)
Gubernatorial candidates will speak at Fancy Farm picnic (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/7/11)
Beshear still against tax and pension reform, despite opinions from leaders of both parties (cn|2 Politics, 7/7/11)
Beshear announces 3 new companies to manage Medicaid statewide, narrowly balances ‘12 Medicaid budget (cn|2 Politics, 7/7/11)
Private companies will mange most of Kentucky’s Medicaid plan (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/7/11)
Kentucky’s request to delay portion of federal health care bill still pending (Lexington Herald-Leader,7/6/11)
Fancy Farm schedules speakers for annual political picnic (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/6/11)
David Williams says win or lose, he’ll be in Frankfort longer than Gov. Beshear (cn|2 Politics, 7/6/11)
Williams expresses doubt about Beshear’s handling of Medicaid, expects Beshear fly-around(Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/6/11)
Chief justice suspends hiring freeze for judicial branch (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/1/11)
Galbraith-Riley ticket sponsoring film contest to make campaign commercials (cn|2 Politics, 7/1/11)

JUNE 2011

GOP lawmaker says Beshear implementing managed care programs too quickly (cn|2 Politics, 6/30/11)
NEA names Beshear this year’s ‘Greatest Education Governor’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/30/11)
Dem lawmaker: Beshear not aggressive enough, Williams has been hypocritical (cn|2 Politics, 6/29/11)
Dem legislator pledges to push again for reforms in state pension system (Lexington Herald-Leader,6/29/11)
New education group starts by putting focus on No Child Left Behind’s effect on KY (cn|2 Politics, 6/28/11)
Tea Party opposes any delay in state GOP reorganization elections (Lexington Herald-Leader,6/27/11)
Economic group says eliminating Kentucky’s corporate taxes wouldn’t be very beneficial to state(cn|2 Politics, 6/24/11)
Williams calls NCLB request a ‘farce’ (cn|2 Politics, 6/24/11)
Update on 2011 Southern governor’s races (Southern Political Report, 6/22/11)
Williams backs away from Forgy statements about Abramson’s faith (cn|2 Politics, 6/22/11)
Williams raises $1.4 million during primary, leaves $90K plus Barbour fundraiser for general election (cn|2 Politics, 6/21/11)
Beshear campaign says it has raised $1.5M since primary (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/20/11)
Kentucky seeks to replace No Child Left Behind standards (Louisville Courier-Journal, 6/20/11)
Beshear first guv to request exemptions from the No Child Left Behind law (cn|2 Politics, 6/20/11)
“To attract NY and Hollywood Jewish money” in Kentucky (Politico, 6/20/11)
Beshear has big money lead as general election campaign begins (Louisville Courier-Journal,6/20/11)
Religion could play silent role in gubernatorial race (WFPL, 6/20/11)
Beshear requests waiver from No Child Left Behind standards (WFPL, 6/20/11)
Beshear raised $4.8M in primary, starts general election with nearly $4M (cn|2 Politics, 6/20/11)
Gubernatorial campaigns say any candidate’s religion isn’t an issue (Lexington Herald-Leader,6/19/11)
McConnell: Kentucky terror suspects should be tried in military court (The Hill, 6/19/11)
Choose another people! Why Kentucky political figure’s anti-Semitic taunts will backfire (Huffington Post, 6/19/11)
David Williams slobbers all over hate group president Frank Simon, again (Barefoot and Progressive, 6/18/11)
David Williams courts Louisville tea party group (Louisville Courier-Journal, 6/18/11)
Opinion: Candidates should prove their worth (Richmond Register, 6/18/11)
Republicans raise $700K at Thursday fundraiser (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/17/11)
Republicans criticize Jerry Abramson for ’slush fund scandal’ (Louisville.com, 6/17/11)
Audio: Another tug-o-war over location of terrorism trial (NPR, 6/17/11)
McConnell says Bowling Green terrorist case is unique, wants accused terrorists sent to Cuba (cn|2 Politics, 6/17/11)
More Kentucky politicians call for terrorism suspects to be moved to Gitmo (Lexington Herald-Leader,6/17/11)
Personnel records raise more questions about ‘burrowing’ in KY Agriculture Dept (cn|2 Politics, 6/16/11)
Williams wants Bowling Green suspects moved to Gitmo (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/16/11)
Beshear again selling surplus state property (WFPL, 6/16/11)
Beshear ‘fine’ with moving Iraqi terror suspects (Forbes, 6/16/11)
Beshear wants terror suspects out of Kentucky (WFPL, 6/16/11)
AG and senator clash on where to try terror suspects (New York Times, 6/16/11)
Editorial: McConnell’s Gitmo ploy (Louisville Courier-Journal, 6/16/11)
527 group created to ’support Democratic candidates’ in 2011 KY elections (cn|2 Politics, 6/15/11)
State employees spark prove’ might avoid furloughs (cn|2 Politics, 6/15/11)
Northern Kentucky leaders prepare funding requests (Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/14/11)
Galbraith wants signatures verified as legitimate (Ashland Daily Independent, 6/14/11)
Tea party members forming PACs (Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/13/11)
Tea party activists forming political action committees to back candidates in KY (Greenfield Reporter,6/13/11)
Former blogger: Power of incumbency, ‘fracture’ among some Republicans mark election (cn|2 Politics, 6/13/11)
Dem lawmaker says 2012 legislature should deal with pensions, increase education funding (cn|2 Politics, 6/13/11)
SecState Grayson: Some Republicans can flip poll results once they get names and message out (cn|2 Politics, 6/13/11)
Political climate unpredictable (Richmond Register, 6/12/11)
Williams campaign disputes cn|2 poll (WFPL, 6/10/11)
A Beshear boomlet (National Journal, 6/10/11)
State receipts up 17% in May, state on track for surplus (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/10/11)
Beshear says furloughs off the table in 2012 with news of state revenues remaining high (cn|2 Politics, 6/10/11)
Down ballot Democrats begin with leads (cn|2 Politics, 6/10/11)
Personnel board grants request for investigation into two merit hires in Dept of Ag (cn|2 Politics, 6/10/11)
Personnel Board votes to investigate Ag Department hirings (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/10/11)
Galbraith talks jobs, education on stop in BG (Bowling Green Daily News, 6/9/11)
Beshear leads Williams by 21 points after incumbent’s ad blitz (cn|2 Politics, 6/9/11)
Lawmakers question state’s readiness for Medicaid managed care (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/11)
David Williams will burn Kentucky to the ground (They Gave Us a Republic…, 6/8/11)
Galbraith claims no allegiance to party (Murray Ledger & Times, 6/8/11)
Report: Beshear claim ‘mostly true’ (Cincinnati Enquirer, 6/8/11)
Williams’ ‘thin skin’ could hurt him; Beshear should change tune on pensions, says Sen. Stein (cn|2 Politics, 6/8/11)
Allegation of ‘burrowing’ at heart of request for investigation into Ag Dept (cn|2 Politics, 6/8/11)
Veteran political columnist says newspapers and Kentucky’s leadership must change with the times(cn|2 Politics, 6/8/11)
Personnel Board seeks investigation of hirings in Agriculture Dept (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/8/11)
