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While there are more lobbying interests represented in Frankfort, the number of lobbyists has decreased by eight percent in the past 10 years, indicating the growth of lobbying firms which represent multiple clients.
...Last year, the top 10 lobbying firms employing a total of 44 lobbyists, earned $10.8 million of the $18.7 million in compensation paid by businesses and organizations for legislative lobbying. So, seven percent of the 601 registered lobbyists represented almost half the lobbying employers and earned 58 percent of the compensation.
From the amounts earned, all lobbyists in 2016 paid $894,000 in expenses, including rent, phone, research and administrative assistance, food, lodging, and transportation...
...Lobbying continues to be a growth industry, as overall spending is up 11 percent from 2014, and compensation has more than tripled over the past 20 years, up from $6 million in 1996. Meanwhile, the number of lobbying employers has increased by 35 percent -- from 448 in 1996 to 694 businesses and organizations registered today. The top lobbying spenders and the amounts spent in 2016 are: Kentucky Chamber of Commerce ($281,378); Altria Client Services and its affiliates, including Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco ($274,358)....
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a grassroots organization, will have a meeting at the McCracken County Library in Paducah on Wednesday evening February 1st from 7:00 - 8:15.
Bicycle Safety was the focus during physical education class for Graves County's Wingo Elementary School's 4th & 5th graders recently.
(Paducah, Ky.) Jan. 24, 2017 -- When the expanded NICU opens next month at Baptist Health Paducah, it will have a new name - the John and Loree Eckstein Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The Ecksteins provided the lead gift for the $3.2 million project. A grand opening and dedication ceremony, followed by tours of the new unit, will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Larry Barton Atrium.
Abbie Barnes, Leigh Ann Dycus and Julie Tennyson of Paducah, Lynn Pryor of Hopkinsville and Victoria Golden-Thompson of Bowling Green are among 26 in the new Emerge Kentucky class.
That buzzy euphoric feeling inspired in millions that participated in the 600 plus Women's Marches is beginning to dissipate. All over the world, participants are asking themselves - now what?
There are places and organizations for those ready, willing and able to keep that feeling going.
Former Governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue will be nominated to be the next federal secretary of Department of Agriculture. Trump got to know Perdue when he served as part of Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his recent presidential campaign.
If you're following the Kentucky General Assembly on Twitter or Facebook (#kyga17), then you know that last week was historic.
Four of the seven bills passed and signed by Gov. Matt Bevin had the Bluegrass Institute's influence stamped all over them...
"A hearty thanks to the Bluegrass Institute, who set the ground for the bills we passed this week," said Louisville Representative Jason Nemes, one of 28 new legislators to win office in the historic November election...
(Murray, KY January 21, 2017) - Around 800 showed up to participate in the March for Equality and Social Justice in Murray, one of 600 sister marches to the Women's March in Washington DC.
The March drew from all ages and backgrounds.
(Murray KY January 22, 2017) - Union members showed up at March for Equality and Social Justice with one thought in mind: Register their displeasure with the Kentucky General Assembly and Governor Matt Bevin.
(January 21, 2017) Wow! Over 500,000 women gathered in Washington D.C. on this day to send a direct message to the newly elected 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. Their voices were spoken as one when they roared their resistance to Trump's election, administration taking shape, and why he has declared war on women's values...
The roster of speakers at the January 21st Women's March shows a variety of backgrounds, interests, perspectives.
The Saturday March for Equality and Social Justice in Murray Kentucky was at its core a political statement. The people there, women, men, youth and children walked and carried signs expressing opinions...
There were words said that can be repeated in church. There were words that can't.
With all the words written, spoken, chanted, there was a word that was not said, not on a sign, not on the march, not from the bed of the flat bed truck that served as a speaker's platform.
Students honored this year come from a number of high schools in the region: Ballard Memorial, Calloway County, Carlisle County, Fulton County, Graves County, Hickman County, Livingston Central, Marshall County, McCracken County and Trigg County in the Purchase Region; Caldwell County, Christian County, Crittenden County, Hopkins County Central, Hopkinsville, Lyon County, Madisonville North Hopkins, Muhlenberg County and Todd County in the Pennyrile Region; and Henderson and Webster County schools in the Green River Region.
Wingo Elementary 3-6th graders recently participated in "The Pillowcase Project" which is sponsored by Disney.
The state is seeking a new operator for the now shuttered Beaver Dam rest area.
Site visit for interested parties February 8, 2017 (use restroom before you go)
Bidding closes March 8, 2017.
Scheduled opening date- July 2017
Follow the jump for more information
As power of the White House is being transferred over to the Republicans, a well known Kentucky Democrat, Jerry Abramson is coming home.
Above: Graves County 4-H Club members (front row, from left) Shelby Phillips (Graves County Middle School), Ryan Hayden (Fancy Farm Elementary), Micah Hall (GCMS), (back row, from left) Isabella Byassee (Graves County High School), Jamie LeMay (GCMS), Connor Wilson (GCMS) and Zacharie Lamb (GCMS), along with their coach, Graves County Extension agent for 4-H Tracey Tashjian, returned from the 2016-2017 Future City competition in LaGrange, Ky., Jan. 16 with a first place award in the regional contest vs. 48 other teams.
Lowes Elementary School students collected some 3,000 pounds of canned food to help families in need during the 2016 Christmas season.
The GOP controlled General Assembly has jumped into the university board controversy with SB 107.
It is the provision in Paragraph 4 that should send higher ed managers running to their legal counsel, their legislators and their lobbyists. As written, that paragraph gives a governor the power to abolish a board if it cannot play well together.
Time for other state higher ed administrators and college and university educators to pay attention to this first draft of legislation.
Frankfort, KY - Jose Roberto dos Remedios, senior at Paducah Tilghman High School, has been named one of ten outstanding high school males nominated by the state of Kentucky for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Republicans controlling the Kentucky General Assembly had a busy week making good on campaign promises. This is the first time that Republicans have been in charge in 95 years.
The first seven days of the historic change in power in Kentucky was marked by the passage of seven bills by the Kentucky General Assembly:
- Senate Bill 12 gave the Governor leave to reorganize the University of Louisville board of trustees by establishing a new, 10-member board...
Legendary broadcaster Ed Taylor, his professionalism, talent remembered over the course of 40 years of friendship
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2017) - Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell Soldier, Spc. Isiah L. Booker, of Cibolo, Texas, who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
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