Andy Beshear

Kentucky Senate Leader On Tax Reform In 2020

Nov 7, 2019

The chairperson of the Kentucky Senate Budget Committee said tax reform could move forward next year. 

But, he said, it won't be easy. 

Chris McDaniel was asked Tuesday night about prospects of changing the state’s tax structure.  The question came at a time when Gov Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear were neck-and-neck as votes came in.  McDaniel said a Beshear administration might create some challenges.


This interview was originally published on May 23, 2019.

The Attorney General and 2019 Democratic Gubernatorial candidate tells WEKU's Wendy Barnett his plans for the months leading up to the fall elections in this in-depth exclusive interview.

Incumbent Governor Matt Bevin spoke to WEKU here

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  Kentucky’s governor is the most powerful official in state government. The governor is in charge of managing the agencies that make up the various components of state government like health care, corrections, education and transportation.

The governor also plays an important role in crafting the state’s laws and spending plan, sometimes crafting bills and budgets for the legislature to consider or advocating for new laws. Once a bill passes out of the legislature, the governor can sign it into law or veto it in its entirety, or even veto just parts of the bill.


A new poll shows Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear in a dead heat ahead of next month’s gubernatorial election.

The same polling firm showed Bevin trailing Beshear by eight percentage points last December.

Now, 46 percent of likely voters say they’ll vote for Bevin, 46 percent say they’ll vote for Beshear and 7 percent are undecided.

Liam Niemeyer

Republican Governor Matt Bevin and his opponent, Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear continued to battle over contentious campaign issues at this fall’s first gubernatorial debate Thursday in Paducah. 

Fancy Farm 2019 Audio Postcard

Aug 5, 2019
Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

The 139th Annual Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday brought barbecue, bingo and heaps of political mudslinging. 

From chants of "Moscow Mitch" to bitter rivals Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear sharing the stage to jokes and jabs from downticket candidates, the fundraiser for St. Jerome's Catholic Church in rural west Kentucky saw a large turnout and marked the unofficial kick-off of the fall campaign season. 

Here's an audio postcard:

Bevin And Beshear Spar on Fancy Farm Stage

Aug 5, 2019
Matt Markgraf / WKMS

The 139th Annual Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday in Graves County saw two bitter political rivals -- Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear and Governor Republican Matt Bevin -- taking turns on stage bashing each other in a battle for governor.

Bevin began his speech emphasizing that the picnic was a fundraiser for the local St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, and transitioned into reiterating his recent criticism of Beshear. The governor unfurled a banner, showing a Beshear campaign fundraiser hosted by Louisville-based Dr. Ernest Marshall, of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center. He held a press conference last week on the same topic.

Jeff Young/Ohio Valley ReSource

Kentucky's Attorney General said on Friday he is investigating complaints from miners who say they are not receiving pay following the fast-moving bankruptcy negotiations for Blackjewel mining, which employs some 1100 people in central Appalachia.

Attorney General Andy Beshear said in a statement he has received "numerous troubling complaints" related to the company, "ranging from clawed back paychecks to child support issues.

"I have therefore instructed my office to use all of its powers and resources to seek answers for those who have been harmed," Beshear said.

The only announced Democrat in the 2019 Kentucky governor’s race says his vision for the Commonwealth remains the same, no matter how the field shapes up.  Attorney General Andy Beshear made his remarks during a stop in Lexington today for a mail scam awareness event.

Stu Johnson

U.S.  Postal Inspector Team Leader Kathryn Woliung says prevention is the best way to stop mail based scamming. 

The Cincinnati based inspector participated in a “Stamp Out Mail Scams” awareness campaign event Thursday at Lexington’s central post office.  She’s been working in this area for 15 years.

“The scams are the same.  There’s different variations of the scams. And maybe with social media, individuals may be easier to be targeted through email, scams, websites, etc.  But overall, we probably see about the same amount,” said Woliung.

Fancy Farm "Political Super Bowl" Wrap Up

Aug 5, 2018

Gov. Matt Bevin didn’t show up to the state’s premiere political speaking event in Fancy Farm, Kentucky this past weekend.  His absence came as his favorability rating hit a new low and rumors swirl over whether he will seek re-election next year. Meanwhile, Kentucky Democrats are trying to claw their way back into power, but are at a historic low point of registered voters and elected offices in the state. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton has this review of Fancy Farm, the Super Bowl of Kentucky politics.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says he will be speaking to a Fancy Farm crowd in August about his plan to restore  “honesty and decency to government” if he is elected governor in 2019.

Beshear outlined his message for the annual political rally as he spoke outside Paducah-Tilghman High School Tuesay during a statewide tour this week. Beshear says he believes Governor Matt Bevin’s administration has been divisive.

