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A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 10  No. 1 January 2018 (c)

FrontPage News

Programs may be on the block unless Governor gets his way | Matt Bevin, Kentucky politics, 2018 General Assembly, legislature, budget,
Programs may be on the block unless Governor gets his way

Governor Bevin's proposed budget cuts 6.25% of state spending and will eliminate 70 state programs. He will negotiate. After his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday evening, his office issued the following statement:

"Gov. Bevin noted that some budget reductions could be avoided if the General Assembly enacts meaningful pension reform this session. Tax reform could also have significant impact and lead to a less austere budget.

A list of the programs on the chopping block follows.

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Mary Potter

Women's March Anniversary Celebration  | Women's March 2018, politics, women, Women's March 2017,
Women's March Anniversary Celebration

Paducah will be one of the sites of the one year anniversary commemoration of the Women's March.

The event will be held at the Cherry Civic Center from 1 - 4 on Sunday, January 21st.

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Future Shock: living in the eye of the storm

The fabric and tapestry of American cultural is complex as it is simple. Our daily life is woven and projected through time and space as a series of how we react to opportunities and challenges, as well as order and chaos.

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Ivan C. Potter

2018 General Assembly - off to a rocky start | General Assembly 2018, Governor Matt Bevin, pension reform, budget, Kentucky politics,

Majority Floor Leader Senator Damon Thayer and Governor Bevin
2018 General Assembly - off to a rocky start

On Tuesday, January 16th, Governor Bevin will depart from earlier executives and combine the budget address with a state of the state address to both houses of the General Assembly. His remarks will air on KET at 6:00 CDT.

It does not promise to be a fun session.

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Mary Potter

Coursey to run for Marshall County Judge Executive | Will Coursey, election 2018, General Assembly 2018, Kentucky politics,

Rep. Will Coursey, left, greets supporters at Democratic Bean Dinner
Coursey to run for Marshall County Judge Executive

Rep. Will Coursey of Symsonia will not be running for reelection. The 6th District Kentucky House member will instead run for Marshall County judge executive.

He's not the only Democratic House member leaving Frankfort after this session.

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Mary Potter

KYDOT prepares for round two of winter
KYDOT prepares for round two of winter

The District 1 Snow & Ice Team reports they have placed orders for 13,500 tons of salt with a price tag of $770,000. District 1 counties have also ordered 45,000 gallons of calcium chloride at about 86 cents per gallon. Crews used about 75% of their available salt supply over the last week.

The District 2 Snow & Ice Team reports they have placed orders for 9,500 tons of salt with a price tag of $535,000. District 2 counties have also ordered 64,450 gallons of calcium chloride at about 86 cents per gallon. That's more that District 2 crews used during all of the mild winter of 2016-2017.

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Keith Todd

Natural disasters already one of worst for billion dollar losses | natural disasters, United States, storms, climate,
Natural disasters already one of worst for billion dollar losses

According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.

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NOAA report

Community and Regional News

Local women in 2018 Emerge Kentucky Class | Emerge Kentucky, House of Representatives, Kentucky politics, General Assembly 2018,
Local women in 2018 Emerge Kentucky Class

Thirty women from seventeen counties and 19 cities are in the largest class in the Emerge Kentucky program.

Two Purchase women are in the class and on the ballot.

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Mary Potter

Editorials

Budget disaster for education - Dems

I'll cut right to it: Governor Bevin's proposed budget would be a disaster for Kentucky.

Not only is he proposing to eliminate funding to over 70 programs -- including Breast and Colon Cancer Screening, the Commission on Women, Teach for America, and the Bluegrass State Games -- but his budget will so severely cut public education across the state that it will never recover.

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Ben Self, Chair KY Democratic Party

Education

81st Annual Campus Lights "Into the Woods"
MURRAY, Ky. -- The 81st Annual Campus Lights, a long-standing Murray State University tradition, will take place Jan. 19-20 at 7 p.m. as well as Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south.
This year's musical, "Into the Woods," begins with a baker and his wife wishing for a child ...
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The Futurist's Corner

Kentucky Political Opportunity Timeline

The "Window of Opportunity" for Kentucky leadership to leverage major forces of change into a successful strategic action plan to either keep power or take power, is from January of 2018 through November of 2020. These 27 months will be critical to transforming West Kentucky's political platform model.

At stake is who or which political party will have the power to draw state and federal political districts in 2021 and set the stage for moving Kentucky political leadership into the 21st Century.

The Futurist predicts...

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Ivan Potter Geographer and futurist West Kentucky Journal

Politics & Government

Bill would give local governments more revenue options

FRANKFORT--Cities, counties, school districts and other local government entities would have new ways to increase investment revenue under a bill approved today by the House Local Government Committee.

Editor's Note - It is dire days in Frankfort when a bill sponsored by a Democratic lawmaker makes it out of committee and to the full House.

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Robert Weber, LRC

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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