A LOT TO WATCH RIGHT NOW IN KY POLITICS

With the legislature coming to Frankfort ... the push is on from both sides in the "slots at tracks" debate.

A LOT TO WATCH RIGHT NOW IN KY POLITICS

With the legislature coming to Frankfort ... the push is on from both sides in the "slots at tracks" debate.

Supporters are pushing hard to get lawmakers to enact legislation without a constitutional amendment that would let tracks supplement their purses with earnings from slots.

Opponents are counting votes and planning demonstrations during the special session to show they will hold lawmakers to account for their actions in next year's elections.

The governor says reasonable Kentuckians will come to the same conclusion after they study the current threats to the state's signature horse industry.


WILLIAMS OUT OF U.S. SENATE RACE

It's still unclear how many candidates will be in next May's Republicans U.S. Senate primary. But it's now clear that Senate President David Williams will not be among them. He met with Washington insiders and pondered the race from several angles. In the end, his spokeswoman says, he's decided to "focus on Frankfort."

It's probably a good move for Williams who does not enjoy the name recognition of incumbent Senator Jim Bunning nor Secretary of State Trey Grayson. He is considered a masterful Frankfort operator who sometimes enjoys the sport of verbal sparring and strategy. Many observers say he has no equal in the capitol by the Kentucky River. Beside the Potomac River, that might be a different story, at least for a time.

But the chase would mean raising money, campaigning hard in a primary and then the general election and then perhaps losing his state seat and the race for Washington. He's a good lawyer. But Williams clearly craves being part of the public affairs debate in this state and is a strong player in it.

In that regard... Williams is confirmed at the guest for "Kentucky Newsmakers" this weekend.


GOVERNOR STARTS BLOG

I have little doubt that the governor's talented communications director Jay Blanton is behind some moves designed to make the chief executive appear more accessible and forward thinking. The governor has posted videos on Youtube, started a Twitter account and now has his own blog.

The interesting thing about Steve Beshear is that while he appears in the frontier media... he is still very active in the traditional media. He regularly appears on "Kentucky Newsmakers" on WKYT as well as on Kentucky Educational Television. He holds more news conferences than perhaps any governor in history and usually is open to discussing any subject.

This governor is at his best answering questions... He usually has at his ready a tight response that his team has anticipated. Also remember, this is a governor who has been Lt. Governor, Attorney General and served in the General Assembly. Eventhough he was out of the public realm for most of twenty years between terms, Beshear knows the flow of Frankfort politics... his challenge is to try to control it.
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