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Third District Candidates Debate in Louisville

Third District congressional candidates John Yarmuth and Anne Northup met for their first debate of the campaign today at the Louisville Forum. The primary topic on voters’ minds was the economy.

Northup, the Republican nominee, almost immediately brought up the incumbent Yarmuth’s vote in favor of the final financial rescue package approved by Congress. She says it was a terrible idea, and knows a better way it could have been handled.

“If we had gone into the financial sector and instead of actually purchasing these securities, guaranteed them,” says Northup. “That gives them the instant same wealth.”

Yarmuth wasn’t a huge fan of the bill either, and had voted against an earlier version. He says that $700-billion won’t come back to haunt American taxpayers.

“We are committed to making sure taxpayers don’t end up bearing one dollar of this proposal and we have mechanisms to pay for it down the road, if there is a cost,” says Yarmuth.

Yarmuth is just finishing his first term in the House. Northup previously held the seat for ten years.

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County GOP Revives Annual Picnic

The Jefferson County Republican Party is reviving its party picnic this year.

GOP officials can’t remember when their last picnic was, but new chairman Brad Cummings says the party needs a way to unite area voters.

“It’s a large county and so you end up having people say ‘The south end and the east end and the southeast’ and we have strong voter populations in all those areas and yet very seldom do they all come together,” says Cummings.

The picnic will feature speeches by local candidates for various offices, including state senate candidate Doug Hawkins and U.S. Congressional candidate Anne Northup. It will be this evening at Charlie Vettiner Park in Jeffersontown.