Campaign Watchdog: Beshear’s budget-cutting claims mostly true (Lexington Herald-Leader,6/7/11)
Williams praises WI governor’s union crackdown (WFPL, 6/7/11)
Bipartisan agreement as KY Dems and GOPers place bullseye on EPA (cn|2 Politics, 6/7/11)
Personnel Board’s vice chair requests probe into hiring of 2 Agriculture Dept directors (cn|2 Politics, 6/7/11)
Williams says he’s for Right to Work (cn|2 Politics, 6/7/11)
Beshear unable to attend Texas governor’s ‘Day of Prayer’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/7/11)
Longtime McConnell aide handicaps fall races (cn|2 Politics, 6/6/11)
Gatewood Galbraith running for governor again (Evansville Courier Press, 6/6/11)
Beshear’s newest ad seeks to highlight role in balancing budget, handling economy (cn|2 Politics, 6/6/11)
Commentary: Independent Galbraith could revitalize Frankfort politics (Yahoo!, 6/2/11)
Bridges project cost could be cut by $1.2 billion (WLKY, 6/2/11)
Governor, Mayor have plan to save $1.2B on new Louisville bridges (Louisville Examiner, 6/2/11)
Opinion: Beshear wrong about ‘war on coal’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/1/11)
Conservationist says Beshear wrong about “war on coal” (WFPL, 6/1/11)
AG Conway says GOP is ‘out of bounds’ for making a political issue out of his brother’s troubles (cn|2 Politics, 6/1/11)
Six counties selected for election audit (Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/1/11)
MAY 2011
Williams, Stumbo don’t plan to refund pay (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/31/11)
Cultural districts aim to help Kentucky tourism, development (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/31/11)
Kentucky’s 6th District should remain competitive when lines are redrawn, Senator says (cn|2 Politics, 5/31/11)
Gov. Beshear unveils new cultural districts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/31/11)
Top lawmakers not on list of those refunding state (WXIX, 5/30/11)
Could GOP overreach mean trouble for Williams? (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/29/11)
Can the Kentucky GOP unite? (Richmond Register, 5/29/11)
Galbraith has 5K signatures on petition to be on KY gubernatorial ballot (Ballot Access News, 5/28/11)
Gov. Beshear extends statewide price-gouging protections (iSurf Muhlenberg, 5/27/11)
David Williams, Rand Paul and the Kentucky Tea Party movement (The Other McCain, 5/27/11)
Beshear releases 2nd list of GOP supporters (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/27/11)
Editorial: Not that much to investigate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/27/11)
Galbraith predicts he’ll raise $500K and says Williams is the GOP opponent he wanted (cn|2 Politics, 5/27/11)
Hearing canceled in Richie Farmer divorce case (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/26/11)
Emails raise questions about Richie Farmer’s reporting of personal mileage (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/26/11)
Dem Speaker backs plan to broaden sales tax, eliminate corporate income tax (cn|2 Politics, 5/26/11)
More on Beshear/KRS story (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/26/11)
Moffett’s manager creates new PAC in aftermath of gubernatorial primary (cn|2 Politics, 5/25/11)
GOP wants investigation of calls by Beshear’s office to pension agency (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/25/11)
RPK calls out Conway over pension scandal (WFPL, 5/25/11)
Report: Beshear’s office sought meetings for supporters (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/25/11)
Plan to let Beshear veto Medicaid budget fix came from House leaders, Stumbo says (cn|2 Politics, 5/25/11)
Beshear’s office sought meetings for political allies at pension agency (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/24/11)
Williams-Farmer campaign gets new manager (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/24/11)
Williams hires new campaign manager (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/24/11)
Williams hires new campaign manager from Rubio’s office (cn|2 Politics, 5/24/11)
Stumbo says Williams has uphill battle vs. Beshear, says ‘we’ll see’ to 2015 run (cn|2 Politics, 5/24/11)
TEA Party favorite Phil Moffett refuses to endorse Williams (Bluegrass Bulletin, 5/23/11)
Audio: GOP unity rally (WKMS, 5/23/11)
Influencer Spotlight: How Phil Moffett’s next moves can affect the governor’s race (cn|2 Politics, 5/23/11)
Beshear’s ad seeks to define incumbent and inoculate against high unemployment criticism (cn|2 Politics, 5/23/11)
How Phil Moffett’s next moves can affect the governor’s race (cn|2 Politics, 5/23/11)
Beshear releases first TV ad of fall campaign (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/23/11)
Galbraith reaching out to tea party (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/23/11)
Republicans go for show of unity, but hints of cracks appear (Times-Tribune, 5/23/11)
Opening words: Lt. Gov. hopeful Farmer seeks to re-set, while Abramson adjusts to being sidekick(cn|2 Politics, 5/22/11)
Tea party’s role in primary debated (Chillicothe Gazette, 5/22/11)
Williams to GOP unity rally: ‘I do have a heart’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/22/11)
Beshear cites his roots in first campaign commercial (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/22/11)
Williams takes aim at Beshear; analysts predict an ugly race (Chillicothe Gazette, 5/22/11)
A look ahead at the general election (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/22/11)
At GOP unity rally, McConnell says a vote for Williams would be a vote against Obama (cn|2 Politics, 5/21/11)
Republican leaders try to unify party at Frankfort rally (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/21/11)
Commentary: Williams will need the help of many (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/20/11)
Northern Kentucky an X-factor for Williams campaign (Zanesville Times-Recorder, 5/20/11)
Williams criticizes Beshear for not attending Obama’s recent Kentucky visit (WKYT, 5/20/11)
Williams running hard against Courier-Journal (WFPL, 5/20/11)
Republican Party will be united for fall campaign, Thayer says (cn|2 Politics, 5/20/11)
Political scientist says Williams has to go negative, Beshear smart to start running ads early (cn|2 Politics, 5/20/11)
Race is on for candidates to set the tone — Beshear as a job creator, Williams as a stronger leader(cn|2 Politics, 5/20/11)
Democrat Beshear rolls out names of Republican supporters on eve of GOP unity rally (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/20/11)
Western Kentucky will be key battleground in race for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/19/11)
Tea Party celebrates despite loss to David Williams (Times-Tribune, 5/19/11)
Williams ad inaccurately attributes 3 quote to C-J (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/19/11)
GOP AG candidate P’Pool says he plans ‘independent’ race from GOP slate (cn|2 Politics, 5/19/11)
Haley Barbour will raise money for Williams-Farmer campaign (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/19/11)
How unhappy is the Tea Party? Activists bummed about David Williams, peeved at Rand Paul (cn|2 Politics, 5/19/11)
$43 million tax break approved for Ark Encounter theme park (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/19/11)
