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Beshear signs executive order to promote integrated employment for people with disabilities

Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an executive order that strengthens Kentucky’s commitment to increase meaningful employment of people with disabilities in the general workforce and support them and their families through the Employment First Council. The executive order assures that competitive and integrated employment in the community is the first and primary option for people with disabilities who...

Local public libraries to get free access to Kentucky Virtual Library; CPE partners with KDLA to fund effort

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) announced a partnership Thursday that will provide all state residents with free access to the Kentucky Virtual Library during the upcoming school year. “My administration is education first and this pandemic is demonstrating how we need to further our efforts to provide educational...

Jacqueline Coleman: Gov. Beshear and I committed as good teammates, to end divisive political rhetoric

As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve. I wanted to govern with Andy because I believed he would deliver on the promise of unity, people over politics and civil discourse during his time as governor. Six...

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...

Gov. Beshear issues Executive Order to reorganize Board of Education; ten ousted members file suit

First thing Tuesday morning at 1:20 a.m., the Kentucky Secretary of State received and signed the first Executive Orders of the new Beshear administration. One was the appointment of Colonel Haldane Lamberton as Adjutant General. And the second, more controversial but in keeping with his campaign promise, was the reorganization of Kentucky’s Board of Education. Beshear announced that he had wielded...

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...

Rocky Adkins, Jim Gray among newest additions to Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov.-elect Andy Beshear named more top members of his incoming administration, including two well-known Kentuckians, during a Capitol press conference on Monday. House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, who ran against Beshear in the Democratic primary, has been named Senior Advisor and former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will lead the Transportation Cabinet. “You could claim we...

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...

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,...

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...