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Students meet elected officials on Law & Gov't Day
Students meet elected officials on Law & Gov't Day

Note to Readers: Twelve Hickman County High School sophomores in the 2014-2015 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class made the rounds of government offices in Clinton last Thursday.

Courtney Cagle, a sophomore at Hickman County High School, filed the following press release.

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Effective Lobbying Tips from a Ky Legislator
Effective Lobbying Tips from a Ky Legislator

...I want to share a few tips on how to best utilize your limited time and be more effective in the time you will have here in these hallowed halls of the Capitol Annex..

Editor's Note - Rep. Meeks graciously shared a portion of his newsletter with us. Good advice for anyone who wants to get a point across to General Assembly members during any session -not just this short one. Well worth reading and sharing.

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SOAR-ing ahead
SOAR-ing ahead

On Monday, February 2, the Special License Plate Commission will consider a new license plate for SOAR - Shaping Our Appalachian Region.

If SOAR gets its own plate, it will be an ego-booster for a region seriously in need of a boost.

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Local Artist Works With Students
Local Artist Works With Students

This month's Student Showcase display in the Hickman County High School Library featured clay sculptures created by Melinda Paul's middle school students. To conclude this month-long focus on sculpture, pottery, and ceramics, the high school library recently hosted local artist and Arts Council member Danny Whitlock.

Since retiring fifteen years ago, Mr. Whitlock has developed his interest in throwing pottery and is now quite accomplished at his craft.

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Ford's legacy -  building a modern 20th century gov't
Ford's legacy - building a modern 20th century gov't

...By 1970, there were almost 300 separate boards, commission, agencies that operated outside the control of the Governor's Office.

Frankfort, KY at this time, was a state capital divided into two warring camps. Governor Nunn and the Republican Party held control of the operations of state government. Democratic Lt. Governor Wendell Ford was building a massive campaign structure for the elections of 1971...

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Right to Work Laws among oldest union busting tools

...RTW laws are calculated to undermine unions by enabling employees at a unionized workplace to receive union won wages and benefits without joining the union or paying the union a service fee. The idea is to discourage workers from joining unions, thereby weakening and ultimately destroying unions.

Not coincidentally, the states with the lowest percentages of union membership are right to work states. Nor it is a coincidence that they are among the poorest states in the Union.

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Fun on GOP side in May primary
Fun on GOP side in May primary

The spots for party primaries on May 27th are set. With the exception of a race for treasurer, the Dems will have a quiet time of it.

On the GOP side, four slates for governor promise a livelier contest.

We list the candidates, their hometowns and our brilliant analysis after the jump.

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Vice President Biden remembers Sen. Wendell Ford
Vice President Biden remembers Sen. Wendell Ford

VP Joe Biden eulogizes Sen. Wendell H. Ford - "His philosophy was summed up when he said, "why make a speech when you can sit down with your colleagues and work something out?"

For the VP's eulogy, follow the jump.

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Chuck Todd to be at MSU on Feb. 24th
Chuck Todd to be at MSU on Feb. 24th

MURRAY, Ky. -- Chuck Todd, NBC News' political director and the moderator and managing editor of Meet the Press, will be the speaker for Murray State University's 2015 Presidential Lecture Series. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 8 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium on campus.

Editor's Note - Last report, this event is still on for Tuesday evening.

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Three in a row: Graves County High School Academic Team wins district Governor's Cup championship again in 2015
Three in a row: Graves County High School Academic Team wins district Governor's Cup championship again in 2015

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Overpass collapse kills Kentuckian in Cincinnati
Overpass collapse kills Kentuckian in Cincinnati

An overpass collapsed in Cincinnati over the weekend shutting down southbound I-75 while chunks of concrete were cleared away. A Kentucky man, construction worker Brandon Carl, 35, of Augusta, was killed in the collapse. Another man was injured.

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Sen. Paul Urges General Assembly to Pass Amendment to Restore Voting Rights in Kentucky
Sen. Paul Urges General Assembly to Pass Amendment to Restore Voting Rights in Kentucky

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today urged the Kentucky General Assembly to pass a constitutional amendment to restore the right to vote for many nonviolent felons in the Commonwealth who have completed their sentences.

"Restoring voting rights for those who have repaid their debt to society is simply the right thing to do," - Sen. Rand Paul

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SB 1 - Right to Work legislation is first Ky Senate bill
SB 1 - Right to Work legislation is first Ky Senate bill

On the first day of this short session of the General Assembly, Republican leaders filed SB 1 - a right to work bill that looks very much like local ordinances.

Co-sponsors are Senate President Robert Stivers II, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, President Pro Tem David Givens, Majority Caucus Leader Dan Seum.

