If nothing else, Gov. Steve Beshear has shown the country that not all Kentucky politicians are “wacko birds” and partisan obstructionists who think the Affordable Care Act is the spawn of Satan.
Beshear, a moderate Democrat who doesn’t equate compromise with surrender, was on MSNBC twice recently. He said the ACA, President Obama’s greatest legislative achievement, will be a boon, not a bane, for the Bluegrass State, where I have lived all 63 years of my life.
“We need a big tool to make transformational change,” the governor said. “It’s the law of the land; it’s a tool that I can use to change this state for the good for the next generation and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Beshear conceded that the ACA is “not perfect.” He’s “sure we could come up with two or three different changes in it.”
The Republicans wouldn’t help Beshear or anybody else improve the law. They want to kill it. To that end, the GOP is "weaving a web of misinformation and deception," Beshear said.
He didn’t name names. But Kentucky Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell are front and center among the web weavers.
Governor Beshear's Statement: “Redistricting is always a partisan process, and the current situation is no exception. However, the action directed by the Senate President to move Senator Kathy Stein’s district in Lexington to northeast Kentucky in order to keep her from being able to run for re-election, and moving western Kentucky Senator Dorsey Ridley’s district to Lexington, goes beyond partisanship. It reflects a personal vindictiveness that should have no place in this process.
However, the deadline for Kentuckians to file for these House and Senate seats is January 31, only 11 days away. Therefore, I am signing House Bill 1 today so that all citizens interested in filing for any of these seats will know what House or Senate district they are in and have time to get their filing papers in order to file for office.
This situation also reinforces my belief that before redistricting occurs again in Kentucky, some type of non-partisan, citizen-based group should be created to participate in the process.”
Jeff Wiggins' goal is not just to beat David Williams tomorrow. “I want to beat him so badly that when he goes back to the state senate, the Republicans will vote him out as president," says Wiggins, who is also president of Steelworkers Local 9447 in Calvert City. Polls point to a Democratic blowout, from Gov. Steve Beshear down. Beshear and his running mate, Jerry Abramason, earned the Kentucky State AFL-CIO endorsement.
By BERRY CRAIG Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan is happy to see union-endorsed Gov. Steve Beshear up two dozen points over Senate President David Williams, his challenger, in a current bellwether poll. “But anything can happen between now and election day,” he warns. “We can expect a whole lot of money coming into the state to undermine our candidate.” Adds Londrigan, a member of the Elevator Constructors union, “You can never rest until it’s over. If you do, you give the other side a chance to catch up. We are going to work as hard as we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
The text of the letter Rodney Young sent to Attorney General Jack Conway is after the fold (or click here to see PDF, courtesy of WFPL). Rodney Young also sent a copy of the letter to Kentucky Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson. Draw your own conclusion.
It is really not taking Rand Paul much time at all to be morphed like clay in the hands of Mitch McConnell. Yes, the further away from his primary win he gets, and the more time he spends with the Kentucky Republican taskmaster Rand Paul is being shaped into Mitch McConnell. One need only look at his now rescinded promise to balance the budget in a year to see that. You see, Mitchie-master got to little Ayn through the malted hops and bong resin and let him know that Kentucky Republicans don't balance the budget because that does not leave room for huge tax breaks for Corporations and the very wealthy during a time of "war".
It is an enigma I have long struggled to understand. Anyone in the state of Kentucky voting Republican. For a while now we have had mostly Republican representation in the Congress except for the mixed bag voting record of Blue Dog Ben Chandler. Only with the inclusion of Congressman Awesome John Yarmuth from the Third District have working Kentucky families had a solid voice in the Congress on all issues. Now the price of voting against our own interests is catching up with us.
For a long time now we have had a problem in Kentucky. While our state has a wide majority of Democrats, we have several Congressional seats that remain Republican, have two Republican Senators, and vote on a national level in Presidential elections Republican. Now it appears as if we will have a leader of our state party who donated to the two worst Republicans of all, disgraced former Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Darth Vader of Kentucky politics, Mitch McConnell. To me, this shows the weakness of our party as a whole. There are too many apologists for the Corporate Republican ideology within our state and national party and the best thing they can do is leave our party, not lead it.
Update August 1, 2012: Some of the Kentucky Government links in this post are no longer valid. We found this out by accident about a week ago. We have no idea why some of the Kentucky Goverment links are not valid, but we do know this: They were valid when this article was posted Monday March 29, 2010.
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Joe Prather’s Good Luck With The New Bullion Boulevard project. Luckily, the planned new Bullion Boulevard road project is designed to access the development properties that have ownership by former Transportation Secretary Joseph W. Prather. These properties are in the name of Silver Gate Properties, LLC that includes Joseph W. Prather, his son, and another person. Back in April 16, 2008, the Transportation Secretary requested the Executive Branch Ethics Review Commission to provide an advisory opinion about this potential conflict of interest. His request pointed out that a proposed new road would pass close enough to some of his personal property to increase the value of that property.
The resulting May 9, 2008 ethics Advisory Opinion 8-11stated “In order to avoid any actual conflicts of interests, you should not be involved in your official capacity in any decision relating to that property no matter how indirect that involvement may be. Further, no one under your supervision within the Cabinet (essentially all employees) should be involved in future discretionary decisions needed to complete the project if such decisions affect the LLC’s property or property value, since knowledge by employees of your ownership in the property could affect the employees’ decisions.”
I have long believed that my state of Kentucky could benefit greatly from the "Fuels of the Future". Clean, renewable fuels grown by Kentuckians on Kentucky farmland and refined in many of the shut-down factories and plants that dot our landscape. I have always felt that Kentucky is in a unique position to lead our country in this new industry to provide cleaner, cheaper fuels for our country and the world.
You know how when we start talking about raising taxes on the rich, who have gotten a free pass the last few decades how some Conservative politician or idiot radio-type is always bantering about how the richest 2% pay more than half in taxes or some garbage like that. Well, as always with the greediest and least patriotic among us that talk is just that, garbage.
Ah, it appears as if Democrats in the Kentucky blogosphere have yet another member. None other than the Governor of our fair Commonwealth has joined our ranks. Gov. Steve Beshear has created his own blog to update progress on his agenda.
Gov. Beshear has called a special session later this month to deal with Kentucky's economic shortfall. It is being reported now that slots at Kentucky's racetrack will play a role in that session too. Beshear has added a measure to the agenda that allow Video Lottery Terminals at racetracks in Kentucky, which are feeling the economic pinch.
In these tough times everyone seems to be having trouble making ends meet. Many states are no exception. Unfortunately, our state of Kentucky is no exception. We are facing the largest budget shorfall in the Commonwealth's modern history.