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All three Kentucky gubernatorial candidates square off at EKU

RICHMOND — Less than a month before the Nov. 8 general election, in their first debate together, the three candidates for governor sparred over jobs, the economy and gambling.

The contentious tone of the evening became evident at the beginning of the hourlong, fast-paced debate at Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts when Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith welcomed Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, who has been avoiding his opponents as he holds big leads in the polls.

During opening remarks, Galbraith looked at Beshear, then turned to Williams and said, “I told you it was him.”

Williams replied the event was “a tremendous opportunity” for Kentuckians to see the three candidates together.

Two Republicans challenge Libertarian’s filing for state treasurer race

LOUISVILLE  (AP) – Two Republican activists have sued over Libertarian state treasurer candidate Ken Moellman’s place on the ballot. The two activists claim that about half of the 8,100 signatures Moellman collected for his nominating petition are either flawed or fictitious, leaving him with fewer than the 5,000 signatures required to run for statewide office. […]

Videos from speeches at Fancy Farm 2011

Videos from key speeches at Fancy Farm 2011, including Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Steve Beshear, David Williams and Gatewood Galbraith. All videos by Rich Copley.

Gov. Steve Beshear:

Sen. David Williams:

Video from Democrats’ breakfast at Fancy Farm

On eve of Fancy Farm, Williams blasts Beshear on abortion, gun control

By Jack Brammer and Beth Musgrave

CALVERT CITY — Friday night, on the eve of the annual Fancy Farm political picnic, Republican gubernatorial nominee David Williams lashed out at Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and his running mate on the issues of abortion and gun control.

Before about 200 people at a Republican rally at the Calvert City Civic Center, Williams said no right is more important than the right to life.

Williams claimed Beshear and his running mate, former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, are saying “disparaging things” about the controversial merger of three Kentucky hospital systems.

Beshear, Williams spar on gambling, leadership at forum

LOUISVILLE — In their first joint appearance as candidates in this year’s race for governor, Republican Senate President David Williams challenged Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to come up with a constitutional amendment for expanded gambling and publicly gauge support for it. Williams said an amendment would resolve an issue that has been debated in Kentucky […]

Williams-Farmer campaign airs first ad

By Jack Brammer | jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT – The Republican campaign of Senate President David Williams for governor and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer for lieutenant governor started airing its first TV ad Tuesday for the Nov. 8 general election.

The 30-second ad features Williams speaking directly into the camera about why he is running for governor against Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear.

In his ad, Williams talks about his admiration for his late father, Lewis Williams, a longtime Cumberland County clerk who inspired his son to enter public service.

Hemp arises as issue in race for ag commissioner

By ROGER ALFORD | Associated Press

FRANKFORT — Most candidates for agriculture commissioner have come out in favor of allowing Kentucky farmers to grow industrial hemp as an alternative crop, despite reservations from law enforcement that it could be used to camouflage illegal marijuana crops.

Legg wants future voters to prove citizenship

By Roger Alford | Associated Press

FRANKFORT — People would be required to show a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship before they could register to vote in Kentucky under a proposal by Republican Hilda Legg.

Legg, former head of the federal Appalachian Regional Commission now running for Kentucky secretary of state, made the proposal during a televised debate Monday night with GOP opponent Bill Johnson, a western Kentucky businessman.

Johnson said he opposes the proposal, instead suggesting it be required that only voters who have photo IDs be permitted to cast ballots.

The two Republicans and two Democrats participated in back-to-back debates on Kentucky Educational Television.

Williams bashes big government in first TV ad

Associated Press

FRANKFORT – Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is airing a cable television ad that blames big government for stifling job creation.

The state Senate president is promising bold, conservative leadership if he’s elected governor.

The Williams campaign declined to disclose how much is being spent to air the 30-second spot or where it is running.

A narrator declares that Kentucky is adrift as the camera pans headlines reporting high unemployment and a huge budget deficit in the state. The narrator then says Williams will get the state back on track.