All eyes on House leadership races

Although the state’s $456.1 million budget shortfall will likely dominate the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly that begins Tuesday, all eyes for now are on the leadership races in the House. 

At the top of the ticket is the race for speaker, with Jody Richards of Bowling Green facing a challenge from Greg Stumbo, the Prestonsburg Democrat who rejoined the legislature last year after a stint at state attorney general. 

Richards, who has held the top House post longer than any other, faced criticism following last year’s session while Stumbo has been considered a likely challeger to Richards since his first day back in the House, where he had previously been majority floor leader. 

Check out the Herald-Leader and the Courier-Journal for more on how the pair are gearing up for the elections, which will likely be held on the first day or two of the session.


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