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The Courier-Journal

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Past articles by Tom:

The FBI is asking questions about former Gov. Matt Bevin's pardons

Federal investigators are looking into former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's last-minute pardons. → Read More

Bevin wins: Judge Shepherd removed from teacher 'sickout' case over Facebook 'like'

Judge Phillip Shepherd had "liked" a Democratic state rep's Facebook post that included a plug for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear → Read More

Stivers says he'll call for investigation of Kentucky's Purdue Pharma settlement

Stivers says it looks like Kentucky got a bad deal in its settlement with Purdue Pharma over OxyContin, a drug that helped fuel the opioid crisis → Read More

State Police seize computer in Secretary of State Alison Grimes' office

State Police working with a special prosecutor investigating Alison Lundergan Grimes, seized the computer in Grimes' office Tuesday. → Read More

Gov. Matt Bevin's campaign has raised about $2 million since May primary

Bevin's election campaign committee raised nearly $2 million since the primary election last May, according to a report the campaign filed Friday. → Read More

Andy Beshear and Matt Bevin get nasty in fight over who's better for public schools

Kentucky gubernatorial candidates Andy Beshear and Matt Bevin exchanged some of the nastiest accusations of the campaign on Monday. → Read More

Judge Shepherd won't withdraw from teacher 'sickout' case because of Facebook 'like'

The judge said his Facebook "like" for a Democrat does not show bias because he also "likes" Republican posts → Read More

Defense lawyers try to paint consultant Hurst as the bad guy in Lundergan case

Jerry Lundergan is on trial in federal court, charged with conspiring to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal corporate contributions. → Read More

Witness says Jerry Lundergan left him a bag with $20K in cash and a $25K check

The check and cash were still there when federal agents arrived with a search warrant a couple months later in January 2016. → Read More

Key witness: Alison Lundergan Grimes' father made illegal contributions to her 2011 race

Jonathan Hurst was the manager of Grimes' campaign for U.S. Senate and is among the final witnesses called by the federal government to testify. → Read More

Kentucky pension official says worst-funded state plan may have finally turned around

The Kentucky pension plan had a positive cash flow for the first time in years because of a big boost in employer contributions. → Read More

Republican super PAC late on reporting its spending for support of Gov. Matt Bevin

The super PAC spent nearly $50,000 on ads supporting Bevin without filing required reports. It eventually reported after the Courier Journal inquired. → Read More

Judge questions Labor Cabinet's declaration that more than 1,000 teachers broke the law

A judge questioned the process that led the Labor Cabinet to declare more than 1,000 teachers broke the law by participating in "sickout" protests. → Read More

Judge: Hampton and Bevin need to figure out fired staff dispute themselves

A judge isn't going to restore Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton's fired staff members immediately. → Read More

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton sues Gov. Matt Bevin over firing her staff members

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton is going to court to try to reverse the Bevin administration's firings of her staff members earlier this year → Read More

Jerry Lundergan made mistakes, but there was no criminal conspiracy, his lawyer says

Tuesday was the first day of a federal trial for Jerry Lundergan that is expected to last four weeks. → Read More

Jerry Lundergan's trial over illegal contributions to daughter's campaign begins Tuesday

Jerry Lundergan and consultant Dale Emmons are charged with conspiracy to conceal excess contributions to Alison Lundergan Grimes' 2014 campaign. → Read More

Lt. Gov. Hampton asks to intervene on behalf of staffer fired by Bevin administration

The board heard a debate involving attorneys for Hampton and the Bevin administration over whether Hampton should be allowed to intervene in the case. → Read More

Kentucky senators propose ‘red flag’ law to allow gun confiscation from anyone deemed risk

The bill would allow police and family members to petition a court to confiscate guns of someone considered likely to cause harm. → Read More

Beshear: Kentucky lieutenant governor should have power to hire, fire her staff

Hampton requested the opinion after the Bevin administration dismissed two of the three members of her office staff earlier this year. → Read More