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State of Commonwealth: Gov. Beshear says state’s future depends on Kentuckians working together

In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s future depends on leaving divisive politics in the past and focusing on providing opportunity for every Kentucky family.   Gov. Beshear said the transformational and positive change Kentucky families count on occurs when we break the cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction, and obtain a good-paying career,...

Beshear, Coleman announce new team members in key spots, including Ron Bastin as deputy secretary

Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman have announced new members of their team who share their vision of supporting public education, ensuring access to health care, protecting retirements and improving wages. “With these dedicated, positive and hardworking leaders joining our team, we have a tremendous opportunity to get it right here in Kentucky – to put our people first and build...

Al Cross: Continuing the tradition of gifts for public officials; hoping for a 2020 in which facts matter most

The tradition of a Christmas-gifts column for public figures in Kentucky was started almost four decades ago by the late Ed Ryan, when he was the Courier Journal’s bureau chief in Frankfort. Those were the days of Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. and first lady Phyllis George Brown, who had an administration and an entourage of characters who provided plenty of grist for Ed’s sometimes snarky humor mill. Since...

Gov. Beshear sets the date for two special elections to fill Adkins, Keene vacated legislative seats

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear has set the date for two special elections, to replace two Democratic members of the Kentucky House who resigned their seats to become part of his administration. Rocky AdkinsRocky Adkins of Sandy Hook, whose 99th District consists of Elliott, Lewis and Rowan counties, resigned on Inauguration Day, December 10, after serving in the House since 1987, to...

Gov. Beshear announces he is canceling and rebidding state’s Medicaid Managed Care contracts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s back to the drawing board for the state’s Medicaid Managed Care contracts. 
Gov. Andy Beshear announced he is canceling and rebidding the contracts approved in the waning days of the Bevin administration. Gov. Andy Beshear 
Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, Beshear said, “The people of Kentucky should have confidence in the process that ultimately awarded...

Ohio River bridge that connects states of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, raising named after 16th president

The new Ohio River bridge between Kentucky and Indiana in downtown Louisville will be named the Abraham Lincoln Bridge – connecting, as it does, the states of Lincoln’s birth and raising, Gov. Steve Beshear announced. Kentucky law provides a process for naming bridges. By executive order, Beshear directed Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock to issue an official order naming the bridge...

Buoyed by strong growth in sales, tax receipts, General Fund increases 7.6 percent in August

Kentucky’s General Fund receipts increased 7.6 percent in August compared to last year, State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced today. Total revenues for the month were $722.9 million, compared to $672.0 million during August 2014, an increase of $50.9 million. So far this fiscal year (FY16), General Fund receipts have increased 5.7 percent.   In a press release, Driskell noted that...

Kentucky Primaries in Review: Political science professors talk trends, implications

    By John Gregory KET   Now that the dust has finally settled on the 2015 Kentucky primaries, what are some of the bigger-picture trends and implications that have emerged?   A group of political science professors from the state’s universities gathered on KET’s Kentucky Tonight to analyze the election results and what they may mean for the fall campaigns. Here are five...