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Everyone in America now knows that Trump groupie Governor Matt Bevin lost Tuesday's election to former governor's son and now Governor-Elect Andy Beshear. Everyone, that is, except Governor Matt Bevin.
Despite being the least popular governor in America, Bevin came within 5000 + votes of keeping his seat. Rural areas in the eastern and western ends of the state voted strongly for the incumbent.
There's an election on Tuesday. It's a limited ballot. With the exception of some local candidate replacement races, a Kentucky Supreme Court seat in the first district, only state executive branch offices are on the ballot. No sheriffs. No county judges. No state senators or state representatives. No presidents, senators or congressmen.
That's no accident. The General Assembly set it up that way.
The media and legal storms stirring around President Trump are impacting the economic future of West Kentucky.
Recently Rep. James Comer, KY R-Tompkinsville 1st Congressional District spoke to various Rotary and civic clubs in the Jackson Purchase Counties of far Western Kentucky. His main topic for these gatherings was about the current trade war with China. He descried it as "a battle that America must participate in."
"I don't like participating in it," he said. "If you ask me, if I support or oppose these tariffs, my answer is that I oppose them."...
There are three political issue driven parties in West Kentucky. One is the Democratic Party, mirrored by the Republican Party. Both of these institutions have been in play for about 50 years of tradition and issues. Each has established core beliefs on selected issues comfortable to a "white male voter" power base. A third group is just now taking shape. They are the independent/climate change/Trump resistance folks who are merging into a strong base outside the more traditional Kentucky political parties...
It happens every coupla years. The World Boxing Federation balloons in size. The inflation is caused when the "Fighters" in politics announce their purported level of spunk.
Bombarded by TV and radio political ads, a foreign visitor must wonder if any American politician is honest or all are just hacks. Political ads appear to bear no resemblance to the needs of Americans...
The Murray State University Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is this year's Bauernfeind Cup winner after having the most scholarly work published in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business between fall 2017 to fall 2018.
The department collectively published 29 peer-reviewed print journal articles, one book chapter and three peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and completed six presentations at peer-reviewed conferences. Topics included contemporary approaches of data mining, machine learning and advanced data analytics in accounting, finance and management.
Union City, Tenn.--Discovery Park of America and Magnolia Place Assisted Living announced today that Magnolia Place will pay for Discovery Park of America admission for all children 17 and younger as a way to pay tribute to and memorialize Jenny Kirkland.
Throughout the month of Jan. 2020 children 17 and under will receive free general admission to Discovery Park at the ticket counter or as part of a student group...
...BR 166, dubbed the hands-free law, would ban drivers from using mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers and other personal communication devices. The law would carve out exceptions for voice-activated programs such as GPS navigation and hands-free calling. BR 166 would also prohibit drivers from watching, recording or broadcasting videos...
Recently, I had a book crisis on hand. My Mary was having a major birthday in August. It was now late May and I couldn't figure out any new good gift for her.
She has everything she needs or wants, she informs me.
Yet, in many relationships, you always want to celebrate your soul mates birth into this world. The problem is and has always been, finding that very special gift...
Enter Parnassus Books...
Another friend has departed this timeline.
In today's (10-1-19) Paducah Sun, mention of Jerry L. Hoover's passing was made..
Jerry was one of those shoulders that modern West Kentucky was built on.
Businesses and organizations spent $15.7 million on lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly during the first eight months of 2019, which is up $1.2 million from the most recent short session year, in 2017...
For a list of the biggest spenders, follow the jump.
PADUCAH, KY (09/04/2019) Local singer, songwriter and musician Daniel Neihoff is just beginning his career, yet he is also a seasoned and well-crafted artist. His musical talent is sure to captivate the audience as he opens this year's Backstage Pass Series at West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Clemens Fine Arts Center Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Graves County Central Elementary School sixth-graders recently received Chromebooks for their school work.
At left, the district's chief information officer Jack Smith issues devices to (from left) Ellie Clark, Aleya Burnett, Evan Green, Edgar Garcia, and Hunter Carr.
The brothers in organized labor met the sisters of KEA, the un-union, at the Labor Luncheon in Paducah on Friday, August 2nd in one of the run up events to the Fancy Farm Picnic.
In 2019, brothers and sisters found common ground in their goal of making Matt Bevin a one term governor.
Music lovers mark your calendars! The Fifth Annual Old Hymn Sing will make a joyful noise on Friday September 6th in the Clinton First United Methodist Church sanctuary. Doors open at 6:15 and the singing starts at 7:00.
Rivals Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear didn't deliver knock out blows at the 2019 Fancy Farm Political Speaking. They did present vastly contrasting styles.
In short, one candidate is unhappy. The other is not.
(Fancy Farm 2019) - Rep. Richard Heath, (R-House 2- Graves and part of McCracken) wasted an opportunity on August 3rd. Instead of extolling the virtue of Graves County, the place he claims as his forever home, Heath launched into a grossly unamusing attack on candidates on the other side of the platform.
It was embarrassing. There is much good that Heath has been part of and witness to in Graves County. No one could tell it from his three minute speech.
(Fancy Farm Picnic August 3, 2019) 120 Strong got their front row seats again this year at the 2019 Fancy Farm Picnic...
While 120 members in the distinctive black t-shirts sat on the Democratic side of the Picnic Pavilion, several we talked to are registered Republicans. Governor Bevin attracted their wrath with comments about teachers that included calling them unconscious drowning victims who need to be dragged to shore.
Republicans and Democrats have breakfasts, dinner and special events scheduled from Thursday to Saturday.
Antique Tractor Show This Weekend Aug. 2-3
It's almost time for the 2019 Antique Tractor Show Aug. 2 and 3 on the grounds at Discovery Park of America in Union City (straight south from Mayfield on I-69 aka the Purchase Parkway). See over 100 of the coolest and oldest tractors from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky. It will be a great day to spend with your family.
There will be food vendors available, cooling stations and a great venue to explore as well.
"Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?' He said, 'The one who showed him mercy.' Jesus said to him, 'Go and do likewise." Luke 10:36-37
The way to love your neighbor is show mercy, to clean and bind up the wounds of the one beaten by robbers. But when was the last time you saw someone beaten up on the side of the road? Are there other ways to love a neighbor?
Is our climate, the climate here in Hickman County, changing? Perhaps this is a question we can get our heads around. "Climate change" and "global warming" are ideas too big for my imagination. There is no way I can experience "global warming." Because, well, it is global.
But I can experience a higher average temperature HERE. My imagination can understand more extreme weather in this little world right around Fulton and Hickman Counties...
(Clinton, KY) First District Representative James Comer is back in the Purchase for the premier political event in the Commonwealth's calendar - the Fancy Farm Picnic. While he's in the area, Comer is making the rounds of the counties on the farthest end of his district.
His focus remains on agriculture and rural issues.
Two women not generally known to be community activists have worked for over a year to bring a dream of a large mural from imagination to completion.
Fancy Farm Picnic 2019 almost here!
7/30/19 UPDATED: Senator McConnell has confirmed he will speak (then leave).
Senator Paul would rather go to a 3rd world country than come to Fancy Farm this year.
Party loyalists are already booking hotel rooms and setting up super secret squirrel meetings for the first week of August in the Purchase. Lots of partisan events to attend that week - plus the Lakes and the Discovery Park of America and the American Quilt Museum in Paducah and...and...and...BARBECUE!!
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