The Weekender (1/6/23)


Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, the Weekender.

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Kentucky: Ahead of the major bipartisan infrastructure announcement in northern Kentucky this week, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear discussed putting politics aside and working together to get things done for working families. “We’re showing what happens when you push partisanship and division aside,” said Gov. Beshear. He added: “The governor’s election isn’t about who is in the White House, it’s about what is going on in your house.” Time after time, Gov. Beshear has put working families first and worked across the aisle to deliver big solutions for Kentuckians, like landing historic economic developments, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and raising pay for state troopers, all while guiding the commonwealth through devastating natural disasters.

Dangerous Dozen Set for Packed Kentucky GOP Primary
The packed Kentucky GOP primary field will finally be set after today’s filing deadline, escalating the spending wars and infighting in an already messy race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.The GOP’s dangerous dozen will be throwing punches soon, and the race is still wide open to whoever takes the most divisive and extreme positions.As Kentucky Republicans fight with each other, Gov. Andy Beshear is laser-focused on putting politics aside to deliver for working families in the commonwealth.

With Swearing In, Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey Makes History As One of Two Women Serving As Nation’s First Openly Lesbian Governors
Yesterday, Gov. Maura Healey was sworn in as Massachusetts’ governor, making history as both the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts and one of two women serving as the first openly lesbian governors in American history.As attorney general, Gov. Healey stood up to powerful special interests on behalf of Massachusetts families. And in her inaugural address, she laid out her bold plans to address key challenges in housing, transportation, and health care to improve people’s lives in every corner of the Commonwealth.“Today is a day to celebrate, to think about how far we’ve come and where we need to go,” Gov. Healey said. “But I’m even more excited about tomorrow. Because tomorrow we get to work. We get to work in the greatest state, for the greatest people, at a moment when we can make the greatest difference — now and for a generation to come.”

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on MSNBC Morning Joe discussing putting politics aside to get things done for working families.Maryland Gov.-Elect Wes Moore on CNN with Dana Bash describing his vision of patriotism.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on CNN with Kaitlan Collins talking about accountability and the importance of standing against violent rhetoric.

“Minnesota: It’s the honor of a lifetime to be your Governor. As a small town boy turned soldier, football coach, and high school teacher, my mission as governor has always been simple: Make Minnesota the best state in the country for kids.”

  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz after being sworn in for a second term.

“Democrats will get behind a candidate. They don’t stay home. They don’t get angry and take their toys out of the sandbox. They accept a primary happens and somebody has won and that’s who they get behind. Unfortunately, we don’t.”Who said it? Send your answer to, and we’ll reveal the answer in the next Weekender!If you guessed Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin last time, you got it! After going 5 for 15 in midterm campaigning, Youngkin said: “We picked hard races.”