Galbraith to pay tobacco shops to help collect signatures (cn|2 Politics, 5/18/11)
Western Kentucky will be key battleground in race for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/18/11)
Beshear’s re-election campaign to launch first ad of general election on Monday (cn|2 Politics, 5/18/11)
Can the GOP nationalize Kentucky’s governors race? (National Review, 5/18/11)
Beshear ready for tough battle with Williams (WFPL, 5/18/11)
Sec of State: Low voter turnout is an embarrassment (Bowling Green Daily News, 5/18/11)
Rural/urban GOP divide? Williams loses ‘golden triangle’ but dominates ‘old 5th’ (cn|3 Politics, 5/18/11)
Williams wastes no time going after Beshear during acceptance speech (cn|2 Politics, 5/17/11)
Moffett says he’ll be with Williams at unity rally and that GOP needs the tea party (cn|2 Politics, 5/17/11)
Kentucky Primary election results (cn|2 Politics, 5/17/11)
Williams wins KY GOP primary in low turnout election (Washington Post, 5/17/11)
Tea Party celebrates Moffett’s showing (WFPL, 5/17/11)
Republican Governors Association quick to support Williams (WFPL, 5/17/11)
O’Malley, echoing his own race, stumps for Kentucky governor (Washington Post, 5/16/11)
KDP, Williams launch war of words (WFPL, 5/16/11)
Video: O’Malley make KY a top Dem priority; says Williams will take state backwards (cn|2 Politics, 5/16/11)
Phil Moffett and GOP lawmaker disagree on the importance of political experience (cn|2 Politics, 5/16/11)
Williams brings back Aqua Buddha in response to Democrats’ criticism on election eve (cn|2 Politics, 5/16/11)
Democratic Party has reimbursed state $85K for Beshear’s use of state plane (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/16/11)
David Williams urges Republicans to vote; fends off Democrats’ criticisms (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/16/11)
Grayson’s post primary to-do list for Republicans: get unified quickly, stay on message (cn|2 Politics, 5/15/11)
Commentary: Obama took risk, Beshear didn’t (Richmond Register, 5/15/11)
Where the candidates stand on the issues (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/15/11)
Beshear prepared to campaign against Republican opponent (WAVE, 5/15/11)
Holsclaw tells crowd she still can win primary (WLKY, 5/15/11)
Editorial: Williams’ vile ad (w/video) (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/14/11)
Turnout likely to be low in GOP guber primary as race generates little buzz (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/14/11)
Judge ‘disturbed’ that sealed files in David Williams’ divorce case had been opened (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/14/11)
Kentucky a top priority of Democratic Governors Association (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/14/11)
Opinion: Primary to reflect on Gov. Beshear (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/14/11)
No Northern Kentucky stops for Williams Monday (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/13/11)
With clock ticking down, Moffett finally gets adds on the radio (cn|2 Politics, 5/13/11)
Judge releases depositions in Williams divorce case (cn|2 Politics, 5/13/11)
The Away Games – GOP gubernatorial candidates test messages outside home bases (cn|2 Politics, 5/12/11)
Endorsement: Williams has edge in GOP’s KY governor race (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/12/11)
Williams concentrates efforts in GOP stronghold (Fox19, 5/12/11)
GOP strategist: Williams should cruise to nomination, can start again with clean slate (cn|2 Politics, 5/12/11)
Moffett: Reject failed government, bring business skills to Frankfort (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/12/11)
Kentucky GOP gubernatorial rivals press for tax reform (Forbes, 5/12/11)
Tea party not powering Phil Moffett as it did Rand Paul (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/12/11)
Three vie for GOP gubernatorial nomination (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/12/11)
Endorsement: Williams has edge in GOP’s Kentucky governor’s contest (Cincinnati Enquirer,5/12/11)
Holsclaw: Vote for only candidate with platform for growth, success (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/12/11)
Beshear: World Equestrian Games helped boost tourism’s economic impact (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/12/11)
Moffett stresses tea party ties in radio ads (The Republic, 5/12/11)
Poll: Williams/Farmer lead by 26 points (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/11/11)
Judge may open part of David Williams’ divorce deposition (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/11/11)
Video: GOP candidates for governor fire back (WAVE, 5/11/11)
David Williams pushes neighborhood schools issue in Jefferson County (Louisville Courier-Journal,5/11/11)
Bluegrass Poll: Williams maintains big lead in GOP primary (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/11/11)
Grayson says name ID will be key in Tuesday’s low-turnout primary (cn|2 Politics, 5/11/11)
May 17th primary turnout could be lowest in a decade (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/10/11)
GOP lawmaker says low turnout could lead to primary surprises (cn|2 Politics, 5/10/11)
Beshear-Abramson continue fund-raising blitz (Louisville Business Journal, 5/10/11)
GOP gubernatorial candidates on attack at KET forum (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/10/11)
GOP guber hopefuls differ on gambling, smoking (Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/10/11)
State revenues increase 7.9% in April (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/10/11)
William holds no punches on campaign trail (iSurfHopkins, 5/10/11)
David Williams shrugs off critics in bid for Kentucky governor (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/9/11)
Would-be GOP governors slug it out (Chillicothe Gazette, 5/9/11)
Beshear out-raises all challengers (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/9/11)
Sparks fly at GOP gubernatorial debate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/9/11)
GOP lawmaker defends Williams’ ’strong’ style and says Farmer isn’t a liability to ticket (cn|2 Politics, 5/9/11)
Video: New David Williams radio ad on education airs (Barefoot and Progressive, 5/9/11)
Williams-Farmer ticket raises nearly $77K in April, Beshear raises $222K (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/9/11)
Democrats push David Williams to detail personal finances (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/9/11)
David Williams fighting ‘bully’ label in run for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/8/11)
‘An odd primary’ at hand (Richmond Register, 5/8/11)
Gubernatorial candidate David Williams questioned about Richie Farmer (Winchester Sun, 5/7/11)
Williams-Farmer spends big since mid-April (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/6/11)
GOP hopefuls stump in NKY (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/6/11)
GOP hopefuls take their case to Northern Kentucky (Marion Star, 5/6/11)
Beshear: State workers will have 6th furlough day despite budget surplus (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/6/11)
Williams/Farmer ticket leads GOP primary, followed by ‘undecideds’ (cn|2 Politics, 5/5/11)
Beshear will miss Obama’s visit to Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/5/11)
