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  • Democrats' pick to respond to Trump's speech was selected for one huge reason

    03/01/2017 6:31:33 AM PST · by detective · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/1/2017 | Bob Bryan
    Steve Beshear, the former governor of Kentucky, has been tapped to deliver the Democratic party's response to President Donald Trump's address to both house of Congress for one big reason. The move may seem odd. Beshear currently holds no elected office after his second term expired in 2015 (Kentucky has a two-term limit for governors) and is not the traditional idea of a "rising star" in the party that typically uses the spot to launch themselves into the national spotlight.
  • The Democrat rebuttal to President Trump’s epic speech couldn’t have gone better – for Trump

    03/01/2017 6:22:05 AM PST · by kevcol · 43 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | March 1, 2017 | Carmine Sabia
    Democrats did President Donald Trump a favor by picking former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to give the Party’s rebuttal to the president’s joint sessions speech. The former governor, who was defeated by Republican Matt Bevin, provided a stark contrast to an energetic, charismatic president. And, apparently, he forgot which party he belongs to.
  • Democrat giving response to Trump speech calls himself a Republican

    03/01/2017 5:20:50 AM PST · by tired&retired · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 1, 2017 | 1:57am | Max Jaeger
    The Democrat giving the response to President Trump’s congressional address Tuesday seemed to have forgotten what party he was representing — when he inexplicably called himself a Republican during his address. “I’m a proud Democrat, but first and foremost, I’m a proud Republican, and Democrat, and mostly, American,” former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said via telecast from a diner in his home state. It was not clear why Beshear called himself a “proud Republican,” but the small group of supporters surrounding him did not seem to balk as he flip-flopped affiliations.
  • Kentucky GOP official response to Beshear's response to President Trump

    02/28/2017 8:46:02 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 44 replies
    Kentucky GOP ^ | 2/28/2017 | Damon Thayer, Senate Majority Leader
    State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer responds to Steve Beshear's Democratic Response to President Trump's address.
  • Staff departure hurts Andy Beshear’s credibility as a government watchdog

    09/05/2016 8:22:32 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 | Tom Eblen
    ...Bensenhaver, 58, decided to retire Wednesday, telling Beshear in her letter of resignation that she was leaving “under considerable duress” and was concerned about his office’s commitment to Open Records and Open Meetings law enforcement. She had received a stern reprimand in July from a Beshear lieutenant, who cited her “lack of good conduct and a poor performance of work duties.” Bensenhaver was criticized for refusing to sign her name to an open records decision with which she disagreed, and twice editing opinions after they had been approved by supervisors. Bensenhaver said she simply removed a footnote that was factually...
  • Kentucky assistant attorney general retires after reprimand for talking to reporter

    09/01/2016 9:07:53 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 9/1/2016 | JOHN CHEVES
    A longtime champion of Kentucky’s government transparency laws retired Wednesday from Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office after she was reprimanded for speaking with a journalist. “I came to this decision under considerable duress,” Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver, 58, wrote last month to Beshear. “It is clear to me I cannot survive, much less thrive, in the current office climate, and I have similar concerns about the open records/meetings laws.” Bensenhaver was rebuked in a formal letter July 11 for giving an interview to retired editor John Nelson for a story he wrote in June on the 40th anniversary...
  • Democrats fail to thwart $500k contract probe into Beshear Administration

    08/16/2016 8:12:08 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    The State Journal (Frankfort, KY) ^ | 8/15/2016 | Brad Bowman
    Despite a lower bid, Democrats couldn’t stop Monday’s approval of the $500,000 contract to carry out Gov. Matt Bevin’s investigation of the former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration. The Democrats also criticized awarding the contract to a firm they said employs multiple Kentucky Republican Party operatives. The Government Contract Review Committee, made up of three Republicans and three Democrats, listened to testimony from Finance and Administration Cabinet Sec. William Landrum concerning the contract given to Indianapolis based law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister. Bevin announced in April that Landrum would undertake the investigation after former Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer was charged...
  • Matt Bevin, Kentucky Governor, Orders Inquiry Into Beshear Administration (coerced contributions)

