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GOVERNOR STEVE BESHEAR WAS SWORN IN OVERNIGHT FOR HIS SECOND TERM AS KENTUCKY GOVERNOR. TODAY, A LONG LIST OF EVENTS HIGHLIGHT THE SPECIAL DAY, THOUGH IT PROMISES TO BE MORE FRUGAL THAN LAST TIME.
BESHEAR SWORN IN OVERNIGHT
Governor Beshear, 67, is only the third person to serve consecutive terms in that office.
Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said the celebration, funded largely by private donations, will cost around $400,000. That is less than half the price tag of the state's last two inaugurals. Beshear demonstrated political resiliency to win two terms as governor, having disappeared from Kentucky's political landscape more than a decade ago after losses in races for governor in 1987 and U.S. Senate in 1996. "Political comebacks like Beshear's are relatively rare in political life," said University of Kentucky political scientist Stephen Voss. "You get them once in in a while; witness Newt Gingrich leading the Republican presidential contest right now. But, usually, once politicians lose that aura of success, they often disappear without a trace."Associated Press via nky.com
OBSERVERS WATCH FOR 2012 AGENDA HINTS DURING SPEECH
Will the ice finally be broken between Beshear and his vanquished opponent, Senate President David Williams?
The governor’s relationship with Williams will be on display next year, as Beshear begins to push his legislative agenda. The governor has already promised to push for expanded gambling. He ran on the issue in his first bid for office, but has never been able to push the measure through the General Assembly, due in part to Williams’s efforts in the Senate. Beshear and Williams have reportedly not yet spoken at length since the election.WFPL
FRANKFORT ROLLS OUT WELCOME
Kentucky's capital city is flushed with excitement this morning.
“Frankfort residents are honored to host the inaugural festivities every four years, and be a part of history in the making,” said Joy Jeffries, executive director of the Frankfort-Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission. “We hope other Kentuckians will join us this year, especially since a new route will take the Inaugural Parade through the heart of our downtown district. We’re excited to showcase some of what makes Frankfort a unique place, rich in history and a vibrant place for business.”Commonwealth of Kentucky
Special family-friendly events are planned at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, which also will be the site of a public afternoon reception for Governor Steve Beshear. The theme for the all-day activities is “I Love Kentucky History,” which complements the overall inaugural theme of the 59th Inauguration, “Kentucky Tomorrow.” Following the 2 p.m. swearing-in activities at the Capitol, Gov. Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear, and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Madeline Abramson will be the honored guests at a 3:30 p.m. public inauguration party at the Center for Kentucky History. The public is invited to join the celebration as local residents, representing their fellow Frankfort citizens, bear country ham, biscuits and white cake in a popular Kentucky tradition dating back at least 100 years.
INAUGURATION BY THE NUMBERS
The state provided a few interesting facts and figures about today:
860 – Meals to be served to volunteers and support staff on Tuesday.
200 – Pounds of pork barbeque prepared for Inauguration volunteers. 2,000 – Christmas ornaments used in the decoration of the Convention Center for the Inaugural Ball.
171 – Words in Kentucky’s oath of office (75 of which are in the clause regarding whether the elected official has participated in a duel, meaning 44 percent of the words relate to duels).More fun with numbers at the link.
Commonwealth of Kentucky
FORMER GOVERNORS OFFER BESHEAR ADVICE
Writer Ronnie Ellis got comments from several previous governors. Very cool piece:
Julian Carroll (1974-1979) served more than one full term, finishing Wendell Ford’s first after his predecessor was elected to the U.S. Senate and then winning a four-year term of his own. He said offering new initiatives would be difficult because Beshear has little money. Instead, Carroll suggested Beshear rebuild the Kentucky Democratic Party. “I’ve told him rebuilding the Democratic Party is the primary thing he can accomplish in a second term,” said Carroll. “After all, he’s going to be cutting here and cutting there. Now, if he can get expanded gambling passed, that would solve a lot of problems and save the horse industry.”Richmond Register/Ronnie Ellis
INAUGURATION STEEPED IN TRADITION
This is the state's 59th Inauguration Day:
One of the longest-lived traditions is the inaugural ball that ends the day’s celebration. While multiple balls became the norm for several governors in the past, Gov. Beshear requested that there only be one ball during his second inauguration.Commonwealth of Kentucky
Known at first as “Inaugural Hops,” the early balls were held in the House of Representatives chamber of the Old State Capitol. By 1855, the inaugural ball moved to the old Capital Hotel on Main Street, which had built a ballroom for the purpose in 1853. After the turn of the century, because of the growing crowds, the inaugural ball was held in the Old Skating Colosseum on Second Street in Frankfort. In 1915, the new Capitol was chosen as the permanent site for the ball. A ballroom built in the new governor’s mansion especially for the inaugural ball was never used because it could not accommodate the growing crowds. This year’s ball at the Frankfort Convention Center returns the event to downtown Frankfort.
LOCAL SCHOOLS' BANDS WILL PLAY AT INAUGURATION PARADE
Four NKY high schools will play a role:
2012 Teacher of the Year Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, will be the grand marshal and will travel the parade route with singing and community theater groups, Boy Scout troops and other state dignitaries.
Ryle High School Marching Raiders, Newport High School Wildcat Marching Band and the Beechwood High School Marching Tigers are among high school marching bands in the parade.
PROMINENT COVINGTON BUILDING HAS A DATE WITH CODE ENFORCEMENT
It is one of the most visible commercial buildings in Covington, but not only has it been vacant for several years, it has also deteriorated into what neighboring business-owners describe as an eyesore.
Featured prominently at the busy, important corner of 6th & Main Streets in Mainstrasse, some local business owners tell The River City News that the building is an undesirable piece of the gateway to Mainstrasse. The building has been cited by code enforcement and will face a hearing on Wednesday. The River City News will have it covered.
KENTON CO DEMOCRATS HONOR COVINGTON ATTORNEY BOB SANDERS
The longtime Covington lawyer was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kenton County Democratic Club. Monday was also declared "Bob Sanders Day" in Covington during the celebration at Chez Nora in Mainstrasse.
|Bob Sanders (L) and Kenton Co Democratic Club|
President Steve Hoffman
|State Rep Arnold Simpson, City Commissioner|
Shawn Masters, and former Kenton Co PVA
Merrick Krey as Santa Claus
|Sandy & Angie -- Hi ladies!|
|The incomparable Candy Witte walks away from the|
|Party crashers! Republicans City Commissioner Steve|
Frank and Commonwealth Attorney (and Bob's son)
KEEP COVINGTON BEAUTIFUL
The group also celebrated Monday night at Chez Nora:
NEW BIOLOGY TESTS SET OFF EVOLUTION DEBATE IN KENTUCKY
An actual superintendent - someone who is apprently educated and is charged with directing the education of young students - is angry that evolution is presented as "fact" in a new state-mandated biology test.
Got that? If the test only insisted that God created man, this ridiculous superintendent would be okay with it. Wonder how this guy's district teaches the separation of church and state.
EVEN SMALL BANKERS GO TO JAIL
78 months for embezzling over $2 million in Falmouth.
AREA MAN'S HAIRSTYLE HISTORY EERILY MIRRORS KEVIN BACON'S
"Then, right about when Tremors came out, they both had it long and parted down the middle. Now they both sort of have it slicked back."The Onion