Democratic Attorney General and 2015 candidate for governor Jack Conway has had successful back surgery.
The procedure on Wednesday at Baptist Health Louisville was to help stop persistent pain caused by a herniated disc, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office. A spokeswoman said Conway will have a limited schedule for the rest of the year but will hit the ground running in 2015.
Conway is finishing his second term as Kentucky's attorney general. He announced his candidacy for governor in May and has been raising money this year along with running mate Sannie Overly, a state representative from Paris who is also chairwoman of the House Democratic caucus. Geoff Young, a Democrat from Lexington, has also filed to run for governor as a Democrat.
Attorney General Jack Conway can use state employees on state time for security purposes at private or political events during his campaign for governor, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission ruled Monday.
Conway asked for an advisory opinion after a review from his office recommended he have protection at public or publicized events. The review cited recent instances where people have approached Conway and threatened him and one instance of someone showing up at Conway's house and harassing his family.
The review did not say why Conway was threatened. In March, Conway received national attention when he declined to appeal a judge's ruling ordering Kentucky to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. A spokeswoman in Conway's office did not immediately return requests for comment.
Conway is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
What’s next for Alison Lundergan Grimes? It’s a question some have been asking since the Secretary of State’s loss Tuesday night to incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. A Bluegrass Poll taken a week before the election suggests voter enthusiasm is tepid with regards to Grimes running for Kentucky governor next year. The poll found 33 percent of respondents wanted her to run. Fifty percent did not and 17 percent said they weren’t sure.
Attorney General Jack Conway is the only Democrat to enter the race so far. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and businessman Hal Heiner have entered the race on the GOP side.
Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield has endorsed James Comer for governor.
Comer, the Republican state agriculture commissioner, is seeking the party's nomination for governor in 2015. Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner is also seeking the Republican nomination.
In a news release from the Comer campaign, Whitfield said he believes Comer's achievements as agriculture commissioner makes him the candidate with the best chance to take back the governor's office. Democrats have won nine of the last 10 governor's elections.
Whitfield has represented Kentucky's 1st Congressional District since 1994. The district includes the city of Tompkinsville, Comer's home.
Former Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup and several state lawmakers also have endorsed Comer.
Attorney General Jack Conway is the only announced Democrat in the race. He has endorsements from former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, former state Auditor Crit Luallen and Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth.
Nearly 230 Kentucky servicemembers will share $1.2 million dollars in debt relief as part of a settlement reached Tuesday with a financial company, accused of using deceptive lending practices.
In a strongly worded statement, Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway says the company, Rome Finance “targeted our servicemen and women by luring them into deceptive lending schemes with the promise of no money down and instant financing.”
“These brave men and women work each day to protect our freedom, and the predatory actions taken by Rome Finance are unconscionable," said Conway.
On Tuesday, Conway, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 12 other state attorneys general including his counterparts in Indiana and Tennessee, announced the settlement, which provides $92 million of debt-relief to nearly 18,000 sevicemembers nationwide.
Additionally, Rome Finance, which is in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, is banned from doing new business.
A new poll suggests the race to decide Kentucky’s next governor, it’s still very much up for grabs.
Data from a recent Bluegrass poll shows a plurality of Kentucky voters have either “no opinion” or are neutral toward three gubernatorial candidates, including Attorney General Jack Conway; former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner; and Agriculture Secretary James Comer, whom is expected to announce his candidacy this weekend at the Fancy Farm political picnic in West Kentucky.
Notably, the poll suggests Conway is trailing Heiner and Comer among African Americans, with a negative favorability rating of eight points.
The poll surveyed 714 registered voters, and reported a margin of error just under 4 percent.
State Representative Ben Waide was indicted Tuesday by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly violating campaign finance laws.
According to a news release from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, the grand jury returned a two-count felony indictment against Waide, who is a Republican from Hopkins County. The charges relate to his 2010 campaign for state representative.
The investigation began when a complaint was filed in January with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance by shareholders of Liberty Rehabilitation, PSC. Waide is accused of illegally accepting about $10,000 in campaign contributions from Liberty, a Madisonville company where he was a partner. He also alleged submitted some $6,000 in receipts to his campaign fund for reimbursement of expenses he did not incur.
Waide is scheduled for arraignment August 29 Franklin Circuit Court. His attorney, so far, has not returned a call for comment.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he supports expanded gambling as a way to raise revenue for essential state programs and hasn't given up on getting the long-stymied proposal through the General Assembly.
Conway says Kentucky has missed out on the economic benefits of casino-style gambling near its borders.
He says he'll promote putting the issue on the ballot as he campaigns across the state.
Conway's comments came after he spoke Thursday to local officials from across Kentucky.
Republican James Comer, who is expected to enter next year's governor's race, promoted right-to-work legislation in his speech to the same group.
Comer said making Kentucky a "right-to-work" state would enhance its competitiveness.
Kentucky's last GOP governor, Ernie Fletcher, failed in his push to let Kentucky workers opt out of union representation.