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Al Cross: The primary looms and so do choices; voters may be asking, ‘Who am I most tired of?’

The race for governor of Kentucky is occasionally a harbinger of the contest that begins or ends the four-year election cycle, the race for president. In 1995, Democrat Paul Patton defeated Republican Larry Forgy, who had hoped to ride the GOP wave of 1994 but got caught in the undertow, and Bill Clinton carried the state in 1996. This year, Democrats see the possible ouster of Republican Gov. Matt...

Bill Straub: With King Coal’s reign about over in the Commonwealth (and elsewhere) it’s on to natural gas

To paraphrase that great American intellectual, Sarah Palin, how is that beautiful, clean coal stuff working out for ya? Well, not so hot, thanks. Cloud Peak Energy, the nation’s third-largest coal mining company, headquartered in Wyoming, where the mineral is still as plentiful as kudzu in Georgia, has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. It was one of the last of the nation’s big energy players...

Rep. Meade: Legislature keeps momentum in commitment to overhaul foster, kinship care

Recently, I read an article in the Frankfort State-Journal about a young man, Cameron Galloway. Cameron has lived most of his life in and out of foster care. He has seen firsthand how our state’s foster and child welfare system struggles to meet the needs of the very children it exists to serve. Cameron’s story reads like so many of the more than 10,000 children currently in foster care. Since...

Jeff Rubin: A Mother’s Day story to say ‘have a happy one’ to all Moms as we learn to appreciate wisdom

I always felt loved by my mom. I never doubted it for a minute. Her wisdom, on the other hand, was something I didn’t learn to appreciate until much later in life. Happily married for 46 years, my mother was a woman of her time. Yet in many ways as I came to understand, she was way ahead of her time. I was the youngest in a household of three boys. Mom always reminded us that she loved each of her...

Al Cross: Primary candidates trying to attract voters with largely irrelevant, misleading arguments

If you’re one of the relatively few Kentuckians who will vote in the May 21 primary for statewide constitutional offices, beware. Several candidates are seeking your vote with arguments that are largely irrelevant and sometimes misleading. Irrelevant political pitches are nothing new, but they dominate this month’s TV ads, videos, mail pieces and online chatter in a way we haven’t seen before. That’s...

Bill Straub: In rear-guard action, McConnell declares ‘case closed,’ when plenty of questions remain

Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell took to the chamber floor this week and did everything but croon the lyrics from an old Stevie Wonder standard – “Ooo baby, here I am, signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours’’ – in dedication to the true object of his current affections, President Donald J. Trump (ACK!). In so doing, McConnell, of Louisville, firmly established...

Mark Hansel: Stewards’ decision to disqualify Maximum Security from KY Derby win was warranted

The stewards in the Kentucky Derby made the right decision in taking down Maximum Security, based on the rules governing a disqualification. Maximum Security (pink silks) is shown crossing the finish line ahead of the field in the 145th Kentucky Derby. He was later disqualified and placed 17th for interfering with several other horses (photos by Mark Hansel). Maximum Security crossed the finish line...

Letter to Editor: Betty Pendergrass says Rocky Adkins for Governor due to ‘outstanding leadership’

Letter to the Editor, I strongly support Rocky Adkins for Governor because of his outstanding leadership for 32 years in the General Assembly, including 20+ years as House Democratic Floor Leader. Stephanie Horne also brings valuable skills with her background in business, finance, and tenure at Jefferson County Board of Education. Rocky Adkins You can find details about issues they champion at www.rockyforky.com....

Elizabeth Caywood: New service array gives relative caregivers more options; improves outcomes for kids

Across the Commonwealth, relatives and fictive kin are unsung heroes of our Kentucky Department for Community Based Services child welfare program. Kentucky leads the nation in utilization of kin placements: Thousands of families care for children who would otherwise be in foster care. Because of the tremendous commitment from these families, more children have the opportunity to continue to thrive...

Tom Wiedemann: AAA asks motorists to put down phone while behind the wheel; avoid ‘intextication’

AAA has launched a far-reaching safety campaign in Kentucky and other states to advocate for you as a driver and passenger. Wiedemann Our campaign targets drivers who would never consider getting behind the wheel after drinking a beer or any other alcoholic beverage and, yet, will regularly use mobile devices while driving that dangerously take their eyes and minds off the road. The campaign “Don’t...

Alex Grayson: Disney meet Shakespeare — romance, rebellion, action, intrigue and great storytelling

Disney has recently been on a live action movie kick, with The Lion King being the next upcoming release. The Lion King is typically considered to be one of the more famous examples of Shakespeare in Disney (it’s basically Hamlet). Movie poster of Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Dune, from Wikipedia However, Shakespearean plotlines are actually present throughout Disney movies,...

Bill Straub: There’s Trump and his ‘Mini-Me’ Bevin — but one of them benefits from distance

WASHINGTON – Unlike Superman and Clark Kent, President Trump (good golly!) and Kentucky Gov. Matt “Yosemite Sam’’ Bevin have been seen together in a room, so one can assume they are not one and the same person. But that’s about the only way to tell the two of them apart. By personality, attitude and politics there is no apparent separation between The Donald and the man who seems to be constantly...

PEN America: We are celebrating World Press Freedom Day around country because threats are real

From Cincinnati to Austin and Atlanta to Denver, PEN America is collaborating with partners nationwide in activities to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. Building on PEN Across America and Press Freedom Incentive Fund initiatives, PEN is galvanizing a community of press freedom advocates to stand up in support of independent journalism, defend journalists who speak truth to power, and encourage...

Al Cross: Welcome, Derby visitors to Kentucky; here’s a brief introduction to our political landscape

Welcome, Derby visitors! This column continues our longstanding tradition of giving folks who are in Kentucky for the big race, and those looking at Kentucky news media online, a snapshot of our current political landscape. We’re in the middle of a race for the Democratic nomination for governor. It’s our first contested Democratic primary for the office since 2007, an indicator of how the party’s...

Dr. Steve Hamilton: Flying Pig approaches; not everyone is a pig so take a deep breath . . .

As the Cincinnati Flying Pig fast approaches, many of us might fancy ourselves “pigs” – running the marathon, this weekend. It happens every year. We get caught up in the momentum of one of our hometown’s iconic events. It’s understandable, but not wise. If you haven’t been training, not only are you not ready for 26 miles, you may not be ready for even one mile. Perhaps you remember fondly...