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EXCLUSIVE: REDISTRICTING MAY CHANGE COVINGTON'S REPRESENTATION
The Covington City Commission may pass a resolution at its next meeting (January 3) to state their position against changing the boundaries of State Rep. Arnold Simpson's district in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Speculation is that Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder)'s district would be altered to come across the Licking River and swallow up most of Covington's urban core. Simpson, meanwhile, would likely watch his district drift south or west in territory unfriendly to Democrats. This change could hurt Covington's top legislative priority in Frankfort: funding for Gateway College's Urban Campus. Click the link for more.
TOLL TALK RISES FOR NEW BRIDGE
After a deal is struck between Kentucky and Indiana to build a bridge project in Louisville/Southern Indiana, talk about tolls turns to the new Brent Spence:
The idea of imposing tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge replacement has met fierce opposition from some local political leaders and members of the public, especially those in Northern Kentucky. But leading backers of the project say tolling must at least be part of the discussion about how to come up with the local funds that will be needed for construction. Replacing the overcrowded and functionally obsolete Brent Spence is estimated to cost $2.3 billion.Cincinnati Enquirer/Amanda Van Benschoten
GEOFF DAVIS'S REINS ACT MIRRORED BY BILL IN KENTUCKY
Outgoing Congressman Geoff Davis (R-Hebron)'s REINS Act (which will never become law) now has a Kentucky version filed in Frankfort:
A similar bill sponsored by Wuchner and Fischer in the 2011 regular session of the General Assembly didn’t pass the Democratically-controlled House. The new bill differs in that any new regulation deemed to cost the “regulated entities” more than $500,000 would require specific legislation from the General Assembly to become law. The previous bill would have delayed implementation of new regulations costing $500,000 or more so the legislature could review it.Cincinnati Enquirer/Scott Wartman
IF CRIT LUALLEN RUNS STATEWIDE, IT WOULD BE FOR GOVERNOR
The popular outgoing Kentucky State Auditor is perennially rumored to be seeking higher office. In 2014, it won't be for the US Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell:
“At this stage in my career, I think the next race for me if I decide to run for statewide race would be for governor,” Luallen said. “It would be difficult for me to do the work that I have done and attain the stature that I have attained over the last eight years and not feel like I was moving up.”More, including a video interview, at the link.
Luallen didn’t close the door on running for U.S. Senate in 2014 against U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, but she made it clear that she was looking more at the 2015 governor’s race.
ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT TO TAKE CENTER CITY ACTION PLAN SURVEY
Your input is an important part of this process. The CCAP is the latest plan to revitalize Downtown Covington, and you can help play a role in making sure that this one works:
If you come to Covington now, have ever come to Covington in the past or have never been to Covington, we need your input! We are asking for input and opinions from multiple people regarding Covington in general. The more responses to the survey from diverse groups of people, the better information and input we will have to act on the Action Plan and attract and retain visitors and residents.Find the survey at the link:
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|BB RIVERBOAT CRUISE TO REMEMBER '37 FLOOD
If you want to take a day long boat ride (8:00AM to 8:00PM) then here's your ticket:
Departing from Newport Landing, the boat will stop in Rabbit Hash and Rising Sun, Ind., before heading back to Newport. Breakfast and an evening meal will be provided. The cruise will feature activities on all three decks of the Belle of Cincinnati including lectures by historians, videos, oral history, photos, river music, recollections of the flood’s destruction and stories of community heroism.Though the vagueness of "an evening meal" causes concern, this sounds like a neat trip.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Stephanie Salmons
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ALREADY WRITTEN OFF KENTUCKY
The President's campaign manager has issued a video demonstrating six (of forty) possible paths to reelection, and not one includes winning Kentucky's eight rootin'-tootin' electoral votes:
Didn't Kentucky just sweep five Democrats to statewide office? Isn't the Bluegrass State at least worth a shot?
'PROGRESSIVE' IS MOST POSITIVELY VIEWED POLITICAL LABEL
The poll found that the term progressive is viewed positively by a majority of all partisan groups — including 55 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of Independents, and 76 percent of Democrats.The most negatively viewed label is 'socialist'. Interesting that both terms are interchangeable in the right wing media. Check out the full results at the link.
ANYBODY GOT OVER 312 MILLION CHAMPAGNE FLUTES?
That's how many Americans will be on Earth on January 1, 2012.
STAR 64 IS SAVED! INSIGHT STRIKES DEAL WITH SINCLAIR BROADCASTING
The UK games and all your favorite judge shows will continue to air in Northern Kentucky:
Northern Kentucky - I'm glad to report that Insight and Sinclair Broadcasting have reached an agreement to continue to deliver Sinclair's WSTR STAR 64 in Northern Kentucky to Insight's customers. Both companies decided to put customers first by avoiding an interruption in programming, and signed a deal that will guarantee continued carriage. Too often, these negotiations between broadcasters and television service providers break down, leading to a programming blackout. I am pleased we were able to reach a win-win solution for our customers.Ok, so now that that's settled, can we please get HBO GO? What are we? Barbarians?
Michael Willner - CEO, Insight Communications
Let's Keep It On
DO YOU DRIVE A SONIC? IT'S BEEN RECALLED
9 HARVARD DROPOUTS NOT NAMED 'ZUCKERBERG' OR 'GATES'
Woah, Bonnie Raitt went to Harvard?
8. Bonnie Raitt
Raitt enrolled at Radcliffe College, Harvard’s then-coordinate college, in 1967. The daughter of a Broadway musical performer, Raitt planned to major in African studies and travel to Tanzania to help “undo the damage that Western colonialism had done.” Those dreams were sidetracked when Raitt, a skilled guitar player, met blues promoter Dick Waterman in Cambridge. Waterman introduced Raitt to established performers such as Son House and Fred McDowell. Though Raitt had every intention of graduating, she took a semester off during her sophomore year to explore the possibility of a musical career with Waterman and became a star. Raitt signed a recording deal with Warner Bros. in 1970 and released her debut album in 1971. Raitt won four Grammy awards in 1990 and received Harvard’s third Arts Medal in 1997. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.Now that's something to talk about! Full list at the link.