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  • 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>
  • Andy Beshear's allegiances questioned in latest ad from GOP group backing Westerfield

    07/22/2015 7:13:55 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/22/2015 | Nick Storm
    The Republican Attorneys General Association is keeping up their mid-July ad barrage against Democratic candidate Andy Beshear, seeking to bring attention to Beshear’s background. In the ad, the group specifically targets who Beshear would represent as attorney general. The 30-second spot points to a lack of law enforcement experience for the candidate, who is an attorney with Louisville-based Stites and Harbison. “How about the special interests bankrolling his campaign raising questions of ethics? Or the companies he’s worked for but would oversee as attorney general,” a narrator in the 30-second ad says. When asked by Pure Politics and other media...
  • Gov. Beshear tells county clerks to set aside convictions of same-sex marriage but won't share his

    07/22/2015 7:10:54 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/21/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Gov. Beshear tells county clerks to set aside convictions of same-sex marriage but won't share his own views on subject FRANKFORT — Despite telling the few county clerks who still refuse to issue marriage licenses to set aside their personal beliefs on same-sex marriage and perform their duties, Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday twice declined to say whether he followed his own advice when he decided to appeal a 2014 federal court ruling overturning Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage. Beshear, whose second term as governor ends in December, continually brushed aside questions on his personal views toward same-sex marriage as...
  • Dems hold Westerfield's feet to fire with pedicure ad

    07/20/2015 11:44:59 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    WHAS-11 ^ | 7/20/2015 | Joe Arnold
    LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – A pedicure received by Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Whitney Westerfield before his 2009 wedding is the focus of an attack ad launched Monday, July 20, by the Kentucky Democratic Party. Calling pedicures Westerfield's "secret guilty pleasure," the ad relies on a report by CN2 that showed criticism of Westerfield by a former co-worker in his personnel file as an assistant Commonwealth's Attorney that alleged Westerfield's "'personal interests often [took] priority over work duties,'" including "'Teeth Cleaning vs. Jury Trial,' 'Pedicure vs. Arraignments,' and 'Cell Phone in Court.'" Westerfield is the Republican nominee for Kentucky Attorney General. He...
  • Andy Beshear's campaign attempts to have GOP ad pulled; RAGA defends first ad of cycle

    07/18/2015 1:45:37 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/17/2015 | Nick Storm
    The campaign of Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear is attempting to have an ad by the Republican Attorneys General Association removed from Lexington airwaves. The ad first was launched on Tuesday in the Lexington market where the 30-second spot is airing on: WLEX-TV, WKYT-TV and WTVQ-TV. As previously reported, the spot highlights Republican candidate Whitney Westerfield, a Hopkinsville attorney and the state Senate Judiciary chairman, as having spent time as a prosecutor “who put criminals behind bars.” The ad targets Beshear for having a lack of law enforcement experience, having a campaign “funded by special interests he would oversee...
  • Matt Bevin weighs in on county clerks not issuing marriage licenses

    07/10/2015 10:29:45 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 07/10/2015 | Nick Storm
    With an 8 paragraph long statement Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin is siding with county clerks in their request to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples online. Bevin, who initially expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court decision allow same-sex couples to be married, said his first thought is that the “government should be out of the marriage business altogether.” “We can comply with the law while protecting our citizens’ rights to freedom of religion simply by separating the religious covenant of marriage from the legal, contractual relationship established by marriage as recognized by the state,” Bevin said. “The...
  • 57 county clerks request special session; Gov. Beshear still says 'no'

    07/10/2015 10:25:22 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 07/09/2015 | Don Weber
    FRANKFORT – Fifty-seven county clerks form every region of the commonwealth sent a formal letter to Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday requesting that he immediately call for a special session of the General Assembly to address issues relating to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, who has stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether to avoid issuing them to same-sex couples, visited with Beshear in Frankfort on Thursday where Beshear reiterated his stance that he will not call a special session on the subject. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is the other judge-executive who has chosen not to...
  • Most health insurance rates expected to rise next year in Kentucky

