GOP leaders vow to work with Gov. Beshear to fight pandemic


FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear says protesters who hung an effigy of him were trying to use “fear and terror” to force their will on others. The Democratic governor on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 referred to the protesters as a mob. He said he won’t back down as he condemned the rally that spread to where his children play at the Governor’s Mansion. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) – Top Republican leaders in Kentucky are promising to work with Gov. Andy Beshear to fight COVID-19. Their vow comes after the state’s high court cleared the way for new limits on the Democratic governor’s emergency powers.

Beshear’s allies say they’ll be watching to see if his critics follow through. Republicans cheered the Supreme Court ruling Saturday. The ruling ordered a lower court to dissolve an injunction that had blocked the GOP-backed laws. It comes as the delta variant drives up coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Top legislative Democrats say it’s time for Republicans to offer a plan to protect people from the virus.

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