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Vol. 8  No. 5 May 2016 (c)

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A personal appraisal of modern KY governors

During my career with Kentucky state government, I served as non-merit employee for four Governors and two Presidents.

What follows is my personal assessment and professional ranking of the overall impact to moving the state of Kentucky forward.

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Ivan Potter

Kentucky Governors: Studies in Failure of Command

Trying to make sense out of Frankfort politics is like watching three people fighting each other to seize control of the surf board they are standing on - as it races toward the beach during a hurricane.

This image is fine if you are watching a rerun of The Three Stooges. However, this scenario is deadly if you want elected leaders to provide leadership during this era of wave after wave of political, social, military, and economic storms.

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Ivan C. Potter

Leach logs miles on West KY campaign | Ron Leach, Democrat, US Senate, Rand Paul, Graves County, Kentucky
Leach logs miles on West KY campaign

(Mayfield KY) - I doubt Democratic senatorial hopeful Ron Leach will get much of a trade in for his 2015 Ford Focus.

The ex-Green Beret medic-turned-physician's-assistant-on-civvy-street has logged more than 12,000 campaign miles in his little compact car since he tossed his hat in the ring on January 26.

The Brandenburg resident was back in westernmost Kentucky Saturday. He spoke to the newly-elected Graves County Democratic Executive Committee in Mayfield. Leach also dropped by the annual Earth Day celebration in Paducah.

"I have made three trips and spent a total of seven days in the Purchase region," said Leach, a retired Army major who served 21 years on active duty and eight years in the National Guard.

He is also a veteran of four combat tours -- two in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.

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Berry Craig

Sen. Paul pushes Economic Freedom Zones

Sen. Rand Paul filed an amendment to H. R. 2028 the Energy Policy Modernization Act.

The amendment would create "economic freedom zones" from some government regulations and taxes. The effort, needing 60 votes to pass, failed on a vote of 35-62.

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Mary Potter

Kentucky General Assembly 2016 session ends.

FRANKFORT -- The Kentucky General Assembly's 2016 regular session ended on Friday, April 15, shortly before midnight, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state's next two-year budget and numerous other measures that will impact people throughout the state.

Most new laws - those that come from legislation that don't contain emergency clauses or different specified effective dates - will go into effect in mid-July.

A partial list of bills approved this year by the General Assembly follows

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Robert Weber, LRC

Community and Regional News

TN General Assembly reduces UT Martin Match for new STEM building

Closer to reality - STEM building closer to reality thanks to change in match
TN General Assembly reduces UT Martin Match for new STEM building

MARTIN, Tenn. - A highly sought-after Science and Engineering Building is closer to reality at the University of Tennessee at Martin, thanks to a change in the university's required match to fund the project. The match reduction from 25 percent to 10 percent was led by State Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and is the first of its kind in Tennessee government.

Editor's Note: This is interesting for two reasons: (1) Students from our area enjoy reciprocity with TN students and (2) A TN legislator went to bat for a university and got results.

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Bud Grimes, UTM

Writers Day to honor local writers  | Hickman County Arts Council, Hickman County Library, Writers Day, writing, Robert Penn Warren
Writers Day to honor local writers

The Hickman County Library and the Hickman County Arts Council will sponsor a program on April 26th from 3-5 honoring local writers in the Library located just off Mayfield Road in Clinton. Local writers, among them students, teachers and media, are encouraged to bring work to share.

Writers' Day in Kentucky was created to honor Western Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren.

Short readings of Warren's work and others will be followed by a reception. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Mary Potter

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

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal

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