    06/03/2015 9:27:37 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 8 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | June 3, 2015 | MARY MEEHAN
    Health insurance costs will probably jump by 10 percent or more next year for many Kentuckians buying coverage through Kynect, the state-run insurance exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The five providers that are returning to Kynect have requested average rate changes for 2016 that range from a decrease of 9.28 percent (WellCare Health Plans of Kentucky) to an increase of 25.1 percent (Kentucky Health Cooperative). Two other companies offering insurance plans in the private marketplace that comply with requirements of the health law requested rate increases of 9.93 percent and 11.5 percent. ... Kentucky is one of...
  • Beshear says he wants needle exchange in heroin bill

    02/26/2015 4:47:00 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/25/2015 | Nick Storm
    As lawmakers head toward a likely conference committee to negotiate an agreement on anti-heroin legislation, Gov. Steve Beshear says a provision to allow local needle-exchange programs should be part of a final bill. Speaking to reporters outside his Capitol office just hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee heard discussion on the House version of the heroin legislation, Beshear said he was in favor of the House version of the bill but applauded both the House and Senate for their work on the issue. “I personally would like to see a needle exchange,” Beshear said. “Number one, I don’t think it...
  • Beshear: Report shows Medicaid expansion's benefits

    02/12/2015 3:18:59 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    Louisville Business First / Biz Journal ^ | Feb 12, 2015 | David A. Mann
    Gov. Steve Beshear's office is standing behind a decision to expand the state's Medicaid program after the release of a new report from Deloitte Consulting LLC and the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute. The report said the expansion will add 40,000 health care jobs and $30 billion to the state's economy through 2021. Expansion also will generate a net positive impact of nearly $820 million to state and local government budgets. State budget director Jane Driskell said in a news release that the analysis shows expansion creates both savings and new revenue, totaling more than double the amount the...
  • Beshear named to DNC "Democratic Victory Task Force" after dreadful 2014 election cycle

    12/08/2014 7:55:40 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/4/2014 | Nick Storm
    Gov. Steve Beshear was named Thursday to the Democratic National Committee’s “Democratic Victory Task Force” to assess the party’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of future elections. Beshear was selected by DNC Chair and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-Florida, alongside nine other appointees. “We are proud to announce the members of the Democratic Victory Task Force, and are eager to work with them to build on what we’ve done that works, identify and prioritize challenges and ultimately improve our party’s performance in future elections,” Wasserman Schultz said in a press release. “This diverse group of Democratic Party officials, strategists and...
  • GOP gubernatorial candidates agree on Medicaid expansion's sustainability in Kentucky

    11/16/2014 12:23:17 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/16/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility has put the state on an unsustainable path when the federal government ratchets down its share of the bill beginning in 2017, Republican gubernatorial candidates James Comer and Hal Heiner say. Beshear’s executive order, made possible through the Affordable Care Act, has added more than 425,000 recipients to Kentucky’s Medicaid rolls, and Washington, D.C., has paid 100 percent of the costs for the newly eligible. Beshear based his decision in part on the projected $15.6 billion economic impact once the program is fully implemented in fiscal year 2021. .... “When Gov....
  • Beshear Says GOP Control of House Would Set Kentucky Back to "19th Century"

    11/02/2014 10:35:40 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    WFPL News ^ | 10/31/2014 | Kevin Willis
    Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky risks running off the “progressive path” it’s on if voters give the GOP a majority of state House seats. Beshear made the comments in Barren County Thursday. Democrats currently hold a 54-to-46 advantage in the chamber, but Republicans have made a major push to win control of the House for the first time in more than 90 years. To help Democratic incumbents, Beshear has been on the road this week, announcing funding for infrastructure projects in districts where these members are facing competitive challenges by Republican candidates. Beshear said if the GOP does gain control...
  • Beshear's transportation announcement tour continues in competitive House districts

