Democratic Candidates for Governor of Kentucky to Debate at UK May 15

May 12, 2019


CONTACT: Cindy Heine, 859-351-9419,

Democratic Candidates for Governor of Kentucky to Debate at UK

 LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2019) — A Candidate Debate for the Democratic Primary for Governor in Kentucky will be held on the University of Kentucky campus Wednesday, May 15.

Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young will participate in the debate that is co-sponsored by the UK Student Government Association, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington and Gray Television and its nine TV stations serving Kentucky, which include WKYT in Lexington; WAVE in Louisville; WBKO in Bowling Green; WYMT in Hazard; WXIX in Cincinnati; WSAZ in Huntington, West Virginia; WFIE in Evansville, Indiana; WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee; and KFVS in Cape Gerardo, Missouri.

The debate is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom.

Gray Television stations will broadcast and/or stream the debate in its entirety live or on a delayed basis. WAVE plans to air live at 3 p.m., and WKYT and WYMT will air at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to be able to host an event that puts Kentucky’s students in front of their potential representatives,” UK Student Government Vice President Katherine Speece said. “The challenges we face today as Kentuckians are ever evolving, and as students we desire to have a governor who will not only represent our interests but protect our future.”

All candidates for governor were invited to participate. Gov. Matt Bevin is being challenged by State Rep. Robert Goforth, William Woods and Ike Lawrence. Because Bevin and Goforth declined invitations to participate, a similar debate for Republican candidates was canceled.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky’s nonpartisan policies for primary races will be followed, and Bill Bryant, WKYT news anchor, and Shannon Cogan, WAVE news anchor, will moderate.  Questions for the candidates have been solicited from university students across the state and the sponsors. Questions will be selected by the sponsors in order to cover a wide range of topics of interest to Kentucky citizens.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization of women and men dedicated to engaging citizens to become informed participants in government. The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties, but its members do study and take positions on issues of importance. 

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May 12, 2019


April 2019

LOUISVILLE, KY-A forum for Republican candidates for governor has been scheduled on Tuesday, May 7, 7 – 8 pm.  It will be held at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue.  The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Louisville.  All Republican candidates had been invited to participate in previously scheduled events co-sponsored by the League.  Candidates Matt Bevin and Robert Goforth declined both this and earlier invitations.  This is an opportunity for the public to learn about Candidates Ike Lawrence and William Woods.

The event is free and open to the public.  The League of Women Voters will ask questions, with additional questions submitted in writing from the audience.

The forum will be live streamed by WLKY-TV Louisville.  It will be videotaped and available on YouTube after the forum.

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For The People Act Campaign

April 26, 2019

The Kentucky League of Women Voters has undertaken a campaign in support of the For The People Act in the Senate, (HR1 in the House), urging Senator Mitch McConnell to allow a hearing in the Senate. A full page ad will appear in the Sunday, April 28 Courier-Journal, thanks to the League and a passthrough grant from the League of Women Voters of the U.S.  Click here for a bill summary and action alert.

Click here to send a message to our U.S. Senators.


League demands a hearing on For The People Act

April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019

League of Women Voters of Kentucky Demands a Hearing on the For the People Act

LOUISVILLE, KY-Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is refusing to give the For the People Act a Senate vote although Senator Tom Udall (D – New Mexico) introduced the legislation last month after it passed the House of Representatives.  Consequently, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky is running a full page, color ad in the Courier Journal on Sunday, April 28th urging our fellow Kentuckians to call their Senators and demand a hearing on the For the People Act.  Smaller ads will appear in the paper on Saturday and Monday as well as ads on its website and open digital positions.

 Fran Wagner, President of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, commented that “Kentuckians have lost confidence that our voices are being heard and fairly represented.  We have a system in which corporate/money interests unduly influence politicians, gerrymandered districts strip voters of their voice, and voting restrictions disenfranchise eligible voters.  People who work 12-hour shifts or multiple jobs, parents whose children must be transported to day care before and after work, and disenfranchised ex-felons are a few examples of an election system that makes it impossible for thousands of Kentuckians to vote because of existing restrictions.”

“The For the People Act,” LWVKY Board Member, Cindy Heine, added “takes direct aim at many of the current roadblocks to making democracy work.  Some have said that it is a power grab, and it is:  it takes power away from special interests and returns it to the people.  Passage would be a huge step forward for democracy.  The Senate must hold a hearing.”

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The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy in which every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.  The League is proud to be non-partisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties, but always working on vital issues of concern to voters.

National Votes for Women’s Trail Marker to Honor Kentucky Suffragist Dr. Mary E. Britton

April 18, 2019

The centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be celebrated in 2020, and Kentucky’s suffragists are being recognized for the state and national work they did to win federal protection of their right to vote. The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation have partnered to sponsor markers in Kentucky as part of the National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT). Read more here.

2019 Spring KY Voter and Call to Convention

March 6, 2019

The Spring 2019 KENTUCKY VOTER  is now available. Read about plans for our 2019 State Convention, updates on legislative activities including testimony on felony disenfranchisement, KY League in the News, League Day at the Capitol, HR 1, the For the People Act and more!

Registration form and updated agenda for our April 12-13, 2019 State Convention in Hopkinsville is due by April 6!
Read President Wanda Lynch’s Testimony on House Bill 91.

League President Testifies on Felony Disenfranchisement

March 1, 2019

Testimony B

Kentucky League President, Wanda Lynch, 4th from left, testified February 25, 2019 before the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee in Frankfort. She spoke about House Bill 91, a bill that would place an amendment on the ballot to automatically restore voting rights to persons convicted of a felony on completion of full sentencing. Bill sponsors Representative George Brown, Jr., (D) Lexington, Charles Booker, (D) Louisville and Jason Nemes,  (R ) Louisville, spoke about their reasons for sponsoring this bill.  Also testifying were (left to right) Shelton McElroy of the Bail Project, Amanda Hall of ACLU’s Smart Justice and Tayna Fogle of KFTC. LWV legislative liaison, Cindy Heine joined the group. Read President Lynch’s testimony here.