Wanna watch Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear during their end-of-term interview?
Here you go, meemaws:
58 minutes 40 seconds of brain melt.
Wanna watch Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear during their end-of-term interview?
Here you go, meemaws:
58 minutes 40 seconds of brain melt.
This week Governor Steve Beshear and Jane Beshear posted a thank-you video:
Kentucky’s economy is a disaster, despite what Beshear suggests. But it’s not exactly his fault. He can’t fix it and neither can Matt Bevin.
And we’ve found the perfect gift for him… [CLICK THE CLICKY]
With his days dwindling as Kentucky’s governor, Democrat Steve Beshear took time Tuesday to tout his eight years in office and reflect on his regrets of making “no meaningful progress” in tax reform and not bringing expanded gambling to the state. [H-L]
Bobby Who? Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) ended his presidential campaign on Tuesday. [HuffPo]
The local prosecutor’s office is asking Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens to recuse himself from every criminal case that comes before him, citing comments the judge made on his Facebook page that calls into question his impartiality, the commonwealth argues. [C-J/AKN]
The British Government has announced that it plans to shut down all of its coal-powered fire stations by 2025, with restrictions put on their use as early as 2023. [Gizmodo]
Heck yes alcohol sales bring in revenue for communities. Rob Fogle is the co-owner of Mammoth Liquors, located at 101 Gardner Lane in Cave City, along with Eric Hall. The two also own a liquor store in Radcliff, which saw take-home liquor sales approved by voters in 2011. [Glasgow Daily Times]
President Obama would love the chance to run against Donald Trump, but his family — and the Constitution — are standing in his way. [The Hill]
Only one bid was submitted to the Rowan County School Board for the central office building at 121 E. Second Street. Morehead State University submitted the lone bid of $2 million. [The Morehead News]
They share a small two-bedroom apartment in Sacramento with few possessions, but for Syrian refugee Mohammad Abd Rabboh, his wife and two daughters, there is finally freedom from fear. [Reuters]
A Berea College student told the city council Tuesday night that pickup trucks flying Confederate flags have frequently driven around the campus the past three months yelling racial slurs at them. [Richmond Register]
Ninety minutes into the first day of his first job, Day Davis, a 21-year-old temp worker, was called to help out near a machine at the Bacardi bottling plant in Jacksonville, Florida. He was killed before making it to his first break. [ProPublica]
Jennifer Stepp is proud her son is in recovery from his heroin addiction, but if he ever needs it, her 8-year-old daughter knows how to administer the drugs that would save his life. [Ashland Independent]
Friday’s terrorist attacks have made the Paris climate talks “even more” important now, according to Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). And on Sunday, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders elaborated on why climate change remains “the biggest national security threat facing the United States,” after remarks he made in Saturday’s Democratic debate were criticized by people who apparently don’t understand the existential nature the climate threat poses to this country and the world. [ThinkProgress]
The water tower in Lebanon is about to get a new mural that should make it very popular on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The tower will be graced by a bottle of bourbon, making it look like the world’s largest Maker’s Mark pour. The city’s 135-foot water tower will be getting a mural by internationally recognized muralist Eric Henn, who will paint it to look like the neck of a gigantic bottle, complete with signature red wax, is pouring bourbon straight down. [H-L]
A Scottish newspaper offered a warm message to Syrian refugees arriving in the country this week. “To the first refugees fleeing war-torn Syria who will arrive at Glasgow Airport today, we’d just like to say: Welcome to Scotland,” read the front cover of The National on Tuesday. [HuffPo]
Fayette County schools superintendent Manny Caulk has hired a Kentucky Department of Education associate commissioner with 18 years of experience in state government to oversee the district financial services, budget and staffing, and human resources departments. [H-L]
President Barack Obama is accusing Republicans who oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. of being scared of widows and orphans. He says the political posturing “needs to stop.” [HuffPo]
Louisville area Ford workers on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a proposed national contract. [C-J/AKN]
In 2012, GOP presidential candidates accused President Obama of waging a war on the coal industry. Three years later, coal is largely taking a back seat in the Republican race for the White House. [The Hill]
The Kentucky School Boards Association is all up in the latest Jefferson County Public Schools controversy. On the one hand, people who serve their time ought to be able to give back to society and hold down gainful employment. Especially when they’re as honest and forthcoming as this woman. On the other, JCPS looks stupid for getting into mess after mess like this. [KSBA]
