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Frankfort lobbying changes over time
Flocking to Frankfort: Lobbyists more than triple in 35 years
Frankfort lobbying changes over time
             "According to the Attorney General, in 1974 there were 215 registered lobbyists. Jewell and Miller report that by 1986, there were 440 registered lobbyists representing 531 organizations. Today, there are 643 registered lobbyists working for 657 employers.  
The authors report about $3.1 million spent on lobbying in the 1986 session and the five months leading up to it, and that was a time when the Legislature met in regular session for just 60 days every two years. By comparison, in 2008, businesses and organizations spent close to $15.7 million on lobbying, and $6.8 million to date in 2009, for an 18-month total of $22.5 million."   
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Lovely leaving League

Sylvia Lovely sent a letter to Kentucky League of Cities announcing that she's leaving to pursue other opportunities... the whole letter is after the jump.

...I will be leaving KLC as Executive Director effective January 1, 2010 to pursue other opportunities - which is exciting to me.  Though this is not an occasion for sadness, trust me I will get emotional about it.  You don't spend 22 years having the best job on earth without tears - you can bet on that!..."

After much prayer and consultation with those in whom I have great trust and respect, I have decided that the very best way to make my organization whole again is for me to move on after finishing some important work.  Mine is a position where what's most important is leadership and therefore what is best for my beloved KLC, staff and members.  And, this is it.

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PSC investigates water rate hike
Scott Quillen, wife Tamie and twins Alissa Marie and Nokin Elijah at Clinton PSC hearing. Scott said the family can't afford another penny for water.
PSC investigates water rate hike

Editor's Note: Stephen Woodward of the Middlesboro Daily News has been following the Water Services, Inc. water rate request story. Middlesboro has approximately 8100 customers in the system, compared to Clinton's 800. Stephen was kind enough to share his story. 
"...Spenard questioned WSC's Regional Director Martin Lashua about an expense report he had reviewed. According to a credit card receipt, Utilities, Inc.’s Vice-President / Chief Operating Officer Lisa Sparrow had dined at Del Francisco’s restaurant in Orlando, Florida, and spent $766.38 on her dinner, along with a $150 tip. Spenard asked Lashua how this expense related to water service in Kentucky, and he replied that it did not. Sparrow later commented via e-mail on the expense saying it was a recognition dinner for over 20 employees. But that information was not cited during the evidentiary hearing..."

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