The Chatter: Beshear disaproves of Farmer's jokes; Lawmakers stuck on bridge and more

06/23/2011 12:54 PM

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear criticized controversial jokes made by Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner Bob Farmer but said Farmer doesn’t need to drop out of the race over it.

The Kentucky Republican Party has called on the party to boot Farmer — a Louisville-based comedian — from the race after making degrading jokes about Eastern Kentuckians during a comedy appearance.

Farmer apologized, but Kentucky GOP Chairman Steve Robertson said he is unfit to represent Kentucky’s agriculture industry.

Beshear told Pure Politics’ Ryan Alessi after a campaign’s fundraiser Tuesday in Louisville that he disapproved of the jokes but didn’t think Farmer should leave the race because of them.

“I thought that the comments were inappropriate. And I’m glad he apologized. He should have,” Beshear said. “Everybody, at times, makes bad attempts at humor, and that certainly was a bad attempt.”

Farmer is running against Republican candidate James Comer, a state representative from Tompkinsville.

Lawmakers trapped on bridge some hope to rebuild

Some Kentucky lawmakers saw up close why repairs are needed for Brent Spence Bridge between Cincinnati and Covington, the Kentucky Enquirer’s Amanda Van Benschoten reported

Dozens of lawmakers sat in a traffic jam caused by emergency repairs needed to stabilize the bridge, causing some of them to miss a riverboat reception earlier this week.

Two of the bridge’s four southbound driving lanes closed for nearly seven hours.

As many as 20 lawmakers never made it to their reception due to the traffic delays.

Manchester no longer dry

Manchester voted to allow package liquor sales on Tuesday, the Times Tribune reported.

This will allow restaurants and convenience stores to sell alcohol and bring two liquor stores to the town.

- Ryan Alessi and Lauren Brown

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