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Round-Up: Tuesday February 5

End Kentucky's prevailing wage law?; No love for Holmes in state basketball rankings?; When did it become OK to say "kick ass" so casually?; Peter Frampton moving from the area?;

Here's what's making headlines around Covington and around Kentucky:

McDaniel: State can save money for pensions by changing election dates & prevailing wage law

State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) explained to cn|2 two different ways that the Commonwealth can save money:

Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican freshman from Taylor Mill, said he will file a bill this session aimed at changing the state’s constitution to hold the election for governor and other statewide offices during presidential election years instead of the year before presidential elections. The last governor’s race was in 2011 and the next will be in 2015. McDaniel said that could save the state $5 million.

“In Kenton County we spend $377,000 on the off-cycle elections. Jefferson County spends $600,000 on off cycle elections and one third of that money comes from the state into the county. As you look across the state, you begin to annualize that you’re looking at 4 to 5 million dollars a year,” McDaniel said (at 3:00).

McDaniel also said he’d like to see state lawmakers repeal the prevailing wage law, in which construction workers hired to build public projects such as roads or schools must be paid at rates based on a calculation of union wages in the region.

Full story: cn|2

OTHER FRANKFORT HEADLINES

BESHEAR: GAMBLING BILL ON HOLD BECAUSE TRACKS OPPOSE IT Herald-Leader

NKY CAUCUS: REDISTRICTING AT TOP OF TO-DO LIST Cincinnati Enquirer

DOWNGRADED FOR PENSION INACTION, KENTUCKY MUST FILL HOLE Herald-Leader

SENATORS VOW ACTION ON PENSIONS LEX 18

KY BUDGET REMAINS PINCHED Cincinnati Enquirer

RAPISTS COULDN'T SEEK CHILD CUSTODY UNDER HOUSE BILL WFPL

FORMER AUDITOR CRIT LUALLEN (D) MAY RUN FOR GOVERNOR Herald-Leader

COMER SAYS HEMP IS COMMERCIALLY VIABLE Richmond Register

FIERCE POLICY DEBATE OVER HEMP cn|2

BESHEAR HOPES TO AVOID TOLLS, BUT SAYS THEY ARE LIKELY

While in Erlanger Monday for a jobs announcement, Governor Steve Beshear spoke on the topic of tolls for the Brent Spence Bridge project:

"We're going to need the northern Kentucky community to come together and partner with the rest of the state if we're going to be able to move forward on that project," Beshear said. 

The support of the region is an open question as bridge watchers anticipate a AAA survey on tolls this month and a Value for Money study next month. 

Full story: WLWT

OTHER HEADLINES:

CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST PICKS THROUGH CONGRESSMAN MASSIE'S FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Bluegrass Bulletin

MASSIE WON'T TELL TEA PARTY TO BACK OFF MCCONNELL cn|2

SEN. MCCONNELL MAY FILIBUSTER PRESIDENT'S CHOICE FOR DEFENSE SECRETARY WBKO

DID FORMER BEN-GALS CHEERLEADER VIOLATE PROBATION BY APPEARING ON RADIO SHOW? WCPO

EXPECTED REVENUE FROM CASINOS IN OHIO ONLY HALF WHAT WAS PROJECTED WLWT

TRAFFIC STUDY FINDS MIXED RESULTS FOR CINCINNATI WLWT

COUNTERFEIT SUPER BOWL JERSEYS DISCOVERED AT CVG AIRPORT WCPO

CAVE MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Herald-Leader

NO LOVE FOR HOLMES IN STATE BASKETBALL RANKINGS?

The Louisville Courier-Journal's Litkenhous ratings not only has Holmes as number 13 in the state, it also has the undefeated Bulldogs as number two in the Ninth Region. Holmes is the only undefeated team in the state, but the Litkenhous ratings place the Bulldogs far down the list of Kentucky's best teams. See the rankings: Courier-Journal (The state AP poll has the Bulldogs ranked fifth.)

SEE ALSO: Holy Cross has lofty aspirations of making it to the state tournament despite 11-10 record Cincinnati Enquirer

BRITISH MEDIA PICKS UP "KENTUCKY KICKS ASS" STORY

The Commonwealth's underground, alternative new slogan Kentucky Kicks Ass is getting attention from the BBC:

There are those who might consider the phrase obscene. But in the United States, the verb to "kick ass" - like the adjective, "kick-ass" - is widely considered appropriate for general conversation.

Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in Kentucky, where a high-profile campaign has been launched to change the state's official slogan from "Unbridled Spirit" to "Kentucky Kicks Ass."

And why not, when both the current American president and his predecessor have happily gone on the record deploying the term?

Full story: BBC

ENTERTAINMENT: Peter Frampton is moving from Cincinnati to Nashville Cincinnati Enquirer

Compiled by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News