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Runaway slaves were always a serious problem. They were very valuable.
During an 1859 auction in Georgia a healthy "prime" male slave aged 22, a trained cotton field hand, had sold for $1,260 [$39,000 today]. By contrast an 11 year old girl at that same auction only cost $300 [$9,300].
October 27, 2022
...In response to a mailer accusing him of being an "out of touch socialist", Booker said:
"If people say that being out of touch and being a socialist means loving the people of Kentucky, wanting everyone to be healthy, you're tired of political games, you want to do the work of ending poverty, you can call me what you want. But in a few weeks they will call me a US senator and Kentucky will get the change it deserves."
October 27, 2022
Democratic candidate for Senate Charles Booker arrived in Paducah on the same day our mailbox belched out an oversized postcard from his opponent's campaign.
"If people say that being out of touch and being a socialist means loving the people of Kentucky, wanting everyone to be healthy, you're tired of political games, you want to do the work of ending poverty, you can call me what you want. But in a few weeks they will call me a US senator and Kentucky will get the change it deserves." Charles Booker in Paducah
In simplest terms, the mailer is sadly too small to be a cat box liner
October 25, 2022
Based upon the last 3 years of the Trump Presidency, White House actions disregard for constitutional law, and local political divisions, the following science fiction scenarios are offered as to the how a Fortress America could take shape and what it would look like.
October 4, 2022
Howard Dillard's funeral was a glorious celebration of a man who mentored younger men, who was loved by his family, church and the Masons he participated in for years. Howard taught and coached basketball and he used the sport to reach out to youngsters to steer them.
October 4, 2022
"Yes Howard, what is it?" I asked my friend Howard Dillard on Tuesday when he called me.
He wanted to tell me that his first campaign ad was finished. How excited he was to be starting full speed his race for mayor of Clinton. He just wanted to tell someone that he was hopefully going to be the next mayor of Clinton. We talked by cell phone in mid-afternoon, on a day of puffy white clouds and soft sunshine.
He was traveling on Highway 123 and would call me tomorrow.
It was the next morning that my wife, Mary, got a call from Shannon Payne, our City Clerk. When she hung up, she said sit down. She then told me that Howard died last night in a car crash, somewhere in a field on KY 123. (Later I learned he had a heart attack.)
Whatever else her next words were, I didn't hear. My world froze. My friend, who hours before was planning his last campaign, was no more.
August 16, 2022
Ivan Potter, Publisher WKJ
At a small crossroads of people and their way of life, called Fancy Farm, political history was made when a lone Democratic candidate named Charles Booker defeated a massive army of powerful Republicans.
With the absence of kingmaker Mitch McConnell and the "would be" next presidential candidate...
August 14, 2022
The award for the St. Jerome Picnic Political Speaking 2022 Snarkiest on the Platform had to go to Speaker of the Kentucky House Rep. David Osborne (R- 59 Oldham County), the Master of Ceremonies.
There was competition.
August 14, 2022
A new report from the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville forecasts significant lags in western Kentucky county populations through 2050. This is notably true in the Jackson Purchase where only McCracken County is projected to grow significantly Counties, especially Hickman County which may lose more than one-quarter of its current population, will experience significant population decreases. Graves, Calloway, and Marshall Counties will, according to the report, will do well to hold their present populations.
August 5, 2022
The first question I posed to Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colman Eldridge was one shared by many frustrated Democrats in Western Kentucky.
"How does the Democratic Party plan to turn Western Kentucky from red to at least purple?" The first African American Chairman of any political party in Kentucky has obviously been thinking about the subject...
Bishop William McAlilly, UMC Nashville Area
Words escape me today. Late yesterday, I received the news that Reverend Dr. Autura Eason-Williams was tragically and senselessly murdered in her driveway at her home as she attempted to prevent a car theft. Dr. Eason-Williams was in her second year as the District Superintendent of the Metro District in Memphis, TN.
Don't you get mad when politicians lie? The lies coming from those we elected to represent us in the U.S. House and Senate from the Kentucky Majority Party have such a record that we must research what they do opposed to what they say.
The entire Kentucky Republican Contingent we sent to Washington voted to overthrow the Government and to throw out and discard all votes of Kentuckians. Their chest thumping about their love for America wanes to the insignificant when their disdain for the wishes of Kentuckians is so evident...
Kit-Bacon Gressitt, research, Mary Potter
With post Civil War Reconstruction unpopular in the South, including the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Legislature came up with a clever idea to answer a labor shortage caused by losing 20% of its unpaid labor force. The answer was reviving and expanding the system of indentured servitude to orphans and poor children. State law created a system (complete with fill-in-the-blank forms) that empowered the County Judge to "bind out orphans, and children whose parents are incapable of bringing them up in moral courses."
If having the power of state government as center of all (like the Sun), then modern Kentucky politics has revolved around two planets (Democrats and Republicans) with the always rising and waxing moons of far left progressives and far right conservatives.
