2:03 pm
Wed December 17, 2003

Fletcher Calls for Tax Modernization

Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher says timing will be the key
to plans to modernizing the tax system. Speaking
to a group representing small businesses, Fletcher
said he wants to see changes to make the state
more "business friendly."

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2:36 pm
Mon December 15, 2003

Fletcher Picks Former Opponent for Cabinet Post

Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher says one of his former opponents
in the gubernatorial primary will join his team in Frankfort.
The Kentucky Governor says Robbie Rudolph of Murray will
head the Finance and Administration Cabinet.

Rudolph is a western Kentucky tire dealer who ran as
Rebecca Jackson's running mate in the May Republican
primary. Fletcher says he and Rudolph developed a
positive relationship during the campaign.

Rudolph is 48 years old. He is the owner of
Rudolph tires.

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1:25 pm
Fri December 12, 2003

Fletcher Outlines Portions of Re-organization Plan

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has unveiled a
first phase of a new plan to re-organize state
government. The plan was compiled by a
Blue Ribbon Commission on Governmental
Organization and Efficiency, which had been
charged with the responsibility of devising a
new plan by Fletcher.

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12:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2003

Chandler to Enter Congressional Race

Versailles, KY – Democrat Ben Chandler has confirmed that he is
a candidate for the Sixth District Congressional
seat vacated by Governor Ernie Fletcher. Chandler
lost to Fletcher in the November 4th gubernatorial
election, but says his name recognition will never
be higher than at the present time.

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9:01 am
Wed December 10, 2003

State Supreme Court Blocks Smoking Ban

Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has stepped in to
stop enforcement of a smoking ban in Lexington.
Otherwise, a new smoking ban ordinance would
have taken effect at midnight.

Without comment, the Justices ordered a halt to
enforcement while an opposition group appeals
a trial judge's ruling that the ordinance is

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3:46 pm
Tue December 9, 2003

Five Million Spent on Successful Gubernatorial Race

Frankfort, KY – Newly inaugurated Governor Ernie Fletcher spent a
record 5.6 million dollars to win this year's gubernatorial
election. The first post-election reports filed by their
campaigns to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
show Democrat Ben Chandler spent less than
3.8 million dollars on his unsuccessful campaign.

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12:09 pm
Mon December 8, 2003

Patton Commutes Death Sentence of Convicted Murderer

Frankfort, KY – On his final day in office, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton
has commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer
Kevin Stanford. The U-S Supreme Court had used
Stanford's case to uphold the death penalty for murderers
as young as seventeen. However, Patton said he
considered the death penalty to be an injustice for a
criminal who was not yet an adult at the time of the crime.

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9:43 am
Thu December 4, 2003

Fletcher Names New Transportation Cabinet Chief

Lexington, KY – Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher has selected
Lieutenant General Maxwell Clay Bailey to
serve as Secretary of Transportation in
Kentucky. Bailey is a native of Johnson County
who has been working on homeland security
issues for the state.

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4:12 pm
Wed December 3, 2003

More Jobs Heading to Shepherdsville

Shepherdsville, KY – A spokesman for a company that makes
food-packaging products says Shepherdsville
will be the site of a distribution center. This is
the latest in a string of business deals in
recent months for the Bullitt County Community.

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12:30 pm
Wed December 3, 2003

Pence to Serve as Secretary of Justice Cabinet

Frankfort, KY – Governor Elect Ernie Fletcher has named his running
mate in the recent gubernatorial election as the next
Justice Cabinet Secretary in Kentucky. Fletcher says
Steve Pence will serve a dual role as Lieutenant
Governor and Secretary of Justice.

Pence is a former federal prosecutor who plans to
focus on fighting Kentucky's drug problems. During
the gubernatorial campaign, Pence had promised to
be a working Lieutenant Governor who would take an
active role in the administration.

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