Kentucky incomes were more stagnant than in most of the country from 2017 to 2018, according to research by Stateline, a nonprofit news organization from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Stateline's investigation into growth in per capita income in every state is evidence that national policies an…

Last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he would sponsor legislation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in every state from 18 to 21 years old — an idea we believe will go up in smoke.

Once again, the lure of Big-Pharma money has reared its ugly head. If you don’t think Big-Pharma controls our society, politics and greed, you are sadly mistaken.

A favorite tactic of opponents to the Bevin administration's attempt to rein in Kentucky's Medicaid expansion is to predict health-care Armageddon for 100,000 Kentuckians if able-bodied adults without dependents or disabilities are required to work, train for jobs or volunteer at least 20 ho…

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President Donald Trump's proposal for sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities is supported by 46% of voters nationwide, according to a ScottRasmussen.com national survey. Fifty-four percent are opposed.

Iowa's two senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, are hosting a field hearing this coming week in western Iowa to discuss the devastating floods that have hit the Midwest. You can see the lesser effects of this flood without traveling to the banks of the Missouri River just by driving down…

The Equality Act (HR 5) is moving in Congress but Congressman James Comer (R-Tompkinsville) is "deeply troubled" after looking into the details. "It's a clever name with an allegedly noble purpose," Comer said before the House Committee on Education and Labor, "but a vehicle for serious harm…

Kentucky incomes were more stagnant than in most of the country from 2017 to 2018, according to research by Stateline, a non-profit news organization from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Stateline’s investigation into growth in per capita income in every state is evidence that national policies a…

In the final hours of the last day to veto legislation, the Governor rejected an agreement that provided financial relief for quasigovernmental agencies - including local health departments, mental health agencies, and rape crisis centers - and our regional universities participating in the …

When Horace Greeley founded the New-York Tribune in 1841, he separated news reporting from opinion writing, giving opinion its own page — the last one in the newspaper. Greeley's innovation was an attempt to de-fake the news because prior to his news segregation, papers were virtually all op…

Unfortunately, proponents of Kentucky House Bill 175 (the so-called "sports wagering" bill) responded to its defeat by mischaracterizing The Family Foundation in the media. They presented The Foundation as "incorrectly couching this as a values and morals struggle" and having "outsized influ…

Employers in the private sector when it comes to retirement benefits have largely gone to a defined-contribution approach; some conservatives also believe it's the only way to fix Kentucky's public-pension crisis.

There are more than 5,000 cases of sex crimes in Kentucky annually, including incest, statutory rape and forcible rape, according to the Crime in Kentucky report for 2017, the last year for which data is available.

FRANKFORT -- We all pay too much for health care. Far too many do not go to the doctor or fill a prescription because it simply costs too much.

It's not every day that I find myself on the flipside of an interview. But that is exactly where I was last week when I sat down with a local college student who is aspiring to be a journalist.

Kentucky ranks first in the nation in a terrible way according to a recent report.

It's no secret that America's political system is badly broken, so ScottRasmussen.com decided to find out what voters think is wrong.

Who writes our laws? You could be forgiven for thinking lawmakers write them, given that it’s in their job description — and that we call them lawmakers.In fact, there are thousands of pieces of legislation passed in recent years that were crafted by special interests and corporations and th…

and JENNIFER P. BROWN Sunshine Week (brought with it) inevitable meteorological metaphors for open government climate change at the federal, state and local level. These metaphors carry meaning, especially in 2019. There is no better time than now for all Kentuckians to be aware of potential…

The Advocate-Messenger While Kentuckians remain divided on syringe exchange programs, (such as one scheduled to begin April 17 in Mayfield) they are likely the key to continuing a reduction in cases of viral hepatitis and the spread of other diseases in the state. According to the Foundation…

St. Louis Post-Dispatch The ABC television series "Desperate Housewives" became a huge comedy hit largely because of the exaggerated ways it depicted suburban families trying to get ahead. In one episode, star Felicity Huffman was led away in handcuffs by police as her daughter watched from …

