by Michael Monks
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SPECIAL MEETING CALLED BY COVINGTON CITY COMMISSION TODAY
The Commission will convene at City Hall at 4:00PM in order to pass a resolution opposing the redistricting of State House District 65. Among the reasons listed in the resolution is the potential disenfranchisement of black voters in the Eastside neighborhood, which along with Licking Riverside, may be ceded to House District 67, which is mostly in Campbell County. The River City News has covered this from all angles, and you can find all the background information in the links below.
To see the full resolution: City Commission to Hold Special Meeting Opposing Redistricting
To see Rep. Arnold Simpson's position on losing a chunk of his district: Arnold Simpson Opposes Inevitable Redistricting
To see the Commissioners remarks as well as remarks from Rep. Dennis Keene, who would be responsible for the Covington neighborhoods in Frankfort: Redistricting Will Leave Covington Without Unified Voice
GOVERNOR WARNS OF SEVERE CUTS TO KENTUCKY'S BUDGET
Governor Beshear announced his legislative goals during Wednesday's State of the Commonwealth address in Frankfort. The dire warnings of budget cuts dominated the speech as did the call for expanded gaming.
“Kentucky continues to suffer from the lingering effects of the global recession, but short-term survival cannot be our only goal,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is no time to rest, to be complacent, to hide or to be timid. Rather, it is time to be decisive and aggressive.”Read a full summary from the Governor's office by clicking here.
Although the Governor announced that his budget proposal would not include revenue from gaming, he urged lawmakers to pass a constitutional amendment that would allow Kentuckians to vote on expanded gaming in November. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent in neighboring states’ casinos, funding their schools and roads and hiring police officers and teachers. That money belongs in Kentucky, Gov. Beshear said, and should be funding the services Kentuckians need. In addition, Gov. Beshear noted that two recent polls show that more than 80 percent of Kentuckians want the opportunity to vote on this issue.
SEE ALSO: Video of Beshear's speech in full: click here.
COVERAGE: Cincinnati Enquirer, Herald-Leader, Courier-Journal, Louisville Business First, cn|2
David Williams, the President of the KY Senate who was trounced in November's election for Governor is still shooting his mouth off:
“He didn’t detail what his position on gambling is,” Williams said. “Didn’t say anything about tax reform. He mentioned tax reform in his inaugural address, today he said he was going to talk about tax reform and make sure everyone has heard about it. But I don’t know his proposal.”How badly do you have to lose in this state before you just shut up and deal with it?
GOP House Floor Leader Reacts:
Click to watch: YouTube
ARNOLD SIMPSON'S ANGEL INVESTOR PROPOSAL GETS SHOUT OUT
Covington State Rep. Arnold Simpson filed a bill that would allow for tax credits to angel investors that put thei rmoney into certain small businesses. From Scott Wartman's report at the Enquirer:
“Mid-level entrepreneurs are in particular need of funding, because many are too small to attract big venture capital and too large for other forms of start-up assistance,” Beshear said.Simpson filed the bill Tuesday, which offers a tax credit worth 25 percent of the investment.“It is about job creation,” Simpson said. “That is the one constant across the nation. We need a mechanism to create jobs. The angel tax investment bill produces an opportunity for startups. You can’t get money from banks today. For a small startup, it is very difficult.”The bill has bi-partisan support.The NKY Chamber of Commerce President Steve Stevens took to Twitter to express his excitement over the mention:
View the bill by clicking here.
COVINGTON POLICE REMEMBER THEIR FALLEN BROTHER WHO DIED IN 1998
The Cov PD shared some photos via Facebook to help remember Mike Partin, the officer who fell to his death from the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in pursuit of a suspect 14 years ago. Click the link to view.
Covington Police @ Facebook
SEE ALSO: Police officers work with the possibility of danger every time they show up for work. Six officers in Utah were shot last night. One died. AP via Local 12
PROPOSED BILL WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO DISSOLVE NKAPC
For the Tea Party, the game is never really over and they never really lose even when a County Clerk proves that efforts to get rid of planning in Kenton County was fraudulent. Now, their ally in the state senate, Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), has filed a bill to make it easier for the Tea Party and their puppetmasters at the NKY Homebuilders to skirt the law and build lower quality homes and roads. For details, click the link.
The RC News: Bill Would Make It Easier to Dissolve NKAPC
OLD THOMAS EDISON ELEMENTARY DEBUTS AS APARTMENTS
And what a beautiful job! For the full story and lots of photos, click the link below!
