Governor Steve Beshear http://wfpl.org en Did Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Get Calls, Voicemails Regarding the Same-Sex Marriage Appeal? http://wfpl.org/post/did-kentucky-gov-steve-beshear-get-calls-voicemails-regarding-same-sex-marriage-appeal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced that he would split with Attorney General Jack Conway and </span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-gov-steve-beshear-appeal-federal-judges-same-sex-marriage-order" style="line-height: 1.5;">appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring Kentucky to recognize same sex marriage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he upset marriage-equality proponents, who took to Twitter. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 8836 at http://wfpl.org Did Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Get Calls, Voicemails Regarding the Same-Sex Marriage Appeal? Strange Fruit: “Politini on theGrio” Hosts Aisha & Danielle Moodie-Mills http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-politini-thegrio-hosts-aisha-danielle-moodie-mills <p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" height="81" width="100%"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138889645&amp;color=45084d&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138889645 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:55:59 +0000 Laura Ellis 8826 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: “Politini on theGrio” Hosts Aisha & Danielle Moodie-Mills New Documentary Celebrates 100 Year Old Kentucky Governor's Mansion http://wfpl.org/post/new-documentary-celebrates-100-year-old-kentucky-governors-mansion <p>The centennial celebration of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion begins this week with the <a href="http://governorsmansion.ky.gov/centennial/Pages/documentary.aspx">premiere of a new documentary about the residence.</a></p><p>The film is narrated by Kentucky native Diane Sawyer. It features reenactments, interviews with former governors and their families as well as current Governor Steve Beshear.</p><p>State curator and director of historic properties David Buchta&nbsp;says the film pays meticulous attention to detail:</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 03:55:45 +0000 Colleen O'Leary 8238 at http://wfpl.org New Documentary Celebrates 100 Year Old Kentucky Governor's Mansion New Documentary Celebrates 100 Year Old Kentucky Governor's Mansion http://wfpl.org/post/new-documentary-celebrates-100-year-old-kentucky-governors-mansion-0 <p>The centennial celebration of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion begins this week with the <a href="http://governorsmansion.ky.gov/centennial/Pages/documentary.aspx">premiere of a new documentary about the residence.</a></p><p>The film is narrated by Kentucky native Diane Sawyer. It features reenactments, interviews with former governors and their families as well as current Governor Steve Beshear.</p><p>State curator and director of historic properties David Buchta&nbsp;says the film pays meticulous attention to detail:</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:59:54 +0000 Rick Howlett 8239 at http://wfpl.org New Documentary Celebrates 100 Year Old Kentucky Governor's Mansion Kentucky's General Fund Expected to Grow 2.5 Percent Over Next 2 Fiscal Years http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-general-fund-expected-grow-25-percent-over-next-2-fiscal-years <p>A panel of nonpartisan economists reports that Kentucky’s General Fund is expected to grow by just over 2.5 percent over the next two fiscal years.</p><p>That'll bring in about half a billion dollars. But in next year's budget, half of that will likely go toward pension payments, inflation on medical care costs and paying down nearly $160 million of a structural budget deficit.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7966 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's General Fund Expected to Grow 2.5 Percent Over Next 2 Fiscal Years Governor, Others Must Drive to Farthest East, West Points in Kentucky, Legislator Proposes http://wfpl.org/post/governor-others-must-drive-farthest-east-west-points-kentucky-legislator-proposes <p>A Kentucky lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would require many state leaders—including the governor—to visit the state’s most eastern and western counties before taking office.</p><p>State Rep. Kenny Imes, a Murray Republican, has sponsored the bill. It requires policy makers in the executive cabinet and their deputies to drive—not fly—to Fulton and Pike Counties at least six months before they take office. It does not reimburse their travel costs.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:11:44 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7942 at http://wfpl.org Governor, Others Must Drive to Farthest East, West Points in Kentucky, Legislator Proposes Gov. Steve Beshear: Abramson Would've Made a 'Great Governor' http://wfpl.org/post/gov-steve-beshear-abramson-wouldve-made-great-governor <p>Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson have been friends and allies for three decades. The friendship culminated with Gov. Beshear choosing the former Louisville mayor to be his running mate for the 2011 election.</p><p>But on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Abramson announced that he <a href="/post/jerry-abramson-wont-run-kentucky-governor">won't seek the governor's office in 2015</a>—he instead wants to focus on advocating for education.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:49:59 +0000 Joseph Lord 6388 at http://wfpl.org Gov. Steve Beshear: Abramson Would've Made a 'Great Governor' Beshear Discusses Auditor's Report of Misused Funds at Kentucky Emergency Management http://wfpl.org/post/beshear-discusses-auditors-report-misused-funds-kentucky-emergency-management <p>Gov. Steve Beshear&nbsp;said he hasn't "taken any options off the table" in dealing with Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report <a href="/post/auditor-kentucky-emergency-management-misused-funds-caught-red-handed-altering-documents">alleging that the agency spent more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures.</a></p><p>The audit released Tuesday also found that Kentucky Emergency Management officials intimidated employees and altered documents regarding the expenditures.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:04:22 +0000 Joseph Lord 6384 at http://wfpl.org Beshear Discusses Auditor's Report of Misused Funds at Kentucky Emergency Management Texting While Driving Will Cost 3 Points Against Kentucky Driver's License http://wfpl.org/post/texting-while-driving-will-cost-3-points-against-kentucky-drivers-license <p>Kentucky drivers will soon be assessed three "penalty points" against their licenses each time they're convicted of texting while driving.</p><p>The new penalty will be enacted through administrative regulations ordered by Gov. Steve Beshear, who announced the change in Louisville on Wednesday morning.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:08:52 +0000 Joseph Lord 6382 at http://wfpl.org Texting While Driving Will Cost 3 Points Against Kentucky Driver's License Strange Fruit: Rob Portman for Marriage Equality; Trevor Hoppe on the Criminalization of HIV http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-rob-portman-marriage-equality-trevor-hoppe-criminalization-hiv-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84557049&amp;color=a40062&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It's been a week full of political news on the LGBTQ front, so we asked WFPL's political editor, <a href="http://wfpl.org/programs/noise-notes">Phillip M. Bailey</a>, to join us for our Juicy Fruit segment this week and help us talk through some of the finer points of these issues. Here in Kentucky, we've been watching and waiting to see what Governor Beshear would do with House Bill 279, the so-called 'religious freedom' bill that would let people ignore civil rights laws that go against their religious beliefs.&nbsp;</p><p>On Monday, we learned the city of Covington had <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/covington-mayor-city-commissioners-ask-gov-beshear-block-religious-freedom-bill">joined the chorus</a> of those opposing the bill and urging a veto. Covington Mayor Sherry Carran sent Beshear a letter warning the bill could "do harm and will present a poor image of our state to progressive professionals and companies who understand and appreciate the value of diversity and open-mindedness."</p><p>Naturally, opponents of the bill in Louisville then collectively turned their heads and raised an eyebrow at our own Mayor Greg Fischer, and on Tuesday he sent <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-comes-out-against-religious-freedom-bill">a letter of his own</a> to the capitol, saying the law was unnecessary. "We don’t need this proposed law, full of ambiguity and question, to prove our religious freedom and protect our citizens from some perceived threat. We have plenty of laws and a Constitution adopted by our citizens that provide us ample protections—no matter our faith, our profession, or our other rights and traits as human beings."</p><p>Indeed, on Friday, Governor Beshear did veto the bill, and now it comes down to whether the General Assembly will override the gubernatorial veto—which it appears to have enough votes to do.</p><p>In national news, Senator Rob Portman became the first GOP senator to publicly support marriage equality for LGBTQ folks. He revealed this week that <a href="http://www.towleroad.com/2013/03/why-we-welcome-bob-portman.html">he changed his mind on the issue</a> because his son is gay. Hillary Clinton also <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RP9pbKMJ7c&amp;feature=youtu.be">released a video statement</a> this week voicing her unequivocal support of same gender marriage, saying "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."</p><p>But Phillip, who covers politics full time, didn't have the same warm fuzzy feelings as many did over these announcements. He pointed out that Senator Portman has known his son is gay for two years, and that Clinton is widely rumored to be planning a run for president in 2016. So the cynical observer could see these moves as exactly that: PR maneuvers, carefully timed for maximum political advantage.</p><p>Jaison, so often the voice of activism and idealism on our show, preferred the less cynical explanation. "Are there any politicians who do the right thing just for the sake of doing it?" We'll let you listen for the discussion that followed.</p><p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-reverend-maurice-bojangles-blanchard-faith-and-fairness">Earlier this month we mentioned</a> in a Juicy Fruit segment that people in Michigan were suffering legal consequences for supposedly-confidential HIV tests. To learn more, we called <a href="http://www.trevorhoppe.com/">Trevor Hoppe</a>. He's a graduate student at the University of Michigan who's studying <a href="http://www.trevorhoppe.com/research.html">sexuality, medicine, and the law</a>. Trevor told us there are indeed cases of no- or very-low-risk behavior on the part of HIV-positive folks being treated like deliberate endangerment in the eyes of the law.</p><p>He says the criminalization of these seemingly-innocuous acts is a method of social control that has little to do with actually protecting public health. "I think it's just another way that HIV-positive people face a particular kind of stigma, despite the fact that there's no risk in these cases. It's not about that. It's about punishing HIV-positive people as much as the law can facilitate."</p><p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 14:39:28 +0000 Laura Ellis 4636 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Rob Portman for Marriage Equality; Trevor Hoppe on the Criminalization of HIV