    10/30/2014 9:40:23 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/29/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    Gov. Steve Beshear has expanded his positive economic development tour through three competitive House districts, adding stops in Dawson Springs, Glasgow and Hodgenville Thursday. Beshear appeared alongside state Reps. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, Will Coursey, D-Symsonia, Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, and Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, for various transportation announcements Wednesday. His office sent advisories for similar announcements Thursday with, among others, state Reps. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, and Terry Mills, D-Lebanon. Beshear is scheduled to kick off the day in Dawson Springs with Gooch and three others at 9:30 a.m. to present funding for a project further linking the city with...
  • Beshear plans round of positive economic announcements to districts with Dems facing tough races

    10/28/2014 10:22:40 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/28/2014 | Nick Storm
    Gov. Steve Beshear is planning to do his best Publishers Clearing House impression as he heads to western Kentucky Wednesday to deliver oversized checks and make state transportation and other project announcements along side three incumbent House Democrats who face tough re-election fights on Nov. 4. Beshear will join Rep. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, at noon in Owensboro Wednesday to announce a County Agriculture Investment Program for Daviess County, Green River Area Beef Improvement Group, the governor’s office announced late Tuesday. Other local legislators will also be on hand, including Republican Sen. Joe Bowen and Democratic Rep. Tommy Thompson. Glenn is...
  • Despite a modern selfie, old-time politics rules in biggest Fancy Farm ever

    08/02/2014 7:13:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/2/2014 | Ryan Alessi
    FANCY FARM – While this year’s political speaking at St. Jerome Parish began with a selfie, it quickly returned to its 19th century roots of zingers and criticism between the U.S. Senate candidates, their allies and a record-breaking crowd. ............ But it was the supporting cast who got in the memorable lines – and even a quick rule-bending gimmick by the governor. ............ McConnell also found a way to weave together his two favorite arguments against Grimes: that’s she’s inexperienced and she’s tied to President Barack Obama. “By any standard Barack Obama has been a disaster for our country. If...
  • Beshear plugs $90.9m shortfall in state budget using a mix of state agency & unspent general funds

    07/17/2014 6:33:47 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/16/2014 | Nick Storm
    Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday he had again re-balanced the state’s budget using millions in state agency funds, unspent General Funds and cash from the Budget Reserve Trust Fund to plug a nearly $91 million budget shortfall. In his 14th re-balance of the budget, Beshear said he was focused on making the government “as efficient and as lean as possible.” “And to protect as best we can the core services that offer help and hope to our people and represent important long-term investments in Kentucky’s future: education, health care and public safety,” Beshear said in a statement. To re-balance the...
  • Former Ky. Democratic operative using Ky. campaign tactics in Kansas governor's race

    07/17/2014 6:29:41 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/17/2014 | Nick Storm
    Jason Perkey cut his teeth in politics working campaigns in the Bluegrass and now the Louisville, Kentucky native is applying the lessons he learned from his time in the state to the Kansas governor’s race. Perkey, who is the executive director for the Kansas Democratic Party, is applying a strategy first implemented in the 2011 re-election campaign of Governor Steve Beshear in Kentucky. Democrats in Kansas launched a secretive mass endorsement of high profile former and elected Republican officials which has the GOP in the state off message and striking out at one another. More than 100 Republican officials endorsed...
  • The Chatter: Governor bets bourbon on Final Four game; Ky. health exchange in national spotlight

    04/01/2014 5:46:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/1/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is betting bottles of big name bourbon on the Final Four game when the University of Kentucky takes on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday in Dallas. Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a friendly wager Tuesday on the game, betting items from the signature industries of each state. The Kentucky bourbon basket wagered by Beshear will include some of the state’s most well-known Bourbon brands such as Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, Elijah Craig and others as well as glasses and apparel. If Kentucky wins, Beshear will receive a gift of some of Wisconsin’s...
  • Conway and Beshear's split on appeal decision causes strong emotions

