Kentucky Political News Headlines

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Governor's Task Force on the Study of Kentucky's Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws to hold inaugural meeting

See press release below. Probably will have plenty to talk about including today's ruling by a Federal Judge striking down a law prohibiting the sale of wine in grocery stores.

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Public Protection Cabinet
Steve Beshear, Governor
Robert D. Vance, Secretary

Meeting Advisory                                                                                                                                                          Contact: Dick Brown   
                                                                                                                                                                 (502) 564-5525

Governor's Task Force on the Study of Kentucky's Alcoholic Beverage Control
Laws to hold inaugural meeting

            (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Aug. 14, 2012 – The Governor's Task Force on the Study of Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws in Kentucky will hold its first meeting Thursday Aug. 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT in Room 110 of the Kentucky State Capitol.

            Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Bob Vance to chair the 22-member group which includes representatives of both the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives as well as various industry groups.

            The Task Force members and their affiliations are:

§  Robert D. Vance, chair, Public Protection Cabinet
§  Larry R. Bond, Governor's Office
§  Sen. Tom Buford, Kentucky State Senate
§  Sen. Jimmy Higdon, Kentucky State Senate
§  Rep. Dennis Keene, Kentucky House of Representatives
§  Rep. Larry Clark, Kentucky House of Representatives
§  Tony Dehner, Commissioner Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)
§  Danny Reed, Distilled Spirits Administrator, ABC
§  Stephanie Stumbo, Malt Beverage Administrator, ABC
§  Frank Harris, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
§  Roger Leasor, Kentucky Liquor Retail Coalition
§  Gay Dwyer, Kentucky Restaurant Association
§  Daniel R. Meyer, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky, Inc.
§  Eric Gregory, Kentucky Distillers' Association
§  Lowell Land, Kentucky Vineyard Society
§  John Harris, Kentucky Beer Wholesalers' Association
§  Jennifer Doering, Kentucky Malt Beverage Council
§  Adam Watson, Licensed Microbrewers
§  Sheriff Jerry "Peanuts" Gaines of Warren County, Kentucky Association of Counties
§  Mayor Tom Bozarth of Midway, Kentucky League of Cities
§  James "Jitter" Allen, Licensed Large Brewers
§  Neil Wellinghurst, Kentucky Retail Federation

The Governor's Executive Order, as well as names and affiliations of each representative, can be found online at  Questions about the Task Force can be emailed to


Monday, August 6, 2012

New Health Policy Newsletter from Government Strategies

As a client of Government Strategies, you are aware of our KY Political News emails that we send out daily Monday-Friday. These emails give us an opportunity to provide you a flavor of the issues and politics that are impacting the general legislative and regulatory environment in Frankfort. This has been well received by our client base and we have been looking for ways to further improve on the service.

Its in that spirit that we are launching our new email the Kentucky Health Policy Newsletter. We are focusing this email on news articles specific to health policy, yet generally related to health insurance, health care, Medicaid, and other relevant topics. This will be delivered on a similar schedule to the KY Political News emails, daily Monday-Friday if content is available.

This is a new venture to delve in on a specific issue area, so we want your feedback. Also, we have provided this to a limited subset of clients that have specific interest in health policy issues. If there are others in your organization you want us to add to the list let us know.