Bill Straub: So far, GOP has little to show for control, so killing health care may be the best they can do

Once again we are sadly reminded that there isn’t anything so terrible in this world that Sen. Rand Paul and his loony-tunes political ideas couldn’t make worse. Paul, R-Bowling Green, has spent the last seven years in the U.S. Senate spouting gibberish, occasionally veering into the sensible lane, and then hiding behind his kookiness by shouting “freedom’’ and “liberty’’ at most inappropriate...

Bill Straub: In the world of Donald Trump, reality is no longer relevant as truth takes a near daily beating

WASHINGTON – You know things are rapidly running out of control in this great country of ours when you can’t find a legitimate and honest way to avoid calling the 45th president of the United States a pig. But there’s simply no getting around it, and everyone with a rational bone in his or her body has by this time, less than six months after he took the oath, come to realize that Donald J....

Bevin opts out of appearance at Fancy Farm picnic, but attorney general Beshear will be on hand

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Gov. Matt Bevin will not be adding any sizzle to the always fiery speeches that will be delivered in this tiny western Kentucky town next month. Bevin will skip the annual Fancy Farm picnic this year, citing a schedule conflict. But his Democratic nemesis, Attorney General Andy Beshear, will be there. The pair have been embroiled in an ongoing political tussle...

McConnell defends private drafting of health bill; Rand opposes delaying end of Medicaid expansion

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky defended Senate Republicans’ secret drafting of a new health-care law Tuesday, saying committee hearings that Democrats demand aren’t needed. “Look, we’ve been dealing with this issue for seven years. It’s not a new thing. We’ve spent a lot of time on it,” McConnell told reporters. “Nobody’s hiding the...

Bill Straub: Given yet another chance to be a statesman, McConnell chooses party over country

WASHINGTON – A few months back, when word about the Trump administration’s all-too-close ties to the Kremlin started percolating, Sen. Rand Paul clearly stated what has come to pass as the Republican Party’s unofficial position on scrutinizing President Trump’s often disturbing activities. Fahgetaboutit. “I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation,...

Bill Straub: From dangerous windbag to beauty, Paul’s view of Trump has evolved since primary battle

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul is, as the famous line from Oliver Stone’s JFK put it, “a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma,’’ a man who now seems eager to ditch his vaunted reputation for independence to wrap his arms and plant a wet kiss on the cheek of a man he once condemned as “a delusional narcissist and an orange-faced windbag.’’ That man, of course, is President Donald...

Bill Straub: Focusing on results and not the theatrics, McConnell thinks Trump is doing just fine

WASHINGTON – It took that great philosopher, John Matuszak, to sum up in a single thought what makes America great. Back in the late 1970s, early ‘80s, the Oakland Raiders were truly nothing more than a gang of outlaws and Matuszak, the team’s standout defensive end, was the most notorious of them all — the Al Capone of the silver and black. On the Sunday of Super Bowl XV in New Orleans,...

Bill Straub: Bevin’s political future could be behind his late-blooming support of Trump

WASHINGTON – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin sometimes comes across like Frank Burns in the old, long-running M*A*S*H* television show. He sidesteps a potentially dicey situation then pushes his way to the fore and claims credit when, against all odds, the result is a surprising success. Reluctant at best to express pre-convention support for President-elect Donald J. Trump in his shocking yet ultimately...

Trump routs Clinton in Kentucky, keys Republican wins in Congressional races, state House

Spurred by a decisive win by Donald Trump in the presidential race Tuesday, Kentucky Republicans swept to historic wins in the 2016 election. Trump was declared the winner in the presidential race over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely an hour after the polls closed in western Kentucky. He was drawing 62 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for Clinton. Kentucky’s results...

Election, U.S. Senate Part II: Incumbent Rand Paul on why he should remain your U.S. Senator

KyForward invited both candidates for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky to make his case for why he deserves your vote on November 8. We are offering their responses as a public service to the voters of Kentucky. The responses are offered in alphabetical order, with Rand Paul as Part II. Jim Gray’s response appeared yesterday. RAND PAUL Dr. Rand Paul is a nationally recognized voice in the fight...