    04/20/2016 12:46:02 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 19, 2016 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
    Kentucky’s Republican governor on Tuesday ordered an investigation into what he described as wrongdoing under his Democratic predecessor, charging that state employees were coerced into contributing to political campaigns and that a contract was improperly steered to a politically connected company. Gov. Matt Bevin’s allegation of “greed and oftentimes corruption” escalates the feud between the new governor, who took office in December, and the Beshear family: former Gov. Steven L. Beshear and his son Andy, the state attorney general. On April 11, Andy Beshear sued Mr. Bevin, saying the governor acted illegally in cutting higher education spending without approval by...
  • Battle to halt rollback of kynect, Medicaid expansion is about the people, former Gov. Beshear says

    03/09/2016 10:05:54 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/9/2015 | Nick Storm
    After two terms in office, former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has a fight on his hands to convince first-year Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to halt a rollback of the state’s health insurance exchange and transition expanded Medicaid recipients to the federal government. If Bevin is successful in transitioning services, Kentucky would be the first state in the nation to shut down a working state exchange. Beshear has created a non-profit group, Save Kentucky Healthcare, to oppose changes to the healthcare system he put in place during his tenure. Kentucky’s exchange was heralded as a national success under the Affordable Care...
  • Records show firm with Beshear ties won last-day contract

    02/28/2016 10:19:11 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Records have revealed that on its last day in office, Kentucky's Steve Beshear administration awarded a no-bid contract of about $3 million to a technology company that retains the husband of one of Beshear's top officials as a consultant and employs one of Beshear's former officials as a lobbyist. Citing records it obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act, The Courier-Journal reports that on Dec. 7 the administration awarded a contract to SAS Institute of Cary, North Carolina to extend work that SAS was doing in analyzing data to detect fraud in billings made to Medicaid...
  • New group formed by Beshear looks to defend health initiatives that Bevin wants to shutter, amend

    02/11/2016 6:27:50 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/11/2016 | Kevin Wheatley
    Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, two months out of office, said Thursday that his conscience would not allow him to "ride off into the sunset" as he unveiled a nonprofit group that will advocate to retain federal health reforms he enacted. Save Kentucky Healthcare, a 501(c )(4) organization, will be launching an online advertising campaign, said Beshear... He also cited an economic report by Deloitte Consulting that Bevin has called "baloney." "Look, Gov. Bevin prides himself on being a successful businessman, and he should recognize and appreciate hard numbers, facts and evidence," Beshear said at a press conference at the...
  • Matt Bevin Statement on Closing of Kentucky Health Cooperative

    10/11/2015 11:33:22 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    Matt Bevin ^ | 10/11/2015
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin issued the following statement regarding the closure of Kentucky Health Cooperative, Inc. "This financial debacle is a direct result of Obamacare, which Governor Beshear was too quick to embrace. Even though it is a disaster for Kentucky taxpayers, Jack Conway still says he would have been proud to vote for Obamacare," said Bevin. "It is the job of the attorney general to watch out for Kentucky consumers. Where has Jack Conway been in investigating this catastrophic co-op? Once again, Jack is playing political games instead of doing his job. The tragic result is that 51,000...
  • Kentucky nonprofit health insurer to shut down

    10/10/2015 9:12:07 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 Oct 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Kentucky’s nonprofit health insurer set up under ObamaCare is shutting down because of financial problems, the latest in a string of closures for the nonprofit plans around the country. Kentucky Health Cooperative, a nonprofit insurer known as a co-op, explained that it could not stay financially afloat after learning of a low payment from an ObamaCare program called “risk corridors.” That program was intended to protect insurers from heavy losses in the early years of the health law by taking money from better-performing insurers and giving it to worse-performing ones. However, the Obama administration announced on Oct. 1 that the...
  • Kentucky Health Cooperative going out of business; 51,000 insurance customers affected

