State Senate Rejects Eight Appointees

Somewhat lost in all the attention over the legislature’s failure to balance Kentucky’s Medicaid budget was Senate rejection of eight gubernatorial appointees.

Among those not confirmed were two minority women to the state parole board, and environmental lawyer Joe Childers to the Mine Safety Review Commission.  Gov. Steve Beshear called the rejections “very disappointing.”

“Because they take such pride in the Senate in the confirmation process” Beshear says, “and the fact that they should be a part of these important positions and confirming them.  And they’ve abdicated their responsibility to do it in any kind of rational and reasonable and wise way.”

The Lexington Herald-Leader says Senate Republicans refused to turn over documents explaining why some people were confirmed and some were not.  The Senate, mostly along party lines, also rejected an effort by Louisville Sen. Gerald Neal to reconsider some of the appointees.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.