Happy New Year!!!

Just a reminder that the KPA Central Office will be closed Monday, January 2, so staff can observe New Year’s Day. And I imagine we’ll be closing down early today to get a good head start on a long weekend. Have a SAFE holiday and from your KPA Staff, best wishes for a Prosperous 2017!!

No Kentuckian has ever seen GOP control both chambers at the same time

Best I can find out, there’s about 30,000 Kentuckians who are 85 years of age or older. So figure there might be a lot fewer than 10,000 who are 96 years or older. And that’s pertinent because only those who are 96 or older can say they were alive the last time the Kentucky House of Representatives was ruled by the […]

KPS ekes out a $5 million year

2016 was pretty much a so-so year for about the first three quarters but then the boom hit with a record $3 million November. Now 2016 will go down as one of the highest in KPS’ advertising placement history. It appears the final total will be $5,018,745.65 as we end December with a total of $168,000 for the month. 2010 remains […]

WARNING: Room reservation deadline just a week away

Here’s an email message that greeted me early Thursday morning: As the hotel’s contact for the 2017 KPA (Winter) Convention, the Marriott just wanted to remind me that come January 5 there may be no more rooms in the inn. That’s the cutoff for the January 19-21 convention in Louisville. So I pass along this reminder to you. If you […]

Gtown News-Graphic featured in national publications

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Mike Scogin and the Georgetown News Graphic and its approach to publishing public notices. I got the opportunity to mention the News Graphic at the Newspaper Association Managers Legislative Conference earlier in December. Richard Karpel, head of the Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC), moderated the session and toward the end, asked if […]

Public notice story could mean $$$ and trip to DC


More programs added to 2017 Convention schedule

If you haven’t checked out the 2017 KPA Convention website recently, you won’t know about two programs added to the schedule. The 2017 KPA Convention (I’m obviously avoiding naming it the KPA Winter Convention) website is http://www.kypress.com/convention. That’s where you’ll find everything you need to know about the convention, the hotel, the program and the convention registration form. A couple […]

FBI Special Agent, Congress observer to address legislators in ethics sessions

Speaking of the 2017 General Assembly, as I did elsewhere in this week’s On Second Thought, legislators will be spending part of two days in ethics training as the session begins. The 2017 Current Issues ethics sessions for members of the General Assembly will be on Wednesday and Thursday, January 4 and 5. The sessions will start at 9 a.m. […]

688 firms registered to lobby ’17 session

Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission executive director John Schaaf notes in this week’s Ethics News that 688 firms have registered to lobby in the 2017 session. From John’s notes: There are 688 businesses and organizations registered to lobby the 2017 General Assembly. Those which have recently registered include: Balanced Budget Amendment Inc.; Black Hawk Mining, LLC; BPM Lumber; CIOX Health, LLC; […]

More than 160 bills pre-filed for session

There have been roughly 163 pieces of legislation pre-filed for the 2017 legislative session. This only means that since the last session ended, legislators have had legislation drafted they have agreed to sponsor and some of the bills had hearings during the interim. But come Tuesday, January 3, that doesn’t mean diddly. When the gavel comes down Tuesday around noon, the process […]