NO ELECTIONS THIS MAY..... BUT 2010 WORK HAS STARTED

This may seem to be a quiet political year in Kentucky with no scheduled elections. But the water is boiling just under the lid. It's very interesting to note how many 2010 candidates are already filing papers to begin raising money for next year's races.

This may seem to be a quiet political year in Kentucky with no scheduled elections. But the water is boiling just under the lid. It's very interesting to note how many 2010 candidates are already filing papers to begin raising money for next year's races.

Several legislative candidates, would be county and city officials and even judicial candidates have started gathering up money for next year's contests. Economic challenges often lead to crowded ballots and more than one Kentucky candidate has resorted to the honest but desperate line... "elect me because I need the job!"

Despite the swirling interest.... U.S. Senator Jim Bunning predicted to a southern Kentucky newspaper that he will have NO opposition in the Republican primary. It's unclear if that's true. We're told Senator David Williams continues to ponder it, even as his state senate re-election campaign committee has been established and there's some mony in the jar. Bunning told the News Journal out of Corbin... He ended his thought about the state senate president with... "David Williams. You've got to be kidding." Bunning predicted no name but his own would be on the May 2010 ballot.

We're also hearing that Secretary of State Trey Grayson would eagerly jump into the U.S. Senate race IF Senator Bunning step aside... but only in that case. Bunning acknowleged Grayson's interest... but says his neighbor and family friend will stay out unless the incumbent drops out. That seems to be Grayson's mindset and the clock is ticking. But the Republican situation remains unsettled.

The Democrats however are ready for a smack down and 'yellow dogs' are eager for the spirited contest to come. Some are already contemplating the heat of August with spicy barbecue and fiery speehes at Fancy Farm.

Senate candidates Jack Conway and Daniel Mongiardo have a lot of things in common.... they're both youthful, charismatic and aggressive campaigners. They both want the job. They both have professional degrees... Mongiardo is a medical doctor.... Conway is an attorney. Both have run statewide.

But there are stark differences as well. The fact that Conway comes from Louisville, the largest political base in the state is something Mongiardo hopes to turn into an achilles heel for the young attorney general. Mongiardo's team is betting that Kentuckians wouldn't elect both of their US Senators from Jefferson County. It's an angle they'll be exploring in polling as they figure out a way to use geography against Conway.... It may be one of those issues where they say "we're bringing it out now, because Republicans will use it in the fall."

But Mongiardo has his own challenges. He comes from Eastern Kentucky which gave about 80-percent of its primary vote to Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. That led Mongiardo to analyze the voting pattern in a way that has infuriated some in the region. Eastern Kentucky Democratic powerhouse Speaker Greg Stumbo has endorsed Conway. Mongiardo's own geographic base could be a battleground.

So the two will fight it out in every corner of the Commonwealth, looking for any chance to get an advantage. This one is going to be fun to cover.
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