    03/04/2014 9:22:57 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/4/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Other Kentuckians appeared just as divided as the attorney general and governor were on the handling of whether to appeal a federal judge’s ruling overturning Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage. State Auditor Adam Edelen, who formerly worked as Gov. Steve Beshear’s chief of staff, said Tuesday he wasn’t sure of the reasoning behind Beshear’s decision to appeal U.S. District Judge John Heyburn’s ruling last week. “I think he’s concerned about what the new system would look like and its just one I disagree with,” Edelen said. “I think the better approach was to let this go. He has chosen to...
  • Conway won't appeal Judge Heyburn's ruling on same-sex marriage, but Beshear will

    03/04/2014 9:16:31 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/4/2014 | Nick Storm
    In an emotional statement, Attorney General Jack Conway told reporters Tuesday that he will not appeal U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn’s ruling that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages from other states. But moments after Conway announced his decision, Gov. Steve Beshear said he will appeal the ruling. “General Conway has advised me that he will no longer represent the Commonwealth in Bourke vs. Beshear. The State will hire other counsel to represent it in this case, and will appeal Judge Heyburn’s decision to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and ask the court to enter a stay...
  • Andy Beshear campaign says fundraiser won't conflict with Clinton event for Grimes

    02/17/2014 10:35:35 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/14/2014 | Ryan Alessi
    Andy Beshear, the first Democratic candidate to announce for attorney general in 2015, will raise money in Louisville on Feb. 25 — hours after Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ event with former President Bill Clinton. Grimes and Clinton will be appearing at the Louisville’s Galt House for a fundraiser at 11 a.m. The campaign manager for Beshear, a Louisville lawyer and the son of [Ky.]Gov. Steve Beshear, said in response to questions from Pure Politics that the Beshear fundraiser was “scheduled several months ago” and will start five hours after the Grimes event ends. Jared Smith, Beshear’s campaign...
  • Obama calls Beshear 'a man possessed' on health care, Ky. Republicans pan president's speech

    01/29/2014 11:21:33 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address once again highlighted to the nation the political dichotomy that the Affordable Care Act has created in Kentucky. One minute Obama was giving a mid-address shout-out to Gov. Steve Beshear over his implementation of the health care law. And the next minute, Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was issuing a critical three-paragraph response to Obama’s speech focusing on the Obamacare section particularly. “Obamacare is wreaking havoc with Kentucky’s economy and for the nation’s economy and unfortunately the president’s doubled down on that,” McConnell said in his statement. “So, it’s discouraging to see...
  • Beshear: Affordable Care Act issue could boomerang and hurt critics in November 2014

    12/18/2013 4:28:22 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 21 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/17/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    Democrats shouldn’t run away from the Affordable Care Act because the issue could be a boon to them next November, Gov. Steve Beshear told television reporters Tuesday. “In my opinion, November a year from now this issue is going to look entirely different than it does today,” Beshear said. Here’s his reasoning: 80 percent of Americans won’t be affected by the new law and will realize it by then and most of the other 20 percent will have access to health insurance, some for the first time. In response to a question from WHAS-11’s Joe Arnold, Beshear also said that...
  • Why is Medicaid getting most Kentuckians who have found insurance through the health exchange?

    11/10/2013 6:42:45 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 38 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/07/2013 | Jacqueline Pitts
    One of the biggest criticisms of Kentucky’s early returns from the state’s health exchange is that an overwhelming majority have landed on the government’s Medicaid program rather than private insurance. But state officials say that’s to be expected early in the open enrollment period, which began Oct. 1 and ends March 31. The reason the number of Medicaid enrollees is so much higher so far is because if someone’s income qualifies them to be on that program, they’re automatically signed up. It’s like a turning on a light switch. Others who earn more than 138 percent of the poverty rate...
  • 280,000 Kentuckians with cancelled insurance plans are getting offers of new coverage, official says

