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Kentucky Democratic US Senate race suddenly close

Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff

April 12, 2010

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has nearly caught Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo in the Democratic race for the U.S. Senate, cutting an 18-point margin to just 3 percentage points, according to the latest Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll. But in the Republican Senate primary, Bowling Green ophthalmologist Rand Paul has maintained his 15 point lead over Secretary of State Trey Grayson, according to the poll.

 -- The Alabama state House of Representatives today plans to debate a plan that would let voters decide whether to take as much as $1 billion over 10 years from a state savings account for highways, bridges and railroads. The Senate last month voted 25-10 for Senate Bill 121. A House committee approved it last week on a divided voice vote. The plan needs at least 63 votes to pass the 104-member House, since it would rewrite the state constitution. "I think we'll get 63 votes. There is such a need in this state to repair and maintain our road system," said Rep.  Billy Beasley, D-Clayton, the House sponsor of the plan.  

-- Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief campaign fund-raiser is recovering from injuries she suffered in a Friday night altercation with a group of people in the French Quarter, the governor's office said Monday. Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg and her boyfriend suffered a concussion and a fractured nose and jaw in the incident, which happened after a fundraising event at Brennan's Restaurant on behalf of the Louisiana Republican Party on Friday evening. Jindal was at the fund-raising event at the restaurant, but was not present when the incident occurred.  

-- Most weeks, the public schedule for South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford shows five events or fewer. Last week's was stronger than most in visits tied to businesses or economic development announcements, according to the schedules. In many weeks there are days with nothing on his public schedule. Many weeks are peppered with civic club appearances, legislative receptions, bill signings, cabinet and State Budget and Control Board meetings and five-minute "Open Door After Four" visits with citizens.  Sanford, however, says the schedule isn't indicative of his work as governor nor his private efforts at wooing new businesses, expansions or jobs to the state. And he argues the results speak for themselves.  

-- Florida has come up with a new plan to cover possible cost overruns from operating the $1.2 billion SunRail commuter train that is supposed to run through Central Florida by 2013: Take the money out of the local roads budget. A draft agreement being circulated by the state is very clear: If extra operating money is needed, it "will come from the FDOT work program in the geographic area of the local government partners that choose not to provide additional funding."  


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