The Chatter: Conway's 'money bomb' update, coal in the U.S. Senate race, Elections could affect re-districting
09/07/2010 05:02 PM
Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway is mimicking Republican candidate Rand Paul’s “money bomb” fund-raising approach on Tuesday and has raised $194,362 toward his goal of $260,000 for the online fund-raiser as of 4:30 p.m. Opponents of Conway have discounted the “money bomb” because Conway has sent out e-mails to supporters saying the campaign had raised $45,000 for the fund-raiser before its official start time. Conway’s campaign set the goal of $260,000 to beat the total from Paul’s latest “money bomb” last month.
Also in Kentucky politics:
- Coal and legislation that affects energy rate could be a driving factor in this year’s U.S. Senate race, Bill Estep of the Herald-Leader reports. Both candidates have been trying to show coal miners in all parts of the state that they would be a better advocate for coal. Specifically, they’ve been talking about their stances on proposed cap and trade legislation, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants buy setting up markets for industries to buy and trade pollution “credits.”
- While much of the attention in 2010 elections has been on federal races, the New York times takes a look at several states where Republican or Democrats are trying to win state legislative chambers in order to have more influence for redrawing congressional and legislative districts next year as a result of the 2010 Census. One Democratic operative in the story mentions the Kentucky state Senate as a potential chamber pick-up for Democrats this fall. Republicans currently hold a 20-17 advantage with one independent who caucuses with the GOP majority.
- Independent Louisville mayoral candidate Jackie Green is again fighting to be included in a forum between Louisville mayoral candidates, the Louisville Eccentric Observer reports. This time, Green was not invited to Wednesday’s forum between Republican Hal Heiner and Democrat Greg Fischer put on by the Louisville Forum group. Green is once again calling on both candidates to lobby for his inclusion.
Below the Fold
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes meets with Chinese officials to talk economic development
Cabinet for Health and Family Services-backed bill deletes several commissions and numerous required reports
Majority of Kentuckians not fearful of losing insurance; Congressional Budget Office says repeal will raise costs, leave millions without insurance
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