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April 23, 2018

FINAL HOURS: KENTUCKY VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TODAY, APRIL 23


More than 650,000 citizens have utilized GoVoteKY.com


FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 23, 2018) – Today, April 23, is the voter registration deadline, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians ahead of the Commonwealth's Primary Election next month.

"More than 200,000 applications have been submitted through GoVoteKY.com. Today, I hope all eligible Kentuckians who are not registered will go online before the 4 p.m. deadline and get registered," said Grimes. "We need a majority, not a minority of folks making their voices heard in our elections – and registering is the first step."

County clerks' offices throughout Kentucky will accept online and paper applications until 4 p.m. local time today. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 23.

To date, more than 650,000 people have used the tools available at GoVoteKY.com, including voter registration, viewing sample ballots and locating a polling place.

To be eligible to vote, Kentuckians must:
· Be a U.S. citizen.
· Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election Day.
· Be at least 18 years old on or before the General Election.
· Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights.
· Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent.”
· Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

Kentuckians who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary.

Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 23, 2018. Pursuant to Kentucky law, voters who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.

Changes in party affiliation for the 2018 Primary Election were due by Dec. 31, 2017. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after Dec. 31, 2017, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election.

Voters may check their current registration status and where they vote at GoVoteKY.com. For questions, contact the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100.

 

Date: 04-13-2018

Gov. Matt Bevin: Jeff Hoover is to blame for 'chaos' in Kentucky House

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday blamed former House Speaker Jeff Hoover for the "chaos" in the chamber, saying his sexual harassment scandal "stopped everything." 

Ky. Governor Matt bevin, left, embraces then Senate leader Jeff Hoover during last year's legislative session. The two are now exchanging insults in the midst of the GOP split  this week. Ky. Governor Matt bevin, left, embraces then Senate leader Jeff Hoover during last year's legislative session. The two are now exchanging insults in the midst of the GOP split this week.

The comment came as teachers crowded the Capitol to call for the legislature to override Bevin's vetoes of the tax reform and budget bills.

With teachers chanting outside, Hoover rose to speak during the House’s debate over whether to override the tax reform veto. He criticized some of the governor’s recent comments, including some made on Twitter on Friday calling for a special session on the budget.

Hoover pointed out that the governor promised “for months upon months upon months” last year that he would hold a special session to tackle pension and tax reform but never did.

Bevin responded online, stating that "The only reason we did not have a special session last year is because Jeff Hoover, a married man, was sexually involved with a very young, single member of his staff and was paying hush money to hide his actions ... The result was chaos in the KY House that stopped everything."

Hoover was the subject of a sexual harassment scandal after signing a secret settlement with a legislative employee. On Tuesday, he reached another settlement behind closed doors to settle an ethics complaint against him. He was instructed to pay a $1,000 fine, admit to the transgression and receive a public reprimand. 

Hoover and the woman in the ethics complaint have both denied there was any sexual relationship.

“I will say that definitively, I’ve said that before. She has admitted that as well. Absolutely, 100 percent, nothing more than text messages," Hoover said Tuesday.

At the Capitol on Friday, Hoover added that Bevin had been making those "untrue statements" for months, calling them "absolutely false."

"But this is coming from a guy who can only get three or four Republicans ... to support his veto," Hoover said. "He needs to be focused on what's important." 

Bevin announced Tuesday morning that he would veto the tax reform and biennial budget bills that Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature passed, criticizing many legislators for a lack of good understanding of the state's tax and pension issues.

“They don’t understand finance,” Bevin said. “They don’t understand pensions, and yet they are the ones that are going to have to make decisions.”

On the floor Friday, Hoover reprimanded the governor’s comments and said that it was incumbent upon legislators to take action and not count on a special session to address the fiscal issues before them.

Hoover – who accused Bevin of telling “lies from the deepest pits of hell” about him when he resigned as House Speaker in January amid the sexual harassment allegations – said it disturbed him that the governor would say the state’s lawmakers don’t understand fiscal policy and the budget process.

“I think we understand that you can’t cut $600 million from public education, as the governor did, and expect our young people to not be adversely affected,” Hoover said. “Maybe the governor doesn’t understand that the General Assembly is a separate and equal branch of government.”

By Justin Sayers
Louisville Courier Journal

Date: 04-05-2018

WHY NOT LAWRENCE COUNTY?

 

Since it is election time in Kentucky I think it proper to ask prospective candidates for County and District offices for a public statement on how they would be better at attracting a small industry to our well-placed county.

Judge/Executive candidates of all parties as well as magistrates on both sides of the ticket are asked to submit an answer and send a billfold sized photo to go with it. No charge. IF You can't do it with an email, Get a friend or relative to help.

Send to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Here are some examples of new jobs coming to Ky. counties. Why not Lawrence County?

