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(Columbus KY September 28, 2018) Minority Leader Rep. Rocky Adkins drove from Pikeville to Columbus Belmont State Park with a stop in Murray last Monday. The drive bisects the Commonwealth from the northeastern end of Kentucky to the farthest southwestern on the Mississippi River.
Adkins is on a mission. He is stumping for Democratic candidates with the goal of taking back the Kentucky House of Representatives which the Dems lost in the last two cycles. He has been on the road almost constantly since the General Assembly gaveled out in April 2018.
This past week he was in the Purchase appearing with two Democratic House candidates.
Kate Criner, Paducah Tilghman High School junior, has been named state champion in the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts high school writing contest. Criner's poem, "Admirable Abuse," earned her the state's first place designation in the poetry category...
That there are more new business and industry announcements coming out of Northern and Central Kentucky than out of eastern and western ends of the Commonwealth is not just paranoid imagining. No less a business friendly group than the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce found it to be fact.
A link to the latest Chamber business report follows..
"It's our 'house' reveal day at Symsonia Elementary School," said Principal Alison Gregory. "We're sorting our kids into five different houses that represent five different character traits. Our teachers spent a full day this summer collaborating on this project and talking it out...
The idea of houses within a school started with Harry Potter books. Ron Clark is a former Disney Teacher of the Year award winner. He started a charter school in Atlanta, Ga., with houses.
Dr. Paul Walker is visiting the widespread counties in the First District as he campaigns for Congress. Walker held a town hall meeting at Rotary Park in Clinton on Monday.
Wednesday, Walker will be in Fulton.
Clinton KY - The Fourth Annual Hickman County Heritage Days, September 5-8, celebrates the long and rich history of Hickman County, the first Kentucky county in the Jackson Purchase. Heritage Days are unique in the multiple groups that celebrate.
This year's theme is Art of Our Ancestors- in old songs, maps, history, old clocks, cars and food. Of course - food!
...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.
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.
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...
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.
...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..
MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State University President Bob Davies has announced his resignation, effective September 1. The University's Board of Regents is expected to move quickly to name an interim president to ensure a seamless transition as the University prepares for a national presidential search.
...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...
"The annual Fancy Farm Picnic has always been an important fundraiser for St. Jerome's Parish and West Kentucky. But the new Kentucky Republican tax plan means fewer dollars raised at this weekend's fundraiser will actually help the church, its parishioners and the people of West Kentucky. Organizers expect to pay $13,000 or more in new sales taxes this year because everything from bingo to the 5K is now taxed under the Republican majority's tax plan.
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.
BUT McCONNELL IS COMING
Senator Rand Paul's office said No to this year's Fancy Farm Picnic Political Speaking.
For the list of who's coming - and who's not coming - follow the jump.
- 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.
Great men and women in the recent history of writing state budgets worked hard to seek the higher path of balancing taxation and securing more revenue for the state. Initiative Economic strategies, better use of state resources, sound moral leadership and the willingness to work under great pressure was their calling cards that kept state budgets on level basis.
Now, with the Republicans owning the Kentucky House of Representatives as well the Senate, political leadership became lost in shadows of sex charges, cronyism, and downright malfeasance of official duties.
In walks Steve Rudy, (R )1st House District representative...
Judge Shea Nickell brings life of a Purchase favorite son to life in courthouse presentation
(Clinton, KY) - Those who watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus' misadventures as Vice President Selena Meyer in "Veep" don't question the short hand designation for her. That's too bad because the man behind the name is a classic American success story, rising from poverty to the halls of power.
Vice President Alben W. Barkley, the first "Veep," created the name because his grandson liked it. The media picked it up and as the cliché goes, the rest is history.
Barkley was a towering figure in American politics from the Great Depression of the 1930s through the Cold War in the 1950s...
WKMS is reporting that a Maryland company is looking to open a hemp plant in Murray. Building materials stronger than wood will be produced.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 23, 2018) - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her husband, Andrew Grimes, announced Monday that the Secretary is expecting their first child in December.
Graves County Republican Breakfast - Saturday August 4th at Graves County Middle School. Tickets are $20.
Graves County Dems will host a breakfast on the morning of the Fancy Farm Picnic at Mayfield High School.
Tickets are $15.
UPDATE: Calloway County Republicans are now listed as co-sponsors of the speech.
MSU campus will be closed in anticipation of the GOP speech. A silent vigil will be held by a group protesting the North appearance will be held on campus.
NRA President Oliver North has been invited to speak by the Marshall County Republican Party on August 3rd. The event will be at Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State Campus.
Tickets are $50
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