Richie Farmer to pay back taxes on personal mileage (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/5/11)
Williams’ bus tour rolls into N. Kentucky (Chillicothe Gazette, 5/5/11)
Moffett attacked for industrial hemp stance (Bloomberg Businessweek, 5/5/11)
Williams’ radio ad titles him ‘a job creator’ (Fox41, 5/5/11)
GM to invest $131M at Kentucky Corvette plant (Reuters, 5/4/11)
“News” flash: Richie Farmer played basketball (WFPL, 5/4/11)
Williams-Farmer campaign releases new TV ad (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/4/11)
Richie Farmer turning out to be defense liability (Washington Post, 5/4/11)
Farmer’s woes get national attention (Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/4/11)
Richie Farmer failed to report personal use of state vehicle for tax purposes (Lexington Herald-Leader,5/4/11)
Video: David Williams says he’d rather approve new district lines long before January (cn|2 Politics, 5/4/11)
State airplanes sold (WFPL, 5/3/11)
Disaster spending devours surplus (WFPL, 5/3/11)
Kentucky projects $64 million surplus by end of June (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/3/11)
Holsclaw adds about $4,000 to campaign fund (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/3/11)
At Lt. Governor’s forum, Farmer defends expenditures (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/3/11)
David Williams’ new ads promise to create jobs but don’t outline how (cn|2 Politics, 5/3/11)
Holcslaw consultant calls into KET debate under different name to ask Richie Farmer a question(cn|2 Politics, 5/3/11)
Williams, Farmer launch statewide tour in blue-and-white bus (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/3/11)
Kentucky projects $64 million surplus by end of June (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/2/11)
Long odds don’t faze GOP hopeful Bobbie Holsclaw (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/2/11)
Farmer: ‘Let the people decide’ whether to have expanded gambling (Louisville Courier-Journal,5/2/11)
Hoslclaw’s running mate Bill Vermillion shares her conservative principles (Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/2/11)
GOP Lt. Gov. candidates agree to take part in unpaid furloughs (Daily Journal, 5/2/11)
Video: Williams-Farmer release bus tour trailer (WFPL, 5/2/11)
Holsclaw battling underdog status in GOP governor’s race (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/1/11)
Republican candidates blast Beshear (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/1/11)
Vermillion relies on varied life experiences while campaigning (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/1/11)
Commentary: Some guffaws, little suspense in GOP primary (Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/1/11)
APRIL 2011
Williams, Moffett take on Beshear at Fayette GOP dinner (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/30/11)
Degrees of burden: Measuring the impact of more tuition hikes at state universities (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/24/11)
Tea Party members deny that Williams has their support (Richmond Register, 4/29/11)
Williams and Farmer kick-off campaign tour (Times-Tribune, 4/29/11)
Campaign week in review: Ads, endorsements, bus tours and ‘no regrets’ (cn|2 Politics, 4/29/11)
Were their ethics just lost in the flood? (Louisville.com, 4/29/11)
Williams, ex-wife oppose to unsealing divorce depositions (Fox19, 4/29/11)
RGA lays groundwork to form committee, pump money into Kentucky (cn|2 Politics, 4/29/11)
Video: Farmer – untrue stories are ‘aggravating’ (WHAS, 4/28/11)
Election official issues warning to Phil Moffett camp (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/28/11)
Farmer spent more than $7,000 for Louisville stays during state fair (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/28/11)
Richie Farmer says he has ‘no regrets’ about  hotel, state fair spending (cn|2 Politics, 4/28/11)
Williams and Farmer defend Farmer’s state expenses and begin bus tour (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/28/11)
Storm damage exceeds $34 million; more still to come (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/27/11)
Kentucky gun group endorses Phil Moffett (The Journal News, 4/27/11)
Williams says Farmer’s hotel bill was not a bad expenditure, Parties squabble over Lt. Gov candidates (cn|2 Politics, 4/27/11)
Democrats chide Williams for defending Farmer’s Sweet 16 expenses (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/27/11)
KDP renews call that Farmer reimburse state for luxury suites (WFPL, 4/27/11)
Audio: Moffett says abortion is murder (WFPL, 4/27/11)
Editorial: Williams, Farmer injuring their own image (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/27/11)
Harmon favors drug testing for recipients of public assistance, state workers and candidates (cn|2 Politics, 4/27/11)
Farmer reverses on furlough money (Ashland Independent, 4/26/11)
Farmer donates furlough salary, apologizes (WFPL, 4/26/11)
That ark built yet? (Louisville.com, 4/26/11)
Richie Farmer reverses course, will participate in state furlough (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/26/11)
Harmon says David Williams wasn’t happy about competition in primary (cn|2 Politics, 4/25/11)
KY Democratic chief calls on Farmer to reimburse state for Sweet 16 suite (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/25/11)
Long shot Phil Moffett a favorite of tea party (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/25/11)
Long-shot Moffett a favorite of the tea party (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/25/11)
Lt. Gov candidate Riley says she went indy after GOP and Dems let Kentucky down (cn|2 Politics, 4/24/11)
Degrees of burden: Measuring the impact of more tuition hikes at state universities (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/24/11)
Tax increases by another name: Tuition increases hurt Kentucky’s future (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/24/11)
Running mate Harmon aligned with Moffett on key issues (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/24/11)
Lite Gov candidate Harmon ‘felt God tugging on his heart to run for higher office’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/24/11)
Moffett’s distrust of government fuels his run for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/24/11)
Holsclaw speaks to WKU students (Bowling Green Daily News, 4/22/11)
Richie Farmer charged state for $359-a-night room during Sweet Sixteen (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/22/11)
GOP House member switches parties (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/22/11)
Tea Party PAC starts radio ad in support of Phil Moffett (cn|2 Politics, 4/21/11)
Video: Snippets of some snippiness at GOP gubernatorial debate (cn|2 Politics, 4/21/11)
Kentucky governor puts two state planes up for sale on eBay (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/21/11)
Moffett reports $100K raised to-date (Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/21/11)
After Moffett slams Williams for state debt, Williams hammers Moffett for his own campaign finances (cn|2 Politics, 4/21/11)
Williams-Farmer holds big fund-raising lead in GOP primary (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/21/11)
