At Fancy Farm, Republicans Focus on National Issues, Democrats Quiet on Obama

The only elections on the ballot this year in Kentucky are for statewide offices. But candidates at this weekend’s Fancy Farm Picnic spent much of their time discussing national politics. The references to national politics started with the first political speech…delivered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who used the Congressional bickering over raising the… Continue reading At Fancy Farm, Republicans Focus on National Issues, Democrats Quiet on Obama

Kentucky Moves Forward With Race to the Top Application

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has taken steps to apply for federal education grants from the Race to the Top program. The commonwealth is eligible for a portion of the $500 million that will be made available later this year. Like the previous round of Race to the Top grants, states must put together lengthy applications… Continue reading Kentucky Moves Forward With Race to the Top Application

Beshear Requests Waiver From No Child Left Behind Standards

by Angela Hatton, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky officials want to replace federal education standards with new state measurements. Governor Steve Beshear sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan today requesting a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act’s accountability model. State Education Department spokeswoman Lisa Gross says Senate Bill 1, which passed… Continue reading Beshear Requests Waiver From No Child Left Behind Standards

Politicians’ ‘War on Coal’ Rhetoric Politically-Beneficial, But Exaggeration

In the past week, several Kentucky politicians have spoken out against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and what they call its “war on coal.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Steve Beshear and State Representative Jim Gooch Jr. have all complained that EPA regulation is endangering the state’s coal industry. Secretary of the Energy and… Continue reading Politicians’ ‘War on Coal’ Rhetoric Politically-Beneficial, But Exaggeration

Board of Elections Certifies Primary Results

The vote tallies from Kentucky’s May 17th primary election are now official. The results were certified by the State Board of Elections, meeting in Frankfort. The board’s focus now turns to the November 8th general election. “One of the things that we do in all of our meetings is that we approve reimbursement for the various… Continue reading Board of Elections Certifies Primary Results

Beshear Touts More GOP Support

Governor Steve Beshear’s campaign says the list of Republicans backing the Kentucky Democrat’s re-election bid this fall is growing. On the day before Kentucky Republicans held their post-primary unity rally at GOP headquarters in Frankfort, Gov. Beshear’s campaign released the names of 70 Republicans backing his re-election bid. Among the names was former Lt. Gov.… Continue reading Beshear Touts More GOP Support

Kentucky Republicans Hold Unity Rally

In the wake of Tuesday’s primary election, around 200 Kentucky Republicans turned out for a unity rally Saturday at state GOP headquarters in Frankfort. The spotlight fell mostly on Senate President David Williams, the Republican gubernatorial nominee. After getting all of Tuesday’s winners to join him on stage, Williams launched into an attack on Gov.… Continue reading Kentucky Republicans Hold Unity Rally

Audio: Beshear Explains Decision on President Obama Visit, EPA Challenge

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he did not mean to offend anyone last week when he opted to attend the Kentucky Oaks rather than travel to Fort Campbell where President Barack Obama was meeting with troops, including the Navy SEALS who killed Osama bin Laden. Beshear says by the time he heard the president was… Continue reading Audio: Beshear Explains Decision on President Obama Visit, EPA Challenge

Frankfort Prison to Become State Police Training Academy

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has decided to close a minimum security prison and make it a training academy for Kentucky State Police. Beshear says the state no longer needs the Frankfort Career Development Center, which houses 205 low-risk inmates. “Our inmate population has dropped, more than 1600 inmates, between February 15, 2008 and April 20… Continue reading Frankfort Prison to Become State Police Training Academy

Beshear Asks for Federal Aid for Farmers

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for assistance for farmers in flood-stricken western Kentucky. Beshear says the federal assistance is necessary to make up for crop losses and infrastructure damage caused by the weather. Beshear’s request applies to farmers in 21 counties, though additional counties could be added later.