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C-J and H-L columnists analyze curious week in Frankfort

C-J and H-L columnists analyze curious week in Frankfort

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 1:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 1:59 AM

It was a week that saw David Williams and Greg Stumbo sidling up to Hal Rogers, yet rank and file lawmakers unconvinced on the meth/pseudoephederine issue.

Governor Steve Beshear sounded more Republican than Democrat in his State of the Commonwealth address, a shift not lost on his urban supporters and the Courier-Journal's Joe Gerth:

It's that shift to the right that has prompted some more liberal legislators to say they worry that Beshear, who has typically been viewed as a center-left Democrat, might alienate some of his most ardent supporters in a search for conservative backing as he seeks re-election this year.

The Lexington Herald-Leader's Larry Dale Keeling weighs in on the week that was, including a plan to cut the short session even shorter, by six days in Frankfort:

But with the air in the Capitol so thick with gubernatorial politics you can barely breathe, with Williams intent on using this session to bolster his chances of relocating to the Capitol's first floor, with House Democrats (some of them anyway) looking to stymie him when they're not feuding among themselves and with Gov. Steve Beshear no doubt adding ink to his veto pen just in case House D's can't hold the line, is there anyone who really expects this session will be wrapped up in a pretty little package adorned with ribbons and bows ahead of schedule?

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