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Politics & Government

50 Year Generational Shift in West Kentucky Political Structure
Sen. Ken Winters, Calloway Countian one of three retiring
50 Year Generational Shift in West Kentucky Political Structure
In modern history, West Kentucky has never been a position for complete political and social change. Of the region’s four serving state senators, three have made plans to retire this year.

This same story of retirement is also a factor with the House seats of the Jackson Purchase and Pennyrile areas. Of the region’s six incumbent House of Representative members, four are retiring in 2012

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GOP Old Guard: The Tragedy of Ed Whitfield
Rep. Ed Whitfield addresses Lincoln Reagan Dinner in Murray
GOP Old Guard: The Tragedy of Ed Whitfield
(Murray, KY, March 17, 2012) - Lost within the glamour of the 2012 Purchase & Lakes Lincoln Reagan Dinner at the Murray State University Curris Center was the fact hardly anyone noticed the frail looking senior citizen at the forward table next to the speaker’s podium.
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Ky House Rep. Reginald Meeks- Issue No. 13
..A Conference Committee is already appointed and ready to start resolving any conflicts found between the House and Senate versions. Any compromise between the two versions of the budget must be agreed upon within the next few days and returned to both chambers for approval. Our 2012 session will come to a close on April 12th after the Governor has exercised a 10 day period that allows him to either sign bills into law or veto them. The end of our session could go out like a lamb – or a lion. With the weather we’ve been having, who knows? We’ll just have to keep our eyes open, watch carefully and read every detail...
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Republicans Strategize to Defeat Carroll Hubbard in Kentucky 1st Senate Race
Carroll Hubbard - GOP activists are out for his blood in November.
Republicans Strategize to Defeat Carroll Hubbard in Kentucky 1st Senate Race

(Murray, KY Mar 17, 2012) - On Saturday night, some 200 Jackson Purchase Republicans came to the campus of Murray State University for dinner. Many came for the speeches and prime rib.

Others came to plot strategy. They plotted on three levels: (1) defeat President Obama in West Kentucky (2) win control of Kentucky House of Representatives, and (3) how to defeat Carroll Hubbard.

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Sen. Ken Winters' Frankfort Report
FRANKFORT – While we passed several important bills this week, my time was dominated with review of the House’s proposal, House Bill 265, for the state’s two-year budget. The plan will be roughly $9 billion per year or $18 billion total. In that, the Senate proposal carries about 6.58% authorized debt which is lower than the House’s proposal of 6.8% and even lower than the Governor’s proposal of 7.1%. 
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Education

2012 Kentucky High School Mock Trial Competition – winning, losing and spotting Calipari
Defense lawyer Caity Kyle speaks with defendant Morgan Smith played by Cody Whitlock
2012 Kentucky High School Mock Trial Competition – winning, losing and spotting Calipari

(Louisville, March 17, 2012) Was Morgan Smith a cold blooded murderer who shot a former girlfriend, Christy Rose, down in the parking lot of her condominium?

Or was Morgan Smith defending his own life when the shot rang out that ended Christy Rose’s life?

Those were the questions that thirty one mock trial teams from all over Kentucky argued in Louisville last weekend.

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Editorials

What happens to the bees if Paul succeeds?
Bee on dogwoods - will s/he bee bee-come a thing of the past?
What happens to the bees if Paul succeeds?
At the risk of disagreeing with my other half on the seeming endless virtue of Rand Paul, I want to know what Senator Paul is going to tell the bees when he succeeds in killing off the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Community and Regional News

Second book of Ken Tucker’s Untouchables published

MURRAY, Ky. — In late December 2011, North Carolina publishers McFarland and Co., released the second edition of Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, the Historical Reality and the Film and Television Depictions, by Dr. Kenneth Tucker, professor emeritus of Murray State University’s department of English.

During the early 1930s, Ness gained fame as one of several men instrumental in putting Al Capone behind bars and inspired Chester Gould’s comic strip detective Dick Tracy.

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The Futurist's Corner

US - Afghanistan War over. China Wins
Ghengis Khan - conqueror of much of Asia and Europe.
US - Afghanistan War over. China Wins

U.S. Intelligence Scenario No. 9 “The Ghenghis Khan Gambit”

(Afghan border, sometime in the near future) - The rocks didn’t move but the darkness did. This part of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan was a no man’s zone of war torn rubble, overlaying centuries of weather beaten rubble. To call it an alien moonscape would be kind.

Just before dawn, many dark forms quietly move in harmony toward the outer ring of the new installation. Each of the shadows was determined to drive out the foreign devils behind the new fortress walls...

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