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Politics & Government

Williams takes on opponents at Lincoln Dinner
David Williams makes a point at Lincoln Day Dinner in Murray
Williams takes on opponents at Lincoln Dinner

In an interview before the dinner at the Curris Center on Murray’s State’s campus, Williams had what might be good news for some and bad news for others. The 2011 session of the General Assembly will be shortened because according to Williams, there just won’t be enough bills passed to require more than one veto and override day. He believes the House will agree to adjourn early. That’s good news for taxpayers disgruntled by the cost of the session. It’s bad news for those with bills in the hopper. The chances of passage of both houses just narrowed.

Williams' running mate, Richie Farmer, said he's proud to be on Williams' ticket

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Bobbie Holsclaw running as proven fiscal conservative
Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw -will she be a thorn
Bobbie Holsclaw running as proven fiscal conservative

Bobbie Holsclaw looked to her left and looked to her right. Then she prefaced her remarks by joking, “I’m a rose between two thorns.”

Opponent David Williams seated on her left and Phil Moffett on her right dutifully smiled.

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Will Moffett and Harmon be the tea party's candidates?
Tea party activist Phil Moffett in Murray Saturday evening
Will Moffett and Harmon be the tea party's candidates?
Phil Moffett is a newcomer to electioneering. He’s a Louisville businessman and a self described tea party activist. He said that he is in the race to get government back to common sense.  He told the Lincoln Day dinner crowd that, if elected, he will use the 10th Amendment (states’ rights) to push off “Obama care and other federal mandates.”
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GOP Secretary of State candidates agree on voter ID
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Kemper and Wuchner vie to be GOP nominee for auditor

John Kemper III of Lexington told GOP members gathered in Murray to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday that there has not been a GOP auditor in forty years. Lack of strong oversight has led to John Kemper III candidate for state auditorwaste, fraud and abuse of government funds and services. The result is that the legislature has a reason to raise taxes.

If elected, Kemper would put all expenditures on line for transparency. He believes that would lead to better behavior by governmenRep. Addia Wuchner - GOP candidate for auditort agencies.

Addia Wuchner is a member of the General Assembly from Northern Kentucky. Wuchner described herself as tougher than she looks. The former hospital administrator said private business has profit as a motivator, government has auditors.

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Unopposed candidates Ppool and Crosbie running against incumbents

Todd Ppool of Hopkinsville is the GOP candidate in the quest to deny Attorney General Jack Conway a second term. P’Pool was in Murray for the Purchase & Lakes Area 2011 Lincoln Day Hopkins County Attorney Todd PpoolDinner last Saturday evening.

Hopkins County Attorney Todd Ppool blasted President Obama and a Democratic Congress for passing “the worst legislation in my lifetime” – the health care act. He roundly criticized his opponent for not joining 26 other attorneys general in their challengeK, C. Crosbie is running for state treasurer to the law.

Ppool promised that if he is elected that Kentucky will be “reporting for duty” to challenge the law.

K. C. Crosbie is also running unopposed. She will take on Democratic incumbent Treasurer Todd Hollenbach in November if he defeats his primary opponent Steve Hamrick. Crosbie serves as a county commissioner in Fayette County. She told party activists that she will be active in oversight of the state teacher retirement system.

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GOP Candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture: Comer & Rothenburger
GOP Candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture: Comer & Rothenburger

James Comer, a 5th generation farmer, runs a land and cattle company in Monroe County. Comer is a six term representative in the Kentucky House representing Cumberland, Green, Metcalf and Monroe Counties.

Rob Rothenburger, a cattle farmer, currently serves as Shelby County judge executive. He said that he will fight the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because it is hurting thShelby Co. Judge Exec. Rob Rothenburger e $4.5 billion dollar agriculture industry. He also said that he will fight the FDA that is a detriment to large farmers.

If elected, he will hold regional meetings throughout the state with farmers to promote agriculture across the state

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Lincoln Dinner brings out legislators and party activists
Hickman Co. GOP Vice Chair Bobby Curlin, Bettie Brazzell, Ruth Curlin, Sue Doering and Walter Doering at Lincoln Dinner
Lincoln Dinner brings out legislators and party activists

Saturday evening at Murray State's Curris Center was time for elected Republican officials and party activists to eat, meet and greet.

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State seeks to void ruling allowing environmentalists into coal cases

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet files for appellate court relief of Circuit Court ruling in ICG, Frasure Creek Mining case

Action seeks to have previous ruling voided

 

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Education

Students visit Patti's for table etiquette lessons
Students visit Patti's for table etiquette lessons

Symsonia Elementary Gifted and Talented Leadership students recently took a trip to Patti’s 1880’s Restaurant to brush up on their manners. Students learned proper table etiquette along with commandments for good manners.

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Task Force on Transforming Education in Kentucky presents recommendations to Gov. Beshear

After a year of research and discussions, the Governor’s Task Force on Transforming Education in Kentucky (TEK)  completed its study of the education system in the Commonwealth. Among the recommendations:   

  • Reorganize the Early Childhood Development Authority; create a system of support, including parent education, for students at all levels of kindergarten readiness; and create common school readiness standards and instruments.
  • Include sufficient funding in the state budget to improve access to effective, high-quality preschool programs.
  • Require collaboration among state-funded preschool, Head Start, and qualified child care programs beginning in 2012-2013 in order to access state funding.
  • Create family literacy programs, dedicating new state resources to provide comprehensive family engagement in all schools, especially the Commonwealth’s lowest achieving schools.

 

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Kentucky Governor Acknowledges Soldier Sacrifice

February 21, 2011
February 21, 2011

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21,2011) – Gov. Steve Beshear today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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