    10/10/2015 8:35:04 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 12 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 10/9/2015 | JACK BRAMMER
    FRANKFORT — The largest private provider of health insurance policies on Kynect, Kentucky's health insurance exchange, is going out of business. The Louisville-based Kentucky Health Cooperative Inc. announced Friday that it will end current memberships on Dec. 31 and will not add new members because of financial problems. It will not offer health insurance plans on Kynect when open enrollment for 2016 coverage starts on Nov. 1. The cooperative has about 51,000 members in all 120 Kentucky counties. ... Jonathan Gold, press secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email that the federal government...
  • Bluegrass Poll: Republican gains ground in tied race for Kentucky attorney general

    10/03/2015 11:26:26 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 10/02/2015 | Jack Brammer and John Cheves
    FRANKFORT — The race for Kentucky attorney general slid to the right during the last 60 days as Democrat Andy Beshear lost the seven-point lead he held in July over Republican Whitney Westerfield. Beshear and Westerfield are tied at 38 percent in a new statewide Bluegrass Poll of 701 likely voters conducted Sept. 22-27 by SurveyUSA. Twenty-two percent said they were undecided; 2 percent said they were not following the race. The poll, taken on behalf of the Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington and The Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV in Louisville, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8...
  • Andy Beshear calls for heroin solutions that his dad already signed into law

    10/01/2015 8:45:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 9/28/2015 | John Cheves
    Andy Beshear, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, has been promoting his plan to fight heroin use in Kentucky, including mandatory minimum prison terms for dealers, better access to anti-overdose medication for emergency workers and a "Good Samaritan law" that legally protects drug users who report an overdose to authorities, all of which he says should be done "without further delay." But Beshear's proposals — featured on his campaign website — already are the law. They were included in last winter's hotly debated Senate Bill 192, signed by his father, Gov. Steve Beshear, in March, and crafted in part by...
  • Republican AG Association continues to press link between Andy Beshear and President Obama in new ad

    10/01/2015 7:40:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Poltics ^ | 10/01/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    The Republican Attorneys General Association has launched a new television ad released Thursday again linking Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear with President Barack Obama. A female narrator in the ad, titled “Follow the Money,” says Beshear has collected “hundreds of thousands from the same liberal donors who funded Barack Obama.” “Why? Because Beshear would support Obama’s policies, putting Obama ahead of Kentucky,” the narrator says in the 30-second spot, which can be viewed here: Scott Will, executive director of RAGA, said in a statement, “You may not always know what Andy Beshear stands for, but you know who he...
  • Beshear reacts to Rowan County marriage license issue

    09/03/2015 5:29:33 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 70 replies
    WBKO ^ | 9/3/2015 | Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Kentucky)
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- Gov. Steve Beshear’s Statement on Marriage Licenses in Rowan County: “Judge Bunning’s decision today speaks for itself. The future of the Rowan County Clerk continues to be a matter between her and the courts. Deputy clerks have said they will commence issuing marriage licensesbeginning tomorrow. It appears that the citizens of Rowan County will now have access to all the services from the clerk’s office to which they are entitled. Again, the legislature has placed the authority to issue marriage licenses squarely on county clerks by statute, and I have no legal authority to relieve them...
  • Thayer: Gov. Beshear "has broken the law," Jack Conway is a "complicit partner"

    08/23/2015 11:23:04 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/23/2015 | Nick Storm
    GEORGETOWN — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer is known for his ability to stir the pot when it comes to partisan politics. Thayer, R-Georgetown, is doing just that in the gubernatorial election by connecting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway, the state’s attorney general, to an imbalance in university board appointments in the state which has landed a previous Republican governor in court. “The for sale sign is up” in the executive branch, Thayer said, pointing to reporting done by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Louisville Courier-Journal showing university boards around the state are out-of-whack with the partisan...
  • Passport gives to Democratic Governors

    08/20/2015 9:12:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    Courier-Journal ^ | 8/20/2015 | Tom Loftus
    <p>Incredible - after the scathing auditors report, they are able to do this - read the excuses given.</p>