Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson http://wfpl.org en Abramson Joins Fancy Farm Haters http://wfpl.org/post/abramson-joins-fancy-farm-haters <p>Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/comer-upset-over-abramsons-dismissal-fancy-farm-picnic">Abramson is taking a hit for calling the annual Fancy Farm picnic outdated</a>, but he isn&#39;t the first elected official to share his distaste for the raucous event.</p><p>As Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston reported, Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer scolded Abramson for his comments and skipping the event. He also scored some political points by highlighting that the lieutenant governor is the former mayor of Louisville.</p><p>On his Facebook page, Comer wrote: &quot;The border of (Kentucky) extends far beyond the city limits of Louisville, something the Lt. Gov. will hopefully realize before the end of his term!&quot;</p><p>But two years ago, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who is from Bowling Green, criticized Fancy Farm when he told Fox New&#39;s Sean Hannity that he worried the onlookers would shower him with beer. And his northern Kentucky predecessor&mdash;former Sen. Jim Bunning&mdash;threatened to boycott Fancy Farm after complaining about how elected leaders were treated.</p><p>Listen:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/D7SVEvAyp4M" width="480"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:05:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1312 at http://wfpl.org Comer Upset Over Abramson's Dismissal of Fancy Farm Picnic http://wfpl.org/post/comer-upset-over-abramsons-dismissal-fancy-farm-picnic <p>Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson&#39;s assertion that the Fancy Farm picnic is no longer a relevant political event has inspired a growing backlash.</p><p>In remarks reported by CN2, Abramson dismissed the picnic, saying it&#39;s too rowdy. But Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who emceed this year&#39;s event, says when statewide officials skip the picnic, as Abramson did this year, it hurts the church and community that put the event on.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:41:05 +0000 Kenny Colston 1304 at http://wfpl.org State Tax Overhaul Panel Begins Regional Hearings http://wfpl.org/post/state-tax-overhaul-panel-begins-regional-hearings <p><em>From Chad Lampe, Kentucky Public Radio</em></p><p>Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky&rsquo;s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission are seeking public comment to help develop recommendations on overhauling the state tax code.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 18:32:07 +0000 Rick Howlett 473 at http://wfpl.org State Tax Overhaul Panel Begins Regional Hearings