Versailles, KY – Democrat Ben Chandler has confirmed that he is a candidate for the Sixth District Congressional seat vacated by Governor Ernie Fletcher. Chandler lost to Fletcher in the November 4th gubernatorial election, but says his name recognition will never be higher than at the present time.
Frankfort, KY – Newly inaugurated Governor Ernie Fletcher spent a record 5.6 million dollars to win this year's gubernatorial election. The first post-election reports filed by their campaigns to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show Democrat Ben Chandler spent less than 3.8 million dollars on his unsuccessful campaign.
Frankfort, KY – On his final day in office, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton has commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Kevin Stanford. The U-S Supreme Court had used Stanford's case to uphold the death penalty for murderers as young as seventeen. However, Patton said he considered the death penalty to be an injustice for a criminal who was not yet an adult at the time of the crime.
Lexington, KY – Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher has selected Lieutenant General Maxwell Clay Bailey to serve as Secretary of Transportation in Kentucky. Bailey is a native of Johnson County who has been working on homeland security issues for the state.