Governor Beshear

Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson says Mike Haydon passed away Sunday afternoon. The cause of Haydon's death was uncertain but thought to be a massive heart attack.

Most of Kentucky's elected Democrats will skip this weekend's annual Fancy Farm picnic. As of Wednesday, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is the only high profile Democrat scheduled to speak.

The next public forum over Kentucky's upcoming health insurance exchange is being held Wednesday in Somerset. The federal healthcare overhaul calls on each state to create its own marketplace in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans, or sign up for Medicaid.

It appears many of the big political names won't head to West Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic in a little more than a week. The annual  political picnic is usually a great place for the state’s biggest political names to gather and sling mud.

An overseas economic trip will prevent Governor Steve Beshear from participating in this year’s Fancy Farm political speaking. The governor’s office announced that Beshear will be in Germany and France for the next few weeks to encourage companies there to bring business to Kentucky.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed emergency regulations that require doctors to meet tougher prescription standards in an effort to stop drug abuse. The rules, which were given to given to state boards that oversee the medical industry on Friday, were presented to lawmakers this week and will remain in effect until permanent regulations are adopted.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is not joining other Kentucky  officials in calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Many leading Republicans in the state—including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—have pushed for full repeal of the healthcare law. But in an interview with NPR, Beshear said they're playing politics.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s office has awarded the contract for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform to a three person team made up of two consultants from the University of Kentucky and one from the University of Tennessee.  The Governor says the individuals selected for the consulting team have the necessary experience to address the issues before the Commission.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is expected to sign HB 281, which improves training for coaches in recognizing concussions. He will be joined in that ceremony, which will be held at Central High School in Louisville, by Representative Joni Jenkins and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens.

Kentucky lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear are applauding the passage of a bill aimed at reducing prescription pill abuse.Beshear signed the pill bill today, inviting key legislators and law enforcement officers to take part in the ceremony.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear this morning announced that Vermont Thread Gage is investing  $1.7 million in a growth project that will add to its workforce in Simpson County, Kentucky. The 35,000 square foot expansion will lead to fifteen additional jobs at a facility that already employs about one hundred people.

The Kentucky Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has approved a $4.5 billion transportation budget but not before inserting language that would restore nearly $50 million for road construction projects that had been vetoed by Gov. Steve Beshear.

The spending measure now advances to the Senate floor for a planned vote on Friday. It would provide funding to widen interstate highways, like I-65, expand airports and dredge river ports across the state.

Republican Senate President David Williams says Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to tone down his rhetoric over the upcoming special session. The two men butted heads when the Senate didn’t pass two of the session’s critical bills. The Senate adjourned, effectively killing a bill that funded the state’s road plan and one that would place further limitations on prescription drugs.

A blame game over important legislation is turning into a full-blown repeat of last year’s gubernatorial election. Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams are arguing over who is to blame for lawmakers adjourning their regular session without passing key bills.

Governor Steve Beshear has signed into law a plan to save employers from federal unemployment insurance tax hikes. At his first ceremonial bill signing of the year, Beshear praised lawmakers and the business and labor communities for reaching a compromise.