Louisville news: Paul won't ditch Mitch while Conway covets Wendell Ford's furniture edition [News]

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  • "In the first of at least five debates in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul clashed Sunday on a national television show over issues that have defined their campaigns in recent weeks." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "[Rand] Paul said that if he were elected to the Senate, he would support Senator Mitch McConnell, also from Kentucky, to keep his job as Republican leader. Pressed to say whether he would choose him over Mr. [Jim] DeMint [U.S. Senator from South Carolina], Mr. Paul said that he would vote for whomever Republicans chose as their leader and that he assumed it would be Mr. McConnell. It was one more sign that no matter how devoted Mr. Paul is to Tea Party principles, he may be forced to yield periodically to some realities of the old-school politics that he denounces." [New York Times]
  • "During Sunday morning’s debate between the two candidates vying to be the next senator from Kentucky, there was a revealing exchange reminiscent of a pivotal moment in the Massachusetts senate race earlier this year. Jack Conway, the Democrat, said it was 'a tremendous honor to be running for Wendell Ford’s senate seat' and for the seat once held by Henry Clay. This gave Mr. Conway’s opponent, Rand Paul, the Republican, a perfect opportunity. 'I didn’t know it was Wendell Ford’s seat,' Dr. Paul replied. 'I thought it was the people of Kentucky’s seat.'" [New York Times]
  • "An event on Sunday aimed at getting voters fired up about participating in next month’s elections took an ironic turn when, by the time mayoral candidates Greg Fischer and Jackie Green showed up, pretty much everyone had gone home." [Courier-Journal]
  • "With the election upon us, we posed a few questions to the final three mayoral candidates and with their responses created this article. Of note is the fact that the candidates were as accessible as they were busy – a good quality in leadership, a necessary quality in a mayor." [The Highlander]
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