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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 5  No. 7  July 2014 (c)

FrontPage News

Political doin's start before August 2nd | Fancy Farm, Politics, Grimes, McConnell, West Kentucky, Graves County, elections
Political doin's start before August 2nd

The political doin's start before the candidates take the stage in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. There's eatin' aplenty and hobknobbin' goin' on in the Purchase.

We have compiled a partial list of both GOP and Dem events.

(Email editor@westkyjournal.com and we will add events we probably missed.)

UPDATE: Two new events added since we first posted this list. We will keep adding as we hear from readers.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Rand Paul right where he wants to be for 2016 presidential race | Rand Paul, Kentucky, Politics, Presidential primary,

Right where he wants to be? Washington Post thinks so.
Rand Paul right where he wants to be for 2016 presidential race

No less than the venerable Washington Post is handicapping Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's chances in the 2016 race.

Note to Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe who said on his show this morning that Sen. Paul cannot possibly win the Republican nomination -

Rand ain't Ron and this ain't 2008.

Follow the jump to the WaPo story

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Aaron Blake for Washington Post

New MSU President to open e-learning center in Clinton | Murray State University, e-learning, computer

New Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies
New MSU President to open e-learning center in Clinton

New Murray State President Bob Davies will be in Clinton at 10:00 a.m. at the Senior Citizen Center on August 1st to dedicate a new e-learning center.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Coming for Fancy Farm Picnic? Take some time to explore the Jackson Purchase | Discovery Park of America, West Kentucky, Jackson Purchase, Mayfield, Fancy Farm Picnic, Columbus Belmont Park, Cadiz, Paducah

Places to escape politics include Union City TN's The Discovery Park of America.
Coming for Fancy Farm Picnic? Take some time to explore the Jackson Purchase

Coming down to the farthest corner of the state for barbecue and bombast?

Why not get away from the madding crowd by visiting places unconnected to politics?

We have a few suggestions:

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Mary Potter

Are campaign dollars a finite resource? Kentucky Dems will soon find out. | Alison Lundergan Grimes, Andy Beshear, Jack Conway, Mitch McConnell, fundraising, election, Kentucky

Adam Edelen, left, is out of the governor's race. Jack Conway, right, is all in. Will Conway and Grimes compete for same dollars??
Are campaign dollars a finite resource? Kentucky Dems will soon find out.

Jack Conway and running mate Sannie Overly took in over $750,000 in the seven weeks since May 6th, when they became a slate to run for governor and lieutenant governor. They also picked up endorsements from Crit Luallen, former Governor Wendell Ford and Congressman John Yarmuth.

Pundits wondered at the time of the announcement if Conway’s early start in the governor’s race would hurt Alison Lundergan Grimes’ fundraising efforts. Grimes just announced that in the second reported quarter her campaign raised $4 million dollars. That’s one million dollars more than her opponent’s $3 million.

...Has Conway’s fundraising hurt Grimes? Probably no more than Andy Beshear’s fund raising of one million dollars in his 2015 race for attorney general has hurt her...

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

That’s Right, Kid, I’m Reading a Newspaper. Deal with It!

Reading newspapers in public - going the way of the carrier pigeon and indoor cigarette smoking?
That’s Right, Kid, I’m Reading a Newspaper. Deal with It!

It was a rare moment of reality! It was at a juncture of disruptive technology, hunger, old media and a smart mouth preteen. The time was 12:04 on a recent Friday when I was confronted with change.

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Ivan C. Potter, Publisher West Kentucky Journal

Howard Baker: Courageous Leader and Congressional Cutup

...I have a treasure trove of Baker memories, all of which reinforce my sense of Howard Baker as one of the most decent people with whom I have worked. While I was simply a young staffer, he never treated me or my colleagues as anything else but equals...

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Congressman John Yarmuth

Editorials

The Humble Members of Society | bank, Jackson, American history, presidential politics,

Banks have been a hot issue for over 100 years.
The Humble Members of Society

Who wrote this in support of “the humble members of society-the farmers, mechanics, and laborers” :

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society-the farmers, mechanics, and laborers-who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government...

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James P. Benassi

Education

Franklin Circuit Court Stops Auction of Cuba School
Franklin Circuit Court Stops Auction of Cuba School

(Frankfort KY July 1, 2014) - Fireworks over Cuba Kentucky may be brighter this 4th of July because their school, set to be sold at auction on July 2nd, got a reprieve from Franklin Circuit Judge Philip Shepherd. Under the Circuit Court's order, the sale is cancelled until the merits of the case can be sorted out.

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Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal

Six Jackson Purchase students, each representing a different high school, place highly in 2014 National FBLA Conference

Students from six different Jackson Purchase high schools were among the national winners at the recent 2014 National Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Two other far western Kentucky high schools also placed in the top ten in their categories of competition.

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Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools & KDE press release

Health & Wellness

August is busy month at Baptist Health in Paducah | health, Paducah, Western Baptist Hospital, Kentucky
August is busy month at Baptist Health in Paducah

From support groups for stroke survivors, cancer and arthritis sufferers to classes for preteen girls, August will be a busy month for health awareness in at Baptist Health in Paducah.

Follow the jump for the schedule.

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Angie Kinsey, Baptist Health Paducah

Politics & Government

Grimes breaks fundraising record | Alison Lundergan Grimes, US Senate race, Mitch McConnell, Kentucky,

Candidate for Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Grimes breaks fundraising record

GRIMES BREAKS KENTUCKY FUNDRAISING RECORD:
RAISES OVER $4 MILLION IN SECOND QUARTER

 

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Grimes press release - 1 opinion posted


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