Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Politics
1:06 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Beshear Still Weighing Medicaid Expansion; Will Make Decision Early Next Year

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear says he'll make a decision about Medicaid expansion in Kentucky by early next year.

While many states are still deciding on the early elements of the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- Kentucky has only one decision left: whether to opt in to Medicaid expansion.

Under the health care law, the federal government will pay 100 percent of costs for three years if states expand their Medicaid rolls to 138 percent of the poverty line.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear: Open Debate on Gun Control, Mental Health is Needed

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

In the wake of last week's shooting death of 26 people at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is joining a chorus of public officials who say a national debate on gun control and mental health is needed.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear: Law Enforcement Issues with Hemp Must Be Worked Out

Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Before he joins the call for legalized industrial hemp, Gov. Steve Beshear wants law enforcement officials to resolve their concerns about the issue.

The issue: Some Kentucky officials believe legalized industrial hemp would be good for Kentucky's economy, but law enforcement officials are concerned that such a move would conflict with efforts to crack down on marijuana growers.

“I think we’re going to have to answer those questions before we can really move forward in the industrial hemp area,” Beshear said.

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Local News
11:55 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Officials Defend Tolling To Help Fund New Bridges

From brentspencebridgecorridor.com

State and federal officials say new Ohio River bridges cannot be built without tolling as part of the financing plan.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear this week signed a memorandum of understanding with Ohio’s governor to construct a new, $2.5 billion double-deck span to replace the Brent Spence Bridge linking Covington and Cincinnati.

Beshear says there’s no chance the federal government will pick up the whole cost of this project or two new bridges planned for the Louisville area.

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Politics
12:25 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Expanded Gambling Issue May be Addressed in 2013 (Maybe.)

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Is now the time for the General Assembly to address expanded gambling? (Again.) With just more than a month before the 2013  session begins, observers of the Kentucky legislature are wondering.

A few new factors are at play: First is the governor’s continued interest in the topic. Second expanded gambling's chief opponent, David Williams, is gone.

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Politics
10:23 am
Mon November 26, 2012

State Spending $3 Million on Tax Amnesty Initiative

The state government of Kentucky is spending $3 million on a tax amnesty program that officials hope will bring $55 million in revenue.

In 2002, Kentucky launched an amnesty initiative that garnered $40 million. Governor Steve Beshear announced this effort in October to help balance the two-year budget that will allow citizens and businesses to make restitution.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Beshear, Others to Launch Campaign Against Smurfs (the Drug Kind)

There's nothing magical about Kentucky's smurfs, state leaders say.

Gov. Steve Beshear and State Sen. Robert Stivers -- a contender for senate president --  will help unveil an "anti-smurfing" campaign with the CHPA today. The campaign will include signs that pharmacies have the option to display, warning people to not buy pseudeoephedrine products to sell to others who want to make meth.

In drug culture, a "smurf" is someone who buys pseudoephedrine for someone else with the intent it will be used for meth.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear Recovering from Minor Eye Surgery

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will be spending more time around the Capitol in the next few days. 

The governor is recovering from what he office calls "minor eye surgery" to repair a detached retina.

The governor’s office gave little other detail about the surgery or how the injury happened. The governor wasn't injured, his office said. Instead, the detached retina developed this past weekend.

The surgery will require a limited travel schedule for Beshear, which shouldn’t be much of a problem post-Election Day.

Politics
11:01 am
Wed October 24, 2012

In House Races, Democrats Enlist Beshear for TV Ads

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky House Democrats are enlisting Governor Steve Beshear for electoral help.

In addition to fundraisers and public appearances with candidates, Governor Steve Beshear is now appearing in TV ads asking for broad support for House Democrats.

The airs are airing in Central Kentucky, where Democrats hope to win some seats from the GOP.

“The Republicans are throwing a lot of junk in your mailbox, on your TVs and radios, full of attacks and half-truths," says Beshear in the ads. "They did it to me last year and now they are doing it to my friends."

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Politics
11:58 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to Break Contract, Beshear says He's Disappointed

Governor Steve Beshear says he’s disappointed that one statewide Medicaid operator has announced it is leaving the state.

Kentucky Spirit, part of Centene Corporation from Missouri, announced today that they would terminate their operations next July, before their contract is up.

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