One GOP state House leader says next year's agenda could help add to ranks

10/26/2010 07:40 PM

Republican House Caucus Chairman Bob DeWeese of Louisville said proposals the House Republicans have made for next year’s General Assembly session are helping their GOP candidates running against Democratic incumbents.

House Republicans are down to 35 members, compared to 65 Democrats. But they’re fielding challengers in 43 of those Democratic-held districts.

Earlier this fall, the House Republican caucus outlined an agenda of bills they will push for in the 2011 General Assembly. Among the proposals are a constitutional amendment that would force lawmakers to forego their salaries during a special session that was called because they failed to pass a state budget on time. Another bill they’re pushing would require any revenue or tax-related bill to be in lawmakers’ hands 48 hours before voting on it.

He said those proposals have gone over well with voters, although he acknowledged the GOP caucus received “not much” reaction from Democratic House leaders to the plan.

Among those bellwether races DeWeese said he’ll be looking to next week is the 23rd District contest between two-term Democratic Rep. Johnny Bell of Glasgow and Barren County Clerk Pam Browning, the Republican, as well as  several other races along I-65.

Here’s the interview:

- Ryan Alessi


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