BUNNING SAYS HE'S ENCOURAGED

Senator Jim Bunning says he is encouraged by the support he is now seeing within the ranks of Kentucky Republican activists. Bunning says after a weekend statewide GOP event, where would be challengers were polite, he plans to continue his fundraising for next year's race. He has events scheduled in state and out of state.

BUNNING SAYS HE'S ENCOURAGED

Senator Jim Bunning says he is encouraged by the support he is now seeing within the ranks of Kentucky Republican activists. Bunning says after a weekend statewide GOP event, where would be challengers were polite, he plans to continue his fundraising for next year's race. He has events scheduled in state and out of state.
It would seem to me, the more time Bunning buys without formal opposition within the Republican Party, the more likely it is he will escape it. For one thing, Bunning's name recognition statewide far outstrips that of any would be challengers. They would have to spend considerable resources to purchase that kind of familiarity . And that kind of money couldn't be raised overnight. Most candidates were saying early this year that anyone planning to run a 2010 statewide race would have to be in full gear by this summer. Bunning may be doing just enough to keep GOP challengers at bay. The hour glass is running faster for potential challengers than it is for an incumbent with a strong geographical and ideological base.

BESHEAR TOURS DISASTER AREAS

There is something about the mystique and the responsibility of Kentucky governors in disaster situations. People who are hurting want to see their leaders. Governor Beshear toured Madison County where an EF-3 tornado left two people dead and others dealing with tremendous loss. He had a common touch in relating to folks with big challenges ahead. He appeared on television and at the same moment seemed human, powerful and concerned. Hugs make good TV. But this seemed to be a geniune and concerned Kentuckian who would've been the same way whether cameras were there or not.
It's said practice makes perfect and unfortunately for this governor, the disasters keep coming. There were the powerful winds from Gustav... the horrendous ice storm and now this Springtime severe weather outbreak. Yet again... we're applying for federal disaster help and cleaning up a big mess.

KENTUCKY CHAMBER TO SCHOOLS: DO MORE THAN THE LAW REQUIRES

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is urging schools to continue to report their progress with scores, even during this time when the testing system is in flux. The legislature allowed the schools to temporarily abandon releasing the numbers that show progress or lack thereof.
Chamber President Dave Adkisson says he hopes schools won't use the transition from CATS testing to whatever comes next to get away from letting the public know how things are going in the classrooms of the Commonwealth. Some groups have devised a system to help schools measure their progress while the new system is being devised.
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