It began as a small, annual gathering to celebrate the fall harvest. Pretty soon politicians started showing up, giving stump speeches. Today, the Fancy Farm Picnic in rural Graves County annually draws up to 20,000 people.
Karem was the board’s unanimous choice to succeed former chairman Joe Brothers. He’s a strong education advocate who helped steer the Kentucky Education Reform Act through the 1990 General Assembly.
The National Symphony Orchestra will spend an entire week in Kentucky early next year. During the mid-February residency, the 100-musician orchestra will perform concerts in Louisville, Florence, Owensboro, Paducah, Lexington and Somerset.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has picked up a key endorsement in the U.S. Senate race. But the endorsement still leaves lingering questions. At issue was Mongiardo’s almost $80,000 campaign debt and whether or not the Conway camp had agreed to help retire the debt. Apparently that issue remains unresolved
Independent candidates seeking partisan offices, candidates for non-partisan offices with no primary, or those seeking to fill an office with a recent vacancy must have their filing papers in the hands of state or local elections officials by 4:00 pm, local time, August 10th.
For the locals, Fancy Farm is a harvest festival, homecoming and church social, but for visitors, the barbeque and political speaking are the big draws. This year’s master of ceremonies for the speechifying is House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, who says he’s had plenty of practice.
Rate hikes for Kentucky’s two largest utilities have been approved in Frankfort. The increases come over the objections of the state attorney general’s office.
A new batch of ethics recommendations has been delivered to legislative leaders in Kentucky. But similar recommendations from the Legislative Ethics Commission have been made in previous years, without seeing much action in the legislature.
Kentucky received encouraging news this week regarding its second bid for federal Race to the Top dollars. But some say the state’s application still may be lacking in one key area.
For a second time, Kentucky is a finalist for federal Race to the Top education reform dollars.
Kentucky is one of 19 states and the District of Columbia named finalists for Race to the Top funding.