Steve Beshear

Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Partners in Law Firm Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Order for Kentucky Gave Thousands to Beshear

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has gotten thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from partners in his choice of a law firm to appeal a federal order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Attorneys from VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann gave $11,250 to Beshear in the last several election cycles, according to campaign finance data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

House's Kentucky Budget Proposal Similar to Gov. Steve Beshear's

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FRANKFORT — A budget proposal in the Kentucky House will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial budget outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear.

House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education. It largely preserves Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK and implements raises for teachers.

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Politics
7:58 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he knows marriage equality supporters are upset with his decision to appeal a federal ruling requiring the state to recognize same-sex marriages.

But the governor adds that he wants advocates to know further action is needed to prevent what he calls the “legal chaos” that would arise from too many contradictory rulings.

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Commentary
2:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Kentucky's Courageous Attorneys General, Past and Present

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More than a half century ago, my parents gave me for Christmas a copy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage." It was a collection of stories about United States senators through history who somehow stood up to the prevailing sentiments of their day to take stands that, in time, would earn them special places in history. Among those he included were John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton and Robert A. Taft. A bipartisan group, facing some of the thorniest issues of American history ranging from slavery to fair trials.

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Politics
10:26 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Explains Decision to Not Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

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FRANKFORT — Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn issued an opinion that Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in the state.

In an emotional press conference Tuesday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal Heyburn’s decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.” But at the same time, Governor Steve Beshear is seeking outside counsel to lead an appeal effort.

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Local News
12:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Are Recognized in Kentucky at the Moment. Here's What That Means.

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage certificate.
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 Update 5:26 p.m.: Conway's Statement

Here's word from Attorney General Jack Conway:  “I received Judge Heyburn’s final order and am in the process of reviewing it.  I have 30 days to determine whether or not to file an appeal in this case, which is why I asked Judge Heyburn for a stay of his order this morning.    I will be determining promptly, in consultation with Gov. Beshear, whether or not to file an appeal in this case.”

Update 5 p.m.: What This All May Mean

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Local News
7:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Judge to Soon Issue Final Opinion in Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Case

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A federal judge intends to issue on final ruling on whether Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages within the next day.

The action could mean that same-sex couples married outside of Kentucky would be officially recognized by the state immediately, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case—Bourke v. Beshear—said on Tuesday. But state Attorney General Jack Conway could appeal the case (he has 30 days) and then ask for a stay on recognizing out-of-state same-sex couples.

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Politics
9:31 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Kentucky Juvenile Justice Department Feeling Strains of State's Pension Issues

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Kentucky’s pension woes are putting a strain on the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Commissioner Hasan Davis told lawmakers on the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary this week that the Department of Juvenile Justice is struggling.

Years of employee attrition, program reductions and budget fluctuations have strained the agency.

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Politics
6:56 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear's Tax Plan Fails to Address Inequality, Economic Think Tank Says

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s tax reform plan fails to address issues of fairness in the state’s tax code, says a non-partisan economic think tank.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy doesn’t think the plan’s Earned Income Tax Credit will be enough to offset the new sales taxes for the less wealthy.

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Politics
7:45 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the legislature should be able to review regulations like the Affordable Care Act and Common Core school standards—both implemented by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear through regulatory means.

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