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Al Cross: McConnell again makes a boulder out of a pebble, then makes political hay of crisis

It’s a time for us to be apart literally, and a time to be together figuratively. But politics long ago moved mainly to the figurative battlefield, and we shouldn’t expect its divisiveness to take a holiday even in a deadly pandemic. And now the crisis itself is an issue. Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager was calling on his likely Democratic opponent, Amy...

Bill Straub: Saying whatever is necessary to assure their legends for a place in history; it’s all in the spin

Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell has dished out some doozies during his time in the District of Columbia and the pervasiveness of the coronavirus is providing the man with a great opportunity to add to the legend that is Moscow Mitch. For instance, our boy from Louisville took to the air this week with a television campaign ad grabbing credit for passage of a $2.2...

Kim Moser: We will get through this crisis together — because Kentucky is better when we are united

COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has blasted its way across our world, forcing citizens to worry for the safety of their families as reports of more cases and deaths continue to mount. This pandemic has reached our shores and will likely worsen before it gets better. There are nearly 30,000 documented worldwide deaths and that number rises daily. Last week, Congress finally passed a support package to...

Tim Robinson: Mental health and addiction providers are facing new challenges amid global pandemic

When grave new challenges emerge, it would be nice if existing ones would subside. Sadly, that is just not how the world works. In communities across the Commonwealth and throughout the U.S., mental health and addiction treatment providers are facing a new set of challenges as they continue to care for some of our population’s most vulnerable amid a global pandemic. According to the National Institute...

Rachel Roberts: Good government at work as good people of both parties address important legislation

I returned to Frankfort last Thursday with one purpose in mind — to pass legislation that will help the people of Kentucky through these difficult times. I was honored to have been selected as the only Democratic member from the Kentucky House of Representative to serve on the conference committee that drafted the House and Senate language for Senate Bill 150. This important legislation declared...

Emily Postel: Kentucky voters deserve another opportunity to decide on Marsy’s Law

In this time of significant uncertainty, we commend the Kentucky General Assembly for moving forward on an effort to once again allow voters to decide what rights should be afforded to victims of crime.   Following successful bipartisan Senate adoption and House committee approval, SB 15 (Marsy’s Law) is poised for passage by the full House of Representatives in the coming days. House members should...

Gary Moore: Boone County – working together, standing united, so that we will overcome

By now, everyone in our community has been affected in one way or another by the Coronavirus pandemic. I often say that “Boone County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” and I still believe that to be true today, even during this difficult time. In fact, it’s times like this that highlight the strength of our community even more. Moore Although there was not a confirmed...

Ashli Watts: State businesses are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19; we will get through this

I don’t think any of us could have imagined what has transpired over the last week. The coronavirus has not only plagued the world as a public health pandemic, but it has very quickly devastated our economy and upended our normal business and daily routines. Our new reality includes shocking statistics like more than 9,000 people filing for unemployment insurance benefits in Kentucky in a single...

Bill Straub: A very good case can be made for mail-in ballots, but not everyone wants more voter turnout

When he hasn’t been fulminating over governmental overreach in addressing the coronavirus crisis or gnashing his teeth into dust over the pending economic recovery package, Rep. Thomas Massie has been using his copious free time to warn against the potential “end of our republic as we know it. And that menace on the cusp of achieving what the likes of Jefferson Davis and the Axis powers dreamed...

Tim Abrams: Senate budget withholds required funds to the teachers retirement fund and that must stop

As the Kentucky General Assembly debates the budget and its potential impact on teachers and retired teachers, it is ironic that 10 years ago lawmakers adopted the Shared Responsibility Act of 2010, a model of legislative collaboration, compromise and good governance. In 2010, Kentucky taxpayers faced a $5 billion liability for medical benefits owed to retired teachers. Legislative leaders convened...

John Schickel: Pulling together, keeping an eye on budget — and reminding you to wash your hands

As your state senator, I want to be there for you. These are very trying times and people are understandably anxious. I want to express my gratitude to those who are making sure Kentuckians are taken care of. These include our medical professionals caring for the sick, first responders, and neighbors helping neighbors. There are many fears right now, and they are understandable, but I trust when we...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about why government grows, Part II

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Today we write to provide more reasons why government grows, to report on how large the federal government has become, and to ask some key questions about our country’s future. In recent decades, Americans have changed their approach to government. We often turn to government, rather than or in addition to private charity,...

Kim Banta: Reviewing week in the House; COVID has disrupted everything, moving closer on budget

Frankfort, like most of the world, is not the same place it was two weeks ago when the governor announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. Most if not all schools in the state are now closed to traditional classes until at least April 20. Childcare centers are closing by order of the governor, who over the past week has also restricted service at restaurants, movie theaters,...

Dustin Pugel: SB 150 would cushion the blow for unemployed workers and our economy

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing business closures and a drop in consumer spending that is resulting in major, widespread layoffs across every Kentucky community. The state could lose 67,000 jobs by the summer, according to one estimate that may prove conservative. Especially hard-hit industries like restaurants and retail make up 25% of all private-sector jobs in the state. As Kentuckians ride out...

Al Cross: Governor Andy Beshear is showing what he’s made of; it’s sterner stuff than you thought

In a crisis that could be a catastrophe for millions of Americans, politics may seem irrelevant. But politics probably made the coronavirus crisis worse, and yet it could prevent catastrophe for many. And crises can change politicians, and reveal things about them, so this space will keep tabs on those we have chosen to lead us; if that isn’t your cup of tea right now, please move on. First, the...