Moffett reports raising $31,000 in last 3 months (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/21/11)
Williams lectures Moffett on campaign fundraising reports (WFPL, 4/21/11)
Williams raises $446,943 in most recent report, outpacing GOP primary rivals (cn|2 Politics, 4/20/11)
Despite poor fundraising Holsclaw remains confident (WFPL, 4/20/11)
Williams reports raising $450,000 (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/20/11)
O’Malley to Kentucky on the eve of the gubernatorial primary (Politico, 4/20/11)
Williams confident during NKY stop (Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/20/11)
Bobbie Holsclaw backs gambling amendment (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/19/11)
Kasich, Beshear meet on common issues (Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/19/11)
Beshears report $166,244 in income on 2010 tax returns (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/19/11)
Holsclaw revises campaign reports; unveils platform (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/19/11)
Beshears report $166,244 in income on 2010 tax returns (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/19/11)
Post-primary unity sought within GOP (Chillicothe Gazette, 4/18/11)
Census: A lot of Kentuckians will get a new congressman (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/18/11)
Beshear raises $1.27 million for campaign in first three months of year (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/18/11)
State workers group unhappy with Beshear and Farmer over furlough issues (cn|2 Politics, 4/17/11)
Sen. Williams: He won’t gamble with all the details (Evansville Courier & Press, 4/16/11)
Moffett joins Tea Party tax day rallying for change in Washington (Bowling Green Daily News,4/16/11)
Bluegrass Poll shows Williams winning GOP nod, Beshear ahead by double-digits in November(Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/16/11)
Holsclaw releases tax info; urges GOP opponents to do the same (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/16/11)
Lawmaker pensions become election issue in Kentucky governor’s race (Beaumont Enterprise,4/16/11)
Holsclaw releases income tax records (Louisville Courier-Journal, 4/15/11)
Florida Governor changes course; will allow tracking of prescription pain pill purchases (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/14/11)
Hearing in Farmer divorce case set for May 26 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/14/11)
Holsclaw first to report finances – raised only $7,240 (cn|2 Politics, 4/14/11)
Williams continues radio assault; release two more radio ads (cn|2 Politics, 4/14/11)
The Chatter: Williams and Democrats go after each other (cn|2 Politics, 4/14/11)
Lawmaker provides his take on the frustration, brinksmanship, and political fallout of legislative sessions (cn|2 Politics, 4/13/11)
Beshear to testify before Congressional committee (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/13/11)
Distinguishing hemp supporters from head shops (Business Lexington, 4/12/11)
Richie Farmer’s wife files for divorce (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/10/11)
State officials share furlough pain, except Richie Farmer (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/9/11)
Dozens of Tea Party supporters rally for Moffett (Fox41, 4/9/11)
David Williams responds to news of divorce filing by Farmer’s wife (cn|2 Politics, 4/9/11)
Richie Farmer’s wife files for divorce (Barefoot and Progressive, 4/9/11)
Galbraith says he’s courting everyone from tea partiers to liberals in independent bid (cn|2 Politics, 4/8/11)
Moffett dials back expectations on money, lowering goal from $2 million to $200,000 (cn|2 Politics, 4/7/11)
Grimes downplays notion of split among Democrats, says sec of state should be an attorney (cn|2 Politics, 4/7/11)
Senate casts symbolic veto-override votes, adjourns (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/6/11)
Williams bashes big government in first TV ad (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/6/11)
KY Senate convenes, Democrat calls it ‘political theater’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/6/11)
Beshear airs first radio ad of re-election campaign (Fox19, 4/6/11)
Inside the General Assembly: It’s not easy being a state Senate Democrat (cn|2 Politics, 4/6/11)
Williams will go up with first TV ad one week after launching radio spot (cn|2 Politics, 4/6/11)
Tea party activists voice concerns over Williams, pledge support for Moffett despite fund-raising woes (cn|2 Politics, 4/5/11)
Moffett challenges Holsclaw to debate WFPL, 4/5/11)
Moffett’s ‘money bomb’ flops (The Republic, 4/5/11)
Richie Farmer says he understands reasons for proposed cuts, but prefers no additional cuts (cn|2 Politics, 4/5/11)
Senate to reconvene Wednesday, pay still in question (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/5/11)
Moffett rejects Holsclaw’s demand to quit governor’s race (WFPL, 4/4/11)
Tea Party lining up for Moffett in Kentucky governor’s race, but will it matter? (Lexington Herald-Leader, 4/4/11)
Moffett issues debate challenge (Bluegrass Bulletin, 4/4/11)
Bobbie Holsclaw not too fond of tea party (Barefoot and Progressive, 4/4/11)
Independent voters are ‘treated like second class citizens’ in Kentucky, says activist (cn|2 Politics, 4/4/11)
Gaming opponents support Williams despite gambling woes (WFPL, 4/4/11)
Williams reported $36K in gambling losses during divorce proceedings (Louisville Courier-Journal,4/2/11)
Moffett talks education reform during visit to WKU (Bowling Green Daily News, 4/2/11)
Williams reported significant personal gambling in 2003 divorce papers (Lexington Herald-Leader,4/2/11)
Holsclaw calls for Moffett to drop out of governor’s race (WAVE, 4/1/11)
MARCH 2011
Williams first on the radio with ad touting him as the ‘true conservative’ (cn|2 Politics, 3/30/11)
Phil Moffett gets support from high-profile tea party affiliated PAC (Louisville Courier-Journal,3/30/11)
Influencer spotlight: Will Paul’s presidential buzz affect KY tea party gubernatorial candidate? (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/11)
Louisville Tea Party endorses Moffett for GOP gubernatorial nomination (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/11)
Former Speaker braces for ‘difficult’ redistricting process after more people shifted to central Kentucky (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/11)
Talkin’ redistricting: Blogger Joe Sonka shares his political analysis of potential map (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/11)
Economist predicts Kentucky should meet revenue projections for 2012 (cn|2 Politics, 3/29/11)
The ghosts of redistricting past offer hints about what this round could look like (cn|2 Politics, 3/28/11)
Louisville’s Holsclaw skips KY fundraiser for DC (WAVE, 3/27/11)
Holsclaw skips GOP event in northern Kentucky (WSLS, 3/26/11)
Gov candidates: change needed in Frankfort (Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/26/11)
GOP gubernatorial candidates to campaign in northern Kentucky (Fox19, 3/26/11)
Moffett’s backers face drug charges (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/25/11)
Moffett’s Internet fundraiser set for April 4-5 (Fox 19, 3/25/11)
