The Chatter: GOP Rep. Wade Hurt changes parties, Moffett gets call help from former UK coach and more

04/22/2011 02:46 PM

Republican state Rep. Wade Hurt will switch to become a Democrat because he said he feels his district would be better served by a Democrat, he told the Courier-Journal’s Joe Gerth“today.”:|topnews|text|Home.

Hurt, a freshman representative, was elected in 2010 after his Democratic opponent was disqualified from running. Hurt’s 37th district has 61.6% registered Democrats. His switch would give Democrats 59 seats to 41 Republicans in the state House.

Hurt is the first sitting legislators to switch parties since 2007 when Rep. Melvin Henley of Murray changed from the Republican to Democratic parties. Henley won re-election after the switch in 2008 and 2010.

Moffett gets former UK coach for robo calls

While one GOP gubernatorial ticket may have a former University of Kentucky basketball player on its roster, another enlisted the help of a former coach for campaigning.

Former UK football coach Guy Morriss voiced a robocall in Central Kentucky for GOP candidate for governor Phil Moffett.

David Adams, Moffett’s campaign manager, said the call will go out to at least 50,000 homes in Central Kentucky over the weekend. Morriss coached the Wildcats for two years before taking the head coach position at Baylor. He now coaches at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Moffett faces Senate President David Williams (who has former UK basketball player Richie Farmer as his running mate) and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in the May 17 primary.

Conway endorses Grimes for Secretary of State

Current Attorney General Jack Conway has endorsed Alison Lundergan Grimes in the May 17 primary for Secretary of State, Philip Bailey of WFPL reports..

Grimes is touting the endorsement as “uniting the party” in an email to supporters.

Grimes is the daughter of former Kentucky Democratic Party chair and state representative Jerry Lundergan.

She already received endorsements from many of the state’s notable Democrats including House Speaker Greg Stumbo, former governor and current state Sen. Julian Carroll, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.

Mongiardo and Conway faced each other in a contentious primary for U.S. Senate last year.

Grimes faces current Secretary of State Elaine Walker in the primary. Walker was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in January after Trey Grayson resigned and took a job at Harvard’s Institute on Politics.

Supreme Court declines to expedite instant racing case

Beth Musgrave of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to hear an expedited case on the legality of instant racing in Kentucky.

The ruling means the case will go to the Court of Appeals after a lower court found the game to be legal in Kentucky. The motion in front of the Supreme Court was to bypass the appeals court level.

The game allows players to bet on old races without knowing the names of the horses or the historical race they are betting on. It instead gives limited handicapping information.

-Written by Kenny Colston


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