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I have talked about interim joint committees for some time now, but I rarely mention statutory committees. In addition to interim joint committees, statutory committees are authorized by Kentucky Revised Statutes and function as subcommittees of the Legislative Research Commission. They meet…

Semple Elementary first-grade teacher Christina Carter read a story to her class about a child who faced stressful events every day, making it hard to focus at school. After the story, she gave her students a prompt - if Ms. Carter only knew. Some of the responses were eye-opening.

President Trump, along with leaders from Mexico and Canada, signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Nov. 30, 2018. Since then, Canada began the process to vote on implementing the legislation in May of this year and Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly ratified the agreement sh…

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At our house, like yours, we have a tradition of taking a photo of our kids on the first day of school. We've done it for years as a keepsake to see how they have changed from kindergarten over the years.

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"Do something!" emotional protestors shouted at politicians in the wake of the recent mass shootings which killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens of others in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.

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The usual adjectives media members use with delight leading up to the annual St. Jerome Fancy Farm Picnic are "hot" and "spicy." Those words generally touch on three points: the weather, the barbecue and the political rhetoric.

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As your attorney general, I have made it a top priority to protect Kentuckians from scammers and stop annoying and illegal scam phone calls.

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For much of our state's early history, Kentucky was a dominant force in our nation's economy. The ingredients for our early economic success were simple: thousands of acres of undeveloped land, an easily accessible location and a hardworking, skilled population. However, decades of poor lead…

Never before have presidential candidates offered voters so much "free" stuff.

Five years ago, as U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes were preparing for their showdown at Fancy Farm, former Secretary of State Trey Grayson had some words of advice:

It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side -- in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 -- will be able to recover and compete.

As many of you know, the Kentucky General Assembly was called into special session by the Governor last Friday, July 19. We met for five days, approving legislation aimed at providing relief to quasi-governmental agencies and regional universities - agencies that faced crippling increases in…

The recent special legislative session resulting in temporary relief from soaring pension payments faced by regional universities, local health departments, rape crisis centers and other groups known as quasi-government agencies gave Republican Gov. Matt Bevin a political victory in this yea…

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Our vote for president is the most "personal" vote we Americans get to cast. We're far more likely to base our choice for the U.S. House or the Senate on issues -- such as health care costs, immigration or the environment -- than we are our presidential choice.

It's just as legitimate for congressmen in the Capitol to consider the precedent proposed policies would establish in regard to future lawmaking as it for justices at the Supreme Court to contemplate how their decisions in current legal challenges will affect the way future cases get argued …

Recording events from public land shouldn't be a crime. Yet when a woman in Utah, standing by a public road, filmed farmworkers pushing a cow with a bulldozer, the farmer drove up to her and said, "You cannot videotape my property."

As someone who was lucky enough to cover the 1992 presidential campaign - involving Republican incumbent President George W. Bush, Democratic challenger Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and the independent maverick, Texas billionaire businessman Ross Perot - from start to finish, allow me to make …

It has been a big week for news out of Frankfort as the state announced a budget surplus and new record for corporate investment in our Commonwealth. Also, while we still have no set date for the anticipated special session, I was in the capital city for several days to participate in the in…

It was a tad warm in the Graves Circuit Courtroom Monday night, I believe due to an A/C matter, but for the people gathered to watch the graduation of the three participants from the Drug Court program, a little humidity wasn't going to stop them.

While a central promise of President Trump's campaign is coming to fruition in the construction of a barrier addressing illegal immigration along America's porous border with Mexico, it was inspiring to join the commander-in-chief on Monday as he promoted tearing down imaginary walls between…

I know that everyone has heard significant discussion about the pensions systems of our state employees, teachers, state workers, and other public servants. These systems affect taxpayers and public employees alike. Thousands of Kentuckians receive or will receive retirement through the fund…

Gov. Matt Bevin recently signed legislation into law expanding veterans' preference for state jobs to include military spouses. The opportunities that this preference presents, which will aide in the interview process, cannot be understated. Currently, there are more than 17,000 active-duty …

Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July has been observed as a day for patriotism and unity. It is on this day that exemplary visionaries dared to create a new form of government for a new people -- a country in which freedom reigned. It is with celebration,…

This time of year, our thoughts always turn to the Fourth of July and all the pomp and circumstance that comes with Independence Day. Though my heart belongs here in Kentucky and my focus is on our state, I am also thinking of the extraordinary gift that is the American Experience.

Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that the Fourth of July is one of our nation's most important holidays. To celebrate, 62% of Americans will watch fireworks, 54% will enjoy a cookout with family and friends, 19% will attend a parade, 13% will go to the beach and 11% will sing patriotic songs.

Much as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts insists there's no such thing as "Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," his court overtly displayed its partisan favor on Thursday with two key rulings that could have enormous impact on the future of American democracy…

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has introduced legislation seeking to get Facebook, Google and other major social media networks to agree to federal audits -- not of their finances or data-protection practices but of their alleged political leanings. Under the measure, the companies would submit to…

Childhood should be carefree. Every child deserves to feel safe, cared for and nurtured. This includes the nearly 10,000 Kentucky children in foster care and almost 100,000 in kinship care, a rate which is more than double the national average.

