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Kentucky Senate District 2 falls to Republican Wave
Kentucky Senate District 2 falls to Republican Wave

In my previous column on this subject, I was wrong, wrong, wrong! I misread the raw intelligence and field reports of how the Senate race was shaping up. I predicted that Democrat Carroll Hubbard would defeat his Republican opponent, Stan Humphries. I laid out the reasons Hubbard would be victorious.

In the crystal ball of political struggles, sometimes a reporter just blows it.
I did just that...

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A Democrat wins the White House and Dems lose big in the Purchase
Democrats in West Kentucky had a very bad night.
A Democrat wins the White House and Dems lose big in the Purchase

A good night for Democrats nationally turned out to be a bad night to be a Democrat in West Kentucky Democrat.

With only the exception of Paducah Democrat Gerald Watkins, all far western Democratic House candidatesr lost their bid to Republicans in races for seats formerly held by Democratic representatives. Watkins alone won a seat vacated by a Republican.

Kenny Imes defeated Hal Kemp in the 5th House District.  Kelly Whitaker lost a bitterly fought campaign to Richard Heath. Raymond Giannini to Lynn Bechler lost his bid to replace retired legislator Mike Cherry. 

Stan Humphries handily beat Carroll Hubbard to become the first senator to serve the Purchase from the Pennyrile. 

...While a Democrat returns to the White House, West Kentucky goes back to sleep.  It's what the majority voted for on this November 6, 2012.

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 On Election Day, Democrats Losing the State but Winning the Region
Barack Obama - winning re-election without Kentucky
On Election Day, Democrats Losing the State but Winning the Region
Clinton, KY, Sunday November 4, 2012) - On the eve of one of America’s most important presidential elections in its history, there are pockets of political quietness that defies the national mood. Clinton is such a place. Tuesday will see President Obama taking 5 to 7 counties out of 120 counties in Kentucky.

He will lose Hickman County and its county seat, Clinton by a wide margin, maybe 70% to 30% of voting. Obama will lose the four River Counties. Most likely he will lose all of the eight counties of the Jackson Purchase. And, there lies in part of the reason Democrats are worried about far western Kentucky. They are confronted with a losing national election while fighting to win important local and regional elections...

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What's wrong with this picture?
What's wrong with this picture?

Hint: Look at the map.

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Politics & Government

Betty Morrow wins write in vote to fill husband's seat
Betty Morrow's ad. Our own Ivan Potter is also on the ballot.
Betty Morrow wins write in vote to fill husband's seat

Editor's Note: Betty Morrow received 78 write in votes on Tuesday. She was also sworn in on Monday to replace Jeff for the remainder of his term.

Clinton, KY October 30, 2012) – When City Councilman Jeff Morrow passed away on October 17th, after a short illness, it was too late to remove his name from the ballot. Morrow, a Navy veteran, had served on the City Council for twelve years. Local officials were informed that while his name could not come off the ballot, votes for Morrow would not be counted. All members of the City Council are on the ballot and no opponents filed for a seat. So, Morrow’s seat would be left unfilled if a candidate did not step forward.

His wife, Betty, is doing just that...

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Education

Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning: Explaining new school accountability assessment


The Kentucky School Boards Association recently held regional meetings across the commonwealth to explain the new school accountability assessment, overall known as Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning. These are Graves County Schools Superintendent Pete Galloway’s notes from the meeting held in Clinton Monday evening, Oct. 29.

Five components are used to measure accountability in the new system.  These five factors produce an overall score. Like scores are grouped in percentiles – each school and district has a percentile rank and a classification based on that rank.

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Hickman County High School: A Distinguished, High Performing School Ranking Second in State in College and Career Readiness

                                         School District Scores Proficient

The Hickman County Falcons are soaring high after the release of the new Unbridled Learning Accountability Model places the high school in the 94th percentile in the state earning a Distinguished classification and labeling the school as a "high performing school.”  Added to that is the notification that the school placed second in the state in the College and Career Readiness and fourth in the state in attendance.  Larry Farlee, Hickman County High School principal, is proud of his staff and students.  "We work at it every day.  It takes all of us to make it happen."

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Graves County School District, four of its schools score ‘Proficient,’ Lowes Elementary named ‘Distinguished’ on Unbridled Learning Assessment

Graves County School District, four of its schools score ‘Proficient,’ Lowes Elementary named ‘Distinguished’ on first assessment of Unbridled Learning

The Graves County School District is ranked as “Proficient” under the new Unbridled Learning accountability data released Friday, Nov. 2. That means it ranks among the top 30 percent of districts statewide, along with four of its ten schools: Symsonia, Central, and Sedalia elementary schools, and Graves County High School. Lowes Elementary earned the status of “Distinguished,” ranking among the top ten percent of elementary schools.

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Editorials

Goodbye Lake Woebegone: School comparisons depress, demoralize teachers, students, parents

Goodbye Lake Woebegone. 

Parents across the Commonwealth in the coming weeks and months will be saying goodbye to the dearly held belief that THEIR school and their school systems are the living embodiment of one element of Garrison Keillor’s fictional hometown, Lake Woebegone: where… all the children are above average. Parents will be faced with the same fact that school administrators and teachers know: their children aren’t....

That bad news became public this past Friday when the Kentucky Department of Education released school by school scores on the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model...

ULAM is a Frankenstein creation that takes the legs of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and grafts them onto the body of No Child Left Behind, the compromise federal law sponsored by Sen. Ted Kennedy and championed by President George W. Bush; adds parts of nationally normed tests, like the ACT, puts the face of low performing students on it and adds inches to its height as students get older. For high school students and to a lesser extent middle school students, achievement includes college and career readiness. Then ULAM borrows names for its creatures from KERA: distinguished, proficient, and throws in the more traditional “needs improvement” rather than the KERA name of “novice.”...

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Berry Craig's History Bits

Jefferson Davis gets away with murder
Union General Jefferson C. Davis
Jefferson Davis gets away with murder

(November 2, 2012) - On this date in 1862, Union Gen. Jefferson C. Davis of Indiana was expecting to be tried for killing Gen. William O "Bull" Nelson of Kentucky. A Jefferson County grand jury had just indicted the Hoosier brass hat for manslaughter.

On September 29, 1862, Davis and Nelson, his superior officer, got into an argument at the old Galt House Hotel in Louisville. After Nelson slapped Davis, the Indianan shot and mortally wounded the Kentuckian, who at 6-4 and 300 pounds must have been a target hard to miss.

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