KY 2011 Gov Race Headlines from the Weekend - May 31
The top opponents in Kentucky's race for Governor, incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams, both pledge to take on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over what they see as overreaching regulations. However, long-time environmental activist Tom FitzGerald, head of the Kentucky Resources Council, contends that the EPA under President Obama is only demanding the kind of water quality accountability that was allowed to slide decades before.
Obama is not popular in the state, primarily because of policies on coal and health care.
"He couldn't get a cup of coffee in Kentucky with a $10 bill," said Larry Forgy, a Lexington attorney and Republican who lost the 1995 governor's race.
Joe Gerth of the Courier Journal mis-analyses the NY26 race and pretends it's relevant to the KY Gov race.
The Herald Leader Editorial board becomes an apologist for pay-to-play politics in the Beshear administration.
While there's nothing here that tars Beshear, reporter John Cheves has given us an illuminating glimpse behind the scenes
Early on, Galbraith differentiated himself from the other gubernatorial candidates by taking a strong stand against mountaintop removal coal mining, charging that it has caused "unsurpassed environmental damage" in Appalachia and should not be permitted to continue.
Beshear released a mysterious second list of GOP supporters that you can't find anywhere on the internet.
Last week, Beshear was ranting about KU's and LG&E's plans to comply with clean air standards by investing $2.5 billion in new air pollution controls, a massive construction project that would employ 3,000 to 4,000 people.
Cleaner power plants will cost the average household an extra few hundred dollars a year in electric bills.
Her accent is much softer and her voice lends sophistication to the ad. One political consultant not working on the campaign told me he would use her to narrate all of Beshear's commercials.
She's just that good.
The Lexington lawyer sees himself as the natural choice for tea party groups because he has been advocating their key issues -- smaller government and less taxes -- for three decades, he said.
"I'm not a party candidate," Galbraith said Monday. "I don't want an affiliation with any party. But I'd love tea party support."