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Bill Straub: Ever-growing GOP presidential field doesn’t seem to have impact on Paul

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WASHINGTON – Characterizing the 2016 Republican presidential primary as an ungainly mess, albeit at this early stage, is probably being too charitable, but the ongoing mayhem of a new hopeful entering the race every other day doesn’t seem to be …

Daily Yonder: Rules for labeling products are inconsistent; consumers control GMO debate

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  By Daryll E. Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer Special to KyForward   Laws requiring the labeling of foods produced from genetically modified crops have been adopted by Vermont and Connecticut and a referendum in Oregon was narrowly defeated. The …

Rep. Mike Denham: We must never forget the sacrifices made by veterans and fallen heroes

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This coming weekend, our nation will pause to remember and pay tribute to those who died defending our country.   That list now has more than 1.2 million names, about half of which were added during the four years of …

Commentary: Patent legislation could bring biopharmaceutical research to abrupt halt

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By Kyle Keeney Special to KyForward   The biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie and the University of Kentucky just unveiled a new gel therapy targeting the devastating neurological disorder, Parkinson’s, which afflicts nearly a million Americans. Earlier this year, UK researchers obtained …

Rep. Mike Denham: Thank you to all who brought closure to the Maxey Flats project

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Nearly 40 years after it closed, the final phase of the Maxey Flats clean-up project is underway, giving our region a sense of closure it truly deserves.   Over the years there have been many people who have played a …

Bill Straub: Loss of Heyburn pits Obama, McConnell in compelling game of chess

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  WASHINGTON – The death last week of U.S. District Judge John Heyburn at age 66 represents a terrible loss, not only for his family and friends but the commonwealth as a whole. Heyburn assumed his highly coveted position in …

Rep. Mike Denham: Several laws in this year’s session address college- and career-readiness

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When it comes to grading Kentucky’s public elementary and secondary schools, what ultimately counts most is whether our graduating students are truly ready for college and a career.   Over the last several years, one of the state’s newest agencies …

Tom Block: Trade pacts are more difficult to move through Congress; TPP is no exception

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In Kentucky our economy is growing in large part because of the state’s commitment to international trade.   The state has developed a very close relationship with Japan best demonstrated by the Toyota plant in Georgetown and the recent purchase …

Commentary: Kentucky is blessed with thriving and vibrant tourism industry

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By Bob Stewart Special to KyForward   The first week of May is “National Travel and Tourism Week” and will be observed this year from May 2-10. This annual observance was established by a congressional resolution in 1983 and first …

Commentary: Bourbon thieves and
Congress both spirit away the trust

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By Rep. Joni Jenkins Special to KyForward   We’ve seen the headlines; they absconded with all that bourbon. Over $100,000 worth was confiscated in just one location. The so-called bourbon heist went on for years, with the distillers none the …