The Chatter: Chamber blame for gambling, Reilly official for 19th Senate and more

12/15/2011 10:23 AM

Senate Republicans are pushing back on the idea that any expanded gambling bill in 2012 should originate in their legislative chamber, Joe Gerth of the Courier-Journal reports.

Senate President David Williams told Gerth it was “premature” to talk the strategy of where Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed constitutional amendment for expanded gambling should start. And he repeated his stance that Beshear needs to put a full bill together before talking strategy.

House and Senate Democratic leaders have said any expanded gambling bill needs to start in the Senate.

State Sen. Damon Thayer first mentioned Democrats attempts to push the legislation through the Senate and wasn’t too fond of the idea.

Reilly announces for Shaughnessy’s seat

Louisville activist Shawn Reilly has made his run to replace retiring state Sen. Tim Shaughnessy official by filing the necessary paperwork with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

In a news release, Reilly said he’ll file his official papers with the Secretary of State once the new redistricting maps are drawn and made official. Currently the filing deadline is Jan. 31.

“By filing a letter of intent I am able to start building a campaign team, raising money and communicating with the voters before redistricting is settled,” Reilly said in the release. “After the lines are drawn and I am officially in the District, I will be a candidate for State Senate.”

Shaughnessy announced his retirement after this session weeks ago. Shortly thereafter, Reilly announced his interest in the Senate seat.

Would Gingrich hurt McConnell’s Senate chances?

If former House Speaker Newt Gingrich becomes the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, could that hurt U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s chances to overtake the U.S. Senate and become Majority Leader?

Jim Carroll of the Courier-Journal reports that many political observers think it would hurt McConnell’s chances.

Some Republicans are cringing at Gingrich’s past and think it would hurt Republicans up and down the ballot, Carroll reports.

Montell pre-files bill for new alert system

State Rep. Brad Montell, a Republican from Shelbyville, has pre-filled a bill that would create a new alert system for missing persons with disabilities.

The system would be named the “Chase Alert” after Shelby County resident Chase McMurray, a 22-year-old with autism. Currently, Kentucky has the Amber Alert for missing children and the Golden Alert for the elderly who go missing.

The McMurray family raised the issue with Montell, according to a news release, after seeing a report of a fellow 7-year-old with autism who went missing for 48 hours. Because the child wasn’t abducted, an Amber Alert couldn’t be sounded.

The new “Chase Alert” would cover that loophole and would be sounded when anyone with a developmental disability goes missing.


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