The Chatter: Complaint filed against NKY Tea Party group, Passport CEO steps down and more

11/22/2010 01:26 PM

An election complaint has been filed against the Northern Kentucky Tea Party over a newspaper advertisement the group paid for, Mark Hansel of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The advertisement listed candidates who said they would support tea party principles if elected, according to the complaint. The complaint wants a ruling on if such an ad was an endorsement and if so, alleges that the ad was a violation of campaign finance laws.

Beth Musgrave of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the CEO of Passport will be stepping down after an audit by state Auditor Crit Luallen revealed misuse of funds by the managed care program. Larry Cook, the current CEO, said he will step down when Passport’s board finds a replacement. Cook will remain as chairman of the board until his term expires June 30, 2011.

Former state Senate President Larry Saunders has passed away, according to Joe Gerth of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Saunders, a Democrat, is known for joining with Senate Republicans to stage a coup and overthrow the sitting Senate president at the time and inserting himself for two years as Senate president. Many Democrats list Saunders move as speeding up the process of the Republican Party overtaking the state Senate.

The road to job creation is being split three different ways by the three gubernatorial candidates already running, Linda Blackford of the Herald-Leader reports. Gov. Steve Beshear, who is running for re-election, and Republicans Phil Moffett and state Senate President David Williams are all touting different ways to create jobs. Beshear is running on his achievements, Williams on tweaks to what Beshear is doing and Moffett on a complete overhaul, according to the story.

Finally, all races on the 2010 ballot has been certified according to the Secretary of State’s Office. No changes were made since the recanvass results.


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