President Obama is attending a fundraiser at the home of actor George Clooney in Studio City, Calif., on Thursday evening, along with about 150 guests. Almost anyone can attend, if they pony up $40,000.
But for a few sweepstakes winners, the price of admission is about $3. It's the latest innovation in political fundraising.
Marketing-wise, there's nothing more old school than a sweepstakes.
"The undercover operation was being directed by British intelligence with help from other international intelligence agencies," Dina tells us. "The British had put some pressure on the Obama administration not to reveal their role in the secret mission."
Spain nationalized its largest real estate lender Wednesday night and plans to announce an overhaul of the country's entire banking system Friday.
The country is scrambling to prevent its troubled banks — weighed down by property debts — from sabotaging the whole economy. The Spanish government has only to look northward to Ireland to see what could happen if it fails.
Residents and business owners who live and work on Versailles Road have a chance to sound off Thursday night about the state of the road, which many say is badly in need of upgrades. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has allotted $25-thousand dollars to look for quick, practical solutions traffic issues on Versailles Road. Those who live along the corridor will have an opportunity to offer their input on possible road improvements Thursday night. Friends of Versailles Road chair Paula Singer says the challenges are many.
April's General Fund tax receipts declined 0.7 percent compared to April 2011, a decrease of $6.3 million, according to the office of state budget director. Total revenues for the month were nearly $838 million, compared to $844.2 million during last April. Receipts have now grown 3. 7 percent for the first 10 months of Fiscal Year 2012, according to a press release from state Budget Director Mary Lassiter's office.
Memorial services are scheduled throughout the country this week to honor police officers who have died in the line of duty. Here in Lexington, that solemn public ceremony takes place this evening in Phoenix Park. Police from the Lexington Bluegrass Lodge #4 will gather to salute their comrades-in-arms in a solemn ceremony. Last year 166 police officers made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, including one from Kentucky.