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Governor’s son running for attorney general in 2015
Following months of speculation as he attended political events around the state to shake hands and meet potential supporters, Andy Beshear, son of Gov. Steve Beshear, announced Thursday he will run for attorney general in 2015.
McConnell, Grimes volley over coal issues
When they aren’t arguing about the new healthcare law or where the other raises money, likely foes in next year’s U.S. Senate race, incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes, argue over who is the biggest supporter of the coal industry.
McConnell calls Obamacare ‘a monstrosity’
Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — “a monstrosity,” demanding its full repeal during a press conference he called specifically to talk about the law.
“I’m probably not going to be answering questions about anything else here,” McConnell said. “I’d prefer the news of (the) day be what I’d like it to be rather than what you all may be interested in pursuing.”
Grimes: Fix, don’t repeal ACA
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said Thursday night she’d like to see the deadlines for signing up for the Affordable Care Act extended while problems with the federal website are corrected.
But, she said wouldn’t repeal the law or its individual mandate.
Grimes made the comments in a brief interview prior to the Marion County Democratic Dinner. She is seeking the U.S. Senate seat now held by five-term incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.
Grimes energizes Democrats in Marion County
There’s a bounce in the step of some Kentucky Democrats these days that has been missing in recent federal campaigns.
At least there was Thursday night among about 400 Democrats at the Marion County Democratic Dinner where Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who wants to unseat incumbent five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell next year, was the keynote speaker.
Beshear: Managed care program working well
Two years after implementing a managed care Medicaid delivery system, Gov. Steve Beshear says complaints from medical providers about overdue accounts were overstated or have largely been resolved, and the program is on track to save $1.3 billion.
In November 2011, Kentucky faced a Medicaid shortfall of $142.4 million and Beshear ordered the moving of 560,000 Medicaid patients from a fee-for-service model to a managed-care system where companies bid for the right to serve patients at a per-person annual cost while offering more preventive services to hold down long-term costs.
State auditor not required to do city oversight
Some lawmakers are getting some heat from constituents about local government operations and what they see as too little oversight by the state.
Not much movement on felon voting rights
There was an air of anticipation preceding Tuesday’s meeting of the Joint Interim Committee on State Government which was to discuss restoring felons’ voting rights and the issue of requiring photo identification for voting in Kentucky.
But when the meeting was over, few minds appeared to have changed from whatever point of view with which they began.
The Democratic-controlled House has several times passed legislation that would automatically restore voting rights for felons convicted of non-violent or non-sexual crimes, but the legislation never got anywhere in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Bevin endorsed by Senate Conservatives Fund
Just as incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell seems to be turning his attention to his likely Democratic opponent, a conservative Republican group formed by former Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint endorsed McConnell’s Republican primary opponent Matt Bevin.
The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Friday it is endorsing Bevin, claiming its members preferred Bevin in a SCF survey.
Money for Ohio River dam project in budget bill
A budget deal that ended a partial government shutdown included more than $2.8 million in funding for a troubled lock and dam project on the Ohio River, a crucial shipping route for goods out of the nation’s heartland.
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