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Andy Beshear officially files to run for governor, calls candidates to release tax returns

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Accompanied by family members, Attorney General Andy Beshear and running mate Jacqueline Coleman filed their papers at the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday as a gubernatorial slate for the May Democratic primary. 
Speaking to reporters, Beshear called upon all slates for governor to release their income tax returns for the last two years, in the interest of transparency.  
“After...

State representative Rocky Adkins raises $620,000 in only two months toward gubernatorial campaign

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrat Rocky Adkins has proven himself a formidable gubernatorial candidate, raising more than $620,000 in the two months since he entered the race. “We’re honored and humbled to have strong support across Kentucky,” said Adkins, the longtime House Democratic floor leader from Sandy Hook. “The outcome of our fundraising effort demonstrates the strength of this...

For-profit college settlement with CEC to eliminate $2.3 Million in debt for more than 1,300 Kentuckians

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that for-profit education company Career Education Corp. or CEC has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices. It also agreed to forgo collecting more than $2.3 million in debts owed by more than 1,300 Kentucky students. The announcement is part of a $498 million national settlement with the Illinois-based CEC and state attorneys general...

Attorney General Beshear says Texas judge’s ruling on ACA stayed until appeal is heard

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the U.S. District Judge in Texas who declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional has stayed his order, pending an appeal of the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. 
When the judge announced his ruling earlier this month, Beshear said Kentuckians would be harmed by the decision in 10 ways: Andy Beshear 
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Beshear: Nearly 550 Kyians faced with PHH Mortgage Co. foreclosures eligible for payments

Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling on the nearly 550 Kentuckians who faced foreclosures on their homes from New Jersey-based PHH Mortgage Company to sign-on to a multistate settlement against the company. Attorney General Andy Beshear The deadline is Jan. 28, 2019. Beshear said a third-party administrator handling payments for eligible Kentuckians mailed final notices Dec. 21. Beshear, 48 other...

Kentucky attorney general Andy Beshear touts opioid manufacturer lawsuits as part of successful year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear pointed to his nine lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors, his efforts to combat human trafficking and utility rate hikes as evidence that 2018 has been a good year for his office. During an interview with reporters on Monday, Beshear said his office is the “most aggressive Attorney General’s in terms of suing opioid...

Lawmakers call Andy Beshear’s renewed push for expanded gaming in Kentucky ‘disappointing’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear is banging the gambling drum again in Kentucky. He sent a two-page letter to lawmakers on Monday with a repeated call for expanded gaming as a way to fund the state’s ailing pension system. Beshear, who made a similar plea in July when he announced his run for governor, faces an uphill battle in the General...

Beshear wins fight to keep four opioid lawsuits in Kentucky courts; updates available online

In an effort to halt the drug epidemic in Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing seven opioid manufacturers and distributors that have fueled and profited from the state’s opioid crisis – and now he is asking Kentuckians to follow each case by visiting ag.ky.gov. Andy Beshear Beshear’s office announced its ongoing commitment to transparency with the website at a South Louisville Opioid...

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in employee pension case at 10 a.m. Thurs.; here’s how to watch

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20. The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity As Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.

 Supreme Court Justices Due to interest in...

Andy Beshear: From coffee grounds to opioid disposal pouches, Kyians join fight against addiction

Over the years, you have heard me say that in order to tackle our state’s opioid epidemic, it’s going to take all of us coming together as a community. That everyone has a role in building a better future. Andy Beshear One of my efforts to build that future is the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, which provides drug deactivation pouches to help Kentucky families safely dispose of the dangerous...

AG says deposit scam leaves victims repaying the bank; Franklin County resident lost $10,000

A new scam warning has been issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear after a mobile deposit scam left a Franklin County resident with a $10,000 bank tab. Andy Beshear Beshear said reports from legitimate local banks and Kentuckians indicate scammers are succeeding in their efforts to put a new twist on the old counterfeit check scam. “Falling victim to a counterfeit mobile deposit scam often results...

Andy Beshear makes it official: On tour around state, he announces his bid for governor’s office

Staff report Democrat Andy Beshear started a statewide tour Monday and Tuesday to talk about the “future of Kentucky” with the announcement he will run for governor. Attorney General Andy Beshear makes it official: He’s running for governor. (Kentucky Today/Tom Latek) He pledged to bring Kentuckians together to invest in public education, attract better-paying jobs, more aggressively...

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...

House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins may be getting ready to run for governor, has family support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrat Rocky Adkins may be inching closer to a run for governor, telling reporters Wednesday that his family supports the idea. House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins is still mulling over a run for governor in 2019. He has the full support of his family. (LRC photo) “It’s a must that they be on board, and they are,” Adkins said. “This is a statewide race, and it’s...

Beshear Welcomes Department of KY Veterans of Foreign Wars as ‘Mission Veterans Protected’ Partner

More than 200 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Attorney General Andy Beshear are joining forces to stop scammers who specifically target Kentucky veterans and their families. As part of the Department of Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference in Louisville, Beshear spoke with veterans about his office’s Mission Veterans Protected (MVP) program, which aims to help reverse the high rate of...

Beshear fighting temporary injunction request seeking to halt nation’s health care system

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional...

AG Beshear: Every community must join our fight against modern day slavery – human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and sadly, our Kentucky communities are not immune. Beshear In Kentucky, both adults and children are coerced into illegal sex trafficking, domestic servitude...

Gov. Bevin’s comments that school closures led to sexual assault, poisoning of children, draw ire

KyForward staff Reaction was swift and critical to comments made late Friday by Gov. Matt Bevin that protests in Frankfort by Kentucky teachers, which resulted in the closure of more than 30 school districts, led to sexual assault and poisoning of children. Gov. Bevin (LRC photo) Thousands of teachers were on hand Friday as the Kentucky General Assembly began the last two days of its regular session. Bevin...

Beshear, AGs file court action to block ACA lawsuit; claims Kentucky would lose $49.7 billion in funding

A group of state attorneys general is joining together to protect the nation’s health care system by seeking to intervene in and combat a lawsuit aimed at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced. The lawsuit claims that the ACA is unconstitutional because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the ACA penalty for failing to purchase health insurance – known...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...