The Chatter: W.Va. Democrats can relate to Ky.; Yarmuth's messaging; and Monday's arraignment

12/29/2013 04:32 PM

Kentucky Democrats aren’t the only ones trying to walk a fine line between accepting fundraising help from Washington Democrats — including the Obamas — while also distancing themselves from those same Washington Democrats.

West Virginia’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Natalie Tennant is doing a similar dance as she campaigns for an open seat that has long been held by Democrats but is a top target for Republicans next year, the New York Times reported Sunday.

Tennant, like Kentucky’s frontrunner for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Alison Lundergan Grimes, currently serves as secretary of state. (Tennant gave an interview to Pure Politics about efforts to crack down on voter fraud in 2012.)

House Democrats credit Yarmuth for messaging help

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth might be the lone Democratic voice in Kentucky’s federal delegation, but it’s becoming a louder and more influential voice in his party in Washington, the Courier-Journal’s James Carroll wrote this weekend in a new profile.

Top-ranking Democrats, including South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, credited Yarmuth with being a key architect of House Democrats’ messaging. Yarmuth also is a frequent guest on national cable political talk shows.

Contractors in Morgan Co. judge-executive corruption case to be arraigned Monday

Owners of a bridge company that federal prosecutors say were the beneficiaries of a bid-rigging scheme perpetuated by Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley will be in federal court Monday for the first time, the Ashland Daily Independent reports.

Kenneth and Ruth Gambill own Pbthnojj Construction Co. in Salyersville. And prosecutors say they kicked money to Conley to win contracts as part of the rebuilding efforts in the wake of the March 2, 2012, tornado that leveled much of West Liberty.

From reporter Kenneth Hart’s article:

Kenneth Gambill and Morgan Judge-Executive Tim Conley were charged with four counts of mail fraud and one count each of theft from a program receiving federal funds and conspiracy to money-laundering in an indictment returned earlier this month by a federal grand jury sitting in Frankfort. Ruth Gambill was charged with conspiracy to money-laundering.


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