Young, old, political professionals, novices, lookers, askers, and fifth graders came to be a part of history. Columbus, Kentucky hosted almost two thousand visitors who came to take the measure of a presidential candidate. And John Edwards came to fulfill a promise and to give hope to rural America.
Shawn Dixon came home from New York to introduce Senator John Edwards at Columbus Event
Free catfish dinners and lots of politics at October 5th event at Columbus Belmont Park
Columbus Belmont Park is located 36 miles southwest of Paducah on KY 58 and KY 123/80. Here is an area map.
Columbus Belmont Park - site of John Edwards' town hall meeting - was once a strategic site in the Civil War. Union General U.S. Grant fought his first major battle at Belmont, Missouri, right across the river.
Some studies seem to indicate an increasing tolerance of gaming as an acceptable form of entertainment among U.S. citizens. This is especially true when the question is presented as a choice between gambling expansion and tax increases.
At the same time, studies on the effects of gambling on communities and individuals continue to encourage those who oppose gambling expansion including lawmakers, private organizations and individual citizens.
Today, the Kentucky Lottery brings in millions of dollars to the Commonwealth. The following stats are from their website: www.kylottery.com -
The Kentucky Derby was first run at 1.5 miles (2.4 km). In 1896, the distance was changed to its current 1.25 miles (2 km). On May 17, 1875, in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, a field of 15 three-year-old horses contested the first Kentucky Derby.
The 442 commercial casinos in 11 states in 2003 generated more than $27 billion in gross gaming revenue, up 2% from 2002. Even in 2001 — when 9-11 sacked tourism — casino revenue rose 6% to $25.7 billion. Sales are up 145% since 1993.
On October 4th, 12:30 pm CDT, at the Columbus Belmont State Park, Columbus, Kentucky, presidential candidate John Edwards will conduct a town hall meeting to discuss the issues facing rural America.
On Thursday, October 4th, Senator John Edwards will visit Columbus, Kentucky to meet with residents and answer questions about his plans to change America so that everyone, no matter where they're from, has the opportunity to work hard and get ahead.
I am thrilled to let you know that this afternoon the John Edwards campaign announced plans for a visit to Columbus, Kentucky on Thursday, October 04, at Columbus Belmont State Park. The Senator will come and hold a town hall style meeting with the citizens of Hickman county and the larger Western Kentucky area.
Early Kentucky financed public works with lotteries. A short history of gambling in the Commonwealth.
Candidates for governor offer opposing views of casino gambling. See what they say and get a short history of gaming in the Commonwealth. Gambling in Kentucky involves a fiery quote from a US Supreme Court Justice.
Update - Rudy Misses LaCenter Days Parade -
Republican Representative Steve Rudy missed a community event in the heart of his district. This time it is a whopping eight miles away from his family's farm business. Business leaders and media are beginning to wonder.
Rumors are circulating that the state Democratic party is courting Rudy to switch parties.
The fires of Fancy Farm, on the eve of the first Saturday in August, marked the beginning of the world’s largest political picnic.
The future of West Kentucky will be framed by the extent that broadband communications penetrate the 34 counties west of I-65. Presently, the counties and small towns are held captive by the business models of the 1960s and buildings of the 1930s.
West Kentucky is failing the 21st Century. Too many problems left over from the 20th Century pose a real threat to how the 32 counties west of I-65 will survive the future. These problems include:
Forward in West Kentucky is a 527 Organization.
Under federal law and regulations, a 527 organization has become a new and potential powerful voice for change within the American political landscape.
Fancy Farm, KY. August 2007. In the heat index of 107 degree August sun, this small town in Western Kentucky was the epicenter of a geo-political earthquake. The political earthquake struck at 2:35 p.m.
That was the moment in time that U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell hurried through his prepared remarks to avoid being booed off the stage by protesters. At that place and time, the political status quo was served notice that a new force in the American political landscape was making its bid for power.