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Bill Straub: McConnell bit off a big chunk on his way to the top, now let’s see if he can chew

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WASHINGTON – It’s long been held in Kentucky political circles that Earle Clements, a powerful statewide figure in the middle of the 20th century, didn’t care who was governor as long as he could run the state, while A.B. “Happy’’ …

Commentary: Appointment of U.S. Surgeon General should rise above partisan politics

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By Rep. Bob DeWeese Special to KyForward   FRANKFORT – Washington is a political town. It should come as no surprise to anyone that many times appointments are made based more upon political support than thought as to who would …

Commentary: We must double up our efforts to close the achievement gaps in Kentucky

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By Aaron Thompson Special to KyForward   The best gift my mother and father gave me was to value education. My father was an illiterate coal miner and a tenant farmer who signed his name with an X, and my …

Letter to the Editor: Fayette Co.’s ‘lone wolf approach’ in a regional economy ill advised

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Recently the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council unanimously approved a resolution to separate from the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Area to create its own workforce investment district separate from 16 other counties in the region.   The Bluegrass Area Development District is …

Bill Straub: Don’t be surprised if Rand Paul, a modern Taft Republican, is last man standing

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WASHINGTON – And they’re off.   With the Nov. 4 election little more than a speck in the rearview mirror and the 2016 face-off still so many miles down the road that the destination has yet to appear on GPS, …

Bill Straub: If passed, spending bill provision will give even more influence to rich, powerful

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WASHINGTON – It’s about to get more expensive to buy Congress.   Tucked away inside the legislation currently under debate that is intended to stave off yet another shutdown and keep the federal government moving through next October is an …

Rep. Jeff Hoover: If Kentucky is going to advance, partisanship must be set aside

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This past week 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion website, released their annual rankings of The Best and Worst Run States in America. It is regrettable to see that over the course of this past year, Kentucky has …

Ron Daley: Appalachian Kentucky has some ‘Beauties,’ too, especially in K-12 education

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Educational carpetbaggers and poverty pimps beware.   Kentucky’s Appalachian coalfield has the talent to resolve its own challenges, and we will no longer tolerate people and institutions who use our pockets of poverty to fund their operations.   We are …

Constance Alexander: Sometimes we create our own drama when all we need is truth

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“If you had to write a one-word column,” my husband asks, “what would it be?”   “Hope.” The word flies from my mouth before I have time to think. “Hope.” I say it again. The reply sounds exactly right.   …

Bill Straub: Old foes Beshear, McConnell now seem to have a common enemy – the EPA

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WASHINGTON – Gov. Steve Beshear and Sen. Mitch McConnell have never been tight as ticks. In fact you can say they can’t abide one another.   In addition to emerging from opposing parties, Beshear, a Democrat, and McConnell, a Republican, …