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Beshear reports 778 new COVID cases, 4 deaths; ‘mask up’; and a round-up of coronavirus news

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday reported 778 new COVID cases and 4 deaths, bringing state totals to 30,151 cases and 778 deaths. Twenty-three of the new cases were from children age 5 and under. There were 19 new cases in Boone County, 17 in Kenton County and 12 in Campbell County. “The health and the lives of people around you, our economy and how fast we can build it back, and our ability to get our...

To evict or not evict, that is the question — and the answer is, well, confusing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today New guidance from the Kentucky Supreme Court on staffing, access to jury trials and evictions has caused some widespread confusion, especially when it comes to the eviction section. 
The Administrative Order, which takes effect on Saturday, allows all evictions for non-payment of rent to resume on that date, except for those subject to the federal CARES Act. 
Leigh Anne...

Circuit Judge enters temporary restraining order against Beshear administration in KDA lawsuit

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced Thursday that a Scott County Circuit Judge entered a temporary restraining order against the administration of Gov. Andy Beshear in a lawsuit brought by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality and legality of Beshear’s use of executive power during the coronavirus...

Quarles challenges Beshear’s executive orders, claims violations of process in state constitution

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles filed a lawsuit Monday in the Scott Circuit Court in Georgetown to declare several of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive orders to be violations of the processes outlined by Kentucky’s Administrative Practices Act and the state constitution. Quarles filed the case alongside Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC, which joined him as a co-plaintiff in the case. “The...

Braidy Industries’ Bouchard files lawsuit against stockholders citing right to remove board members

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries founder Craig T. Bouchard filed a lawsuit against the company he started three years ago and against some of its stockholders. Bouchard’s action comes about a month after he was ousted as the CEO and board chairman of the aluminum rolling mill being proposed in northeastern Kentucky. He filed the lawsuit on Valentine’s Day in the state of Delaware,...

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...

Attorney General Andy Beshear moving forward with lawsuit against three insulin makers over pricing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office is moving forward with a lawsuit against three insulin makers over skyrocketing prices and an investigation into pharmacy benefit managers who have allegedly overcharged Kentuckians, local pharmacies and the state for prescription drugs. Two requests for proposals, or RFPs, are now posted on the system where state government...

John Schaaf: Court of Appeals refusal to rehear Schickel case sends strong pro-ethics message

Kentucky’s Legislative Ethics Commission (KLEC) recently scored several more important wins in the federal court case filed against the members of KLEC by Sen. John Schickel, whose lawsuit claims he has a constitutional right to accept meals, beverages, and campaign contributions from legislative lobbyists. First, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied Schickel’s request that his...

John Schaaf: Court of Appeals upholds Kentucky ethics law, sends strong signal across nation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently put its stamp of approval on Kentucky’s legislative ethics law, sending a clear signal for strong public ethics laws across the nation. Kentucky’s ethics law was challenged in a lawsuit filed by John Schickel, a state senator from Boone County. In his lawsuit, Schickel claimed he has a right under the U.S. Constitution to accept lobbyist-funded...

Another of Attorney General Andy Beshear’s opioid lawsuits withstands motion to dismiss

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Another lawsuit filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear against opioid manufacturers and distributors has survived a motion to dismiss. Six of his nine suits have now been cleared to proceed in the state court system, after motions to dismiss have been denied. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has sued nine opioid manufacturers and six of this suits have survived orders...

A single mom and combat veteran, ‘scared to death’ about losing daughter, suing CHFS social workers

By Judy Clabes KyForward special editor Nikkie Holliday is an army brat who followed in the footsteps of two career military parents to spend 10 years in the Army, rising to Staff Sergeant. She spent 27 months in Iraq and Afghanistan, unafraid to serve her country in the most dangerous places. But she was “scared to death” the day a social worker threatened to take away her three-year-old daughter...

The Human Rights Defense Center files federal lawsuit against Kentucky Department of Corrections

A national human rights organization has filed a federal lawsuit against the Kentucky Department of Corrections (KDOC) for violating its free speech, due process and equal protection rights. The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), a Florida-based nonprofit organization that has spent nearly thirty years protecting the rights of people in U.S. detention facilities, argues the KDOC is guilty of censoring...

A closer look at the Governor’s reorganization of the Workers Compensation Nominating Commission

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor In keeping with his campaign promises to “change Frankfort,” Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has moved quickly in his first few months in office to restructure several state boards and commissions, among them the Kentucky Racing Commission, the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and the Kentucky Workers Compensation Nominating Commission. He has even put a hold...

West Sixth says logo lawsuit is ‘frivolous’; Magic Hat says it tried to work with brewery

West Sixth Brewing Co., a “socially conscious craft brewery” that opened its doors last year in Lexington, is a defendant in a lawsuit by a corporation that owns the Vermont brewer Magic Hat.   According to West Sixth’s website, “they’re claiming that we intentionally copied their logo, and that has caused them ‘irreparable harm,’ enough that they’re asking...