Webb Wins Special Kentucky Senate Election

by Rick Howlett on August 25, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

Republicans are reacting to Democratic Rep. Robin Webb’s victory Tuesday in the race for a northeast Kentucky senate seat formerly in Republican control. Senator Damon Thayer of Georgetown says Republicans remain united and strong.

“We still are in the majority in the state Senate. We still control the committee chairmanships and the flow of legislation. And while we’ll be disappointed on losing a seat, we feel very confident going into the next election cycle about our electoral chances to hold and even enhance our majority,” he said.

Rep. Webb defeated Republican Jack Ditty and independent Guy Gibbons for the senate seat formerly held by Republican Charlie Borders. Borders recently accepted an appointment to the state Public Service Commission from Gov. Steve Beshear. With Webb’s victory, Republican control of the Senate now stands at 20-17, with one independent.

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Floyd August 26, 2009 at 12:19 am

This is a relief.

Representative, soon to be Senator Webb is extremely bright and hard working. She is familiar with state corrections and may be able to help get the situation straightened out regarding the deliberate underfunding of state prisons started during the Fletcher administration.

Fletcher’s former Commissioner of Corrections and ex-Corrections Corporation of America VP John Rees contracted out services including the poor food provided by Aramark that has increased tensions in state prisons.

Senator Webb may held end the outrageous sexual abuse of women from Kentucky and Hawai’i at CCA’s prison at Otter Creek.

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