The Chatter: NRCC's first ad strategy includes KY's 6th District ... and other news

08/17/2010 02:39 PM

Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr can expect some help on the air soon from the the National Republican Congressional Committee, whose initial fall ad strategy was reported today by Politico. Kentucky’s 6th congressional district, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, is among the 40 in which the NRCC plans to air commercials. Chandler began airing his first spot last week. Also on the list is Indiana’s 8th District — known as the “bloody eighth” — which covers Evansville and is represented by freshman Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth. And Indiana’s 9th District, represented by Democrat Baron Hill, also is on the list of top 40 targets.

The New York Times addresses the problem national Democrats are having in rallying support for legislation they’ve passed in the past year. And U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tells the Times he wishes he could have stopped stimulus funds, health care reform and much more from passing Congress saying “… and if I would have had enough votes to stop them, I would have.”

Jack Conway has come out in support of Elizabeth Warren, who oversaw the Trouble Assets Relief Program for President Barack Obama, to become head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created by the recently passed financial reform bill, WHAS 11 reports.  Conway joins 17 sitting senators in support Warren. And the move could be seen as a pacifier to progressives for both Conway and Obama, WHAS 11’s Joe Arnold wrote.

A Franklin County District Court judge has asked for more records to review the state’s financial difficulties in respond to a lawsuit filed last week to stop Gov. Steve Beshear’s plan to furlough state workers six days in the upcoming fiscal year, Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Judge Phillip Shepard said there are “no easy answers” to the state’s problem after hearing testimony from six state workers on how furloughs would affect state services.


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