Plus to add more misery part of the Ky. Power money paid to replace the damage of leaving the coal business and the plant which used millions of tons of mostly locally mined coal, has not been spent in Lawrence County although it suffered the biggest negative economic hit. 

Perhaps the current fiscal court has a plan to attract a plant supplying products to the new Braidy Industries project which is supposed to bring 1,100 new well paying jobs to the area in an aluminum factory in Boyd Co. Or, they may have another one coming, but economic development director Catrina Vargo has not made such an announcement.

But candidates: please tell us what you have in mind.

Here's just three stories that reminded me that we have the location with rail, river Interstate and it is time for the state to notice Lawrence County. How would you do it?

 

STORIES FROM THE KPA NEWSLINE IN THE PAST WEEK OR SO:

 

Century Aluminum to invest $116.5 million

By Keith Lawrence
The Messenger-Inquirer

In the fall of 2015, Century Aluminum closed three potlines and laid off about 320 workers at its Hawesville smelter in a dispute over electricity prices.

But many of those jobs are now coming back.

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday that Century will invest approximately $116.5 million for improvements to the Hawesville smelter and bring back more than 250 full-time jobs.

"That's great news," Mike Baker, director of the Hancock County Industrial Foundation, said after the announcement. "Those are good-paying jobs -- around $60,000 a year -- with excellent benefits. It will be a good boost to the area's economy."

Century will upgrade its smelting technology and train new and existing employees to use the new equipment, the announcement said.

The Hawesville smelter produces high-purity metal required for the defense, aerospace and electrical industries.

Century is planning job fairs at the Owensboro Career Center on April 21, May 12 and June 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to hire hourly production positions, mechanics, electricians, supervisor roles, technicians and engineers.

Production applicants should bring their WorkKeys scores along with their high school diploma or GED.

"We are pleased to announce this investment to bring the Hawesville smelter back to full production and upgrade its technology to best in class," Jesse Gary, executive vice president of Century, said in a news release.

Century had said earlier that it planned the action after the federal tax reform act passed in December.

Last month, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave preliminary approval to the company for tax incentives up to $5.5 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

Century can also receive assistance from the Kentucky Skills Network.

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FITZGERALD INDUSTRIES TO BUY FORMER BELDEN PLANT
IN MONTICELLO, CREATE 250 JOBS

Aluminum dump truck bed manufacturer will invest $6 million in Wayne County operation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 29, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Fitzgerald Industries II LLC, which manufactures aluminum dump truck beds, will locate in the former Belden Inc. plant in Monticello with a $6 million investment that will create 250 full-time jobs.

“Fitzgerald Industries is providing an incredible opportunity for the workforce in Monticello and Wayne County,” Gov. Bevin said. “The closure of the Belden operation was a major blow to the local community, and this chance to put 250 people back to work comes at the perfect time. This investment by Fitzgerald Industries also strengthens Kentucky’s rapidly growing aluminum sector. This is truly a win for all involved, and we look forward to the company’s success in southeastern Kentucky.”

The company’s $6 million investment will reconfigure the plant and add machinery to cut, form and weld aluminum sheet for production of commercial-grade dump beds for Class 8 trucks. The facility also will form steel parts for use in fabrication of steel dump truck bodies.

Tommy A. Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Industries, described his family’s enthusiasm about reopening the once bustling cable wiring plant, which closed last year as the company consolidated North American operations.

“The Fitzgerald family has made it their mission to invest in, partner with and create well-paying manufacturing jobs in the communities, particularly the rural communities, that others have left,” Fitzgerald said. “The Monticello project aligns perfectly with our mission. We are very excited about the opportunity to put Kentuckians back to work, and we appreciate the support of the state, local and federal officials who are helping us to keep manufacturing in the United States.”

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Startup Hydroponic Farms USA Plans 121-Job Facility in Breathitt County

$44.5 million-plus investment will support production of greens, tomatoes, peppers and more

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 29, 2018) – Startup indoor farming company Hydroponic Farms USA will invest more than $44.5 million in Eastern Kentucky’s Breathitt County and create 121 jobs with the construction of a new facility on a reclaimed mine in Jackson, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today.

“The announcement of 121 full-time jobs in Breathitt County is wonderful news for Eastern Kentucky and its skilled workforce,” Gov. Bevin said. “It has been our administration’s mission to provide better job opportunities in every part of our state, and this investment is evidence that we are achieving that goal. We are truly grateful for this vote of confidence in the commonwealth. Hydroponic Farms USA will be a great fit for the Jackson community, and continues the economic momentum that is building in Eastern Kentucky.”

Hydroponic Farms USA will build a nearly 42-acre facility with 35.5 acres of production space. The facility will use hydroponic and aeroponic technology to grow leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers and other produce. The 121 jobs will include leadership, production and post-production roles. Company leaders plan to break ground following their land purchase and approval of permits.