The Chatter: Farmer talks cars; election lawsuit; Paul and the budget; and furlough news

08/27/2010 11:32 AM

(WITH VIDEO) Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has come under fire for spending nearly half a million dollars on new cars for his department in the middle of tough budgetary times, John Cheves of the Herald-Leader reported this week. That figure includes $35,340 for a Chevy Suburban for Farmer’s own use. Before appearing at the Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast on Thursday, Farmer answered questions from reporters about it:

3rd congressional district news

The vice chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party has filed a lawsuit against 3rd District challengers Ed Martin and Michael Hansen, as first reported by Jake Payne of The lawsuit contends that Martin, the libertarian candidate and Hansen, an independent, have invalid signatures on their petitions to be on the ballot.

Martin’s campaign dispatched a press release late Thursday asking for Republican 3rd congressional district candidate Todd Lally to publicly urge his party to drop the suit. Martin’s campaign referenced a quote from Jay Hill, Lally’s campaign manager, that was given to cn|2 Politics when Martin first filed to be on the ballot.

Here’s what Lally had to say about the lawsuit on Thursday:

Lally also laid out the message he’ll put into ads this fall, but seemed upset that many candidates in other races have already taken to the airwaves.

Rand Paul on balancing the federal budget

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul has backtracked on his pledge to erase the federal budget deficit in a year, according to an Associated Press article. Instead, Paul offers to do so in the next five years, offering five different options to do so. Paul also addressed some budget issues before yesterday’s breakfast.

News on state government furloughs

Some state workers will be exempted from furloughs, Stephenie Steitzer and Tom Loftus of the Courier-Journal report. State police, corrections officers and workers at 24-hour mental facilities will be exempt, a change from the original plan from Gov. Steve Beshear. Originally, no departments or workers will be exempt from the furloughs.


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