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Vol. 10  No. 8 August 2018 (c)
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 9, 2018
ELECTION DAY: NOVEMBER 6, 2018

FrontPage News

2018 Fancy Farm Picnic: Snark on the menu again this year | Fancy Farm 2018, James Comer, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Andy Beshear, Kentucky politics, election 2018, Richard Heath, Democrats, Republican Party, teachers, KY120 united, education,

Red t-shirts on KY 120strong members - a sea of red
2018 Fancy Farm Picnic: Snark on the menu again this year

...A new group made its first appearance at the Stump Speak. KY 120strong, a pop up group of education, teacher, public employee advocates, hundreds came en masse to the Picnic...

They heard plenty of snark, zingers and partisan red meat serve ups.

For a vastly compressed round up of speeches and speakers, follow the jump.

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Mary Potter, WKJ photos

Dr. Bob Jackson named MSU interim president  | Murray State University, Kentucky, university, higher education, Bob Jackson

Dr. Robert Jackson led a $70 million dollar capital campaign for MSU.
Dr. Bob Jackson named MSU interim president

MURRAY, Ky. -- The Murray State University Board of Regents has named Dr. Robert Jackson interim president, effective August 16. A 1985 graduate of Murray State University, Jackson currently serves as the president of the MSU Foundation.

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Governor Bevin tells Murray crowd that no worries on charter schools | Governor Matt Bevin, General Assembly 2018, governor's race 2019, Murray,

Mayor Jack Rose greets Governor Bevin at Murray City Hall.
Governor Bevin tells Murray crowd that no worries on charter schools

...In answer to a confused Calloway Countian asking about charter schools, Bevin said he wasn't sure what Kentucky charter schools would look like because there are none yet. He said they would not be private. The potential exists that money allocated to existing schools will be divided up. If there are five schools where there were four, then the pot for each gets smaller. But, he said, if schools don't have students, they don't need the funds...

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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: Night before GOP event draws protestors | Marshall County, guns, Fancy Farm 2018, protests, Murray State University, Calloway County, Kentucky, mass shootings,

Anti gun violence protestor at Murray State August 3rd. GOP invite to NRA president Oliver North brought out opposition.
Fancy Farm 2018: Night before GOP event draws protestors

...Marchers who went to protest at Lovett Auditorium were met by barricades, a heavy police presence, with SWAT, fire truck and an ambulance standing by. Police faced the protestors and brandished handcuffs according to one participant.

One frustrated protestor was infuriated that police acted as if she and others there were the threat..

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Mary Potter, some photos submitted

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 August 11 - Pottery ($1 materials fee)

Discover how Native Americans of the Mississippian culture made pottery. Make and take home a pinch pot. Program for ages 5 and up.

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Editorials

Fancy Farm Picnic 2018: Quarles does himself no favors as moderator | Ryan Quarles, Fancy Farm 2018, Graves County Kentucky, Kentucky politics,

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles moderator of Fancy Farm Picnic Speaking
Fancy Farm Picnic 2018: Quarles does himself no favors as moderator

Fancy Farm Picnic Political Speaking 2018 is now in the rear view mirror. It is an axiom of getting on the platform and spending five minutes being heckled or applauded that one can do little to help oneself. But one can do much to hurt oneself....

This year, the What Was He Thinking Award has to go to Commissioner Ryan Quarles. The young Commissioner of Agriculture served as this year's moderator of the political speaking. Instead of being the reach across the aisle, work to get things done, Ag Commissioner we thought we knew, Quarles came off as a right wing attack dog.

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Mary Potter

Education

Graves County Schools' Paul Schaumburg named Administrator of the Year at KASA's 50th ALI | Graves County Schools, education, Mayfield, Paul Schaumburg

Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools, accepts KASA award.
Graves County Schools' Paul Schaumburg named Administrator of the Year at KASA's 50th ALI See the full story ...

Kentucky Governor Acknowledges Soldier Sacrifice

Bowling Green soldier returns home from Korean War | Kentucky, Korean War, soldier sacrifice,
Bowling Green soldier returns home from Korean War

PFC Joe Elmore, of Bowling Green, was killed in action in December 1950

FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 1, 2018) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War, but whose remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to his family in Bowling Green.

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Agriculture, Home and Garden

U.S. Hemp Roundtable Names Quarles 'Friend of Hemp' | agriculture, Kentucky, hemp, Ryan Quarles,

Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles at dedication of Hickman County Farmer's Market
U.S. Hemp Roundtable Names Quarles 'Friend of Hemp'

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (June 11, 2018) -- The United States Hemp Roundtable presented Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles with its "Friend of Hemp Award" at Kentucky Hemp Days during Hemp History Week...

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press release

Politics & Government

State Gov't spending record amount  | Kentucky, Kentucky politics, election 2018, Governor Matt Bevin, General Assembly 2018, budget,
State Gov't spending record amount
  • In the two-year budget period that ended last month, Kentucky state government spent a record $4.2 billion on personal service contracts, memoranda of agreement, and film tax incentives, and in the first month of the new two-year budget, a record $2 billion of state agreements were approved. That one-month total exceeds the $1.8 billion spent on those agreements in the entire fiscal year which ended June 30, and is the most ever approved in a single month.

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Kentucky Ethics Newsletter

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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