Policy

KY State Senator Named Commissioner for Tennessee Department of Health

UPDATED: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee made an unexpected announcement for many Kentucky political watchers this week as he named Kentucky state Senator Dr. Ralph Alvarado as commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), effective January 16. “Dr. Alvarado’s significant clinical and hospital management experience make him well-positioned to lead the Department of Health, and...

Beshear’s Executive Order on Marijuana: a Master-Level Political Maneuver

With the stroke of his pen, the Democratic Governor of Kentucky who is seeking re-election next year has put a handful of his Republican rivals into a box, forcing them to take action against him or concede to his authority. On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear used executive authority to narrowly allow Kentuckians with medical needs...

Greenberg Names Transition Team

News Release: LOUISVILLE – Surrounded by dozens of community, neighborhood, labor and business leaders from across the city, along with several elected officials from both the Democratic and Republican Party, Louisville Mayor Elect Craig Greenberg announced his new transition team Wednesday at the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA on West Broadway. The 58-person team is organized...

Senate GOP Leaderships Stays the Same

Republican majority leaders in the state Senate will stay the same as none of the current team was challenged by other members of their party. Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, remains the Senate President; Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, will remain Senate President Pro Tempore; Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, holds his position as Senate Majority Leader; Sen....

Greenberg Calls on Community to submit ideas and resumes for the incoming Administration

News Release: Mayor-Elect Craig Greenberg announced the launch of www.NewDirectionLouisville.com, a new website for Louisvillians to stay up to date on the transition and submit comments and ideas for the Mayor Elect and his team. Anyone interested in working in the administration is also encouraged to submit their resume and cover letter through the website....

Kentucky Voters Reject Constitutional Amendment on Abortion

Voters in urban and suburban areas of Kentucky turned out in record numbers defeating a proposed state constitutional change stating there is no right to an abortion, or to fund an abortion. The defeat of the amendment signals a willingness from Kentuckians to allow some access to abortion in the state as Republican enacted “trigger...

Several GOP Gubernatorial Hopefuls Back Amendment Shifting Power Away from Governor to Call Special Session

Some of the Republican primary candidates seeking the office of the governor are saying they back a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would take powers away from the governor to call a special session. Auditor Mike Harmon and Attorney General Daniel Cameron say they will vote in favor of Constitutional Amendment 1 on this...

Right-Leaning Think Tank Gives Gov. Beshear “D” Grade for Fiscal Policy

A conservative-leaning think-tank is giving Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, a barely passing grade when it comes to fiscal policy in Kentucky. The Cato Institute released its fiscal ranking of governors across the nation on Wednesday, placing Beshear among the bottom quarter of governors for spending, and his opposition to major tax reform legislation. “In 2022,...

Vote No On Amendment 1 Group Ties Legislative Pay to Amendment

A group opposing Constitutional Amendment 1 on the ballot is attempting to tie the measure to a pay grab by the part-time legislature. Kentuckians for Checks and Balances, which is closely tied to Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, is running a “multi-faceted” campaign across multiple mediums telling Kentuckians to vote no on the proposed amendment. Eric...