The Chatter: Chandler's second ad, WaPo ranks U.S. Senate race as competitive, and Beshear makes cuts

08/23/2010 10:58 AM

Sixth District U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler is out with his second ad of the fall election campaign, Joe Sonka of Barefoot and Progressive reports. The 31 second ad credits Chandler for helping keep out a veteran’s hospital on Leestown Road in Lexington. Chandler is facing Republican challenger Andy Barr, who is considered a “Young Gun” and one of the top Republican Congressional challengers. Chandler previously released a biographical ad two weeks ago to be the first Kentucky candidate on the air.

The Washington Post’s Chris Cilliza has added Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race to the list of competitive races this fall, expanding his “List” to 15 in order to do so. Cilliza notes that Republican Rand Paul “should” win in a conservative state like Kentucky, but notes that Democratic candidate Jack Conway is gaining ground thanks to Paul’s gaffe on beer throwing at Fancy Farm as well as Paul’s views on drugs in Eastern Kentucky.

Democratic Louisville mayor candidate Greg Fischer was endorsed by the top two runners-up to him in the primary, Metro Councilmen David Tandy and Jim King, Friday morning in Downtown Louisville, and WHAS 11’s Joe Arnold has the video of it. Democratic fourth-place finisher Tyler Allen has yet to endorse either Fischer, Republican Hal Heiner or Independent Jackie Green. Shannon White, who finished fifth, has endorsed Heiner.

Gov. Steve Beshear has started to reduce politically appointed jobs in his administration, Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported, as did Tony McVeigh of Kentucky Public Radio. The cuts are part of a $131 million reduction mandated by the General Assembly. Other state constitutional offices will have to make $5 million in cuts as well, but don’t have to cut personnel in order to achieve those cuts.

- Compiled by Kenny Colston


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