The Chatter: GOP super PAC drops more cash in 56th race; New education secretary named

06/14/2013 01:23 PM

The Republican State Leadership Committee already has invested more than six figures in the 56th state House District special election on behalf of GOP nominee Lyen Crews, as the Courier-Journal’s Tom Loftus first reported.

The Washington-based super PAC has reported spending in excess of $140,000 in favor of Crews.

Crews, Democratic nominee James Kay, and independent John Mark-Hack are competing in the special election to replace former Democratic Rep. Carl Rollins of Midway, who resigned in late April when he received a promotion at his job at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The 56th District covers eastern Franklin County, Woodford County and western Lexington.

Hack held a press conference on Thursday over mailings and TV ads supporting Crews and paid for by the Republican State Leadership Committee. Hack said the ads reflected a break in an agreement between the the Republican nominee and himself over staying positive in the race.

Beshear names Education and Workforce Secretary

Gov. Steve Beshear named Thomas Zawacki of Georgetown as the new secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet effective July 1, 2013.

Zawacki replaces Secretary Joseph Meyer, who announced his retirement earlier this week.

“Tom has a deep understanding of the skills employers need to build successful businesses, and he brings both public and private sector experience to the table to help us meet those needs,” Beshear said in a statement.

The announcement marks the second cabinet change in as many months when Beshear named Bob Stewart to replace retiring Marcheta Sparrow as the tourism cabinet secretary.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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