The Chatter: Farmer's furlough reversal, NRCC targets Chandler and Rand Paul questions Trump candidacy

04/27/2011 12:01 PM

Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has reversed his stance on donating pay as a ceremonial furlough, donating $2,000 to two different charities yesterday, Ronnie Ellis of CNHI reports.

Constitutional officers, such as Farmer, weren’t required to take part in the six mandatory furlough days state workers have had to take this fiscal year. But many others, including Gov. Steve Beshear, Auditor Crit Luallen and Attorney General Jack Conway, have donated money back to the state treasury or to charity in a move of solidarity with their employees.

Farmer donated $1,000 to Capital City Christian Church and $1,071 to the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, donating what would amount to five furlough days of pay for Farmer.

His office said he plans to donate the remaining day to charity soon.

Rand Paul says family is happy about dad’s presidential run, questions Trump

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the person most happy about his father, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s, potential third run for president in 2012 is Rand Paul’s wife, Kelley, he told CNN.

The younger Paul said his wife said she’s had “enough elections for a while.” Sen. Paul also said his father has a better chance at the GOP presidential nomination than in 2008 because Ron Paul has “80 percent name recognition now.”

Rand Paul also called into question the candidacy of Donald Trump, calling the businessman a “comedian and entertainer” and would have problems being taken seriously.

Republicans target Chandler for budget vote

The National Republican Congressional Committee, charged with electing Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives, is targeting U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of central Kentucky once again, CNN reports.

Chandler is one of the NRCC’s 13 targets for radio ads that highlight Democrats who did not vote for the recent budget presented by Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who is budget chairman. Ryan’s plan would reform Medicaid and Medicare while cutting taxes in attempting to reduce the nation’s deficit.

The radio ads are meant to put pressure on Chandler in his swing district in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, who voted “no” to Ryan’s budget.

Hat tip to Joe Sonka of Barefoot and Progressive for the CNN story.

Grimes says she’s the only candidate to unite the Democratic party

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is changing her campaign message to that of not only unifying the state, but her own party as well, Amanda Van Benschoten of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Grimes, who has a laundry list of endorsements from Democratic officeholders like Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, Conway and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, is using those endorsements as proof that she can unite a faction-filled Democratic party.

It’s no secret that Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat and Grimes’ father, Jerry Lundergan, aren’t very friendly. The two ran against each other in a Democratic primary for the 76th state House district in Lexington in 1977. Beshear won that race. Then Lundergan twice supported Beshear’s opponents during gubernatorial runs in 1987 and 2007.

But Grimes says she can bridge that divide between her father and the state’s sitting governor which is why she should be elected as Secretary of State.

Obama releases long form birth certificate

Putting to rest questions about his U.S. citizenship and qualifications to be president, The White House released the long form birth certificate of President Barack Obama this morning, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The certificate was also posted on the White House’s website in a move to put to rest questions that have arisen about Obama’s birthplace since the 2008 campaign. Previously, only a certificate of live birth was presented to document Obama’s birth in Hawaii. The document is considered official, but some doubters — nicknamed “birthers” — said it wasn’t enough.

Recently, even possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been sounding the birther claims, while other prominent Republicans distanced themselves from the idea.

The long form birth certificate stops those calls for more proof.

- Compiled by Kenny Colston


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