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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...

Eastern Ky. economic effort is ‘most exciting’ thing happening in community development

Pine Mountain (SOAR photo)   By Al Cross Special to KyForward   The bipartisan effort to revive and diversity Eastern Kentucky’s coal-dependent economy “is the most exciting thing occurring in local community development and revitalization anywhere in this country,” the federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission said at an ARC economic development conference...

‘Take it down’ movement reaches Kentucky with calls to remove Jefferson Davis statue

    Staff report   As calls to remove symbols of the Confederacy spread nationwide, a number of prominent Kentuckians have joined the chorus seeking to have the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis removed from the state capitol   Jefferson Davis statue in Kentucky’s capitol (Photo from Ky.gov) Gov. Steve Beshear, in a statement from his office, said:   “It’s...

Wendell Ford to lie in state so all Kentuckians can pay their respects and celebrate his life

Retired Senator and former Gov. Wendell Ford will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Sunday, followed by a funeral service and interment in Owensboro on Tuesday.   “Sen. Ford’s long political career began here in the halls of the state Capitol, where he served as a state senator, lieutenant governor and governor. It’s fitting for the senator to return here, so that grateful...

Bill Straub: Old foes Beshear, McConnell now seem to have a common enemy – the EPA

WASHINGTON – Gov. Steve Beshear and Sen. Mitch McConnell have never been tight as ticks. In fact you can say they can’t abide one another.   In addition to emerging from opposing parties, Beshear, a Democrat, and McConnell, a Republican, were involved in a rather direct and personal confrontation in 1996 when McConnell rather easily withstood Beshear’s effort to displace him in the U.S....

Beshear cites improvements to Kynect, says state is ready for upcoming open enrollment

A series of improvements to Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange, will improve consumer experience and encourage more Kentuckians to enroll in affordable health insurance, Gov. Steve Beshear said at a press conference today. Open enrollment on Kynect begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15.   “Kentucky is the hands-down national leader in helping people access affordable health care....