Many politicians are tuning up for Fancy Farm... the almost 129 year old tradition in Western Kentucky.

Many politicians are tuning up for Fancy Farm... the almost 129 year old tradition in Western Kentucky.

It's really a fundraiser for St. Jerome Catholic Church... but it has long been known for its spicy barbecue and heated speeches under the fiery August sun. Happy Chandler made a real splash there when he first ran for statewide office in 1931. Wendell Ford is remembered for his tart and clever speeches through the years. And Mitch McConnell first made a stand in the Democratic stronghold that is the Jackson Purchase by making a showing at Fancy Farm in 1984.

Governor Beshear won't be there this year. He says the focus should be on next year's upcoming U.S. Senate race. Besides it conflicts with his family vacation and gives his new running mate, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson a chance to handle the stage and represent the ticket.

The closely watched folks will be those running on both sides for Senator Jim Bunning's seat in Washington. Bunning himself could find himself in the company of two potential GOP successors... Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Bowling Green eye doctor Rand Paul. The Democrats will be fun to watch with Attorney General Jack Conway and Lt. Governor Dan Mongiardo glad handing and making speeches to draw distinctions between themselves.

By the way... Mongiardo set out to draw contrasts during the most recent "Kentucky Newsmakers."
He made it very clear that he opposes the so called 'cap and trade' energy legislation and also wants an almost completely different approach to healthcare to that proposed by either the Democrats or Republicans. Mongiardo also denied that he is "running against Louisville" (Conway's home city).. saying in fact he is working hard to pick up votes in the state's largest city.


There was a time when Kentucky had 13 seats in the US House. That's a lot of clout. We started losing seats following the census of 1830 and that trend has continued.

Projections indicate the Commonwealth will show growth in next year's census count. But Kentucky may not be growing fast enough to keep up with states that are rapidly adding to the numbers.

If Kentucky loses another congressional seat, it would bring our representation down to five. That would require some very creative redistricting. And that is another factor in next year's legislative races, since that's where the districts are drawn.

Unless we quickly recruit some new residents... Kentucky could be on its way to reduced clout in Washington in a couple of years.
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