Beshear vetoes spending cuts contained in Medicaid budget fix (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/25/11)
From the Pure Politics Redistricting lab: Another version of a possible 2012 congressional map (cn|2 Politics, 3/25/11)
House passes senate budget fix after Beshear promises to veto spending cuts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/24/11)
Senate approves budget plan with cuts; Dem House Speaker rejects it (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/24/11)
To avoid gridlock, House agrees to Senate’s Medicaid plan to allow governor to veto cut provisions(cn|2 Politics, 3/24/11)
GOP House leader: Districts should be drawn to be more competitive – not just to protect incumbents(cn|2 Politics, 3/23/11)
Moffett says he doesn’t want to see Rand Paul run for president (cn|2 Politics, 3/22/11)
State Senate unlikely to agree to House compromise on Medicaid budget (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/22/11)
Fun with redistricting Kentucky’s 6th District (Barefoot and Progressive, 3/22/11)
Kentucky House approves bill to fix Medicaid budget (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/21/11)
Ron Paul’s internet fundraiser to help Moffett (WHAS, 3/21/11)
Beshear calls House talks on Medicaid options ‘constructive’ (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/16/11)
House works on possible Medicaid compromise as agencies outline impact of cuts (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/15/11)
Beshear and Williams wage campaign-style battle over Medicaid budget (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/14/11)
Beshear pushes Medicaid plan (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/13/11)
Commentary: It’s going to be wild in Frankfort (Richmond Register, 3/13/11)
Providers say Medicaid cuts would be ‘devastating’ to them and patients (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/12/11)
While calling the governor ‘weak’ and ’shrill,’ Williams bemoans the tone the debate has taken (cn|2 Politics, 3/10/11)
Winning and losing issues from Kentucky’s 2011 General Assembly (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/10/11)
Williams won’t say whether education cuts are negotiable (cn|2 Politics, 3/10/11)
Legislature adjourns, but Beshear orders them back on Monday (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/9/11)
Special session again? Senate says it will gavel in tomorrow and end 30-day session (cn|2 Politics, 3/8/11)
Leaders of state workers group growing more frustrated with furloughs (cn|2 Politics, 3/8/11)
Kentucky Senate rejects eight Beshear nominees (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/8/11)
Lawmakers expected to end session Wed without a budget fix (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/8/11)
After second round of negotiations, still no movement on state budget (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/8/11)
House leaders propose a compromise on state budget fix (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/7/11)
Beshear appoints Mongiardo’s business partner to $90K a year post (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/7/11)
House leaders propose a compromise on state budget fix (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/7/11)
Video: Awkward moments – Beshear and Williams tolerate each other, quickly shake hands (cn|2 Politics, 3/6/11)
Why Phil Moffett isn’t Rand Paul (National Journal, 3/4/11)
After day of posturing, lawmakers to negotiate state budget fix on Monday (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/4/11)
Poll shows Beshear leading potential GOP challengers (cn|2 Politics, 3/3/11)
Beshear signs into law sweeping bill to overhaul criminal code (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/3/11)
Time runs out for several notable House bills (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/3/11)
KY Senate revives controversial pension bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/3/11)
State Senate approves spending cuts despite protests from educators (Lexington Herald-Leader,3/2/11)
House panel kills bill to let independents vote in primary elections (Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/1/11)
FEBRUARY 2011
Beshear says he will sign into law sweeping prison bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/28/11)
Gubernatorial hopefuls speak at GOP event (Bowling Green Daily News, 2/27/11)
With clock ticking, Kentucky lawmakers still debating many high-profile bills (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/25/11)
Beshear signs bills letting optometrists perform some surgeries (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/25/11)
Galbraith comes out against mountaintop removal (Victoria Advocate, 2/24/11)
GOP candidate Holsclaw signs no-tax pledge but defends fee increases (cn|2 Politics, 2/24/11)
House panel defeats abortion bill by narrow margin (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/24/11)
Holsclaw’s challenge to optometry bill may not lead to charges (WFPL, 2/23/11)
The Frankfort balanced budget amendment cage match (Barefoot and Progressive, 2/23/11)
Beshear asks FL Gov not to cancel drug monitoring system (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/23/11)
RNC Committeewoman says she supports Williams in GOP primary (cn|2 Politics, 2/23/11)
House urges Beshear to stop state furloughs (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/23/11)
Sitting lawmakers have struggled  to 4-14 record in recent statewide primaries (cn|1 Politics, 2/23/11)
Tea Party’s Moffett slams Rand Paul proposal (WHAS, 2/22/11)
Holsclaw wants probe of quick passage of optometry bill (Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/22/11)
Report would ‘transform’ education, but critic says there’s nothing new (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/22/11)
State appeals judge’s ruling to let environmental groups intervene (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/22/11)
Rand Paul urges state lawmakers to call constitutional convention (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/22/11)
Judge bars transfer of money to balance state budget (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/21/11)
Education task force makes 35 recommendations (Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/21/11)
Beshear’s Cabinet massages King Coal’s back (Barefoot and Progressive, 2/21/11)
Opinion: My polluted Kentucky home (New York Times, 2/19/11)
Williams fakes another poll, and bravely leads the fight to protect the right to drop out of high school(Blue Bluegrass, 2/18/11)
Kentucky immigration bill clears committee (Evansville Courier & Press, 2/18/11)
Kentucky senator hopes to create ’sanctuary’ for coal industry (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/16/11)
Republican candidates for governor jockey for title of ‘real fiscal conservative’ (cn|2 Politics, 2/15/11)
Video: How has the legislative session intersected with the governor’s race? (cn|2 Politics, 2/15/11)
Sit-in at Kentucky governor’s office ends with ‘I love Mountains’ rally (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/14/11)
Kentucky GOPers pushing term changes and limits for Congress, state legislature (cn|2 Politics, 2/14/11)
