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Kentucky A.G. says he won't appeal gay-marriage ruling

Kentucky A.G. says he won't appeal gay-marriage ruling

FRANKFORT, Ky., March 4 (UPI) -- Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced Tuesday he will not appeal an order that the state allow same-sex marriage.
Kentucky AG will not appeal gay marriage ruling

Kentucky AG will not appeal gay marriage ruling

FRANKFORT, Ky., March 4 (UPI) -- Gov. Steve Beshear announced the state would hire private council to appeal its law against recognizing same-sex marriages.
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Kentucky seeks delay to recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Kentucky seeks delay to recognize out-of-state gay marriages

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ordered Kentucky to begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states, even as the state asked for a stay on the ruling.
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Ford to upgrade and add jobs to Kentucky plant

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. said it will add 350 jobs and spend $80 million on upgrades to boost production at its Louisville, Ky., truck plant.
Transcript of President Obama's State of the Union address

Transcript of President Obama's State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday. The transcript follows:
Obama says he wants to help middle class

Obama says he wants to help middle class

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama says he has "concrete, practical proposals" to help the middle class, excerpts from his State of the Union address Tuesday night show.
Ky. Gov. Beshear: Embrace Obamacare, don't run from it

Ky. Gov. Beshear: Embrace Obamacare, don't run from it

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, whose state has had success applying the Affordable Care Act, says Democrats should embrace affordable healthcare, not run from it.

Gay rights activists praise Kentucky for allowing same-sex benefits

FRANKFURT, Ky., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has decided to allow same-sex spouses of National Guard members to apply for federal benefits, his spokesman said.

Democratic governor says Obamacare critics should 'take a deep breath'

WASHINGON, D.C., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the Obama administration needs to find a way to develop bipartisan support for the Affordable Care Act.
The Issue: Obamacare rollout

The Issue: Obamacare rollout

Ever marvel at a magician pulling a quarter out of someone's ear or guessing the card someone is holding is the Queen of Hearts?
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International
Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, campaign finance guidelines for gay candidates and their spouses could vary from state to state.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

'Religious freedom' veto overriden in Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 27 (UPI) -- The Kentucky Legislature, in lopsided House and Senate votes, has overridden the governor's veto of a controversial "religious freedom" bill.
Kentucky to raise school dropout age to 18

Kentucky to raise school dropout age to 18

FRANKFORT, Ky., March 12 (UPI) -- A bill to raise Kentucky's legal school dropout age from 16 to 18 was sent to Gov. Steve Beshear, who said he will sign it.

Kentuckians favor hemp, medical marijuana

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Most Kentuckians want to legalize industrial hemp and medical marijuana, while fewer than half favor legalizing recreational marijuana use, a poll showed.

Ky. legislators reject horse race drug ban

FRANKFORT, Ky., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Kentucky interim legislative committee has overwhelmingly rejected a measure banning anti-bleeding drugs for horses on the day they race.
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Steven Lynn "Steve" Beshear (born September 21, 1944) is the 61st and current Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Elected in 2007, Beshear previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1974 to 1979, was the state's Attorney General from 1980 to 1983, and was Lieutenant Governor from 1983 to 1987. Beshear's term expires in 2011, and he is seeking re-election. His running mate for the 2011 gubernatorial election will be former Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson; Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo opted to enter the 2010 Senate race instead of seeking re-election.

After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1968, Beshear briefly practiced law in New York before returning to Kentucky and being elected to the state legislature, where he gained a reputation as a consumer advocate. He parlayed that reputation into a term as attorney general, serving under Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. As attorney general, Beshear issued a controversial opinion that copies of the Ten Commandments would have to be removed from the walls of the state's classrooms in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Stone v. Graham. He also clashed with first lady Phyllis George Brown over charging the state's citizens an admission fee to view the renovated governor's mansion. In 1983, Beshear was elected lieutenant governor in the administration of Governor Martha Layne Collins. His most significant action in this capacity was the formation of the Kentucky Tomorrow Commission, a panel charged with making recommendations for the future of the state.

Beshear's rapid political rise was brought to an abrupt halt when he finished third in the five-way Democratic gubernatorial primary in 1987. Beshear's campaign sparring with former Governor Brown, the second-place finisher in the primary, opened the door for political novice Wallace Wilkinson's well-financed campaign to achieve a come-from-behind upset in the race. For the next 20 years, Beshear practiced law at a Lexington law firm. His only foray into politics during this period was his unsuccessful challenge to Senator Mitch McConnell in 1996. In 2007, however, Beshear was drawn back into politics by the vulnerability of incumbent Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher, whose administration was the subject of a protracted investigation by Attorney General Greg Stumbo because of alleged violations of the state's merit system. Beshear emerged from a six-way Democratic primary – largely on the strength of his pledge to bring expanded casino gambling to Kentucky – and defeated Fletcher in the 2007 gubernatorial election. So far, Beshear's opposition in the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate has prevented him from delivering on his gambling proposal, and an economic recession has largely kept him from addressing other priorities of his administration.

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