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Bill Straub: Barr seems to have found his calling protecting nation’s put-upon bankers

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Andy Barr apparently has found his calling. Father Damien served the lepers in Hawaii, Clara Barton tended to the wounded during the Civil War, and now Andy is associating himself with yet another poor, beleaguered, downtrodden and …

Mike Farrell: 150 years later, Lincoln’s life, death still cast a long shadow on history

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  It was a lovely spring day – Good Friday – and Washington, D.C., was “delirious with joy,” in the words of one historian, despite the solemnity of the religious observance. Gen. Robert E. Lee had surrendered to Gen. Ulysses …

Bill Straub: Presidential hopeful Paul already in the process of stomping on his own tail

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WASHINGTON – The late, great Molly Ivins, the doyenne of Texas journalism, was talking about Clayton Williams some years back, an individual no one took seriously but who somehow managed to snare the Republican nomination for governor of the Lone …

Commentary: Celebrate impact of community service during Kentucky Volunteer Week

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By Joe Bringardner Special to KyForward   When we think about the great impact of volunteers in Kentucky, it’s tough to imagine our Commonwealth without their service. Consider your city, your community, your neighborhood. It’s likely that one or more …

Rep. Mike Denham: Bills not addressed this year in General Assembly will return in Jan.

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FRANKFORT – If it’s true that it takes years of preparation to be an overnight success, the same can also be said of many laws approved during a legislative session.   This year is a prime example, with several high-profile …

Johnathan Gay: Morehead’s space science presence propelling Appalachia, state forward

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Could the key to curing cancer, finding traces of water on the moon or developing the next wave of communication originate in Appalachia?   I’ve mentioned in previous columns that Morehead’s space science presence is making waves throughout the country. …

Tom Block: Tough decisions ahead with next act to be played out when Congress returns

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Before leaving for their two-week spring break, the House and Senate each passed their own versions of a budget resolution. A big reason for the push is that Republicans believe that to fulfill the mandate they got in the 2014 …

Bill Straub: Beshear’s legacy taking a beating for being on wrong side of gay marriage issue

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WASHINGTON – In politics, ridicule is generally the sharpest arrow in the quiver. Nobody wants to be laughed at and, for office holders and office seekers, dismissive scorn can often prove fatal.   Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a good person, …

Billy Reed: By passing on Ramsey, EKU missed an opportunity to send a message

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I’ve seen so much in 55 years of covering sports that it takes something unusually strange to surprise me. Having said that, I admit that I was astounded by Eastern Kentucky University’s decision to hire Steve Lochmueller instead of Derrick …

Rep. Mike Denham: March is full of madness for basketball fans and government officials

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In one way, the bills filed each legislative session are not much different from the teams taking part in the NCAA basketball tournaments. Some advance, while others find out that this is not their year.   There is one key …