Gov. Matt Bevin's newfound confidence that he has enough votes to pass a pension-relief proposal eerily reminds us of the '80s Great White classic "Once Bitten Twice Shy." In other words, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

While the 2019 General Assembly adjourned more than two months ago, I appreciate the opportunity to continue sharing details about the laws we passed. This series of columns, which began in early April, is still relevant as legislation passed this year goes into effect on Thursday, June 27, …

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump at one point called for hiking the federal minimum wage. Now, his administration is actively standing in the way of any hike at all. House Democrats who continue to push for an increase should be loudly reminding Trump's base -- which is largely made up…

Ask anyone today where they get their news, and there's a very good chance they'll say either "Facebook" or "Google." Yet, neither of those global corporations are in the reporting business. They are both publishers of other people's news, not generators of original news content.

Mr. Stewart went to Washington. Once as an actor 70 years ago, and Tuesday as a real-life citizen fighting for fellow Americans. Both Mr. Stewarts made history by advocating justice.

As a member of the Kentucky House, I am often asked what I do when the legislature is not in session. While we are considered a "part-time" legislature, we are constantly engaged in legislative work, both here at home and in Frankfort. The time between sessions, called the Legislative Interi…

What's happened to the decisive, conservative and determined leadership we saw that resulted in Republicans taking majority control of the state House in the November 2016 election and then passing monumental legislation during the first week of the 2017 session that brought more positive ch…

Seven out of 10 voters rate their health insurance coverage and the medical care they receive as good or excellent. Despite that, only 34% give our nation's health care system positive reviews. Not surprisingly, therefore, health care reform has consistently been a top voter concern election…

I have been a U.S. Army officer responsible for the welfare of other soldiers, a business owner responsible for the livelihoods of my employees, and now a governor responsible to more than 4 million Kentuckians and 30,000 state employees. Yet, by far, the greatest and most sacred responsibil…

Some in the business community are decrying the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to allow carriers to automatically block robocalls unless customers opt out, saying it will make it harder for them to hawk their services to people who haven't indicated they're interested in…

WASHINGTON -- The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choice.

For more than a generation, James Carville's campaign maxim, "It's the economy, stupid," has been held up as an essential truth of American politics.

It's been 30 years since the Kentucky Supreme Court's Rose v. Council for Better Education decision that declared the entire body of the commonwealth's school laws unconstitutional.

In a recent report, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has confirmed what serious economists had long predicted about the Republican tax cuts of 2017: They have had little effect on wages; average taxpayers saw little benefit; and the cuts aren't going to "pay for themselves" wit…

The computer hard drives of a deceased Republican political operative have revealed, indisputably, the real reason the GOP wants to include a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census: to make it easier to gerrymander congressional districts against minority voters for the benefi…

Adolescent and teen use of e-cigarettes or vaping products has doubled or nearly doubled in Kentucky in the last two years, according to the 2018 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention Survey. About one in four 10th and 12th graders and one in seven 8th graders in the Commonwealth vaped in 2018.…

With all the fake sincerity he could muster in 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky insisted repeatedly that he was taking a principled stand when he blocked President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee from consideration to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scal…

We all know Kentucky is known for our horseracing and bluegrass music, but we also have a reputation for having the kindest and most hospitable residents, as well as safe, wholesome communities throughout our commonwealth. According to a recent report, Kentucky ranks seventh in the nation fo…

The Commonwealth Policy Center held a public meeting on the proposed religious freedom amendment to the Paducah Fairness Ordinance and took questions from the public last Tuesday. Altogether, 60 concerned citizens attended the meeting hosted by First Baptist Church of Paducah. The meeting wa…

Another of Kentucky's off-year primary elections, complete with poor - if somewhat better than expected - turnout and the completely unnecessary and wasteful spending of millions of taxpayer dollars, has come and gone.

Over the past few weeks, I have used my column to share with you some of the legislation we passed during the 2019 regular legislative session. This week, I would like to take a break from that and reflect on Memorial Day. In the fast-paced world we live in, it can sometimes be reduced to ju…

There's a reason for the wise old admonishment that domestic politics should "stop at the water's edge." Whatever disagreements Americans have with one another, there has always been an understanding that during foreign engagements, U.S. politicians must present a united front. President Don…

Since public schools are tax-funded, they're barred by the First Amendment from promoting "an establishment of religion." But as institutions of learning, they would be remiss in not educating children about a topic as significant to history and current events as religion is.

While long-ago Kentucky Gov. Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler Sr. insisted he "never met a Kentuckian who wasn't either thinking about going home or actually going home," the latest population numbers show that while people aren't exiting the Bluegrass State like residents in neighboring Ill…

The Islamic Republic of Iran is an enemy of the United States. It poses a constant threat to American interests.