    11/09/2013 8:10:58 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 16 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/6/2013 | Jacqueline Pitts
    State health cabinet and insurance officials are trying to counter frustration and confusion — and political arguments — in the wake of a rash of insurance policy cancellations as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Around 280,000 Kentuckians will see their current insurance policies be discontinued in the coming months because of changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, but that does not mean they are being dropped, according to the Kentucky Department of Insurance. About 130,000 individuals and 150,000 people who hold small group policies in the state will receive letters stating that their policy is discontinued...
  • Kentucky Obamacare plan faces problems

    11/04/2013 7:05:18 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Kentucky has been held up as one of the success stories of Obamacare, with its state-run exchanges running well and signing up thousands for health coverage. But The Associated Press has reported that about 280,000 Kentuckians will have to give up their current health insurance and sign up for coverage that complies with the standards of the Affordable Care Act. Kentucky officials say about 130,000 people will see their individual policies discontinued, while 150,000 small group policies will be canceled, AP reported. Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, linked to the article on his Twitter account as Republicans hammer away at...
  • Beshear to national press: 'Chill out' on the Affordable Care Act

    10/27/2013 11:58:21 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 24 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/27/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    Amid the embarrassing problems with the federal health exchange website, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said he guaranteed they would eventually be smoothed out and then played media critic on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” “The advice I would give the news media and the critics up here is take a deep breathe,” Beshear told host David Gregory. “You know this is a process. Everyone wants to have a date where they can declare victory or defeat or success or failure. That’s not what this is all about.” As part of Beshear’s last word in the segment he added: “Everyone needs to...
  • Beshear says Medicaid expansion will make Kentuckians healthier and help the economy

    05/09/2013 7:04:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 25 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/9/2013 | Nick Storm
    Calling it the single “most important decision in our lifetime” to improve Kentuckians’ health, Gov. Steve Beshear officially announced Thursday that he agreed to expand Medicaid 308,000 more Kentuckians. The Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — allows states to expand Medicaid to cover those who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty rate, which is about $31,000 for a family of four. With Beshear’s announcement, Kentucky will be the 22nd state to agree to the expansion, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2014. The move to cover more low-income Kentuckians could nearly cut in half the...
  • Beshear talked with Judd 'convinced she's seriously considering' U.S. Senate race

    03/05/2013 9:31:19 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 25 replies
    CN|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/4/2013 | Nick Storm
    Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday he has now talked with actress Ashley Judd about how “seriously” she’s considering running for U.S. Senate in 2014 against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. While Beshear would not go into detail on the conversation, he did say that he is convinced that Judd is “seriously considering a race for United States Senate in the Democratic primary.” Beshear told reporters Tuesday at a bill signing that he thinks Judd could be an “effective and formidable opponent” against McConnell in a general election. Beshear has a good idea of what that takes having lost by double-digit...
  • Kentucky retailers see no economic improvement in 2012

    10/25/2012 7:38:28 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    The Lane Report ^ | 10/24/2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2012) — The results of this year’s Kentucky Retail Federation economic survey of membership are in and show that an overwhelming majority – 79 percent – of KRF members believe their business won’t be financially better off this year than in 2011. That’s a 3-percent increase over last year’s survey results. “This is clearly the most important question and reflects that Kentucky retailers aren’t optimistic about what this year means to them,” said Laura Leigh Goins, vice president of communications and member relations. “We hear a great deal about sales figures, but without considering the cost...
  • Beshear confident Democrats will oppose McConnell; Hasn't spoke to Ashley Judd about it

    10/19/2012 4:06:27 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    CN2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/16/2012 | Don Weber
    HIGHLAND HEIGHTS- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said he’s confident that the Democrat Party will field a viable candidate to run against US Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. “It’ll be tough to raise the kind of money that Senator McConnell can raise because he’s the king of fundraising,” Beshear said. Beshear would know. He lost to McConnell in 1996. But don’t look for Beshear to go for a rematch. Beshear said on Pure Politics last year that his re-election for governor was his last one. Actress and singer Ashley Judd has been mentioned as a potential candidate after she said at...
  • GOP lawmakers reject Beshear's executive order creating health exchange as Democrats walk out

