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ARNOLD SIMPSON OPPOSES CHANGES TO COVINGTON STATE HOUSE DISTRICT
And he says it's not because he has held the seat since the 1994 election. The Democrat from Old Seminary Square argues that ceding any portion of Covington's Licking Riverside & Eastside neighborhoods could potentially disenfranchise voters and potential candidates down the road if their representative in Frankfort is from Campbell County. The state legislature reconvenes Tuesday and redistricting of state house and senate seats in addition to Congressional Districts will be a top priority. For Simpson's full remarks, click the link.
SEE ALSO: As the redistricting of Covington continues to unfold, The River City News has brought you many sides to the story. The Covington City Commission intends to pass a resolution in opposition to the proposed change at its next meeting on Tuesday. Also, Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder), who would take over representation of multiple Covington precincts, says he would be honored to be a voice for the city in Frankfort. For remarks from Keene and Covington City Commissioners, click the link.
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TOP PRIORITIES FOR KENTUCKY DURING GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION
One never knows how many of the pressing issues facing our state will be addressed when these folks get together for a couple months starting tomorrow. For example, in spite of the economic situation the state faces (like the rest of the country), some lawmakers would like to wage class warfare by wasting time debating on whether we should drug-test welfare recipients. Click the link for the top issues that will be considered this session -- it is your duty to know what is going on in the state legislature. It is a very powerful political body that not enough people pay attention to.
AT LEAST WE CAN COUNT ON INDIANA TO CONSIDER DUMBER LAWS
Some nationalist right-wing idiot state senator in the Hoosier State wants to waste taxpayer money by forcing Indiana's state legislature to consider a bill that would require performers of the national anthem to sing it only in ways deemed "appropriate". It's a damn shame when lawmakers do shit like this and take jobs away from writers at The Onion because unfortunately this is no joke:
Becker said she would expect the guidelines to require that the national anthem be sung with the usual lyrics to the traditional melody -- "the way that we normally have it sung or heard throughout most of our state and our country." Becker said she authored the bill after a constituent called her last spring upset about a school program in which the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner" were substituted or parodied in a way the caller found disrespectful. The senator said she herself had heard parody versions of the national anthem on television programs. "Sometimes it's just done in a joking manner," she said, "but I don't think the national anthem is something we ought to be joking around with."Read the whole thing to see just how out-of-touch with reality some elected "leaders" are. How embarrassing. How pathetic.
SEE ALSO: Remember when a school district in Indiana had to apologize to a black student after this performance of the national anthem was criticized for being too... well, you know (but
The school later apologized for asking the student not to sing that way once national media called them out:
"They just let everyone know it's OK the way I sing it and that they were wrong, and they apologized for it," Warfield-Cross said. "Everything is resolved now. We got our apology, and before I sing the national anthem again, our principal ... he's going to introduce me to the school."WRTV via Raw Story
DRUG TESTS FOR WELFARE RECIPIENTS AND LAWS ABOUT HOW WE ARE ALLOWED TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. MEANWHILE, HOW MANY OF YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE OUT OF WORK?
SEN RAND PAUL EXPLAINS HIS FATHER'S POTENTIAL PATH TO WHITE HOUSE
The younger Paul believes his father, Rep. Ron Paul, could win because of the excitement he creates:
“I think his path to victory lies in getting independents to vote. In Iowa, an independent can show up on that day and vote in the Republican primary. And a lot of them do,” said Paul, in the interview recorded Dec. 16 in his Washington office.Video at the link.
KENTUCKY ATTY GEN, SOS, TREASURER, AG COM, AUDITOR TAKE OFFICE
It's official: This morning, Kentucky's Constitutional office holders took office. Jack Conway is again Attorney General, Todd Hollenbach is again the Treasurer, while newcomers James Comer is Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Edelen is Auditor, and Alison Lundergan Grimes is Secretary of State, as demonstrated in this photo that she sent out this morning:
NKY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU'S NEW CHIEF TAKES OVER
Eric Summe is the new President/CEO after ten years on the organization's board:
First on his to-do list is working to expand the size of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center facility in Covington, he said. Currently, the center is comprised of an exhibition center, main lobby and conference level, which offer a combined 110,000 square feet of space for up to 3,000 people. “We’ve outgrown the current size of the facility, so that’s our number one priority right now,” said Summe, who now resides in Sycamore Township. Keys – and main challenges – to the expansion will be obtaining state funding for the project, he said, as well as finding the necessary, additional space for expansion at the current site.Cincinnati Enquirer/Sarah Hardee
IN THE NEW ECONOMY, PEOPLE MAKE LESS MONEY
A trip to Louisville's GE plant is the focus of a story by The New York Times:
But for a new generation of blue-collar workers, even those protected by unions, the price of employment is likely to be lower wages stretching to retirement.(snip)Herald-Leader via The New York Times
"Some companies want to keep work here or bring it back from Asia," Pavy said, "but in order to do that they have to be competitive in the final prices of their products, and one way to be competitive is to lower the compensation of their American workers."The shrunken pay scale for newcomers — $12 to $19 an hour versus $21 to $32 an hour for longtime workers — threatens to undo the middle-class status of even the best-paid blue-collar jobs still left in manufacturing. A similar contract limits the wages of new hires at a nearby Ford Motor Co. stamping plant, but GE's 2,000 hourly workers, Ford's 2,900, their unions or Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer have not objected.
PITINO IS PAUPER IN CALIPARI'S KINGDON
Yikes, what a headline by the Herald-Leader following Kentucky's ugly win over its in-state rival, Louisville on Saturday:
When did we arrive at the point where Rick Pitino, the coach who championed the fast-break loving, three-point shooting approach to the game, resorted to a slow-it-down, muck-it-up blueprint in hopes of slaying a team of superior talent?When did Rick Pitino start praising his team's "effort" after a game in which it trailed by 13 points with under a minute to go?When was it conceivable that Rick Pitino could lose six of eight games to his most important rival?Perhaps it was the time that John Calipari signed on as the Kentucky coach.Read it.
SEE ALSO: Lots of former Cats in the NBA are making headlines:
Demarcus Cousins Demands to Be Traded
Tayshaun Prince Plays Through Knee Injury
Josh 'Jorts' Harrellson Steps Up for Knicks
SEE ALSO: The Kentucky women are ranked #6 in the country and won again on Sunday. Herald-Leader
UNDEFEATED NKU NORSE GO FOR 700TH ALL-TIME WIN THIS WEEK
I hope you have all started stockpiling NKU gear because this season has been thrilling -- and next season will be even more so as the Norse jum u to play with the big boys in Division I. On Thursday, the 10-0 Norse go for all-time win number-700.
WILL THE NEW COST OF POWERBALL KEEP YOU FROM PLAYING?
Seems that a return-on-investment of two bucks for a winning Powerball ticket is worth the change from one buck. If not, Megamillions will still only cost a buck.
SNOW IS FALLING IN COVINGTON THIS MORNING... NICE.