U.S. consumer prices increased in October after two straight months of declines as the cost of healthcare and other services rose, evidence of firming inflation that further supports views that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month. [Reuters]
Gov. Steve Beshear hinted Tuesday he’ll restore voting rights for many non-violent ex-felons before leaving office on Dec. 7. [Ronnie Ellis]
Hillary Clinton’s top deputy will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to continue the campaign’s outreach to African-American Democrats. [Politico]
Kentucky earned a “D” on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, and Warren County’s preterm births are worse than statewide rates. [BGDN]
Poverty does not treat men and women equally, especially in old age. Women 65 years old and older who are living in poverty outnumber men in those circumstances by more than 2 to 1. And these women are likely to face the greatest deprivation as they become older and more frail. [NPR]
Gov. Steve Beshear and state librarian Wayne Onkst said in federal court filings late last week that the state will recognize as valid marriages of couples who received altered licenses issued by the Rowan County clerk’s office. [Ashland Independent]
The federal privacy law known as HIPAA doesn’t cover home paternity tests, fitness trackers or health apps. When a Florida woman complained after seeing the paternity test results of thousands of people online, federal regulators told her they didn’t have jurisdiction. [ProPublica]
On Friday night around 7 p.m., while the world looked on in horror as terrorists in Paris made flesh our collective nightmares, Rand Paul took to Twitter. With uncertainty, fear and carnage gripping the globe, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator, in the cellar when it comes to presidential polls, was focused — on Marco Rubio. [H-L]
After a series of attacks in Paris by the Islamic State group killed 129 people on Friday, several prominent Republican politicians called for the U.S. to stop taking in refugees from Syria, arguing that authorities might unwittingly allow terrorists to enter the country. [HuffPo]
Gov. Steve Beshear launched a program Monday to help Kentuckians move from a life of drug abuse and addiction to one of sobriety and productivity. [H-L]
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday there was “no data” to support the notion that the national debate over the use of force by police has made the country less safe, an idea that has sometimes been referred to as the “Ferguson effect.” [HuffPo]
Just what Kentucky’s working poor need! Once they lose access to health care, they can pay more taxes for the crap that Greg Fischer and his rich daddy want to build and/or destroy. [C-J/AKN]
Five ways conservative media are exploiting the terrorist attacks in Paris to hype misinformation. [MMFA]
Here’s the latest column Greg Stumbo’s LRC staffers have written for him. In the late 1990s, Gov. Paul Patton rolled out a simple but effective campaign summarized by two words: “Education pays.” [Floyd County Times]
Refugees aren’t just slipping into the US. Screening takes two years, and it’s nearly impossible for people to pass. [Vox]
The situation is under investigation by the state department of corrections but the jailer says what happened is just another sign of how bad the drug situation is. [WKYT]
Confusing refugees with terrorists is morally unacceptable and, as a matter of strategy, misguided. [NY Times]
Copper thieves are responsible for a power outage that affected nearly 1,500 Kentucky Power customers in Pikeville Monday night, including the local hospital. [Hazard Herald]
Australia’s Carmichael coal mine project has been under major scrutiny by large conservation groups and prominent Australians for months. Now, progressive think tank the Australia Institute has found just how damaging the emissions from burning coal at the mine could really be. [ThinkProgress]
The Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen released the 2014 audit of the former Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird’s office on Friday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]
Fields along the Mississippi River Delta once gleamed white in the autumn with acre upon acre of cotton ready to be picked. But to see the decline of a cash crop once nicknamed “King Cotton” one need look no further than the 300 acres (121 hectares) that Michael Shelton farms in Clarksdale, Mississippi, about 75 miles (120 km) down river from Memphis. [Reuters]
A new mobile activity center that will educate students about agriculture will be on the road to eastern Kentucky after the first of the year. [H-L]
Astronomers have spotted what they believe is the most distant object in the solar system — a dwarf planet floating some 9.5 billion miles from the sun. [HuffPo]
Any time a governor leaves office, they’re obviously gonna gloat. Jones did it, Patton did it, Fletcher did it. And Steve Beshear is doing it.
His legacy, according to his office, is the faux façade of façades. He’s taking credit for everything under the sun. Reality is he should probably only be taking credit for one thing: improving Kentucky’s health care situation.
