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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 10  No. 7 July 2018 (c)
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 9, 2018
ELECTION DAY: NOVEMBER 6, 2018

FrontPage News

AG Beshear first to jump into KY governor's race  | Andy Beshear, 2019 Kentucky governor's race, Jacqueline Coleman, Democrat, governor's race 2019

Attorney General Andy Beshear first to jump into 2019 governor\'s race.
AG Beshear first to jump into KY governor's race

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced his candidacy for governor on July 9th in a series of supporter gatherings and press conferences around Kentucky. Beshear is the first of what is expected to be a crowded field of Democratic candidates for the 2019 race.

Republican Governor Matt Bevin has hinted he will run again, but has not made a formal announcement.

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Mary Potter

Women Candidates in Purchase need love, support and most of all MONEY | election 2018, Martha Emmons, Charlotte Goddard, Desiree Owen, Abigail Barnes, Julie Tennyson, women, candidates, Kentucky House of Representatives, Kentucky Senate,
Women Candidates in Purchase need love, support and most of all MONEY

Women candidates are stepping up in the Purchase running for the Kentucky General Assembly. One of their biggest problems is - what else - raising money. Maybe supporters are having problems figuring out how, where, how much to donate?

Here's how and where to send checks or donate on the web. At the end of the story are some links to help maneuver this election cycle. No photos. We wanted to make this story easy and cheap to print out.

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Mary Potter

Fancy Farm 2018 - top GOP electeds yet to confirm  | Fancy Farm 2018, politics, Kentucky politics,
Fancy Farm 2018 - top GOP electeds yet to confirm

As of June 25, Senators McConnell and Paul and Governor Bevin have yet to confirm attendance. Since none of the three are on this November's ballot, there's not much reason for them to attend. Except that barbecue...

For the current line up of speakers, follow the jump.

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Marshall County Republicans invite NRA President to Speak

NRA President Oliver North has been invited to speak by the Marshall County Republican Party on August 3rd. The event will be at Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State Campus.

Tickets are $50

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Alben Barkley Dinner in McCracken - August 2, 2018 | Fancy Farm 2018, Alison Grimes, Kentucky politics,

Alison Grimes speaking at the 2013 Barkley dinner - she will be back in 2018.
Alben Barkley Dinner in McCracken - August 2, 2018

The McCracken County Democratic Executive Committee will hold its 13th Annual Alben Barkley Dinner on Thursday, August 2, 2017 at Paducah's Walker Hall Event Center. The social hour will start at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner and speaking commencing at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Invited political speakers include local candidates for the Kentucky House, Kentucky State Senate, Secretary of State Alison Grimes, Attorney General Andy Beshear and Kentucky House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins.

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Graves County GOP Breakfast - August 4th

Graves County Republican Breakfast - Saturday August 4th at Graves County Middle School. Tickets are $20.

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Graves County Dem Breakfast August 4th

Graves County Dems will host a breakfast on the morning of the Fancy Farm Picnic at Mayfield High School.

Tickets are $15.

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Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles to Emcee Fancy Farm Political Speaking | Fancy Farm 2018, Graves County Kentucky, Ryan Quarles, Kentucky politics,

Mark Wilson, political speaking chair, has seen a lot of Fancy Farm speeches. 2018 Ryan Quarles will be the ringmaster.
Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles to Emcee Fancy Farm Political Speaking

(Fancy Farm, KY) This year, on the first Saturday of August, one of the country's best known political events will be emceed by the nation's youngest Statewide elected official. Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will act as ringmaster for the 138th annual St. Jerome Catholic Church Picnic's political speaking.

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Press Release

Community and Regional News

They're back - WSCK asking for 35% water rate increase | Clinton Kentucky, Middlesboro Kentucky, Water Services of Kentucky, water rates, Utilities, Inc., Kentucky Public Service Commission,
They're back - WSCK asking for 35% water rate increase
ATTENTION WATER SERVICE COMPANY OF CUSTOMERS!
********
Water Service Company of Kentucky, the water company that serves
Clinton and Middlesboro is asking the Kentucky Public Service Commission
for a 35.29% rate increase.

THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL!
We can defeat this request.
The more of us who protest, the louder our voices will be.
We need YOU!!
KENTUCKY PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
P.O. BOX 615
FRANKFORT, KY 40601
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Hands On History at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

WICKLIFFE, Ky - (June 2, 2018) -- Family-friendly activities related to archaeology, Mississippian Native American culture and the natural environment will be offered on Saturdays through the summer at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site.

Each "Hands On History Saturday" activity will be demonstrated by park staff for visitors of all ages and will include games, pottery, baskets, bow and arrows, gourds and more. Each session will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday July 28-Bundle Bags ($2 materials fee)

Visitors ages 8 and up will make a Native American bundle bag to take home.

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MADD Camp completes successful 4th year - with a lot of help from our friends | MADD Camp, art, music, dance, Murray Playhouse in the Park, Lisa Cope, Hickman County, Kentucky

MADD Campers danced, sang and stepped at Greatest Show on Earth performance.
MADD Camp completes successful 4th year - with a lot of help from our friends

Twenty five Hickman County students, grades 5 -9 put on the Greatest Show on Earth for MADD Camp 2018. They had lots of help from Murray Playhouse in the Park, local organizations and volunteers.

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Mary Potter

Editorials

History shows that governor has effect on local political organizations | Julian Carroll, Kentucky politics, Democrats,

Former Governor Julian Carroll now Senator Julian Carroll
History shows that governor has effect on local political organizations

Back in the day, Kentucky politics was controlled by either the "machine" or special money interests like big coal or railroads.

Governors Ford and Carroll built the Democratic local machine - Brown scrapped it.

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Ivan Potter

Déjà vu for Democrats this fall? | Kentucky politics, election 2018, Berry Craig, history, AFL-CIO,
Déjà vu for Democrats this fall?

"Republicans take the Kentucky House after 95 years of Democratic control," trumpeted a Lexington Herald-Leader headline on Nov. 8, 2016.

Similar headlines blared in newspapers from Paducah to Pikeville.

But reporters missed the rest of the story, which Democrats hope presages Nov. 6, 2018. While the GOP flipped the House in 1919, the Democrats grabbed it back in 1921.

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Berry Craig

Travel & Tourism

Rockin' out at the Museum  | Discovery Park of America, Elvis Presley, Union City  Tennessee,

Riley Jenkins, of Paris, TN will be playing Saturday, July 28th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Discovery Park of America during the "Rockin\' out at the Museum" event.
Rockin' out at the Museum

UNION CITY, TN- In honor of the current Traveling Exhibition, The Science of Rock N Roll, which is currently on display at Discovery Park of America in Union City, TN, the park is having a party Saturday evening, July 28th.

It's called Rockin' out at the Museum and the headliner is Riley Jenkins, of Paris, TN, a very popular and talented Elvis impersonator. The David Fontana Band will also play that evening.

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Mary Nita Bondurant, DPA

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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