Budget cuts should be judicious and should spare education, Kentucky Dems say (cn|2 Politics, 2/14/11)
Kentucky GOP candidates for governor spar over budget, leadership (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/13/11)
As Senate passes pension reform bill, Beshear says he doesn’t ’see a need’ for it (cn|2 Politics, 2/11/11)
Environmental activists take coal protest to the governor’s office — and stay there (cn|2 Politics, 2/11/11)
Not heard the last about Williams’ plasma TV (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/10/11)
Medicaid, dropout bills clear House committee (Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/8/11)
Kentucky House panel advances fix for Medicaid budget (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/8/11)
Role reversals rule in Frankfort (Zanesville Times Recorder, 2/7/11)
Commentary: Kentucky weak on enforcing clean-water rules (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/7/11)
Williams/Farmer releases internal poll showing 37-point lead in GOP primary (cn|2 Politics, 2/7/11)
Williams gives his $17K office TV to Senate, buys his own (Bluegrass Politics, 2/7/11)
Analysts debate legislative session, 2011 elections (cn|2 Politics, 2/7/11)
Texas Gov. Perry to keynote Kentucky GOP dinner (The Hill, 2/3/11)
Editorial: Beshear’s pandering hypocrisy (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/3/11)
Beshear will appeal court ruling on state budget (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/2/11)
Editorial: Beshear misfires (Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/2/11)
Holsclaw signs no-tax pledge (WAVE3, 2/2/11)
Williams proposes slashing six days from legislative session (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/2/11)
Holsclaw comes out against Williams’ tax reform proposal (RealClearPolitics, 2/2/11)
GOP Sen: Beshear administration marked by ‘wasted opportunities’ (cn|2 Politics, 2/2/11)
Governor’s race may be one ‘for the ages’ (Newer World, 2/2/11)
Gov. Beshear sees an improving economy in Kentucky (Bloomberg, 2/2/11)
Beshear builds image as fiscal conservative in speech to lawmakers (Lexington Herald-Leader,2/2/11)
House debates immigration bill (Cincinnati Enquirer, 2/2/11)
Beshear lays out his re-election strategy in State of the Commonwealth address (Barefoot and Progressive, 2/2/11)
Beshear decries national recession born of greed (Lexington  Herald-Leader, 2/1/11)
Gov. Beshear criticizes ‘reckless’ federal spending in State of the Commonwealth speech (Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/1/11)
Beshear touts importance of coal to Kentucky (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/1/11)
Beshear criticizes ‘reckless’ federal spending in State of the Commonwealth speech (Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/1/11)
Beshear: Kentucky on the right course (Cincinnati Enquirer, 2/1/11)
Reaction to Gov. Beshear’s speech (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/1/11)
Beshear says he will stand against tax increases (Lexington Herald-Leader, 2/1/11)
Beshear stresses jobs, fiscal discipline in speech (WLKY, 2/1/11)
JANUARY 2011
Moffett and Holsclaw disagree with rival Williams over approach to immigration (cn|2 Politics, 1/31/11)
Williams makes pitch as ‘front-runner,’ Moffett and Holsclaw take subtle jabs as primary gets going(cn|2 Politics, 1/31/11)
In speech, Beshear touts NKY connections (Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/30/11)
Williams looks to Georgia for tax reform plan (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/30/11)
Holsclaw a long shot for KY governor, but may be a factor (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/30/11)
Kentucky faces big bill for unemployment benefits, which could mean a tax hike on businesses (cn|2 Politics, 1/28/11)
Republican hopefuls see economy as top issue (Washington Examiner, 1/28/11)
GOP gubernatorial hopefuls to face off (WLKY, 1/28/11)
Beshear issues statement condemning mining regulation changes (LEX18, 1/27/11)
Kentucky’s cost might increase under proposed pension overhaul (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/27/11)
Moffett, Paul to appear together in DC at CPA conference (Lexington Herald-Leader. 1/27/11)
Grayson handicaps primary races, says Williams in position to look ahead to Beshear (cn|2 Politics, 1/26/11)
Holsclaw’s entry adds another Louisville Republican to guber race (WAVE3, 1/25/11)
Primary lineups completed for Kentucky offices (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/25/11)
Report: David Williams’ campaign manager violated Hatch Act (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/25/11)
Beshear to be unopposed in May primary (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/25/11)
Editorial: Williams on smoking (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/25/11)
Probe into Bush/Rove partisan White House names Scott Jennnings, sparking debate in KY (cn|2 Politics, 1/25/11)
Candidate filing deadline: Holsclaw makes run official, says money won’t be a problem (cn|2 Politics, 1/25/11)
Latino community expresses fear about immigration bill (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/24/11)
Beshear looks to have no serious primary opponent (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/23/11)
Opinion: Beshear’s curious choice for Kentucky secretary of state (Louisville Courier-Journal,1/23/11)
Candidates spar over smoking ban (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/22/11)
Mongiardo says he fully backs Beshear in 2011 despite past disagreements (cn|2 Politics, 1/21/11)
Williams backs statewide smoking ban (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/21/11)
Moffett, Williams face off (Bowling Green Daily News, 1/21/11)
Paul mum on support for a GOP gubernatorial candidate (WAVE3, 1/21/11)
Tea Party candidate officially in governor’s race (Washington Examiner, 1/21/11)
Gubernatorial forum with Williams, Moffett and Galbraith covers health, tax and education issues(cn|2 Politics, 1/21/11)
Moffett response to Paul/Williams budget proposal (Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/20/11)
Rand Paul to appear before KY Senate to back balanced budget amendment (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/20/11)
Rand Paul, David Williams team up on balanced budget amendment (Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/20/11)
Beshear warns of possible payment cuts to Medicaid doctors (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/20/11)
Beshear proposes Medicaid money move; Williams says he’s ‘unimpressed’ (cn|2 Politics, 1/19/11)
Beshear urges lawmakers to balance Medicaid budget (Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/19/11)
Editorial: Make forum a foursome, Gov. (The Ledger Independent, 1/18/11)
Williams makes it official, Moffett promises a challenge (WAVE3, 1/18/11)
Williams: Tax reform is key to creating jobs (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/18/11)
KY Chamber won’t immediately push for tax reform (cn|2 Politics, 1/18/11)
Williams and Farmer file for run, making jobs their central topic (cn|2 Politics, 1/18/11)
Bridges plan changes hatched at December meeting in Indianapolis (Louisville Courier-Journal,1/17/11)
