(CBS News) LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- He's the Democratic governor in mostly Republican Kentucky, but Steve Beshear took a political risk and fully embraced Obamacare. He had the state build its own health care exchange, which, at 60,000 enrollees, is among the nation's most successful. Beshear says he did it because it was the right thing to do. “Kentucky has had horrible health statistics since they started keeping health statistics,” said Beshear. Kentucky has among the country's highest rates of smoking, cancer deaths and heart attacks -- and the governor argues that expanding insurance gives more people access to doctors. Some 48,000 residents have already enrolled in Medicaid, including Carter Tate, who lost his private insurance last year. “It relieved a whole lot of stress for me. So I'm very thankful for this. Very thankful,” said Tate. But Beshear also tied Obamacare to the economy. Two independent studies concluded that Medicaid expansion, … [Read more...] about In mainly red state of Ky., Dem. governor embraces Obamacare
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky's Republican governor has called for the immediate resignation of any elected official who has settled sexual harassment allegations. Gov. Matt Bevin held a news conference on Saturday at the state Capitol days after the Courier-Journal reported Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover had settled a sexual harassment allegation outside of court with one of his staffers. Bevin said the accused owed it those who they represent and said their despicable, vulgar behavior will not be accepted in Frankfort, CBS affiliate WKYT reports. "The people of Kentucky deserve better. We appropriately demand a high level of integrity from our leaders, and will tolerate nothing less in our state," said Bevin. Bevin did not mention Hoover's name and he would not answer questions from reporters. But he seemed to refer to the allegations when he said they have not been denied and have been corroborated by other sources. He also indicated the allegations … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Ky. Gov.: All elected officials who have settled sexual harassment claims should resign
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing former President Obama and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville. Full Coverage: Sexual misconduct and harassment allegations Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years. He won his election despite Republican leaders urging him to drop out of the race after some of his racist Facebook posts came to light. The pastor of Heart of Fire church in Louisville, Johnson sponsored a number of bills having to do with … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Ky. lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations dead from apparent suicide, officials say
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. -- The widow of a Republican state lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement. Rebecca Johnson denied the allegations against Dan Johnson, claiming he was a victim of "an assault from the left." But the allegations were backed up by an on-the-record interview from the victim, plus pages of police documents that were published by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting after months of reporting. Dan Johnson was known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing former President Obama and Michelle Obama to monkeys. He defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home. He was 57. Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Votes on Tuesday in this … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Widow of Ky. lawmaker who killed himself loses bid to replace him
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- From a Kentucky college town, two Iraqi refugees plotted to send sniper rifles, Stinger missiles and money to al Qaeda operatives waging an insurgency back home against U.S. troops. The scheme was foiled and both are in prison, but the case has left jitters about whether extremists might slip in among Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S. The two men had been involved in insurgent attacks in Iraq before arriving in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 2009 as part of a U.S. program to help displaced Iraqis. Their plan unraveled when they teamed up with an FBI informant, leading to their 2011 arrest. Neither Waad Ramadan Alwan nor Mohanad Shareef Hammadi was charged with plotting to launch attacks inside the U.S., and authorities said their weapons and money never made it to Iraq. But their plotting in a middle-American city of 61,000 has given ammunition to opponents of allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. following the deadly attacks last week in Paris. Sen. Rand Paul, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Foiled plot by refugees in Ky. highlights angst over Syrians in U.S.