Ky. House Leadership Race Tops Legislative Agenda

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers adjourned the 2008
legislative session amid a chaotic scene, with wall clocks
mysteriously stopping and frantic lawmakers working past the
General Assembly's legal deadline.
The 2009 General Assembly may likewise start with dramatics when
two longtime political allies find themselves as rivals eyeing the
House's top leadership post. House Speaker Jody Richards is facing
a challenge from Rep. Greg Stumbo, a longtime House majority floor
leader and former one-term attorney general.
Richards, Kentucky's longest serving House speaker, is looking
to fend off Stumbo's challenge when lawmakers return this week.
"I feel very good about it," Richards said in a telephone
interview last week. "I have well more than enough commitments -
solid commitments. We're going to win going in."
Stumbo also thinks he's going to win.
"I feel good about it," Stumbo said. "I don't feel any
different about it then when I made the decision to get in the

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