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Monday, February 13, 2017

Ind. Gov't - What can happen when Gov. and Attorney General are of different parties ...

Example: Kentucky. From the Lexington Herald Leader on Friday, a story by Daniel Desrochers that begins:

FRANKFORT The feud between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear continued Friday as Bevin accused Beshear of shirking his duty and Beshear publicly responded to a request for information filed by the governor that sought details about the inner workings of Beshear’s office.

In a news conference live-streamed on YouTube, Beshear defended the accomplishments of his office over the past year, saying he wanted to be as transparent as possible with the public.

“I’m not the governor’s lawyer, or the legislature’s lawyer. I’m the people’s lawyer,” Beshear said.

By releasing his response to Bevin publicly, Beshear said, “I believe the information can’t be taken out of context, regardless of who would take it out of context. You can’t take just one line from a letter and use it in any way to mislead people.”

Beshear, a Democrat, was responding to two requests issued under Section 78 of the Kentucky Constitution, which allows Bevin, a Republican, to request information from the other constitutional officers. Beshear said he has received approximately five of those requests since taking office in January 2016. * * *

Beshear’s news conference came hours after Bevin’s office issued a news release that said, “Beshear has not lifted a finger to defend the constitutionality of HB 2.”

Bevin was referring to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Kentucky that challenges the constitutionality of a law approved last month that requires women to view the results of an ultrasound before getting an abortion.

ILB: Of course, a Governor and separately elected Attorney General of the same party also may differ.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 13, 2017 09:53 AM
Posted to Indiana Government