The Bluegrass Institute A recent press conference by superintendents at the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative in Shelbyville featured lots of jaw-flapping but little-to-no evidence about how attacking scholarship tax-credit legislation giving poor and middle-class Kentucky biological and f…

The Bluegrass Institute An invective hurled at school-choice supporters by Lexington Democratic Rep. Kelly Flood during a recent legislative committee hearing to consider a bill that would make Kentucky the 19th state to implement a scholarship tax credit program offers a clear demonstration…

Commonwealth Policy Center Katie Vandegrift recently shared her story of losing three unborn children to miscarriage in a recent opinion column. Her pain and loss was deeply moving and deserves our compassion, but her personal story wasn't grounds for dismissing the need for SB 50, the Chemi…

Louisville Courier Journal Last Wednesday morning, Mark Anthony Jones shot a 9 mm hole in his scrotum. Jones, who likely went from a baritone to a soprano that morning, was walking around the streets of Marion, Indiana, with a gun shoved in his waistband when it began to shift. He reached do…

St. Louis Post Dispatch With greater equality comes greater responsibility. That's essentially what a federal judge said in a recent ruling that renders America's male-only military draft unconstitutional. While the propriety of Selective Service registration itself remains debatable, the ju…

2nd District House Rep. Richard Heath I joined my fellow members of the House in passing several good, meaningful pieces of legislation last week, all aimed at improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians. It was the last full week of this legislative session with only eight legislative…

AND ANDREA AIKEN We live in politically toxic times and faith in the government seems to be rapidly eroding. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are more concerned about scoring points against their rivals than working to improve the lives of their constituents. Charges of corruption and …

The Kentucky Standard The phrase "Make America great again" is a reprise. Ronald Reagan used it in his 1980 presidential campaign. So did Bill Clinton 12 years later. Reagan and Clinton were different in some ways, alike in others, and more like each other than either is like the current pre…

The Bluegrass Institute The need for pension, education and regulatory reform are on full display these days and offer plenty of fodder for this edition of Liberty boosters and busters. Liberty Booster Sen. Chris McDaniel While lawmakers understandably want to focus on implementing new progr…

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Soaring insulin prices are a genuine emergency in America. Many diabetics, suddenly unable to afford their prescribed doses, are self-rationing or using expired supplies. In the world's most advanced nation, some are dying because they can't afford a simple injection.…

Graves County Commissioner In my previous commentary I talked about economic development in a tangible matter. These are things that can be seen and done to spur our local economy including: workforce development, educational and training institutions, business incentives, infrastructure imp…

REP. RICHARD HEATH We've officially hit the halfway mark of the 2019 legislative session with much accomplished even as significant activity remains. In the House of Representatives, this past week was a banner week for a cause not only important to me but also critical to the safety and pro…

-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Illinois this week joined a growing list of blue states to approve a $15 minimum wage, part of a national "Fight for $15" campaign by Democrats. Pulling the lowest-paid workers up to this level could help narrow what has become America's widest income inequality ga…

Earth Tools, Inc., Owenton, Ky. Kentucky's electric utilities are trying once again to end solar net metering, force out competition from small solar businesses, and eliminate a valuable option customer's have for controlling their energy costs. Despite failing to pass similar legislation in…

The Bluegrass Institute Two public-school educators elected to the state House in November have filed House Bill 504, which reflects what we've been calling for in this column for years - a recognition by Frankfort that the commonwealth cannot continue to guarantee future retirement benefits…

Commonwealth Policy Center A flurry of pro-life bills are moving through the Kentucky legislature as swiftly as a Midwestern snowstorm in February, bringing alarm to those who believe the choice to carry a baby to term should be left to the pregnant mother and her doctor. For pro-lifers, suc…

The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- There's identity -- and then there's identity politics. The difference between them may well be the crux of our next presidential election. Identity is, obviously, who we are -- the sum of our sex, race, religion (or lack thereof), experiences and heritage. …

