Governor Race Update

Democratic candidate for governor, Steve Beshear said he supports a plan for casino gambling in Kentucky.

He said the plan could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue... To help fund education and road construction.

The former lieutenant governor said casino gambling, complete with slot machines and table games, should be allowed at horse tracks and free-standing locations.

He thinks state lawmakers should pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would ultimately leave the gambling issues in the hands of Kentucky voters.

Beshear is facing State Treasurer Jonathan Miller and Harlan businessman, Otis Hensley Jr., in the May primary.

Several other Democrats, including House Speaker Jody Richards, have announced plans to run but haven’t officially filed yet.

On the Republican side of the governor’s race, former U.S. Representative Anne Northup will challenge Governor Fletcher for the GOP bid.

Northup served five house terms in Congress until her defeat in last November’s election. An aide to Northup said she will name veteran Legislator Jeff Hoover as her running-mate.

Northup’s campaign manager said she will file her candidacy papers tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, at the capitol. He also said she’s planning a campaign tour of the state Thursday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Jan. 19.

Paducah businessman, Billy Harper has already filed to run on the Republican ticket.

The deadline for candidates to officially enter the race for governor, is January 30.

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