The Chatter: Hayes says he has no plans to move to fair board; Chandler reacts to postal center closing

02/24/2012 08:56 AM

Harold Workman, the longtime president of the Kentucky State Fair Board, will remain the head of the agency as the board looks for a succession plan, the Courier-Journal reported.

Workman was the subject of board members’ conversations over the last week, although Gov. Steve Beshear wouldn’t say whether he was pushing for Workman’s ouster.

Larry Hayes, the state’s economic development cabinet secretary, told Pure Politics reporter Nick Storm he hasn’t had any conversations about being asked to take over the job and doesn’t plan to leave his current post.

Here’s what Hayes said about the fair board job Thursday morning after testifying about the economy to a state House committee:

Chandler calls for second opinion on Lexington postal center closure

U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, said he was “extremely disappointed” by the U.S. Postal Service announcing it would close the Lexington distribution center and seven others in Kentucky.

And Chandler said in a statement he would ask the Postal Service’s inspector general to review the decision to make sure it is “justified.”

Centers in Paducah, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, London, Somerset, Campton and Hazard are slated to be closed in addition to the one in Lexington as part of the service’s cost cutting move to save $20 billion dollars and stay financially afloat.

The closures will mean cutting 190 jobs, although many of the positions will move to distribution centers in Louisville, Knoxville and Nashville, as the Herald-Leader reported.

Chandler talked with Pure Politics in December about the prospect of the Postal Service closing the Lexington distribution center that employs 300 people.

Drug makers top January spending for lobbying Frankfort

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association spent more than five times as much as any other entity lobbying state lawmakers during the first month of the 2012 legislative session, according to the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission.

The group has been fighting against a proposal to require prescriptions for cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient in meth.

The group spent $194,958 on lobbying as the Leo’s Joe Sonka first reported last week.

After the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Kentucky Hospital Association spent about $36,120 on lobbying and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was next with $33,347.


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