Election, U.S. Senate Part I: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on why he should be Kentucky’s U.S. Senator

KyForward invited both candidates for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky to make his case for why he deserves your vote on November 8. We are offering their responses as a public service to the voters of Kentucky. The responses are offered in alphabetical order, with Jim Gray as Part I. Rand Paul’s response will appear tomorrow. JIM GRAY I am a seventh-generation Kentuckian, and I was born in Glasgow....

Bill Straub: McConnell’s effort to put Senate back to work doesn’t include passing clean Zika bill

WASHINGTON – During the waning days of the summer congressional recess, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell could be found doing what he does best – humbly congratulating himself for fixing the “once-broken’’ upper chamber and taking all the credit he could possibly toss in his own direction for seeing to it that the body “is really back to work.’’ Under his venerated leadership,...

Bill Straub: Sum of Trump’s missteps still not enough to shake McConnell’s blind support

WASHINGTON – There simply is no polite way to say this: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has endorsed, and wants you to vote for, an overt racist and make this overt racist the 45th president of the United States of America, vowing to intercede, if need be, to stop that prospective president from doing any racist thing he happens to conjure up during his four-to-eight years in office. Now,...

Bill Straub: State Republican Congressional delegation changing tune in rush to support Trump

WASHINGTON – The great Tom Lehrer said it a long time ago: “Like lambs to the slaughter / they’re drinking the water / and breathing the air.’’ The lambs in this present instance are the Republican members of the Kentucky congressional delegation who initially reacted toward Donald J. Trump’s GOP presidential campaign as if they were driving past the old Fresh Kills landfill on Staten...

Clinton posts narrow win over Sanders in Democratic Presidential Primay; Gray to face Paul in Senate race

Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton captured Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic Presidential Primary by less than half of one percent, topping challenger Bernie Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont. With all 120 Kentucky counties reporting, Clinton had 212,550 votes compared to 210,626 for Sanders. That translated into a 46.7 percent win versus 46.3 percent for Sanders. Uncommitted...

Kentucky voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election predicted to be about 20 percent

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projected approximately 20 percent of the 3.2 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out for the May 17 Primary Election. “After reviewing absentee data provided by our county clerks and historical turnout in similar election cycles, I believe one in five registered Kentucky voters will cast ballots in Tuesday’s Primary Election,” Grimes...

Bill Straub: McConnell failed to spin his political magic, co-opt Tea Party wing of GOP in Senate

WASHINGTON – It’s now apparent that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has pulled what might be termed a Gregor Samsa, metamorphosing from a center-right dealmaker in his early days to the sullen obstructionist committing significant harm to the nation that we all, unfortunately, now recognize. There always has been some mystery regarding what compelled the Louisvillian to embrace the dark...

KyCIR: Kentucky Democrats opening wallets, grabbing momentum for 2016 Presidential election

By James McNair Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Six months of heated competition by their presidential candidates led Republicans in Kentucky to make campaign donations early and enthusiastically. Now, the state’s Democratic Party donors have snatched the fundraising momentum. Last year, Kentucky residents gave $898,581 to the campaigns of Republican candidates, compared with $493,489...

Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus: Trump tops Cruz, turnout up over 2012 primary

Donald J. Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz combined to take 67 percent of the votes in Saturday’s Republican Presidential Caucus, according to numbers released by the state party. Trump won with 35.9 percent of the nearly 230,000 votes cast with Cruz coming in at 31.5 percent. Turnout for the caucus exceeded the participation rate in the 2012 Presidential primary, party officials said. Trump’s...

Bill Straub: With favorite son out of the race, it will be interesting to see who wins state GOP caucus

WASHINGTON – The Kentucky Republican presidential caucus – Copyright 2016, Sen. Rand Paul, All Rights Reserved – is around the corner and, for a change, the commonwealth may play an interesting role in determining the GOP standard-bearer come November. The delegate selection process arrives just four days after Super Tuesday when 13 states render their choices for the GOP nominee. If, as expected,...