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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 02:59 PM

KY Senate president says Bevin should concede election if recanvass doesn't alter vote totals



Republican Senate President Robert Stivers believes Gov. Matt Bevin should concede his loss to Democrat Andy Beshear if next week's recanvass doesn't significantly change the vote totals.

“It’s time to call it quits and go home, say he had a good four years and congratulate Gov.-elect Beshear,” Stivers said in a brief Friday interview at the Capitol.

Bevin finished 5,189 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear in Tuesday's gubernatorial election but has refused to concede the race, requesting a recanvass of the vote that will take place Nov. 14.

The governor has also made allegations of widespread voting irregularities and fraud on Election Day, but hasn't provided any evidence to back up those claims.

Stivers said if Bevin chooses to contest the election by calling a special session of the General Assembly and making a case that there was illegal activity, lawmakers would have to hear the dispute under the state constitution.

However, he added that doesn’t mean Bevin would prevail in such a contest, absent compelling evidence of major fraud or error.

“It’s a pretty high bar," Stivers said.


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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 03:17 PM

1. :) Very encouraging. From governing.com about Senate President Stivers,

one of their 2015 "PUBLIC OFFICIALS of the YEAR" honorees:

Like many states with split-party legislatures, Kentucky had grown accustomed in recent years to partisan gridlock that ground most lawmaking to a halt. But since Robert Stivers took over as Senate president in 2013, he’s played a key role in guiding the legislature to multiple productive sessions, addressing a range of issues important to Kentuckians.

... Brokering agreements has meant working both with Democrats controlling the House and members of his own party in the Senate, who often have vastly different priorities mirroring their suburban or rural constituencies. Stivers says he’s established a dialogue by being inclusive and working to educate his members on the policy implications of legislation. “You have to open the communications line,” he says, “and have an ability to have frank discussions that don’t play out in the paper.” ...

Republican Matt Bevin was recently elected to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. But the House and Senate will remain split until at least 2017.

Still, with Stivers leading the Senate, there’s reason to be optimistic. “We obviously don’t always agree,” says Beshear, “but he is a person who is willing to sit down and discuss any issue, using some common sense and trying to find a path forward.”

Since then Repubs got control of the house, for a Repub trifecta, but this seems to be in line with the prior history.

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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 03:19 PM

2. This is how Trump will act next year when he loses the election.

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