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Ellis: Playing 20 questions in Frankfort

February 5, 2010

Ronnie Ellis with CNHI News Service has a great column this week, as is usually the case.

With a momentary pause in the action while the House prepares its version of the state’s budget proposal, Ellis takes some time to ask some questions about exactly what’s going on in Frankfort these days. And, Ellis notes, in true Frankfort form, this game of 20 questions might not actually add up to 20 questions.

One of several good questions from Ellis’s column today

There was a special House election last Tuesday. Gov. Steve Beshear went to Lexington for the University of Kentucky basketball game. UK fan and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, was in Marion County that night, skipping the ball game in order to be in the district where a Democrat won Sen. Jimmy Higdon’s old House seat. When Beshear was active in the 14th Senate District special election, Republican Higdon won. When he neglected the House special election, Democrat Terry Mills won. Who do Democrats see as the more effective political leader?

And Ellis’s explanation for why he comes up short of 20 questions?

OK, so that’s only five questions – not 20. But I work in Frankfort and my arithmetic is at least as good as Beshear’s on the number of votes for gambling in the Senate or lawmakers’ ability to balance receipts and expenditures in the state budget.

Be sure to check out the rest of Ellis’s column.


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