Beshear Tours Western Kentucky Flood Damage

by Angela Hatton, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear flew over western Kentucky today to assess the damage from storms and floods. The governor has also asked President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration, which would make money and other resources available for relief efforts. “We’re just making sure today that everything is… Continue reading Beshear Tours Western Kentucky Flood Damage

Beshear Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

by Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Barack Obama seeking a federal disaster declaration. Beshear is touring western Kentucky today to review storm damage, and a presidential declaration could make federal relief funds available. “Obviously some of the damage is unknown, yet, because we won’t know… Continue reading Beshear Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Mountaintop Removal

The three Republican candidates for Governor of Kentucky have shown varying degrees of support for the coal mining technique commonly called mountaintop removal. Businessman Phil Moffett calls the procedure ‘mountaintop development,’ and says it creates flat land that can be used for commercial purposes. State Senate President David Williams says he will stand up to… Continue reading Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Mountaintop Removal

Williams Challenges Beshear to Debate on Medicaid, Beshear Says Williams Should “Do His Job”

Governor Beshear is flying around the state, trying to drum up support for his plan to balance Medicaid within the Medicaid budget. The Republican-controlled Senate wants across-the-board cuts to state agencies. Senate President David Williams says the governor should return home and debate him on Kentucky Educational Televsion.

Lawmakers at Odds Over Ending Session Wednesday

The House has adjourned until March 21st, to give the governor time to consider vetoes. But Senate Republicans say they will convene the Senate today, which would be the 30th and final day of the session.

House leaders cried foul, but Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers says the House walked out of a special session during the Fletcher administration.

Federal Legislation to Expedite EPA Decisions Mirrors Governor’s Stance

Congressman Hal Rogers filed the bill, which is similar to legislation introduced by Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul in their chamber. The lawmakers say the EPA takes too long to approve or deny mining permits, and the delays may be an indirect method of rejecting permits.

Dick Brown with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says Rogers, Paul, McConnell and Governor Steve Beshear share a common frustration with the EPA.

Daniels Encourages White to Step Down Until Charges Are Resolved

White faces three counts of voter fraud and two counts of perjury for using his ex-wife’s address on his voter registration in the May primary, rather than his own address in a different precinct. In a statement released Thursday, Daniels said the only appropriate thing for White to do is to step down until a verdict is reached.