From The Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentucky Democratic governor candidates debate for first time. Here’s what happened.

By DANIEL DESROCHERS

The buildup to the first televised debate between the three major Democratic candidates vying to take on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin suggested there might be fireworks. It was more like sparklers.

The three candidates — House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, Attorney General Andy Beshear and former State Auditor Adam Edelen — launched only minor jabs from the stage of Carrick Theater at Transylvania University during a debate hosted by Hey Kentucky! and LEX18.

Edelen made veiled references to talking point politicians who only challenge things in the courtroom (Beshear) and criticized his opponents for having “pie in the sky” ideas that weren’t backed up with realistic ways to raise revenue. But he used his only direct question to a candidate to criticize Beshear’s commitment to a constitutional amendment that would allow medicinal marijuana, which Beshear easily parried.

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