St. Louis Post-Dispatch The time has come to consider an official name change for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to reflect its true mission under the Trump administration. Consumers are clearly the last thing on President Donald Trump's mind, and the only people he and his GOP sup…

Second District Rep. Richard Heath Strengthening Kentucky families was a recurring theme last week in the Kentucky legislature, as there has been a great deal of bipartisan activity putting families and children first. It was no coincidence that the Kentucky Youth Advocates, an organization …

The Bluegrass Institute Critics jumping at opportunities to stamp an "anti-public education" label on school choice supporters also unwittingly advocate for something different from a truly public education by defending Kentucky's antiquated School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) approach as th…

Graves County Jailer The first month under new administration for the Graves County Jail has been an exciting start. The new administration started on Jan 7, 2019. As a part of my campaign to be the new Graves County jailer, I assured everyone that I wanted to be more open about what it is t…

1st District Sen. Stan Humphries The General Assembly hit the ground running this week as it began the continuation of the 2019 regular session. The Senate Majority is excited to move forward with its legislative priorities and pass laws that benefit the Commonwealth. Through ice and snow, t…

The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- C.S. Lewis was only partly right when he wrote: "The greatest evil ... is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven …

HEATH 2nd House District After reconvening for the February portion of the 2019 General Assembly on Feb. 5, legislators spent the majority of last week filing legislation and meeting with our committees to consider bills and resolutions. On Feb. 7, legislators from the House and Senate conve…

The Bluegrass Institute If, as numerous rankings indicate, Kentucky is a physically unhealthy state, we may be an even unhealthier commonwealth when it comes to our public pension systems. Despite dumping a greater portion of the state budget into the public retirement systems than at any po…

-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Trump administration, anxious for some kind of a foreign-policy victory after repeated false starts, is moving toward a dangerous Afghan peace pact that would cede the country back to the very Taliban forces the United States vowed to vanquish in 2001. What app…

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL In his State of the Union address, President Trump presented his vision for our country's future. He articulated our national values, our economic potential and the needs of families throughout the county. I was proud to once again welcome President Tru…

More Kentuckians are banking on the adage that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) released late last week, 21 percent of state households delay or forgo medical care due to cost. That is a huge portion of the commonwealth. Glance around …

WASHINGTON -- In 1983, just before winning a third term as Louisiana's governor, Edwin Edwards famously said the only way he could lose the race was "if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy." Presumably, no one checked his yearbook. Given today's mounting pressure on Virgi…

-- Colorado Springs Gazette President Donald Trump relented to heightening pressure and decided to end the shutdown for now, even though he still doesn't have funding for a border wall. No doubt, his opponents are viewing this as a win. Now the hard work begins, however, and Democrats must f…

Louisville Courier Journal The filing deadline has passed, so let's make up the scorecard for this year's statewide elections, starting with the party labels and the top job on the ballots. Republicans are at real risk of losing the governorship, mainly due to Gov. Matt Bevin's self-inflicte…

The Bluegrass Institute Parents and voters probably don't realize how much control teachers through School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils have in running schools and how little real clout belongs to elected board members and the superintendents they hire and are responsible for holdin…

Commonwealth Policy Center Ever hear the saying "hold your horses?" Well, it looks like West Kentucky Development Corp. needs to reign theirs' in. This is the partnership between Churchill Downs and Keeneland spearheading a new Standardbred track with up to 12 days of horse racing and 365 da…

St. Louis Post Dispatch It's time to end federal government shutdowns once and for all. This tactic has been abused for decades by politicians seeking to obtain through extortion what they can't get through the regular legislative process. It's a governmental self-destruct button that should…

Graves County Commissioner Editor's note: This is a two-part commentary. The second will cover how our community and the people in it directly contribute to economic growth. As a member of the Fiscal Court there are many responsibilities that come along with the job, one of which is economic…