A president, facing a radically right-facing United State Supreme Court, goes to the American people calling for reforming the Court. This is President Joe Biden following the bombshell decision revoking the rights of women to have an abortion, right?
In fact, this was equally true of President Franklin D. Roosevelt eighty-five years ago in 1937. Led by a group of conservatives, referred to as the Four Horsemen, the Supremes had repeatedly overturned New Deal legislation designed to pull the nation out of the Great Depression in favor of private corporations...
The Founding Fathers knew the history of their ancestors' flight from the one stop one size fits all religion of Britain. The first words of the First Amendment to the US Constitution made sure there would not be an equivalent of the Church of England in America.
Or so they thought.
Editor's Note: With the US Supreme Court decision announced on June 27, 2022, the wall crumbled more. Authority figures can now lead prayer in public schools. What child can say them nay?
The question posed by George Humphreys in his look back at the Democratic political history of Western Kentucky Where Have All the Democrats Gone? is one that has more than one answer. No one factor edged the Democratic Party out of electoral seats in the Purchase..
The full list of what or who's at fault for the demise of Democratic Purchase power is best left to some future political science student looking to impress their prof with a delve into the dark path that Democratic politics has followed.
For this article, we look at modern Democratic leadership.
If former United States Senator and Vice President Alben W. Barkley could return 100 years after his losing the gubernatorial primary in 1923 in his first statewide campaign, this might be one of the first questions he might ask. Barkley, who grew up in Lowes, a small community located in Graves County, and Clinton, certainly would find it difficult to understand, as Berry Craig's recent Courier-Journal opinion column, that Democrats, who dominated Jackson Purchase politics for most of the 20th century, failed to file for any of the region's legislative races this year...
February 9, 2022
Editor's Note: The Fall of Kentucky's Rock: Western Kentucky Democratic Politics Since the New Deal was selected for a 2022 Kentucky History Award, presented by the Kentucky Historical Society. Congratulations, George!
George G. Humphreys' new book, The Fall of Kentucky's Rock: Western Kentucky Democratic Politics Since the New Deal, examines the roots of a region once believed an impregnable stronghold for the Democratic Party fell. ..."The development of the public power system in western Kentucky was critical to the development of the region. The availability of cheap, abundant electricity was a key to the federal government's location of the massive uranium enrichment (atomic bomb) facility outside Paducah in the early 1950s. Some suggest the choice to locate in Paducah was influenced by Vice President Alben W. Barkley, the former US senator from Paducah..."
January 25, 2022
Mary Potter, photos submitted
Following the December 10th tornado that devastated towns in western Kentucky and Tennessee, help has flooded in... Not all the help has been the same.
One group, Four Rivers Indivisible, has distributed over 1500 quality high filtration masks in January to Mayfield residents.
They can use your help to meet more needs.
December 13, 2021
Office of Mayor Cantrell
June 14, 2012 (Mayfield, KY) The second mural in the new series of murals planned by Mayor Teresa Cantrell will be completed this Saturday. The mural will be located on the west side of the D&D Shoes Building (formerly the Merit Clothing Company).
...Prints of the mural will be available for purchase at a special area set up on the courthouse lawn on Saturday evening during the Cruise-In and Summer Music Fest Concert. Prints are numbered, and Rudy Holmes will be on hand that evening to personally sign any prints that are purchased. The sale price for the prints is $25.00 and they are 11" x 17". Additionally, notecards with the mural design will be available for purchase as well
October 30, 2021
Gaye Bencini, Hickman County Times (reprinted with permission)
(Hickman) County to send formal protest to Dr. Stack's office (State Department of Health) in regard to Purchase District Health Department not providing services for citizens here..
The nurse and clerk were hired under contract instead of being hired directly under the Purchase District Health Department. "In other words, they were hired by contract where they would not be put in the state retirement system," he said.
He said both of them recently made a request to the director of the Purchase District Health Department to be put under the state's retirement plan. "We were assured at the local health board meeting, and I was assured at the district meeting, that these ladies would not be asked to take a pay cut."
October 30, 2021
Discovery Park of America press release
Discovery Park of America released details today about the upcoming temporary exhibit premiering at the museum and heritage park that will shine a spotlight on one of the most unique collections of globes and maps in the world. "The Fascinating World of Murray Hudson's Globes and Maps" will be on display in the museum's ATA Traveling Exhibit Hall Dec. 2, 2021-March 1, 2022.
Editor's note - Go. Go. Go to see this exhibit.
October 2, 2021
US National Park Service Facts
The Mississippi River is one of the world's major river systems in size, habitat diversity and biological productivity. It is also one of the world's most important commercial waterways and one of North America's great migration routes for both birds and fishes.
Barges and their tows move approximately 175 million tons of freight each year on the upper Mississippi through a system of 29 locks and dams.
October 1, 2021
The state of Illinois made a commitment of four million dollars to the Alexander--Cairo Port Project on June 2, 2021.
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