Andy Beshear Expected to Announce Run for Governor

Jul 9, 2018

Attorney General Andy Beshear will launch a run for Kentucky governor this week and his running mate will be an assistant high school principal and political recruiter. The Democrat has a deep rivalry with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Beshear sent out a press release on Sunday promoting a series of speaking events across the state on Monday and Tuesday in order to make an “announcement concerning future of Kentucky.” 

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing San Francisco-based drug distributor McKesson Corporation for allegedly “flooding” the commonwealth with opioids.    

“McKesson had a duty to report when it ships large or suspicious amounts of opioids to a state or region. They knew that their shipments to Kentucky were excessive, even grossly excessive. But they simply sent them any ways and didn’t notify the authorities," Beshear said.

Stu Johnson

Kentucky's chief law-enforcement officer has filed a lawsuit against a Nicholasville car dealership. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear says the legal action is in response to deceptive business practices.


While AG Beshear Speaks, Gov. Bevin Will Skip Fancy Farm

Jul 5, 2017
Tom Eblen

A public clash between Kentucky's two most powerful politicians will have to wait another year.

A spokesman for Matt Bevin says the Republican governor will skip the annual "political speaking" at the Fancy Farm picnic.  

Kentucky is making progress in addressing a backlog of untested rape kits.  A 2015 audit revealed the commonwealth had more than three-thousand untested kits, which include physical evidence collected from sexual assault victims. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear says about 1,500 of those kits have now been examined and the DNA entered into a national crime database.

"We have active investigations going on right now," Beshear told WKU Public Radio.  "The hits suggests there is at least one serial rapist that has been identified and this is an absolute critical step that we are going to follow through with until every single victim has their kit tested."

Attorney General Andy Beshear is speaking out against Kentucky’s new right-to-work law.

Kentucky Has Tested Just Over A Third Of Rape Kit Backlog

Jan 23, 2017

More than a year after discovering a backlog of more 3,000 untested rape kits, Kentucky authorities have completed testing slightly more than a third of them and are beginning to launch criminal investigations.

“You will see criminal proceedings this year,” Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear said Thursday.

Kentucky’s highest court says the state’s Republican governor cannot cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature.

The 5-2 ruling by the state Supreme Court reverses a lower court ruling that said Gov. Matt Bevin had the authority to order public colleges and universities not to spend all of the money the state legislature gave them.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear appealed, arguing Bevin’s order was illegal. A majority of the court agreed on Thursday, saying Bevin does not have that authority.

AG Beshear Says Dialogue Only Answer in Police Shootings

Jul 19, 2016

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says it’s difficult to watch some things going on across the U.S.  He was referring to violence such as Sunday's ambush-style shootings of three police officers in Baton Rouge. Beshear says he understands there are concerns about policing today, "None of them should lead to violence and all this is about getting together as a community to talk through any differences that we have.”

Ground Broken for New Methodist Home for Children

Jul 18, 2016

    A new chapter in a long history is being written by the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth.  Monday’s groundbreaking focused on centralization.

For almost three decades, the facility off Versailes road has offered residential services for children with histories of abuse and neglect.  It sits on more than 200 acres.  Now, it’s moving to a 35-acre site in Jessamine County. 

Kentucky Attorney General Will Sue Bevin Over U of L Action

Jun 22, 2016

Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Gov. Matt Bevin for abolishing and then reinstating the boards of trustees of both the University of Louisville and Kentucky Retirement Systems, the state agency that manages the pensions of most state employees.

Bevin appointed new members and changed the number of seats on each panel on Friday. In both cases, Bevin said the moves were made to achieve a “fresh start.”

On Wednesdy, Beshear said Bevin had overstepped his power.

“The opportunity for abuse of power here is evident, and it’s scary,” Beshear said.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says it could be several months before a final state court ruling in his lawsuit against Governor Matt Bevin. 

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Wednesday the governor had proper authority in ordering a two percent reduction in current year funding for public universities and colleges.

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office would have shared jurisdiction with all state courts in human trafficking investigations and prosecutions under a bill approved in a House committee.  The measure easily emerged from the Judiciary Committee Wednesday.  Attorney General Andy Beshear says human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry worldwide, “Of the reports the Cabinet is getting right now and, mind you, it is vastly under-reported, only about ten percent of those cases are resulting in a criminal investigation.”

AG Candidates Debate Voting Rights, Religious Freedom on KET

Oct 13, 2015

The two candidates competing to be Kentucky's next attorney general have differing views on the state Religious Freedom Restoration Act as it relates to the highly publicized actions of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.  Davis went to jail after refusing to grant marriage licenses for same sex couples.