The Chatter: Grimes on TV, Williams education ad, Legg endorsements and more

05/09/2011 10:42 AM

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has become the first candidate for that office to advertise on TV, launched her first spot on Derby day.

The 30-second TV ad lists Grimes major talking points and calls her “the best candidate to win in November.”

Grimes is facing current Secretary of State Elaine Walker, whom Gov. Steve Beshear appointed in January, in the May 17 Democratic primary. Walker“told”: CHNI’s Ronnie Ellis that she’ll focus her campaign cash on direct mail and robo-calls, but not advertising.

You can view Grimes’ ad here.

Williams launches new radio ad on education

Senate President David Williams has launched a new ad on education, focusing on his neighborhood schools plan, Joe Sonka of Barefoot and Progressive reports.

The one minute ad sounds a lot like Williams’ other radio and TV ads, with Williams pledging that he’ll reduce spending, among other things. But the ad also highlights a proposal Williams co-sponsored with Republican state Sen. Dan Seum in the last legislative session that would allow parents to send their children to the schools closest to their homes. The radio ad is below.

Legg rolls out more General Assembly endorsements

Republican Secretary of State candidate Hilda Legg announced three more endorsements from members of the state legislature, bringing her total General Assembly endorsements to eight.

Legg’s campaign announced the endorsements of state Sens. Julie Denton of Louisville and Brandon Smith of Hazard and state Rep. C.B. Embry of Morgantown over the weekend.

In a release, Embry touted Legg’s “work ethic and dedication” saying they are “exactly what we need in the Office of Secretary of State.”

Beshear says sixth furlough day still on

State workers can expect to take their sixth furlough day of the past fiscal year, despite a budget surplus, Jack Brammer of the Herald-Leader reports.

Gov. Steve Beshear said despite a $70 million surplus, the sixth furlough day will happen and that he was unsure if the next fiscal year would include furloughs.

The state has said the budget surplus will likely help cover disaster damage from flooding the past few weeks.

-Compiled by Kenny Colston


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