First Comair hearings will begin this week

The first congressional hearing focusing on issues raised by last month's Comair crash is scheduled for this week. The House Transportation and Infrastructure's aviation subcommittee is set to hold a hearing Wednesday....

Rep. JOHN MICA, R-Fla., is chairman of the subcommittee.... Rep. BEN CHANDLER, D-6th District, is on the panel and is expected to focus his questioning on air traffic controller staffing. He said last week that the crash raised serious questions about air safety.

DAN CHANDLER 1933-2004

Son of former governor dies at Versailles home

Dan Chandler, described by friends as a great ambassador for Kentucky and a legend in the casino gambling industry, was found dead yesterday at his home in Versailles, apparently of complications from congestive heart failure. He was 70.... "He had a book full of telephone numbers to choke a horse," A.B. Chandler Jr. said. "He knew all the high rollers. That's one thing that kept him employed, because he knew all of them."

... Later, an in-law got into trouble, and "that gave Dan a few pages in the book called The Bluegrass Conspiracy," his brother said.The book [is] subtitled An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs and Murder .... Mr. Chandler also was referred to as the "wayward son" of Happy Chandler.....


Despite her problems, Harris remains popular with many conservative voters who believe she is being pilloried by what she calls the "liberal media." And Harris has lined up a number of endorsements including Sen. Mel Martinez and U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park.

Mica, who was among those officials missing from Thursday's rally, called Harris "a dynamo" and a "great representative."

Rep. Mica has been a good friend to the oil companies. Astoundingly, Rep. Mica has even voted against cracking down on the oil and gas industries' price gouging. The GOP energy bill that Rep. Mica voted for gave billions to oil, gas and nuclear industries. The oil and gas industries have been good to Rep. Mica as well, putting $62,273 in Rep. Mica's campaign coffers. Rep. Mica has received $44,200 from the big drug interests.