    09/24/2012 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    CN 2 Pure Politics ^ | 09/19/2012 | Nick Storm
    UPDATED — Republican House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday voted to call Gov. Steve Beshear out of bounds for his executive order creating a health exchange — an outgrowth of the U.S. Affordable Care Act. Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, offered a motion at the interim legislative health and welfare committee declaring that Beshear does not have the authority to create a new agency — in this case, the Kentucky Health Exchange — by executive order. Instead, the governor by law can only rearrange existing agencies and still must get the legislature’s ultimate approval, Givens said, citing state statute . The...
  • Beshear: GOP playing "politicial games" with health exchange, says he has authority to create it

    09/24/2012 1:38:25 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    CN2 Pure Politics ^ | 09/20/2012 | Nick Storm
    Governor Steve Beshear said the actions of Republican lawmakers at Wednesday’s interim joint committee on Health and Welfare, “don’t mean anything,” and he will continue to implement the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. Beshear, who is fresh off an economic development trip to India, said he has the authority to create the exchange through executive order. And he said it was prudent for Kentucky to do so because the Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, calls for some type of system to match the uninsured with health coverage. If Kentucky’s government didn’t set up...
  • Kentucky Governor Signs Three NRA-Backed Bills into Law

    04/13/2012 6:34:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 12 April, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( Yesterday, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed three NRA-backed bills into law: House Bill 484, concealed carry exemption; House Bill 500, strengthening current firearms preemption law; and House Bill 563, fraudulent firearms prevention. These laws will go into effect on July 11, 2012. HB 484, sponsored by state Representative Will Coursey (D-6), expands the current concealed carry exemptions by allowing landowners and businessmen with a sole proprietorship to carry a handgun concealed without the necessity of a concealed carry permit. HB 500, sponsored by state Representative Bob Damron (D-39), will strengthen the current firearms preemption statute by expanding...
  • Beshear signs bill letting optometrists perform surgery

    02/24/2011 5:22:01 PM PST · by speciallybland · 9 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 02/24/2011 | John Cheves
    FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday signed into law a controversial measure that will let optometrists perform some laser eye surgeries. Ophthalmologists — eye surgeons who graduated from medical school — fought the bill, arguing that optometrists are not qualified to perform surgery. Optometrists do not attend medical school, but they do receive four years of optometry training after graduating from college and are trained to detect vision defects and prescribe corrective lenses. But Beshear sided with the optometrists, who promoted Senate Bill 110 as offering better access to health care. Many rural areas of the state have optometrists...
  • It's a 'Christmas' tree at the Ky. Capitol again

    11/06/2009 8:54:22 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 1 replies · 340+ views
    The Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 11/4/09 | unknown`
    FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A spokeswoman for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he's calling the tree on the Capitol's front lawn a "Christmas" tree this holiday season. A statement from the administration last week sparked Christmas consternation by referring to the yet-to-be-chosen evergreen as a "holiday" tree. Some Christians were perturbed by the terminology. Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson says the administration received a steady stream of e-mails and phone calls about the "holiday" tree. She says it's always been a Christmas tree to the governor, and it will be this year, too. The governor is inviting critics of the "Christmas" tree to...
  • EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with KY Gov. Steve Beshear

    08/15/2009 1:48:09 PM PDT · by BlackjackPershing · 1 replies · 348+ views
    Kentucky Energy Forum ^ | 8/15/2009 | Kentucky Energy Forum
    In a continuing series of one-on-one interviews with opinionmakers, Kentucky Energy Forum recently had the opportunity to pose "10 Questions on Energy" to Governor Steve Beshear. In this exclusive interview, Kentucky Energy Forum presents Governor Beshear's detailed response to our questions. Kentucky Energy Forum: In 2007, Kentucky passed landmark legislation to provide energy incentives for businesses looking to locate in Kentucky. While there have been some amendments to this law, in what ways would you propose, during the 2010 legislative session, to refine/to improve the legislation and to attract new industry to Kentucky?