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Murphy files for 1st District House seat
Michael R. Murphy files for First District Ky House seat.
Murphy files for 1st District House seat

Former McCracken County Attorney, Michael R. Murphy of Paducah, filed papers Thursday with the Kentucky Secretary of State to run for State Representative, District #1 in the forthcoming Democratic primary.

District #1 covers Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard and a portion of McCracken County.

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Jesse Wright files for rematch with Heath
Jesse Wright files for rematch with Heath

Democratic House hopeful Jesse Wright of Mayfield says attracting industry is his top priority.

A "right to work law" is the way to do just that, claims his opponent, second district Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield.

Wrong, says Wright, who has earned a unanimous recommendation for endorsement from the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council.

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'No buts Democrat' Ramey aims to oust pro-RTW Republican Imes
Candidate for 5th District House seat David Ramey
'No buts Democrat' Ramey aims to oust pro-RTW Republican Imes

David Ramey of Murray calls himself a "no buts Democrat."

"You hear people say, 'I'm a Democrat but,'" the Fifth District state House of Representatives candidate explained. "I'm a no-buts Democrat.

"I don't apologize for being a Democrat. The Democratic Party has a history of fighting for the working men and women of this country. And I'm proud to keep making that fight."

The western Kentuckian is challenging State Rep. Kenneth Imes, a Murray Republican who favors "right to work" and opposes the prevailing wage...

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Inside Kentucky's Unregulated, Private Probation Industry
Probation monitoring costs can vary county by county.
Inside Kentucky's Unregulated, Private Probation Industry

ELIZABETHTOWN -- Getting busted with a small amount of fake marijuana led to a more expensive lesson in criminal justice than Timothy Lee Cook could have imagined.

Cook, 54, agreed to a plea deal in Hardin County District Court last summer that kept him out of jail, but cost him $186 in fines and court fees. He couldn't afford it himself. Bedeviled by mental disorders, he hasn't held a job for more than 20 years. His 74-year-old mother put up the money.

Now Cook is tasting the cost of probation. Every month for two years, he has to pay a $25 monitoring fee to a company that serves as a privatized probation agency. Had he been arrested in one of the many Kentucky counties that monitor misdemeanor offenders themselves, the service wouldn't have cost him a dime. And if Cook's probation company had based its fee on his ability to pay, as district judges are supposed to ensure, his monitoring would be free or discounted.

Cook's was one of 38,780 state misdemeanor cases that ended with probated jail sentences in 2015. How many of those went to private companies is anyone's guess because no one keeps track. The companies operate under no contracts, no legal agreements with the state, counties or the courts they serve. No one in the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts knows how many such companies operate in the state, which counties they serve, how many defendants they monitor or how much they charge. No state agency monitors the monitors....

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Politics & Government

Kristen Branscum Named Kentucky Travel and Tourism Commissioner

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The new commissioner of the Department of Travel and Tourism is Kristen Branscum, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson announced today.

Branscum, a native of Russell Springs, most recently served as the head of marketing for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture since 2012.

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Charles Hines Named Branch Manager of Internal Affairs for Department of Corrections
Charles Hines will head DCC Internal Affairs.
Charles Hines Named Branch Manager of Internal Affairs for Department of Corrections

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2016) - Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson today announced that Charles Hines has been appointed to branch manager of the agency's Internal Affairs. Hines assumed his new duties on Jan. 1.

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Donald Trump - a platform years in the making
Donald Trump - a platform years in the making

Donald Trump has been working toward running for president for years. As of 2012, he had plans for America -

...entitlement programs. Mr. Trump isn't afraid of this sacred cow. For example, "If we slowly increased the full retirement age to even just 70, one-third of the $5.3 trillion shortfall would be eliminated right away," he writes of Social Security. From "Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again" Donald Trump published 2012

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Happy First Birthday Citizens United!
Citizens United, the SCOTUS decision to allow anonymous political ads is one year old.
Happy First Birthday Citizens United!

WASHINGTON - On the eve of the anniversary of one of the most corrosive decisions to U.S. democracy by the Supreme Court--Citizens United-- Representatives John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) are leading a group of 168 House Democrats requesting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increase transparency in U.S. elections.

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Ted Cruz - his 12 step plan
Sen. Ted Cruz - photo from www.tedcruz.org
Ted Cruz - his 12 step plan

From his website -

Ted Cruz's Growth and Jobs Agenda is a 12-step plan to get America working again:
1) Repeal ObamaCare.
2) Kill Cap and Trade.
3) Stop the National Labor Relations Board from Attacking Jobs in Right-to-Work States.

etc.. etc.. etc...

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