Beshear skipping debate a mistake or savvy move? (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/16/11)
Cash Express donors back both Beshear and Williams (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/14/11)
Moffett blasts Williams stance on education reform (WAVE, 1/14/11)
Behind the gubernatorial scenes: Republicans jockeying for position (Bluegrass Bulletin, 1/13/11)
McConnell says he’s learned his lesson, won’t endorse in 2011 GOP gubernatorial primary (cn|2 Politics, 1/13/11)
Moffett woos Tea Party in Northern Kentucky (Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/13/11)
KY House may kill AZ-style immigration bill, Rep. Rick Rand says (Louisville Courier-Journal,1/12/11)
Top Kentucky lawmakers differ on several key bills (Bloomberg, 1/12/11)
Video: House leaders: Williams’ legislative agenda likely dead (Fox41, 1/12/11)
Democratic House and Republican Senate have divergent agendas for Kentucky (cn|2 Politics, 1/12/11)
Rep. Yarmuth says members have met about ‘tweaking’ districts (cn|2 Politics, 1/12/11)
Gov. Steve Beshear — creating jobs or just ‘minding the store?’ (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/11)
Dem lawmaker asks Speaker to ban guns from KY House chamber (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/11)
Beshear won’t attend first gubernatorial forum, says he’ll debate after the primary (cn|2 Politics, 1/11/11)
House might hear charter schools bill but unlikely to adopt Senate’s immigration bill, leader says(cn|2 Politics, 1/11/11)
Jefferson County clerk Holsclaw considers governor bid (Daily Independent, 1/10/11)
Legislature in review: Senate capped busy week with flurry of bills, debates (cn|2 Politics, 1/10/11)
Video: GOP analyst makes Kentucky political predictions for 2011 (cn|2 Politics, 1/10/11)
Opinion: Speeches are a hint of politicking to come (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/9/11)
Senate passes most of legislative agenda during first week (Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/8/11)
Organizations gather to oppose immigration bill (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/8/11)
KY Senate panel approves bill allowing charter schools, school choice (Lexington Herald-Leader,1/7/11)
Tea parties Moffett spent more than he raised in quarter (cn/2 Politics, 1/7/11)
Senate approves bills to overhaul tax code, allow charter schools (Lexington Herald-Ledger, 1/7/11)
Kentucky GOP rushes agenda through state senate (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/7/11)
Senate approves tough immigration bill (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/7/11)
Beshear/Abramson ticket files candidacy papers (WFPL, 1/6/11)
KY Senate panel backs immigration enforcement bill (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/6/11)
Tax bills speed through Senate budget committee (Lexington Herald-Ledger, 1/6/11)
Williams outpaces Moffett in fund-raising for GOP guber primary (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/6/11)
Moffett’s manager says some donors are afraid to give because of Williams (cn|2 Politics, 1/5/11)
Williams’ campaign raises $647K, Beshear takes in $450K (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/5/11)
Beshear far outpacing GOP challengers in fundraising (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/5/11)
Editorial: You call that gubernatorial? (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/5/11)
Fundraising efforts heat up for KY governor’s race (WKYT, 1/5/11)
Editorial: Williams’ hateful immigration bill (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/5/11)
Opponents raise concerns about proposed state immigration measure (Louisville Courier-Journal,1/4/11)
Opinion: Leave politics aside until after session (Bowling Green Daily News, 1/4/11)
Williams criticized for plan to push legislation quickly (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/4/11)
KY lawmakers to take up wide range of issues (Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/3/11)
Beshear’s request for truce unrealistic (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/2/11)
Five problems the legislature never seems to solve (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/2/11)
Low expectations for upcoming legislative session (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/2/11)
Governor’s race likely to cloud legislative work (Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/2/11)
Kentucky’s short legislative session may be long on politics (Louisville Courier-Journal, 1/1/11)
DECEMBER 2010
Consultants flock to GOP gubernatorial contest (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/30/10)
Stories to watch in 2011 (Business First, 12/29/10)
Gov. Beshear’s top 10 accomplishments for 2010 (Cincinnati Enquirer, 12/29/10)
Editorial: A costly modern Ark (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/29/10)
Unicorns take world by horn (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/27/10)
Task force proposes changes for preschool education (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/21/10)
KY Tourism gives initial OK for ark park tax incentives (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/20/10)
2011 Session: success or circus? (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/17/10)
Rescinding furloughs top priority, but gov not sure when that can happen (The State Journal,12/10/10)
Beshear wants limited agenda for legislative session (Richmond Register, 12/9/10)
Beshear addresses gov race, 2011 legislative session in year-end review (Lexington Herald-Leader,12/9/10)
Beshear: keep campaign out of session (Cincinnati Enquirer, 12/8/10)
Beshear orders strict reporting of potential conflicts (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/7/10)
Opinion: They paved Kentucky and put up Noah’s ark (LA Times, 12/7/10)
Governor defends tax incentives for religious theme park (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/2/10)
Beshear administration defends its oversight of Passport (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/2/10)
Beshear demands immediate housecleaning at Passport (Louisville Courier-Journal, 12/1/10)
NOVEMBER 2010
Beshear to announce creationist theme park for Kentucky (Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/30/10)
Beshear seeks to spare jobs of 81 appointees (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/30/10)
Proposed creationism theme park to seek tax incentives from Kentucky (Louisville Courier-Journal,11/30/10)
In 2011 gov race, candidates offer different routes to more jobs (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/21/10)
Beshear, GOP leader trade charges over Passport Health Plan abuses (Louisville Courier-Journal,11/16/10)
Beshear proposes increased privatization of Medicaid to cut costs (Bluegrass Politics, 11/15/10)
Beshear posts early lead in re-election bid (Public Policy Polling, 11/10/10)
OCTOBER 2010
Kentucky Poll: Beshear holds solid lead going into 2011 (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/24/10)
Beshear raises $505, 000 in three months (Lexington Herald-Leader, 10/6/10)
JULY 2010
Slew of Republicans considering run for governor (Lexington Herald-Leader, 7/28/10)
Abramson to join Beshear ticket for 2011 re-election (The Independent, 7/19/10)