The Chatter: Endorsements, emergenices, earmarks and more

04/26/2011 01:15 PM

Tuesday seemed to be endorsement day with three statewide Republican candidates rolling their most recent ones out. The endorsements range from Louisville, Northern Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky.

Hopkins County Attorney Todd P’Pool, who is challenging Attorney General Jack Conway this fall, announced the endorsement of the Northern Kentucky Right to Life Association in an e-mail to supporters this morning.

Republican Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson announced the endorsement of Coal Fed Families, an Eastern Kentucky group that supporters coal mining. The group shares some of its leadership with the Eastern Kentucky Tea Party.

And lastly, Republican Auditor candidate Addia Wuchner, a state representative from Florence, received the endorsement of Hal Heiner, a 2010 GOP mayoral candidate in Louisville. Heiner also is a former Louisville Metro Councilman, who lost a close race to current Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer last fall.

Beshear declares state of emergency

Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency across the state yesterday due to flooding and the possibility of flash flooding after multiple storms hit the state over the weekend.

More storms are in the forecast throughout the week across the state, worsening a state-wide problem of flooded rivers, streams and creeks. The Ohio River, which travels along Kentucky’s northern border, is already over flood stage in many areas.

You can watch Beshear’s declaration below.

Washington D.C. group says Hal Rogers is still prince of pork

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is claiming U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District is still the “prince of pork” despite a recent ban on earmarks in the U.S. House of Representatives, Politico reports.

The group says Rogers, who was named House Appropriations chairman in January, funneled $236 million in federal dollars to his district since 2000.

But the groups report doesn’t seem to indicate any additional earmarking from Rogers since the ban was set in place, instead it seems to chronicle his decades of “pork” from when he was a member, not chairman, of the appropriations committee.

KDP tells Farmer to return hotel reimbursement

Kentucky Democratic Party chair Dan Logsdon is calling on Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer to return $1,576 to the state after being reimbursed that money for staying in an expensive hotel suite during the Boys’ Sweet 16 basketball tournament in Lexington, Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

In an e-mail statement to the press, Logsdon said Farmer expenditure for the hotel suite at the Hilton in downtown Lexington was “inexcusable” since Farmer lives less than 30 miles away in Frankfort.

Farmer’s office has claimed the expense necessary since Farmer spends every high school Sweet 16 tournament promoting the departments Kentucky Proud program. They blamed the high price of the suite on waiting until the last minute to book a hotel room.

Farmer has made no mention of returning the money. Farmer is also the running mate for David Williams, the Senate president who is running for the GOP nomination for governor.

-Written and compiled by Kenny Colston


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