The Chatter: U.S. and state Senate edition

06/16/2010 12:37 PM

Here’s a run-down of Kentucky political news:

  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul has changed his policy to accept campaign support from U.S. Senators who supported the bank bailout bill in 2008 because that was a position in the Republican primary to differentiate himself from his chief rival, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Paul’s campaign manager Jesse Benton told the Washington Post.

  • Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway has sought to make a campaign issue out of Paul’s refusal to say how much in Medicare his ophthalmology practice has accepted, as the Herald-Leader’s John Cheves reports.

In other Kentucky-related political news:
  • U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican from Hopkinsville, is the co-chair of the congressional caucus of U.S.-Turkey relations and weighed in on the recent outbreak of violence surrounding a flotilla bringing aid to Gaza. The Hill quotes Whitfield spokeswoman Kristin Walker as saying Israel had a right to defend itself but that it’s no surprise the Turkish government reacted strongly to the violence that left several of its citizens dead.
  • And while it doesn’t directly relate to Kentucky, a new NPR survey indicates that Republicans are leading in 60 Democratic House seats. Democrats hold a 253-178-seat advantage in the U.S. House, meaning Republicans need a net gain of 38 seats to take back control of that chamber. If that happens, several Kentucky Republicans would be in line for prime committee or subcommittee chairmanships, most notably Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, who is among the three most senior Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee.

– Ryan Alessi


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