GOP Kentucky governor to investigate Democratic predecessor

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Republican governor says he will hire a private law firm to investigate his Democratic predecessor for what he says were potentially illegal procurement practices.

Gov. Matt Bevin said in a news conference Tuesday that former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration forced state workers to make political donations, issued no-bid contracts to benefit friends and improperly awarded benefits to volunteer firefighters.

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Bevin says the law firm will have the power to subpoena witnesses and records. Representatives for Beshear did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The announcement escalates the political war between the two administrations. Beshear started a nonprofit to criticize Bevin’s health care policies. And Beshear’s son, Attorney General Andy Beshear, has sued Bevin over his mid-year budget cuts. A hearing in that case is scheduled for Thursday.

 

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