Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Beshear Announces 7-Day Trade Trip to Japan, Taiwan

by Kenny Colston on May 11, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear will once again embark on an international trade mission to Asia.

Beshear has made several such trips as governor. His most recent was a visit India last year. This time, Beshear will spend seven days promoting Kentucky industries in Taiwan and Japan.

“I’m very excited for the opportunities this visit offers the Commonwealth, Taiwan, and Japan. Mutual goodwill, economic development, and prosperity are our common goals,” Beshear said in a press release. “We’re looking forward to capitalizing on the enormous potential that exists for Kentucky’s Bourbon industry in Taiwan, as well as strengthening existing relationships and building new ones that will further enhance our economic ties with Taiwan and Japan.”

Beshear’s office says he will promote bourbon to Taiwanese trade officials. The governor will then discuss the potential expansion of Japanese businesses in Kentucky.

Beshear is scheduled to leave for the trip Sunday.

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Beshear Will Enact Key Part of Healthcare Law if Court Upholds It

by Kenny Colston May 3, 2012

A key part of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by executive order in Kentucky if the healthcare law is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Exchanges in which residents can purchase insurance are a major part of the law. Each state must have an exchange, and if states don’t set them up, the […]

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Beshear Joins Obama in Urging Action to Prevent Student Loan Interest Increase

by Kenny Colston April 27, 2012

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Beshear Signs Prescription Pill Bill Into Law

by Kenny Colston April 24, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear are applauding the passage of a bill aimed at reducing prescription pill abuse. Beshear signed the pill bill today, inviting key legislators and law enforcement officers to take part in the ceremony. The new law isn’t as tough as some had hoped. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says changes […]

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Road Plan Vetoes Won’t Delay Special Session, Williams Says

by Kenny Colston April 18, 2012

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Governor Steve Beshear’s latest action on the state road plan will not lead to an extended special session. Governor Steve Beshear has changed the two-year road plan to give projects in Williams’s district a lower priority. Those were the only modifications the governor made. Williams had promised not to […]

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Local Media Criticizing Special Session

by admin April 18, 2012

In the wake of another special session after the 2012 General Assembly, the Louisville Courier-Journal is encouraging readers to add a “Kentucky Held Hostage” button to their Twitter of Facebook profile in protest. The newspaper asks residents if they are frustrated that state lawmakers have returned to Frankfort and gives them the option to post […]

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Fairness Campaign Joins Protest Against Neo-Nazi Group

by admin April 18, 2012

The Louisville Fairness Campaign is joining other social justice organizations to protest a rally by a neo-Nazi group planned for Frankfort this weekend. The National Socialist Movement has obtained permits to march on the state Capitol on Saturday to rally against illegal immigration. The hate group is the largest neo-Nazi organization in the country, promoting […]

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Beshear Signs Road Plan, Vetoes Projects in Williams’s District

by Kenny Colston April 18, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear signed Kentucky’s six-year road plan this afternoon and vetoed several projects in the state’s two-year road plan. According to a release from Beshear’s office, the line item vetoes in the two-year plan are only in Senate President David Williams’s district. This comes on the heels of a public feud between the two […]

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Grayson: Beshear and Williams Are Embarrassing Kentucky

by admin April 18, 2012

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson criticized both Governor Steve Beshear and state Senate President David Williams, saying their ongoing rivalry is embarrassing the commonwealth. “It’s a continuation of the last several years of the governor not being able to develop strong positive relationships with not just the Republican-controlled Senate, but also the Democratic-controlled […]

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Williams Again Asks Beshear to Act on Road Plan

by Kenny Colston April 17, 2012

Kentucky Senate President David Williams is renewing his call for Governor Steve Beshear to act quickly on an unfunded road plan that cleared the legislature last week. The road plan outlines the state’s transportation projects for the coming years. Beshear called lawmakers back to Frankfort for a special session after they failed to approve funding […]

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