The Chatter: Paul vs. USDA, Barr upgraded and Dem discord

07/01/2010 11:24 AM

Heading into the July 4 weekend, here’s a wrap-up of some of the big political stories of the week:

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has disputed some of the claims Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul made about its farm subsidies in a radio interview Thursday, CNHI News Service’s Ronnie Ellis reported. After Paul said he had a problem with the federal government paying $9 million to  234 dead farmers in Florida, Ellis checked with the Department of Agriculture, which said the actual number of farmers who died during the crop year and were paid subsidies was five.

  • The Herald-Leader’s Karla Ward reported this week that Daniel Mongiardo still wasn’t “ready” to formally support Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway, who narrowly defeated Mongiardo in the May 18 primary. That seemed to counter Gov. Steve Beshear’s assurances that Mongiardo will be fully behind Conway. Here’s what Beshear told cn|2 Politics about that two weeks ago:

  • Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr got a morale boost this week when the National Republican Congressional Committee announced it had bumped Barr’s challenge of Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, along with 15 other GOP contenders, up to its top-tier of “Young Guns” targeted races. Politico has the story.

– Ryan Alessi


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