Democratic Party Spent $85,000 For Beshear’s Plane Use

A report in the Lexington Herald-Leader reveals Governor Steve Beshear used a state plane to take his family to the 2011 NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Houston. The Kentucky Democratic Party reimbursed the state $6,105 for the flight and has spent almost $85,000 to cover the cost of similar flights since the governor took… Continue reading Democratic Party Spent $85,000 For Beshear’s Plane Use

Washington Post Says Farmer Becoming Liability

The campaign woes continue for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who is featured in a Washington Post story for being a drag on the gubernatorial ticket with state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkseville, in the upcoming Republican primary. Going over Farmer’s campaign troubles, (here, here, here and here) the piece quotes state political observers who… Continue reading Washington Post Says Farmer Becoming Liability

Flash: Richie Farmer Played Basketball

During Monday’s debate between the three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer continually reminded voters of his folk hero status as a basketball legend. Besides mentioning being “valedictorian of his elementary school class”, Farmer, who is running with state Senate President David Williams, accentuated being named Mr. Basketball in 1988, who… Continue reading Flash: Richie Farmer Played Basketball

GOP Lt. Governor Candidates Debate on KET Tonight

Debating for the first time on live television, the three Republican primary candidates for lieutenant governor will appear on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” Monday. Host Bill Goodman will moderate the discussion between Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, state Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville and Bill Vermillion Jr., a Navy veteran from Caneyville. Political observers are eager to see… Continue reading GOP Lt. Governor Candidates Debate on KET Tonight

Williams-Farmer Release Bus Tour Trailer

Telling Governor Steve Beshear to lead, follow or get out of the way, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams and running mate Richie Farmer released a theatrical-styled campaign advertisement highlighting their statewide bus tour. The YouTube video bypasses Williams’s GOP primary opponents—Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw—and instead targets Beshear, utilizing thundering… Continue reading Williams-Farmer Release Bus Tour Trailer

KDP Renews Call That Farmer Reimburse State for Luxury Suites

Criticisms of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and his use of state money continue despite him donating portions of his salary to charity. On Tuesday, Farmer, who is running for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary, apologized for refusing to participate in furlough days, which helped fill the state’s budget deficit. The Kentucky Democratic Party… Continue reading KDP Renews Call That Farmer Reimburse State for Luxury Suites

Farmer Donates Furlough Salary, Apologizes

Caving to political pressure, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has apologized for not participating in furlough days ordered by Gov. Steve Beshear  and has donated portions of his salary to charity. Earlier this month, Farmer, who is running for lieutenant governor, rejected the plan because he disagreed with unpaid days for state employees. The former… Continue reading Farmer Donates Furlough Salary, Apologizes

Farmer Brushes Off Voluntary Furlough

Across the commonwealth this month, state workers will take the fifth of six mandatory unpaid days except for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who won’t participate in furloughs because he doesn’t agree with them. Statewide elected officials are prohibited from changing their salaries, but all have said they will write personal checks for a day’s… Continue reading Farmer Brushes Off Voluntary Furlough

Williams Launches First Ad

Kentucky gubernatorial candidate David Williams unveiled the first ad in this year’s GOP primary that touts the conservative credentials and he and his running mate, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.