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Kentucky Governor Restores Thousands of Ex-Felons' Right to Vote

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As Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear, a Democrat, prepares to leave office, he is attempting to leave his mark on an issue that has made his state an outlier.  

On Tuesday, he issued an executive order that put in place an automatic process to restore voting rights to nonviolent, ex-felons once they have completed their sentence — a move that might allow 170,000 more Kentuckians the right to register to vote.  Kentucky is one of four states — along with Iowa, Florida and Virginia – in which people with felony convictions are permanently disenfranchised in their state constitutions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures . Last year, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe took a similar action  to the one taken Tuesday by Beshear.  

Markell Opens Arms to Syrian Refugees as Others Pause

Markell, center, speaks at the White House on Feb. 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced on national TV Tuesday his state will continue to welcome Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, even as fellow governors across the country call for a moratorium on their admission.  

The Democrat touted his position in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and in an op-ed on CNN.com , saying these “are families in desperate straits.” “The situation in Syria in particular demands that we take every precaution before admitting someone inside our borders,” he wrote. “But we must show empathy by taking into account their individual situations and ensuring they are treated humanely.”  

McConnell on GOP Gains in Kentucky: Thanks, Obama

McConnell said Kentucky's 2015 races were a referendum on Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats might disagree, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks the GOP electoral wave in his home state Tuesday was about President Barack Obama.  

The Kentucky Republican told CQ Roll Call that he viewed the election returns Tuesday in his home commonwealth as a strike against the Obama administration's agenda — particularly the Affordable Care Act.  

Did Bevin 'Trump' Conway in Kentucky? Not Quite

With his wife Glenna Bevin, center, and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jenean Hampton, right, looking on, Kentucky Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin, speaks to his supporters at the Republican Party victory celebration, Tuesday,  in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Update: 5:17 p.m. | If you ask Democrats in Washington, the blame for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's stunning loss Tuesday night to Republican Matt Bevin falls on the unpopularity of political insiders during a year in which outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson are leading Republican presidential primary polls.  

“Unfortunately, he ran into the unexpected headwinds of Trump-mania, losing to an outsider candidate in the Year of the Outsider," said Elisabeth Pearson, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, a group which spent around $5 million in Conway's favor, in a statement after the election.  

RGA Going Back on Air in Kentucky for Matt Bevin

The RGA pulled ads supporting Bevin about three weeks ago. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 9:05 a.m. | Nearly three weeks after pulling its advertising from the Bluegrass State's airwaves, the Republican Governors Association will go back on the air for the final two weeks of the hotly contested race for the keys to the Kentucky Governor's Mansion, a source told CQ Roll Call.  

On Monday evening, a source close to the RGA said the group sees the race between Republican Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway as winnable, and said it will be back on television there through Election Day. The source said the RGA will transfer $1.6 million back to the state for a television, digital and direct mail campaign attacking Conway. The 30-second spot features a video of President Barack Obama saying “policies are on the ballot” for voters when they are considering candidates.  

Mitch McConnell Is No John Boehner

McConnell is now the target of ire on the right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/File Photo)

Despite the anti-Mitch McConnell chatter on talk radio and elsewhere, don't look for the Senate majority leader to fold like John A. Boehner — at least not for the foreseeable future. The Kentucky Republican is holding quite a few more cards than his counterpart in the House.

The calls for McConnell to step down have come hard and fast since Boehner, R-Ohio, announced last week his own intentions to lay down his gavel.