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Leslie Combs: Hard political lessons can be learned from students who cut the clutter

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  By State Rep. Rep. Leslie Combs Special to KyForward   Like virtually every voter, I thought the most recent election season was especially tiring and trying. There has to be a better way, I said.   And then I …

Bill Straub: Paul’s vote on NSA bill proves again that he is arming for bigger game

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WASHINGTON – If Sen. Rand Paul was, indeed, ever playing the Hamlet role to keep on-the-edge-of-their-seats Republican voters guessing about his true political intentions, he forfeited the game Tuesday night.   That’s the day when the Kentucky Republican, the man …

Rick Robinson: Breaking down the country’s worst campaign gaffes this election cycle

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Our long national nightmare is over.   Yard signs are in the dumpster. The mailman is delivering Christmas circulars instead of postcards with grainy black-and-white photos of candidates in embarrassing poses. And robo-calls now mostly plug the latest deal from …

Billy Reed: Academic fraud scandal at North Carolina still doesn’t mean everyone is guilty

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My relationship with North Carolina goes back to Dec. 13, 1966, when I covered the Tar Heels’ 64-55 victory over Kentucky in Lexington’s Memorial Coliseum. At that time the young Carolina coach Dean Smith wasn’t far removed from the days …

Bill Straub: If it’s true that you reap what you sow, McConnell could be dining on thin gruel

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It has taken Sen. Mitch McConnell 30 years to grab the only job he has ever coveted — Senate majority leader — and the biggest parlor game in the nation’s capital right now is predicting what he’ll do with this …

Johnathan Gay: All roads lead to success when young people learn to be ‘kidpreneurs’

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The old joke has it that when you grew up in Eastern Kentucky in the old days you needed to master the “three R’s” to have a good living: Readin’, Ritin’ and Route 23 (if you lived farther west, just …

Rick Robinson: President Obama’s response to elections, given as Marc Antony soliloquy

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  (With sincere apologies to Billy Shakespeare) Act III, Scene II   Friends, Romans from Georgia, editorial cartoonists, quit making fun of my ears;   I come to bury Pelosi and Reid, not to praise those who followed them.   …

Lewis Donohew: Compromise? Hard to hope it’s coming, despite threat to democracy

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Sitting with a cup of coffee on the morning after the election and listening to the post-mortems on Morning Joe, I heard analyst after analyst say now there would be a new mood of compromise in Washington.   Compromise? I …

Bill Straub: Despite chronic unpopularity, McConnell skillfully outmaneuvers Grimes

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So when, exactly, did soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he of the 37 percent approval rating while emerging from a legislative body less popular than contracting the shingles, sew up his re-election to a sixth term by a stunning …

Tom Block: Mitch McConnell’s elevation
to majority leader is big deal for Kentucky

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The Republican victory in the battle to control the Senate elevates Kentucky’s senior Senator, Mitch McConnell to the position of Majority Leader, a very big deal.   While the final spread is still to be determined due to a December …