On Second Thought

We know what we’re dealt as deadline passes for new House, Senate bills

Well, there can always be surprises until the gavel falls Sine Die for the 2018 session but on the surface everyone knows the hands they’ve been dealt legislatively. However, there’s always room for sneaking in a bill that didn’t get filed by adding it to a bill that did, or legislators having a wish list of what they wanted to […]

All newly elected, appointed public agency officials should have Your Duty Under the Law by now

Thanks to Sharon Burton at the Adair County Community Voice for asking about this issue. Seems she was having a discussion that turned into a disagreement with some Columbia city officials. Apparently they didn’t know about the law, don’t pay any attention to it or didn’t realize they were charged with making the pamphlet available. But that email from her […]

After 2017 record spending, lobbyists begin 2018 with monthly record

By John Schaaf, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Immediately following a year of record lobbying spending, Kentucky businesses and organizations spent an all-time high of $2.6 million on lobbying in the first portion of the 2018 General Assembly session. After spending $20.8 million in 2017, 684 employers and 596 lobbyists started 2018 by spending 20 percent more than they spent in […]

March 11 time marches forward

https://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/usa/new-york?year=2018 Remember to let your readers know this coming week that Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. it’s time to “spring forward,” by setting clocks ahead one hour. We’ll remain in Daylight Savings Time until Sunday, November 4. And some background information on how all of this came about: By KARL UTERMOHLEN, InvestorPlace Writer We’ve all heard the phrase “spring forward, […]

‘Media Matters’ discussion takes place March 20

Together Frankfort will host a media panel, “Media Matters: The Importance of a Free Press,” on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 at Kentucky State University’s Cooperative Extension Building. Laura Cullen Glasscock, the editor and publisher of The Kentucky Gazette, will moderate the panel.  The event is free and open to the public. About: Together Frankfort – Mission  Together Frankfort is a non-partisan, […]

Fayette Bar, SPJ co-sponsoring Forum for the Media

From the Bluegrass Chapter/Society of Professional Journalists Please consider attending or sending a staff member to this important forum on covering the courts. The Thursday, March 8, event is 6;30 to 8 p.m. at Transylvania University and is sponsored by Bluegrass SPJ and the Fayette Bar Association. A flyer is below. Forum on the media flyer

First name start with a ‘C?’ If so, you might be an intern

Early results from the five newspapers who have already lined up their 2018 KPA interns shows students whose first name begins with a ‘C’ might have a good chance of getting an internship. Okay, so it’s only five newspapers that have completed the process but four of them chose students with that ‘C.’ Those for are Collin Morris (Owensboro Messenger […]

Don Armstrong, former KPA executive director, passes away

Donald “Don” Leigh Armstrong, 86, Shelbyville, KY, died on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. He was born March 14, 1931, in Evanston, IL, to James William and Francele “Skeet” Harris Armstrong.  He was a journalist, career government communicator, veteran, educator, lobbyist and civic leader. Don served as executive director of the Kentucky Press Association from 1979 until 1983. He graduated from […]

House Bill 22 nears final passage; legitimizes drones for use by the news media

After passing the Kentucky House on a 94-0 vote, House Bill 22 sits within one final action in the Senate before becoming law. House Bill 22 deals with legitimate uses of drones (“unmanned aircraft”) and Friday morning when discussing another drone bill, Rep. Diane St. Onge pointed out that House Bill 22 would include the news media. That came as […]

Sunshine Week just 9 days away; have you made plans to promote Open Government?

Celebrate freedom of information Sunshine Week 2018 is coming up and journalists around the nation will participate the week of March 11 through March 17. An annual event, Sunshine Week calls on journalists to shed light on issues of open government and have conversations with their readers about the importance of open and transparent government, whether that government body is a […]

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