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How Fancy Farm evolved from local gathering to the most unique political speaking venue in the country

07/30/2015 12:56 PM

FANCY FARM — This Saturday marks the unofficial kickoff to the political season as one of Kentucky’s oldest political traditions, Fancy Farm takes place. But what you may not know is how this event actually evolved from a local gathering into the commonwealth’s most notable political event. Cynthia Elder, a St. Jerome parishioner and volunteer for the Fancy Farm Picnic, says the first advertisement of the gathering was in the July 31, 1880 edition of the Mayfield Monitor. “At that time it... Read more 

Analysts predict sharp elbows in fight for earned media at Fancy Farm

07/29/2015 10:56 PM

With rhetoric heating up between gubernatorial candidates Kentuckians can expect one-liners sprinkled with vitriol at Fancy Farm, but Matt Bevin and Jack Conway will also be competing for air time and column inches in what has so far been a sleepy open-seat general election. “Last year when we all went to Fancy Farm to me it felt like … we were coming out for the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. This year it feels more like the kickoff —... Read more 

House, Senate chiefs of staff given LRC director's duties once Marcia Seiler retires from agency Friday

07/29/2015 01:21 PM

The Legislative Research Commission will be led by House and Senate chiefs of staff once interim Director Marcia Seiler retires from the agency on Friday. Seiler announced the move in an email to LRC staff last week, as The Courier-Journal first reported late Tuesday. Becky Harilson, chief of staff for Senate President Robert Stivers, and Steve Collins, chief of staff for House Speaker Greg Stumbo, will fulfill the director’s responsibilities until legislative leaders name a permanent LRC head this fall,... Read more 

Bevin, Conway clash over policy at Chamber forum

07/28/2015 10:34 PM

In their third joint appearance of the general election gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway traded barbs as policy took center stage. The forum between Bevin and Conway keynoted the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit in Louisville on Tuesday. The forum was moderated by former Pure Politics managing editor Ryan Alessi. The next governor will assume office in December and will quickly have to produce a budget to guide the state over the next two years. A... Read more 

President Obama is antagonist in new ads by Jack Conway, Republican Governors Association

07/28/2015 11:23 AM

As Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway seeks separation between himself and an unpopular president in one of two new television ads released on Tuesday, the Republican Governors Association is attempting the opposite in a competing spot unveiled the same day. Conway’s campaign released two 30-second ads that are set to air statewide in a six-figure buy. In one, titled “Fiscal,” Conway pledges to “hold the line on taxes” and touts his office’s record of winning high-dollar judgements during his two terms... Read more 

Bobby Sherman, John Arnold must also pay as part of LRC lawsuit settlement

07/28/2015 12:00 AM

Former Legislative Research Commissioner Director Bobby Sherman and former lawmaker John Arnold will pay undisclosed sums to plaintiffs who recently settled sexual harassment lawsuits against the Legislative Research Commission. Louisville attorney Thomas Clay, who represents the three current and former LRC staffers who sued the agency and others in October 2013, declined to discuss terms with Sherman and Arnold, a former Democratic representative from Sturgis. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Monday that the pair, who both left their positions a month after... Read more 

Attorney general candidate Andy Beshear rolls out seven-point plan to combat child abuse

07/27/2015 10:39 PM

Democratic candidate for attorney general Andy Beshear has released a series of proposed reforms to prevent child abuse in the commonwealth. On Monday Beshear announced a seven-point plan aimed at cracking down on child abuse in Kentucky. Nearly 23,000 kids in Kentucky were found to be in need of services in 2014, according to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky upon their review of data from Child Protective Services and the Department for Community Based Services. According to the group, the number of... Read more 


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