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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE
A fallen Covington Police officer is remembered 13 years after his tragic death on duty; A national Yahoo blog takes aim at Covington's new daytime curfew (with over 1,600 comments!); The new Agriculture Commissioner fires the old one's girlfriend; Those stories and more at the link!
WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE
Home sales here in the Cov are expected to drop more than 4% in 2012; A Covington inmate released early Tuesday explains his side of the story; Why Mitch McConnell will stay "10,000 miles away" from the 4th District Congressional race; Plus, rock legends to kick off tour in Kentucky. Those stories and more at the link!The RC News: News Round-Up -- Wednesday Morning
UK & UofL GAMES WOULD BE MANDATED BY PROPOSED NEW LAW
It almost took an act of Congress to get the two schools to play each other up until 1983, but a new bill filed by a Louisville legislator would make sure the series in basketball and football never ends. (You may recall that UK Basketball Coach John Calipari hinted earlier in the season that with the expanded SEC, there will be fewer opportunities for series with big-time opponents. Coach Cal mentioned that one of the current series with Louisville, Indiana or North Carolina would likely have to end.) From the Herald-Leader:
The proposal, which now goes to the Senate Education Committee, says that national attention brought by the rivalry benefits the state and the universities, which get the opportunity to "inform the nation of their institutional contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Commonwealth and nation."Also, "the thousands of Kentuckians who support the two public research universities and follow their respective athletic endeavors benefit from the energy, excitement, camaraderie, goodwill, and sportsmanship that the rivalry engenders," the bill declares.Herald-Leader
MULTI-LINGUAL SIGNS COMING TO FOUNTAIN SQUARE
Wait for the Tea Party or COAST to start foaming at the mouth over this one:
It's an idea first proposed in the city two years ago but held up by red tape. This year's World Choir Games are a big part of the reason city leaders want to get the changes made.Video report at the link.
CINCINNATI TO MOVE ON DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES
We're still waiting for the effort to come to fruition in Covington as promised by Commissioners Frank & Masters... But Cincinnati isn't:
It’s not just about doing the right thing, Seelbach says, or helping the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. It’s about making the city competitive in attracting new residents.Cincinnati Enquirer/Jane Pendergast
“As we continue to compete for jobs and talent, I don’t want to lose someone because they say they can’t afford to lose benefits for their partner,” he said. “I don’t ever want that scenario.”
YOUR DUKE ENERGY METER COULD KILL YOU!!!!!!!
No, seriously, that's what Local 12 is reporting:
Arheed Ghazala's wife started feeling sick while packing for a trip from their Pleasant Ridge home. "She started to feel ill, became nauseous and got a headache and on one of her last walks downstairs to the basement to collect things for the journey she smelled gas." Ghazala's wife came to believe the gas was from a leak in a gas meter. She called Duke and a serviceman came and replaced the meter. "She said the meter is only a year old, why would it be leaking already? He indicated the meter was not one of the quality one might desire."Video at the link.
WHY WE'LL MISS GATEWOOD GALBRAITH AT ELECTION TIME
The perennial candidate died in his sleep at the age of 64:
Galbraith managed to become one of Kentucky's best-known politicians without ever being elected to anything. It wasn't for lack of trying. He ran for everything but the county line: attorney general, agriculture commissioner, congressman (twice) and governor (five times). Criticized as a "perennial candidate," he responded that Kentucky had "perennial problems" that needed solving.Herald-Leader/Tom Eblen
READ SOME OF GATEWOOD'S BEST QUIPS:
"If I was going to lie to you, I'd already be elected." (a common refrain during Galbraith's stump speeches)(snip)MORE: Hearld-Leader
"Newt (former House Speaker Gingrich) and Mitch (Senate Minority Leader McConnell) are aliens, not conservatives. They never met a bloated police state they didn't like." (from the same 2011 interview)
MOUNTAIN DEW CAN DISSOLVE A DEAD MOUSE'S BODY
Pepsi Co will avoid a lawsuit because Mountain Dew can dissolve a mouse carcass? I think that's how I understand this:
An Illinois man sued Pepsi in 2009 after he claims he "spat out the soda to reveal a dead mouse," the Madison County Record reports. He claims he sent the mouse to Pepsi, which then "destroyed" the remains after he allowed them to test it, according to his complaint. Most shudder-worthy, however, is that Pepsi's lawyers also found experts to testify, based on the state of the remains sent to them, that "the mouse would have dissolved in the soda had it been in the can from the time of its bottling until the day the plaintiff drank it," according to the Record.Dewlicious!
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