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During Women's History Month - remembering Susan Clayton, activist, philanthropist.
...Ms. Susan attended Marvin College here in Clinton and was a classmate of and at one point engaged to Alben W. Barkley, who later became the senior U.S. Senator from Kentucky and then Vice President of the United States...
...Ms. Susan willed twenty-five million dollars "to [her] beloved country, the United States of America, to be used in retirement of the national debt."
Rep. Attica Scott, (D-KY House 41) was the keynote speaker at "Black Women in Politics" a celebration of Black History Month in Mayfield last Sunday, February 24th . Scott was one of six legislators who ran in 2018 unopposed. It's her second term in the Legislature...
...Rep. Scott is especially interested in restoration of civil rights to former felons. She firmly believes that "People deserve a second chance." The statistics are disheartening: One in four black men doesn't have their rights back after incarceration...
The end of a historic electoral career will come to an end in 2019 with few fireworks and it looks like very few protests. The election of the first African American woman to the highest office ever held by an African American woman should have been a earth shaking event. It should have been. But it was not...
I wish she had been louder. I wish she had been pushier. I wish she had made more headlines.
Hell, I wish she'd been a Democrat.
In the 2019 race for commissioner of agriculture, incumbent Ryan Quarles is running for a second term. He's drawn a challenger in Bill Polyniak on the Republican side.
On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Robert Haley Conway and Joe Trigg.
2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. It's a year with guaranteed low voter turnout.
In the race for treasurer, incumbent Allison Ball is running for a second term. She's the only candidate on the Republican side.
On the Democratic side, there are two candidates: Michael Bowman and Josh Mers.
2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky...No local races that bring out friends and families of candidates.
In the race for auditor, incumbent Mike Harmon is running for a second term. He's the only candidate on the Republican side.
On the Democratic side, there are four candidates:
2019 is a year for candidates with great name recognition and/or big families. Turnout will be key.
In the race for attorney general, incumbent Andy Beshear is running for governor. That leaves an open seat.
Three candidates are vying for the job.
2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky.
In the race for secretary of state, incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes, is not running. That leaves an open seat. Eight candidates are vying to become the next Kentucky Secretary of State.
2019 is an unusual election year in Kentucky. There are no national offices on the ballot - no president, no congressional offices, no races that send a winner to Washington. There are no local races...
It should come as no surprise that the top of the tickets will get the most attention. With an incumbent in the governor's office, this election will be in large part a critique of Governor Matt Bevin's leadership.
Clark Elementary students received recognition for their entries in the McCracken County Conservation writing contest. Clara Pierce won first place, Bailey Beyer won second place, and Max Tolar won third place. The theme was soil conservation. Students were asked address the topic in a creative way.
Entries were submitted to the conservation office and they selected winners from each school.
...Last week we were trained to be ethical. You'll remember, 2018 began with the scandal of legislators playing fast and loose with female staff members. This year, it's a different scandal: What happens when an election is concluded, but the losing side refuses to accept the vote of the People? Some have called it attempting to steal an election, but hey, that'd be impossible in 2019, right? This is still Kentucky...
Last month, NPR's Investigation Unit with help from the Ohio Valley ReSource broke news that federal regulators failed to prevent an outbreak of the worst form of Black Lung Disease, an outbreak that now affects more than 2,000 miners.
Tonight FRONTLINE from PBS will air a special program, "Coal's Deadly Dust." The program depicts the rise of an aggressive form of black lung disease plaguing thousands of coal miners across Appalachia - and how federal regulators and the industry failed to protect miners. You can see the trailer of "Coal's Deadly Dust" here.
It's eye-opening reporting. Be sure to watch. Tonight @ 9:00 on KET, NPT or WSIU.
UNION CITY, TENN. - The world's most famous skyscrapers engineered and built out of LEGO bricks are now on display at Discovery Park of America (DPA) in Union City, Tenn. All the way from Melbourne, Australia, "Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks," has arrived in this small Northwest, Tenn. town, and it is only the third time this exhibit has been on display in the United States.
"Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks" will be on display at DPA through May 5, 2019. The cost to see the exhibit is $4.95 with park admission.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2019) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida.
Former Staffer Alleges Sexual Assault, 'Nearly Daily Touching'
By Ky. Rep. Jeff Hoover In Sealed Deposition
Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting digs into the allegations against Rep. Jeff Hoover
Follow the jump directly to their site for the report.
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.
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.
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.
Primary Election: May 21, 2019
General Election: November 5, 2019
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.
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.
"Except as otherwise provided, repeal, reenact, and amend the following sections: amend KRS 6.505 to provide that the "inviolable contract" shall not apply to legislative changes to the Legislators' Retirement Plan (LRP) that become effective on or after January 1, 2019;...
Dec 17, 2018 - introduced in House; to State Government (H); taken from State Government (H); 1st reading; returned to State Government (H); posting waived
ICYMI - FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2018) - The U.S. Department of Commerce has selected Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an economic development delegation to India in mid-January to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, also providing an opportunity to discuss and promote Kentucky as a must-see location for corporate investment and job growth.
The delegation, which includes the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and co-leaders of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, will strengthen ties with national and state government leaders, industry groups and individual businesses in one of the world's largest and fastest growing economies.
The Kentucky General Assembly begins meeting on January 8th - 11th. Then the legislators take off until February 5th. So the Governor can toodle off without a care. (This is not a budget session and the Governor's party firmly controls both House and Senate.)
Follow the jump to an announcement from Phoenix Paper Wickliffe LLC regarding the application process for maintenance and operator positions. Interested candidates must visit the Kentucky Career Center located at 416 South 6th Street in Paducah to submit an application. For now, the company will select candidates with the following hire-based qualifications:
- a minimum of 10 years experience in the paper industry
- a minimum of 10 years experience in manufacturing
Just over two years ago, October 1, 2016, to be exact, I began serving as the second president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC)...
...We need all hands on deck to realize what we already know - that the west region of the Commonwealth, and surrounding areas in Illinois and Tennessee, have untapped talent and potential to match its unique beauty, resources, and culture of the arts...
So, the adults are having the most fascinating conversation EVER and you're straining to filter out your cousin's account of his highest of video game score and your little sister's whining that she hates turkey dressing. They're talking about family secrets and family histories and why Uncle Bill's name got put in the newspaper....
That's the feeling a packed house of 200 plus adults had last night listening to Jon Meacham interview Michael Beschloss on his newest book "Presidents of War." The conversation was a joint effort of the Nashville Library and Parnassus Bookstore.
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