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Beshear to renovate Governor’s Mansion for first time since 1983; family will live there fulltime

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Like any family who has moved into a new home, especially one that is over 100 years old, Gov. Andy Beshear says he plans to have some renovating done on the Governor’s Mansion. 
“Being the first full-time family in decades to live in the Governor’s Mansion,” Beshear said, “I wanted to be transparent that we’re going to be doing some work over there.” The...

Al Cross: Start of new governorship always leans to theatrics, but — really — it’s a new day in Frankfort

The start of a new governorship necessarily involves theatrics, which help signify the importance of a historic event, establish comity after an election and signal the shift from politics to governing. But theatrics can have meaning that signals the substance and the politics to come. Tuesday’s inauguration of Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman had all those things. It repeatedly...

Letter to Editor: Debra Graner celebrated Beshear’s inauguration, hopes for restoration of voting rights

Dear Editor, Watching in inaugural paradeToday, I stood in the cold for hours at Andy Beshear’s inauguration because I believe in democracy, and I’m really proud of his win and what it means for the future of Kentucky. I worked hard with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth to get him elected, making phone calls and talking to people on their doorstep. But I couldn’t vote for him. I hope his...

Beshear set to become Kentucky’s 63rd governor; full slate of public inauguration day activities planned

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A full day of activities is in store today as Andy Beshear assumes his duties to become the 63rd governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Beshear will follow in the footsteps of his father Steve, who was a two-term governor from 2007-2015. They are the first father-son to be governors in Kentucky. Andy Beshear Activities are free and open to the public, but some extra layers...

Warren Greer: Andy Beshear’s victory saves the Kentucky Democratic Party’s ‘glass floor’

At long last, Kentucky’s 2019 gubernatorial election is over. As a life-long Democrat and a firm believer in decency and civility, I’m glad Matt Bevin got what he deserved. But I’m also a little sad that Andy Beshear won, because the elitist faction of the Kentucky Democratic Party (KDP) now has new life and was not as fully exposed as it otherwise would have been. Just think what the storylines...

Governor-elect Andy Beshear names high-level members of incoming administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear on Wednesday named four high-level members of his incoming administration, all of whom are coming with him from the attorney general’s office. Beshear said none of those named should surprise anyone. “Time and time again, the four individuals have proven their ability, dedication, and work ethic. In fact, each of the four individuals has had...

Commentary: Kentucky’s incoming governor has a mandate to restore voting rights, should take action

By Eliza Sweren-Becker and Sean Morales-Doyle Brennan Center for Justice   On Election Day, voters in Kentucky made a strong statement in support of expanding democracy and restoring voting rights to people with past felony convictions, building on a years-long trend around the country. Ending Kentucky’s policy of lifetime felony disfranchisement was a prominent part of Andy Beshear’s platform...

Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor’s race after Thursday’s recanvass produces no changes

Governor-elect Andy Beshear speaks to reporters after Matt Bevin conceded the race Thursday. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A statewide recanvass of voters in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race showed no change in the totals, giving Democrat Andy Beshear a 5,136-vote margin over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in the Nov. 5 general election, and leading Bevin to concede...

Recanvass of votes: Andy Beshear/Jacqueline Coleman prevail in governor/lt. gov. race, 5,136 votes

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, has announced that a statewide recanvass of the votes in the 2019 General Election for Governor/Lieutenant Governor did not change the results of the election. Bevin concedes (Photo by Tom Latek, Gov. Matt Bevin is asking for a recanvass of Tuesday’s results. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today)In a press conference,...

Governor-Elect Andy Beshear unveils transition website; you can apply for place in his administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Governor-elect Andy Beshear unveiled a website for his gubernatorial transition on Tuesday. Governor-Elect Andy Beshear The website is besheartransitionky.com and Beshear said the initial site provides Kentuckians with a way to connect with the transition team and apply to work in the administration. As the transition progresses, the site will be updated. “I am honored...

Al Cross: For Andy Beshear, ‘I’m not Matt Bevin’ actually mattered; Bevin now knows words matter too

What seemed like Andy Beshear’s unspoken campaign theme – “I’m not Matt Bevin” – turned out to be sufficient after all, contrary to opinions expressed in this space more than once.                The Democratic attorney general ran a solid, steady campaign that gave voters little to fear – contrary to the alarmist, abusive rhetoric of the governor, which only confirmed the...

Secretary Grimes receives recanvass request from Governor Bevin, will take place November 14

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has formally filed a request to have a recanvass conducted of the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election. Unofficial results from the Secretary of State and State Board of Elections showed Democrat Andy Beshear, Kentucky’s Attorney General, defeating Republican Bevin’s re-election bid by a margin of 5,189 out of 1.4 million votes cast, although...

Large urban turnout leads Andy Beshear to victory in Tuesday’s governor’s race; Bevin not yet conceding

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky voters turned out in bigger than expected numbers and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear may have shown incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin the door. Beshear took the lead around 8 o’clock and kept it the rest of the way in likely keeping Bevin from becoming the first Republican governor in Kentucky history from winning a second term. “I haven’t had...

Chris Perry: Kentucky’s electric cooperatives work to make sure rural voters show for gubernatorial election

Will rural voters show up in the 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election? As political campaigns and pundits ask that question, Kentucky’s electric cooperatives have been working to make sure that the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Because co-ops are owned, operated and were built by the very people we serve, we are dedicated to improving Kentucky’s quality of life and advocating for issues that...

Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

Al Cross: McConnell cares most about the state Attorney General race, and things are looking up

For Mitch McConnell, things in Kentucky are looking up. In Washington, not so much. The races are close, but the Senate majority leader’s state appears likelier than not to elect Republicans to the state’s top offices Nov. 5. McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin, former rivals, have learned how to get along and stay out of each other’s way, and a Bevin victory should increase McConnell’s chances of...

Attorney General Andy Beshear announces $40 million in settlements in two drug lawsuits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear announced settlements in lawsuits against two drug companies Wednesday that are worth nearly $40 million. “Oftentimes it takes years, sometimes it even takes almost a decade, to hold these large companies accountable for the harms they inflict on our families. Today, we have won two of those battles,” Beshear told a Capitol press conference...

Attorney General releases Charitable Giving Guide in recognition of Charity Fraud Awareness Week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In observance of Charity Fraud Awareness Week, Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a charitable giving guide to help Kentuckians avoid falling victim to charity scams. According to figures from the Attorney General’s office, Americans donate approximately 2% of their disposable income to charity each year. In 2017, Americans gave $410 billion to charities. (Click...

Al Cross: Facts are facts and they matter; Matt Bevin has convictions — but it’s fair to ask hard questions

Matt Bevin is a conviction politician; he has beliefs and sticks to them. That’s one thing to like about the governor. But some of his beliefs are mistaken, perhaps even about himself. That was on display Tuesday night at the University of Kentucky, after he and Attorney General Andy Beshear tangled in a televised debate. Afterward, Beshear told reporters that Bevin was “unhinged” in their hour-long...

Republican leaders Stivers, Thayer say any casino bill presented in their chamber is ‘dead on arrival’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two Republican senators have weighed in on one issue in the governor’s race by pronouncing any casino bill that arrives in their chamber “dead on arrival.” Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, made the comment while condemning a proposal by Democrat Andy Beshear to legalize casino gaming. Beshear says the revenue...