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Attack on Unions...Right to Work Strategy - 2015 Trend

A national right wing Republican friendly money campaign has targeted Kentucky as the next political ideological landscape to increase profits of large corporations.

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Regionalism...East KY vs. West KY- Trend Continues in 2015

Now, in the 15th year of the 21st Century, a new brand or concept of regionalism is taking shape in Kentucky. This new perspective towards economic development leaves behind the emphasis of federal-state-regional-local strata for a compressed regional-state-private model.

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Restructuring of Higher Education Regionalism
Restructuring of Higher Education Regionalism

...Currently, there are too many regional schools for higher education in Kentucky and its high levels of poverty. Add another regional university like U. of Pikeville and the money pot for higher education gets smaller..

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Restructuring of TV Watching - 2015 not to be a banner year for packaged television

The old satellite direct TV viewing is in a lot of pain. Costs for ESPN programming has become the primary costs for satellite TV viewing. This model is losing millions of potential viewers as new generations of TV watchers are turning to NEXFIX, pod casts, and computer movie streaming.

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New Year - New Challenges - New County Judges
New Year - New Challenges - New County Judges

The new year of 2015 must be a real new year for our region.

The most recent report on state growth puts the Purchase behind other areas of Kentucky in growth...

...New county judges from McCracken to Fulton have a chance to change the economic down hill slide. It's going to take a commitment that mirrors, but does not imitate SOAR, (Save Our Appalachian Region).

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Right to Work a Crap Shoot

Those prospective employers/businesses who state they do not want to come because of the lack "right to work" protections are the very ones we wish would go somewhere else. Businesses expecting a "permit" to hold employees in perpetual poverty should each and every one be rejected because WE RECOGNIZE OUR RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE CITIZENS OF FULTON COUNTY NOT CORPORATE PROFITS.

from Nettles' Letter to Fulton County Magistrates December 24, 2014

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General Assembly 2015...End of Federalism and Era of New Taxes- Trend for 2015

New local taxes, embattled within the new Home Rule laws, will be fought at the state and local levels. Local government will have to scramble to cover loss funding from the state and feds.

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Governor's Race the TOP story for 2015
Governor's Race the TOP story for 2015

Right next to Kentucky's mania with UK Sports is the mania for electing our constitutional officers. Normally, the race for Governor is the big show every four years. But in 2015, several new factors are at play in West Kentucky and across the state...

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 A Romanesque Revival: First Christian Church, Clinton, Kentucky
A Romanesque Revival: First Christian Church, Clinton, Kentucky

This story begins, as good ones often do, unexpectedly. My decision to take a random string of back roads from Memphis to a family reunion in central Illinois was driven by an urge to explore and treasure hunt the off-the-beaten-path antique stores that dot rural America. After a number of interesting stops, I found myself northbound on US Route 51, a highway with its own unique history, with the sun setting. As I pulled into the small town of Clinton, two thoughts came to mind; first, even if there are any antique stores they are bound to be closed by now and second, I need to keep moving anyway because, at the rate I am going, central Illinois may as well be central Wisconsin. However, logic and reason quickly went out the car window once I caught a glimpse of what looked to be an interesting piece of architecture...

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Low Road Economy No Path to Prosperity in Kentucky

...Proponents promise these laws will open the floodgates to new employment, but states that are right-to-work are not more effective at growing and attracting jobs. In fact, seven of the 11 states with the highest unemployment rates are right-to-work states, and 12 of the 15 states with the highest poverty rates. After Oklahoma passed right-to-work in 2001, its trend of growing manufacturing employment in the decade prior to the law was reversed.

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Arts Council celebrates 10th year with a birthday party
Arts Council celebrates 10th year with a birthday party

The Hickman County Arts Council, Inc. will celebrate its tenth year with a birthday party.

A potluck dinner complete with birthday cake will be held at the Young Center in Clinton on Tuesday, January 13th at 6:00...

The program for the evening will be a tribute to the Council's oldest member, Dorothy Nell Harper.

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Two MSU alums compete for $100,000 on Framework, 9:00 p.m CDT SPIKE 1-6-15
Two MSU alums compete for $100,000 on Framework, 9:00 p.m CDT SPIKE 1-6-15

MURRAY, Ky. -- Jessica Brown and Craig Bayens, two Murray State University alumni, will showcase their design and craftsmanship skills on the premiere of Framework tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. (Central Time) on SPIKE television.

Brown, a 2006 MSU grad, is from Paducah. She currently owns Lady J Designs.

Bayens, MSU '04, owns C. Bayens Furniture and Functional Designs in Louisville.

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