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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...

Governor Andy Beshear asks Kentuckians to ‘come together for the common good of all people’

Gov. Andy Beshear and first lady Brittainy wave to the crowd. (Photo by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today On a cold, blustery Frankfort day, Andy Beshear was sworn into office as Kentucky’s 63rd governor on Tuesday. He wasted no time heating things up, using an executive order to make good on a campaign promise to replace the Kentucky Board of Education and saying he will...

Beshear names state’s teachers as grand marshals of his parade; also names co-chairs of inauguration

Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals in Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade on Dec. 10 and Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has been named one of the honorary co-chairs of the Team Kentucky inauguration. The vote from teachers, who expressed anger over Gov. Matt Bevin’s action on their pension and were offended by some off-handed comments, was a large reason Beshear will replace...

Atlas Obscura: Park Service aims to protect new $40 million lawn from crowd at National Mall

By Sarah Laskow Atlas Obscura In 2009, after the first inauguration of President Barack Obama, which was attended by a record 1.8 million people, the ground of the National Mall was wrecked. As those hordes had moved over the lawn, they ground the crown of the grass plants, the part where new growth originates, into the frozen soil. After the inauguration, the Mall was more hard-packed drag-race strip...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Even with week’s inspiring events, couldn’t help but think about trash

By Amy Sohner KyForward contributor   I felt oddly patriotic this week. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I live in our wonderful country, and I am usually happy with the direction it is going. I just would not normally call myself patriotic. However, after the pomp and circumstance and real, awe-inspiring peaceful change in power nationally, as well as our own uplifting State of the Merged...

Judy Clabes: D.C. Bluegrass Ball big success, buzz around Ashley Judd dominates event

Actress Ashley Judd, center, joined a number of Kentucky dignitaries on stage during the 2013 Bluegrass Ball in Washington, D.C.   The 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Society of Washington and the 2013 Bluegrass Ball, a nonpartisan pomp-and-circumstance celebration of all things Kentucky, converged for a very successful event at the historic Wardman Park Marriott over the weekend. Called “the...