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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, families, businesses and healthcare providers are facing unprecedented tough times. However, during these trying times I’m encouraged to see the strength exemplified by communities across the nation to support each other and heed warnings.

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Last week, Kentucky farm families celebrated “National Agriculture Week,” but as you can imagine, our annual celebration was quieter than usual, given our on-going fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. As I talked to members of the media and neighbors to promote the celebration, they b…

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We’re reminded during COVID-19 that the beauty of this un-commonwealth isn’t limited to its majestic mountains, picturesque horse farms and flowing rivers.

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When Kentucky’s first cluster of COVID-19 cases emerged in rural Harrison County, The Cynthiana Democrat newspaper took immediate action to help keep its community informed. The weekly paper, which has two reporters, published a special section with essential information on the novel coronav…

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There were greeters. There were ushers to show you to your place. There was music. There was prayer. And there was preaching.

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Following news of Kentucky’s first confirmed coronavirus-related death earlier this week — a 66-year-old Bourbon County man with underlying health issues — Gov. Andy Beshear closed dine-in services at restaurants and bars across the state. The order took effect 5 p.m. Monday.

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As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease.

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The infamous “sewer bill” that brought scorn to Kentucky legislators a couple of years ago apparently taught no lessons on transparency.

When I was elected Attorney General, I committed to putting every resource I have behind our core mission to protect Kentuckians and defend the Commonwealth. In my estimation, there is no greater purpose or requirement of government than the protection of its citizens.

In the months of February and March, Kentuckians across the Commonwealth will make their annual trek down to their county clerk's office to renew farm license plates, or as members of Kentucky's agricultural community call them "ag tags." When farm families visit with their county clerk this…

Marijuana as medicine is moving in the Kentucky legislature but before we jump on the bandwagon, we should make sure we are using the same definitions so that we don't talk past each other.

It's not often that you see an ACLU attorney, a Republican Senator, a Commonwealth Attorney and members of the Tea Party agreeing on something. This may be a first in Kentucky history, but we all agree that Marsy's Law is bad for victims and wrong for Kentucky.

Hard-working people in middle and rural America are under attack from all corners of our country these days. No matter where you turn, actors and politicians are consistently misinforming people about the basics of agriculture and belittling working families across the nation.

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month because of the efforts of a Berea College graduate, Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was a prominent African American scholar and historian who started his higher education career as a part-time student at Berea. From there, he went on to receive de…

In communities across Kentucky, substance use disorders have taken a tremendous toll. Every day we are confronted with new data, reports and headlines that remind us of addiction's staggering ripple effect.

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I struggle with Lent, the period of spiritual reflection between today - Ash Wednesday - and the Thursday before Easter. I didn't observe Lent growing up as a Baptist churchgoer in my hometown. I was likely exposed to it in college when my friends who were of other faiths would come to class…

With spring training just around the corner, I've got baseball and boards on my mind. Expectations are high along the river in Cincinnati Redsland at Great American Ball Park - visible from Northern Kentucky - where owner Bob Castellini has dug deep into his pocket to shell out $166 million …

I was walking out of my house the other day, and I spotted a dime lying on the sidewalk. It was in clear sight. The walkway runs right next to where the cars are parked, and it is used all of the time. I started to reach down to pick the dime up, but I abruptly stopped. I was getting a diffe…

No one asks to be a crime victim. For many, the experience is the worst situation they will ever face. And for some, it is also their last.

Republican legislators representing rural districts across Kentucky who want to support school choice but fear possible backlash from bureaucrats who run school districts back home received some stout political cover from President Trump in his State of the Union speech.

The Tariff Man has done it again. President Donald Trump recently announced that he will expand import taxes on American consumers of auto parts, nails and other goods made in the United States with steel and aluminum. Apparently, untaxed imports of these metals put our national security at risk.

Considering Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's newly released big-spending budget proposal for the upcoming biennium, perhaps Hodgenville Republican Rep. Brandon Reed, who recently filed a resolution designating October as "National Pork Month in Kentucky," should include a companion declaration…

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The pace really picked up during week three of the 2019 General Assembly, with legislation on its way to the Senate for consideration after clearing both House committees and the full House. Already almost 600 bills and resolutions have been filed for consideration in both the House and Sena…

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…

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 …

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

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.