This whole impeachment process by Democrats in the House that we've had to witness for the past few months has been nothing but a partisan political process, as illustrated by the vote being almost entirely on partisan lines.

This General Assembly edition of Liberty Boosters and Busters begins with Kentuckians who, while neither bureaucrats nor politicians, care enough about the future of our commonwealth to take a principled stand against an unfair and destructive policy.

For my first stop on the food express, I strolled through the doors of Carr's Steakhouse. To give you a bit of background, this is a family owned and operated business which began across the street in the barn. You'll recognize the original location as it generally is swarmed with people fir…

With rising inmate populations and crumbling prison infrastructure depleting the state of much-needed funding, it is time to stop treating drug addiction as a crime and start regarding it as the public health issue that it is.

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Kentuckians are rightfully known for being hard workers. I'm glad more of them, from Paducah to Pikeville, are benefitting from our country's strong economy, which has been bolstered by Republican policies. The Republican-led Senate just gave Kentucky workers another boost in an overwhelming…

We have reached that time in every presidential nominating year when distinguished, national opinion leaders beat up on Iowa and that admirable state's influential role in determining the two major parties' eventual presidential nominees and, therefore, the next president.

Year after year, our members of Congress are requested to support many issues. While Alzheimer's disease is just one of the many causes they hear about, it's personal to me. As someone who was involved as a caregiver to my great aunt, I am one of the millions of Americans who has experienced…

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Monday night's Graves County Fiscal Court meeting drew a large crowd, which, in my opinion, got a look at government at work: good, bad or ugly, depending on one's perspective.

During his political campaign, Daniel Cam­eron pledged to be a different kind of attorney general. In recent memory, the position has been a tool of opportunism following a path of personal political preference when interpreting its role in regulation and enforcement.

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When we think about the war on drugs, we tend to think about - and rightly so - law enforcement and the courts. One organization that can be overlooked is the health department and the work it does to combat drugs and substance abuse.

At a time when efforts are underway across the country to restrict gun ownership, patriotic Americans are rising up in strong defense of the Second Amendment. This is especially true across Kentucky where there is significant grassroots energy aimed at defending a right that our founding fat…

The members of the General Assembly have returned to Frankfort and the 2020 Regular Session is in full swing. We started off the week by taking care of necessary administrative duties such as filing bills and making some changes to committee assignments. I am pleased to share that my committ…

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort …

The word "resolution" didn't cross my mind as we segued from 2019 into 2020. I wasn't going down that road. I did, however, set up a few goals for the new year on both professional and personal notes.

The Kentucky legislature is back in session and legislators have a lot on their plates this time around. There are, of course, all the normal legislative pushes for reforms and adjustments to state law. But this is also a budget year -- and a scary budget year at that.

Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime?

As we move into the new year, I've been reflecting on what we have accomplished in 2019 on behalf of the First Congressional District. Every time I returned to Kentucky throughout 2019, I heard loud and clear the priorities of my constituents, which have been to enact policies that put worki…

Below is my 2020 legislative questionnaire, which I hope you will take a few moments to complete. While I have mailed a few copies to households in our district, I am extremely grateful that the newspaper has made this version available to even more of our friends and neighbors.

As we round out an exciting year of celebrating Kentucky Farm Bureau's centennial, I find myself reflecting on the past -- the past year of celebrations and the past century of Kentucky Farm Bureau. After all of the 100-year celebrations, ceremonies, presentations, and excitement, it is clea…

In April of next year, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the decennial census of every household in the United States. While the census will be used for several governmental determinations such as apportionment of Congressional seats, the data is also incredi-bly important to Head Start prog…

Even as the U.S. House of Representatives concluded 2019 by passing President Trump's landmark new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico - the USMCA - that major accomplishment was unfortunately overshadowed by the partisan, divisive impeachment proceedings taken up by Washington Democrats.

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act (H.R. 5430), which sends President Trump's signature agreement aimed at modernizing and significantly improving trade in America to the Senate for action.

Put well-deserved coal in new but visionless Gov. Andy Beshear's stocking this Christmas, and by New Year's Day he'll likely have signed executive orders banning black rock in stockings, the stockings themselves and maybe even the entire coal industry.

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897.

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

I read the article in Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in The Mayfield Messenger titled "Graves CA supports attorneys condemning recent Bevin pardons." I wish our (Commonwealth's Attorney) would write an article on the facts and a condemnation of our Graves County School Board not following KRS 160…

First, an anecdote circulating about the most courageously candid staff person in the White House allegedly speaking to President Donald J Trump: "Mr. President, you're coming across as mean-spirited, abusive and so unlikable that people frankly do not want to work for you. Sir, in all due r…

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When I first started re-attending college in the fall of 2013 after a nearly 10-year hiatus, it was surreal. I was 26 pushing 27 and had no idea what I wanted to be. All I knew is that writing was my skill and Murray State was the goal.

Every time we think we're done with the Master of Mayhem, former Gov. Matt Bevin, something newer and stranger emerges.

Berea's Mary Turley-Renfro is a gift to her community, its taxpayers and citizens statewide who can stop tax-increase attempts coming soon by a government near you.

Congress and the media obsess endlessly over whether President Donald Trump should be impeached. Both ignore $23 trillion of bigger problems.

Perhaps it's fitting that Gov. Matt Bevin had a few words of unsolicited advice for his political archnemesis Gov.-elect Andy Beshear. After all, the two have been barbs in each other's sides for the last four years, so we really shouldn't expect it to end now that the votes have been counte…

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No one likes more legislative regulations. But when it comes to your health, my health, our health and the health of our children and their children, shouldn’t we be willing to bite the bullet, so to speak, and see what steps we can take for a healthier you, a healthier me and a healthier future?

Donald Trump Jr., in his better-selling book, "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us," writes of his reactions to visiting Arlington National Cemetery and driving "past the rows of white grave markers." He explains: "In that moment, I ... thought of all the attacks …

Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath clearly hasn't convinced enough Kentucky progressives she's earned a coronation in 2020 ahead of challenging Republican Mitch McConnell.

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Legislators spent last week in Frankfort wrapping up many of our Interim Joint Committees.

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Our homes will soon be filled with the aroma of roast turkey wafting through the kitchen and dinner tables decked with mounds of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other holiday favorites that please our Thanksgiving palates. It's my favorite holiday, untainted by the commercialism that ha…

In listening to the Democratic presidential debates, we might conclude that "Medicare for All" is a legislative possibility. It is not, and any presidential candidate with a scintilla of self-respect must admit that fact.

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At this time when we should pause to give thanks, let's give thanks to a couple of efforts that collect food for those who may not have as much as some others who may be more fortunate in our community.

Ironically, it's the self-proclaimed "Grim Reaper," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- a man whose political strategy for the past several years has been to shroud House Democrats' legislative priorities in the Republican-led Senate -- who is calling for the country to "learn how to b…