So let’s dig into the massive email blast his staff sent out yesterday.
Governor Steve Beshear summed up the impact of his eight years as Kentucky’s chief executive today with a single phrase: A stronger core.
“Generations from now, Kentucky will be more competitive economically and our people will have a higher quality of life because of the hard work we’ve been doing to strengthen Kentucky’s core,” Gov. Beshear said.
The Governor said he came to Frankfort in late 2007 determined to restore the people’s trust in state government, to bring common sense to an out-of-control state budget, and to end the acrimonious partisan warfare that was interfering with good decisions.
Then the global recession hit, and like governors across the nation, Gov. Beshear said his top priority became helping Kentucky families and businesses “survive.”
“But survival wasn’t enough,” the Governor said. “I wanted Kentucky to emerge from the recession not shell-shocked and shattered but able and ambitious, poised to do great things. And so we also took aim at fundamental weaknesses that have held this state back for generations.”
To address those weaknesses, Gov. Beshear built numerous partnerships that focused on building a more competitive workforce; getting children off to a better start in their lives and their educational careers; improving the health of Kentucky’s people; attracting new businesses to the Commonwealth and helping existing businesses expand; improving Kentucky’s education system, from preschool to college; and investing in infrastructure that would pay off, years from now.
“These efforts weren’t quick fixes but were part of a long-term, multifaceted strategy that has helped Kentucky gain incredible momentum,” the Governor said.
He praised the many leaders, agencies and organizations who partnered with his administration, saying Kentucky’s needs brought together leaders in the public and private sectors, in urban and rural areas, across partisan lines, between the legislative and executive branches of government and between state and local elected bodies.
But in order for Kentucky’s long-term strategy to work, the Governor said, “we need to hit the accelerator – not the brakes.”
To call attention to Kentucky’s rapid improvement over the last eight years and the need to sustain that progress, Gov. Beshear released a “baker’s dozen” of Kentucky’s greatest successes.
Now, to the individual things for which he’s claiming credit:
About those things…
Health care: He wins on that one. Expanding Medicaid to allow Kentucky’s working poor access to care is a win, no matter how hard mouth-breathers (mostly on Medicaid) scream about it. It’s changed lives, allowed people to start businesses, to keep enough money to feed their children, to live longer, to reduce stress, to walk outside without fear of how they’ll cope if they get injured or ill.
Unemployment rate: Can’t find a single person in Frankfort who believes Beshear had anything to do with the change in unemployment numbers. From slight economic improvement to tens of thousands dropping from the rolls, Papaw didn’t have a thing to do with it.
Economic development: He’s been claiming credit for private businesses making private business decisions for nearly eight years. You can be the judge on that front.
Dropout age: The legislature made that happen at a time when everybody hated Beshear. Common sense, not just political acumen, says he had little to do with influencing that.
Two-year college investment: Again, the legislature did that.
Ohio River Bridges Project: Started 40 years ago, handled by Louisville, deals cut by Louisville, project finished by Louisville. The role Beshear played: giving his friends and the friends of Jerry Abramson sweet contracts to write press releases about the project. Oh! And he can claim credit for working out the tolls that are set to make life harder for hundreds of thousands of Kentuckiana families.
KSP Training Facility: Last we checked, the KSP made that happen after a suggestion from a legislator.
KentuckyWired: Are you holding your breath? We want to… but…
Preschool: He said it himself — the legislature made that move.
Research lab: Federal agencies and Kentucky schools made that happen by getting the legislature to throw $24 million at it.
Pill mills: The legislature and law enforcement made that happen.
Budget: What was that, again about everything being puppies and rainbows? Have Kentucky’s multiple pension disasters been resolved? Has our infrastructure been shored up? Are we able to repair highways and build bridges without tolling our citizenry out the wazoo? Are school districts able to buy the books they need? Are our small towns and counties able to provide basic services without raising taxes multiple times per year? Is the Road Fund anything but a disaster? Yeah… about that.
Bourbon industry: We’re really gonna pretend Steve Beshear had something to do with the bourbon industry’s efforts to build and grow? If anything, bourbon barons like the Brown Family have shied away from Beshear and done everything in their power to work around him.
Really fun stuff.
Some good old Kentucky revisionist history.