Kentucky Senate candidates take pay cut

Two of the Democratic candidates for Kentucky Senate are taking pay cuts.

Attorney General Jack Conway and Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo are taking a voluntary 10 percent pay cut, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.) announced in December 2008 that he, Mongiardo and five other administration officials would take the reduced salary in 2009 to save the state $100,000.

Conway announced he also would take a pay cut. He sent a letter to the state treasurer in January saying that after he filed his taxes on April 15th, he would remit a check to the state to reflect the 2009 deduction in salary.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side of the race, candidates Trey Grayson and Rand Paul held their first debate Monday night.

The two front-runners shared the stage with three other candidates and spent much of their time talking about how much power the federal government should wield, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and favorite of the Tea Party movement, said Congress needs to end earmarking.

Grayson, the secretary of state, said it would be "completely irresponsible" to end all earmarks.

And one of the candidates, 86-year-old retired Army sergeant Gurley Martin, brought the debate to a halt when he arrived 20 minutes late and without his hearing aid. He had to get the questions in writing before he could respond.

The primary is May 18. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is retiring.