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Memo says Gov.-elect Beshear facing massive budget shortfall

Dec. 5, 2019 4:47 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear faces a budget shortfall that could exceed $1 billion as he prepares a two-year state spending plan to submit to lawmakers in early 2020, according to a memo from outgoing Gov. Matt Bevin's administration. The memo from Bevin's budget director, John...

Beshear, Cameron vow bipartisan fight against drug epidemic

Nov. 25, 2019 7:10 PM EST

MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s incoming governor and attorney general promised a united front Monday to combat the state’s drug epidemic as they celebrated new recovery efforts in a region hard hit by addiction woes. Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear and Republican Attorney General-elect...

Democrat Beshear looking for ways to bridge partisan divide

Nov. 23, 2019 12:08 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Preparing for his first encounters with an overwhelmingly Republican legislature as Kentucky’s next chief executive, Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear is looking for ways to bridge the partisan divide. Combating drug-abuse problems should be achievable because...

Reaction to Bevin concession in governor’s race

Nov. 14, 2019 6:28 PM EST

Reaction from Kentucky officials to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s concession to Democrat Andy Beshear, ending the state’s bitterly fought governor’s race: —Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne: “With today’s concession announcement, the governor put the people of Kentucky...

Vote totals set to be double-checked in Kentucky gov’s race

Nov. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin could face a legacy-defining decision when the vote totals from the Kentucky governor’s race are double-checked Thursday — concede to Democrat Andy Beshear or contest last week’s election in a historic move that could put the outcome in...

Dealing with GOP legislature next challenge for Beshear

Nov. 8, 2019 5:45 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Preparing to assume the Kentucky governor's post after his election showdown with incumbent Matt Bevin, Democrat Andy Beshear faces perhaps an even bigger challenge ahead — dealing with a Republican-dominated legislature determined to set its own agenda. Although Bevin has...

The Latest: GOP leader cautions Bevin about election dispute

Nov. 8, 2019 4:22 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the Kentucky governor's election (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The Kentucky Senate's top leader says Republican Gov. Matt Bevin should concede to Democrat Andy Beshear if a recanvass doesn't significantly alter the vote count from Tuesday. Senate President Robert Stivers...

Some in GOP warn against election challenge in Kentucky

Nov. 7, 2019 7:24 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky Republicans are warning Gov. Matt Bevin against challenging the election results in his reelection bid unless he finds evidence of massive fraud. U.S. Rep. James Comer, who lost to Bevin by 83 votes in the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary, is among Republicans suggesting...

Bevin touts economy; Beshear vows to undo Bevin decisions

Oct. 25, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin touted Kentucky's economic performance under his leadership Friday while Democratic challenger Andy Beshear promoted his plans to swiftly reverse the incumbent's decisions on health care and education if he's elected. During a radio interview, Beshear...

GOP lawmakers: Push to legalize casinos would fail in Senate

Oct. 17, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Looking to pull the plug on one of Democrat Andy Beshear's campaign themes, two top Republican lawmakers said Thursday that any effort to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky would be "dead on arrival" in the Senate. The statement reflected a policy reversal for Senate Majority Leader...