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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 11  No. 1 January 2019 (c)


FrontPage News

Ten steps to taking America back to capitalism | capitalism, American history, union, corporations, Kentucky politics,
Ten steps to taking America back to capitalism

So back in October of 2011, this was just an editorial. Now it looks like prophecy - or worse - a plan.

...Powerful white men sitting around a Camelot shaped round table vent their frustrations on the way the hippies, welfare queens, uppity feminists and corrupt unions are ruining the America they know and love. The question on the table is how to pull the country back from the brink of hippie socialism and Earth Day liberalism that Jimmy Carter and his administration represent.

Enter a cadre of bright young men from Wall Street, Madison Avenue and Ivy League law schools. They step up with ideas to preserve the American dream their fathers lived for future generations. What they offer the rich and powerful is not a quick fix, but a multifaceted project to take America back to capitalism in its purest form...

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Mary Potter

Kentucky Governor's race begins in earnest  | election 2019, governor's race 2019, Governor Matt Bevin, Andy Beshear, Kentucky politics,

Rep Rocky Adkins will be in the Purchase on November 19th.
Kentucky Governor's race begins in earnest

The race for Kentucky governor is on. Rep. Rocky Adkins is the second declared candidate.

Adkins will be back in the Purchase on Monday, November 19th in Paducah and Murray. He will be in Paducah at 10:00 at the Laborer's Union Hall located at 1415 S. 3rd Street, then in Murray at Pagliali's Restaurant at noon.

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Mary Potter

ICYM - Record Number of Wines Entered in Kentucky Commonwealth Event | Paducah, Kentucky, agriculture, wine, Purple Toad Winery

Purple Toad Winery - photo from kentuckywine.com
ICYM - Record Number of Wines Entered in Kentucky Commonwealth Event

Purple Toad Winery of Paducah led the competition with seven gold medal-winning wines, followed by Prodigy with five and Wight-Meyer Winery of Shepherdsville and 1922 House Vineyards & Winery of Nicholasville with three each.

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press release

2019 - it's all about Frankfort and who's going and who's staying | Kentucky politics, Alison Lundergan Grimes, James Comer, Matt Bevin, Adam Edelen, Rocky Adkins, governor's race 2019,

Adam Edelen - is a cached website the final clue to his candidacy?
2019 - it's all about Frankfort and who's going and who's staying

ELECTION DATES
Primary Election: May 21, 2019
General Election: November 5, 2019

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

To be candidate on Primary Ballot: January 29, 2019 (last Tuesday in January)
Primary Election: April 22, 2019
General Election: October 7, 2019
Too late - Deadline to change political party affiliation for primary election: December 31, 2018

Welcome to the Bridge Year in Kentucky politics!

2019 is going to be a weird year - one without local, legislative and national candidates. It's going to be all about Frankfort and who's going to get an office there.

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Mary Potter

Pension Reform - the knotty problem that never seems to go away | Kentucky politics, pension reform, governor's race 2019, Governor Matt Bevin,
Pension Reform - the knotty problem that never seems to go away

In December 2007, we published an article by Paul Glasser for the Frankfort State Journal. State Panel Calls for No Cuts in Pensions It was our first story on Kentucky's pension system. It would not be the last. The Kentucky retirement system has been on the legislative docket for repair since black lung exited as the number one budget breaker of Kentucky's budget.

West Kentucky Journal is eleven plus years older - and happy state pension reform feels years away.

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Mary Potter

Rep. Attica Scott to headline Black History Month Celebration | Attica Scott, Kentucky history, Mayfield, Black History Month, Graves County

Rep. Attica Scott will be in Mayfield Feb. 24. Photo credit LRC.gov website
Rep. Attica Scott to headline Black History Month Celebration

The Mayfield/Graves County Citizens Volunteer Group, along with the City of Mayfield, will present our Annual Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1200 West Broadway St., Mayfield, KY from 2-4 p.m.

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Charlotte Goddard

Chris Tobe, author of Kentucky Friend Pension, to file for State Auditor  | Kentucky politics, Kentucky election 2019, Chris Tobe, pension reform, Mike Harmon, Kentucky auditor
Chris Tobe, author of Kentucky Friend Pension, to file for State Auditor
Chris Tobe, noted pension expert and a former senior staff member for former State Auditor Ed Hatchett, is entering the race for Kentucky State Auditor. Tobe will file at the Secretary of State's office at 9:15 AM on Tuesday, January 15.
The office of state auditor is currently held by Republican Mike Harmon.
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Community and Regional News

MLK Program in Mayfield Monday

Mayfield Mayor Kathy O'Nan will be the featured speaker for a community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday at First Christian Church, 111 S. 9th St. in Mayfield.

The program starts at 6 p.m. and will conclude with refreshments and an opportunity for people to register to vote and to join the reorganizing Mayfield chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, according to Virginia Langford, who is helping restart the chapter.

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Berry Craig

Purchase lags behind rest of state  | Kentucky, economic development, West Kentucky, Chamber of Commerce,

Map from the Bottom Line the News Report of KY Chamber
Purchase lags behind rest of state

That there are more new business and industry announcements coming out of Northern and Central Kentucky than out of eastern and western ends of the Commonwealth is not just paranoid imagining. No less a business friendly group than the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce found it to be fact.

A link to the latest Chamber business report follows..

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82nd annual Campus Lights to feature Mamma Mia!

MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University students have been working since the fall semester to bring the Murray community the 82nd annual Campus Lights performance of Mamma Mia!

The performance will take place at Lovett Auditorium January 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and January 20 at 2:30 p.m.

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MSU Press release

Cadiz resident, Michael Greene, receives Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship | US Army, Murray State University, education, Cadiz,

Michael Greene, US Army vet and MSU student, plans to study Spanish in Chile.
Cadiz resident, Michael Greene, receives Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University is pleased to announce that Michael Greene of Cadiz has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad in spring 2019.

Greene medically retired from the U.S. Army in 2016 and is now pursuing higher education at Murray State. He is planning to study abroad on an exchange program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile.

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MSU press release

Editorials

No shortcut to prosperity, Ky. must seek a better road  | Adam Edelen, governor's race 2019, Governor Matt Bevin, Kentucky politics,
No shortcut to prosperity, Ky. must seek a better road

Editor's Note: Candidate in 2019 Democratic primary for Governor, Adam Edelen submitted this editorial in February 2016. The campaign themes echo three years later.

Kentucky is headed the wrong way, down a dangerous road.

The prevailing sentiment in Frankfort these days is that we can somehow take a shortcut to prosperity. That by cutting education, reducing workers' wages and protections and eliminating access to health care for people who work for a living, we can best move Kentucky forward.

Such thinking is a fiction...

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Adam Edelen

Education

Kentucky Student-athletes Invited to Apply for 2019 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year | athlete, education, Kentucky,
Kentucky Student-athletes Invited to Apply for 2019 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year

Applications Due by Jan. 22; Six Scholarships Will Be Awarded

FRANKFORT KY -- Kentucky student-athletes with ties to agriculture may apply for one of six scholarships and the honor of being recognized as a 2019 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.

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press release

About Us

Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing | Ivan Potter, Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, politics, Clinton Kentucky,

Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

Editor's Note: Updated - Ivan Potter retired from the Clinton City Council as of January 1, 2017.

WKJ now has over 6000 articles and 2.5 million yearly views.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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