Lt Gov. Jenean Hampton

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Kentucky's governor won the first round of a legal fight with his former running mate Monday as a judge turned down Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton's request to immediately reinstate her top two aides.

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Kentucky's outgoing lieutenant governor has sued Gov. Matt Bevin in an effort to win reinstatement of her two staff members who were dismissed by Bevin's administration.

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or are brand new to the commonwealth you know that there’s been a lot of tension between Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and his Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton.  And while the recent quarrels have been endless fodder for political pundits, how often has this kind of thing happened before in Kentucky?  Kentucky historian Ron Bryant puts it all in perspective.  He talks with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

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A fired aide to Kentucky's lieutenant governor asked the state's personnel board on Friday to reverse her dismissal, which deepened an election-year rift between Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Gov. Matt Bevin's administration over Hampton's depleted staff.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's chief of staff says he authorized the firing of a key aide to Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton.  Blake Brickman said in a statement on Saturday to The Courier Journal that he authorized the firing of Adrienne Southworth, saying she repeatedly demonstrated poor judgment.

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An aide to Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton who was dismissed by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration says she was investigating the firing of her own supervisor earlier this year.

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Kentucky's lieutenant governor has told the state's personnel secretary that she intends to defy a decision by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration to dismiss her deputy chief of staff.  In an email, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton said her ousted aide, Adrienne Southworth, will "continue to assist me as deputy chief." Southworth will track her time until she's officially reinstated so she can receive back pay, Hampton said.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said Monday that he doesn't know anything about the circumstances leading to the dismissal of a key aide to his lieutenant governor — a shake-up that prompted Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton to send out a tweet asking for prayers in her fight against "dark forces."

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has fired Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton’s chief of staff, prompting a letter from Hampton that says she is appointing her former employee to his previous position.