The Chatter: Ky Democrats land Durbin as speaker; DeMint move a challenge to McConnell?

09/29/2010 05:15 PM

The Kentucky Democratic Party announced it has landed Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin — the Senate Democrats’ whip — to be the main speaker at its Oct. 9 statewide fund-raising dinner in Louisville.

Among the Kentucky officials also scheduled to speak are former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway, U.S. Reps. Ben Chandler and John Yarmuth, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and state Auditor Crit Luallen.

DeMint move a slight to McConnell and GOP leadership?

Reporters and politicos in Washington are wondering aloud if U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is going to see a challenge for his Republican leadership post in the U.S. Senate. Both the Washington Post and McClatchy News Service examined the prospect after Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced he would put a hold on any bill fast-tracked for unanimous approval if he didn’t have a chance to read it at least 48 hours in advance. Ezra Klein’s analysis piece in the Post is even called ‘Did Jim DeMint just take control of the Senate?‘   McConnell has said repeatedly he has the votes to remain as the top leader to Senate Republicans. And DeMint, the focus of the two stories, has denied that he’ll challenge McConnell.

47 Democratic congressmen want to take vote on extending cuts

Fourty-seven Democratic U.S. Representatives have broke with party lines and sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi advocating for extending key components of the Bush tax cuts beyond income tax reductions for the middle class, Politico reports. The group wants to extend the cuts to capital gains and dividends. Those tax rates were reduced in 2003.

But neither of Kentucky’s Democratic congressmen — U.S. Reps. Ben Chandler and John Yarmuth — signed the letter.

Teachers union backs Fischer, corrections officers go for Heiner in Louisville mayors race

Democratic Louisville mayoral candidate Greg Fischer has received the endorsement of the teacher’s union in Jefferson County, the campaign announced today. “Teachers touch all our lives and are the foundation on which we build our community,” Fischer said in an e-mailed news release. “I am honored that the teachers believe in me and my campaign.”

Yesterday, Republican Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner received the endorsement of the union for Corrections officers. It’s the second public safety endorsement for Heiner. Previously the Louisville Fraternal Order of Police had endorsed Heiner.

Paul’s money bomb telethon goes live

WHAS 11’s Joe Arnold reports on Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul’s online “money bomb telethon” which started this morning and runs until tomorrow afternoon. The telethon is a twist on Paul’s normal “money bomb” fund-raisers and includes appearances by Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele and DeMint.


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